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Thursday, June 16, 2011

BART to Get Its Gay on for Pride

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Does it get any gayer than this?
  • Does it get any gayer than this?

Remember when The Daily Show made fun of San Francisco for getting, ahem, topped by Minneapolis as the gayest city in the nation? Well, perhaps BART is helping us try to make a comeback, just in time for Gay Pride.

It seems that BART is now hopping aboard the gay train. Aside from adding more cars to accommodate people this year fir the festive June 26 Pride parade, BART has also designed 100 Gay Pride posters that will be plastered on all cars throughout the month of June.

That means the LGBT community will now join African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Pacific Americans in getting their own cultural poster featured for one month on BART.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Newspaper Editor Yanks "Homophobic" Column After Staff Backlash

Posted By and on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 12:17 AM

Read it and weep
  • Read it and weep

Following staff backlash, the editor of the Annapolis-based The Capital newspaper reportedly yanked a column apologizing for a Mother's Day article featuring lesbian parents.


In support of editor and publisher Tom Marquardt's decision, the San Francisco based group COLAGE: People With A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer Parent, formerly known as Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere, wants to help the newspaper better understand single-sex parent families.

"COLAGE will send a copy of our new Donor Insemination guide to The Capital publisher Tom Marquardt to provide him and his staff with the unique perspectives of people born through donor insemination," said Beth Teper, executive director of the group.


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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Pat Robertson: Married Women Get Abortions to Be Like Lesbians

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Let's come out and say it: Pat Robertson is not a huge fan of San Francisco. Or California generally, whose affinity for same-sex marriage led the famous televangelist to, in 2008, compare the state to "a city in the ancient days where people were so gross they actually tried to rape angels." (That's pretty gross!) Telling in this regard were the remarks of Robertson's spokesman when we called him last year to ask whether California has a pact with Satan. His response: "I don't know."

We're guessing most San Franciscans aren't huge fans of Robertson either, especially in the wake of his latest comments on The 700 Club, the unceasingly bizarre platform for the genteel 81-year-old preacher to warble his insane opinions into the camera. Robertson apparently believes that married women get abortions to put themselves "on a level playing field" with lesbians. (As Gawker points out, no one seems to have informed Pat that lesbians can give birth, too.)

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

LGBT Contributions Could Soon Be Read in Textbooks

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Making Milk proud
  • Making Milk proud

Students, please open your textbooks to the chapter on Harvey Milk and cue the PowerPoint on Heklina: A bill by state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) to include gay history in mandatory education requirements passed the state Senate today.

And if the Assembly signs off on the bill, it too could eventually be found in local history books.

Leno's legislation says that schools should no longer skip over pertinent LGBT history. As it stands, California schools are not allowed to discriminate against ethnic and minority groups, but the general curriculum doesn't require gay and lesbian contributions or historical events.

Locally, the San Francisco Unified School District is predictably more inclusive, working LGBT history and antibullying exercises into its curriculum starting in elementary school. Still, as we wrote in our November cover story, "Wounded Pride," an incredibly high percentage of public school students say they hear gay slurs in the classroom.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Week in Gay: Ted Haggard is Bisexual and Anderson Cooper has a 'Companion'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 at 12:12 PM

Coming after cousin Geri
  • Coming after cousin Geri

This edition of The Week in Gay is a potpourri (either a miscellaneous collection of stories or a mixture of dried flowers and spices) of four categories - plus an extra special bonus!

Included are updates on the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, the latest stories from San Francisco, salacious celebrity scandals, and more same-sex marriage news than any reasonable person could keep up with (except for the superhuman Matt Baume. How do you do it?

Fasten your seat belts and put your tray tables in their upright positions please, as we prepare to jump....

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

State of the Union for Gays: Cannon Fodder Only!

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 1:34 PM

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Obama speaks from the heart, but what about the gays?
​President Obama has a very special message for LGBT Americans: Sign up for military service.

That is all.

Actually, that message comes with a few asterisks. First, don't go to the recruitment office just yet. Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed by Congress, but the military still enforces it -- with no end in sight. Even then, transgender citizens aren't invited to sign up.

But yes, in 2011 (presumably) gays can join the military. The president thanks us for all the fun we had together in 2010 as we fought to make this happen -- but the party is over.

He won't be blowing hot air up our skirts again until 2012.  

 

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Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year Brings Us The Same Ol' Gay Hot Potato: Marriage

Posted By on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Bring In The Gays
  • Bring In The Gays

Where did we leave off? 

In December, a (sort of) repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell was passed by the Senate and signed by the President. I predicted a long, slow and agonizing death of the policy while John McCain lamented the end of DADT saying that soldiers will lose their legs if gays aren't kicked out of the military.

Fast forward to the present and now Defense Secretary Robert Gates is eager to get the repeal implemented and Sen. John McCain's (R-Arizona) resistance to faggotry in the military seems to be waning.

Maybe I'm being too negative. If John McCain can smile away the blues then I suppose I can too! I'm turning a new leaf in 2011! Resolutions!! The glass is half full, goddamnit!! Exclamation point!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

DADT Is Dead! Long Live DADT!

Posted By on Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 7:59 AM

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On Saturday, following months of gyrations, the U.S. Senate repealed the military ban on open service by gays and lesbians known as Don't Ask Don't Tell.

Sort of.

This policy has been under heavy scrutiny since the end of President George W. Bush's second term, and promises to repeal DADT were made repeatedly during the 2008 presidential campaign. An entire year of political rancor was required, a survey of 400,000 active duty and reserve troops was conducted, the conditions of repeal were slanted in favor of military control, and, still "...the current law and policy will remain in effect."

It ain't over 'til it's over.


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Friday, December 17, 2010

Harvey Milk's Camera Shop Defiled, and Other Outrages

Posted By on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 9:15 AM

WWHD?
  • WWHD?

There's an emerging pattern in Gayville lately. It's not a new thing -- not new to the gays or the general population either for that matter -- but it's still disconcerting. It's called whorishness.

Does everything good have to be sold out, watered down, or compromised? The Human Rights Campaign's plan to move into the retail space that used to house Harvey Milk's camera shop is the latest unsettling example in a string of developments that I find disappointing to say the least.

I'm no purist. I don't demand 100 percent integrity in all matters.

But I'd like to think I could expect to see more righteousness in gay matters in San Francisco of all places. We don't have to dilute ourselves here so blatantly, do we?

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Year in Gay, 2010 Edition

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 12:20 PM

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What a year it was
Who Will Be The Uppity Fag Of The Year?

Let's face it -- this was a messy, messy year for the gays.

Much of the news was good, ultimately, but shit dragged on! There were three major federal trials (four, technically -- but two were sorta merged in Massachusetts), promises were made and broken, and legislation still hangs in the air like a fart in the elevator.

Lots of dust was kicked up, for sure, and I might even handle some of it with reverence. Maybe. In between quick summaries of the BIG stories look for reflective moments of levity that build to the climax revelation of Uppity Fag of The Year.

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