America's struggle with caring for its military veterans is a well-documented disgrace. Combat veterans are more likely to be homeless, addicted to drugs, and suicidal than civilians. And with half of veterans suffering from chronic pain, opiate use is soaring. For years, veterans self-medicating ... More >>
The happy news that an AR-15 rifle pilfered from San Francisco cops over the weekend has been recovered across the bay is tempered by a darker demographic reality: Even our guns are now fleeing to Oakland. San Francisco will always be San Francisco, but it's time to face facts. Oakland is "cooler." ... More >>
Gary Stein, the 27-year-old Marine who spewed anti-Obama rhetoric on his "Armed Forces Tea Party" Facebook page, was discharged yesterday, for popping off his political views. Pentagon policy, military prosecutors noted, limits military members' political speech while in uniform. But beyond handboo ... More >>
dignidadrebelde via FlickrFor such a loosely organized group, Occupy Oakland has managed to quickly coordinate a renewed movement after police conducted an early morning raid today on the protesters' camp outside City Hall, which resulted in heavy smoke, dozens of arrests, and lots of chaos. With ... More >>
Documentary filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato are lucky -- and they know who to thank. First, they acknowledge the sheer power of Sheila Nevins, HBO's documentary czar, who nudged them to look at the controversial Don't Ask, Don't Tell law. More importantly, they acknowledge the luck th ... More >>
Next Tuesday is a big day for gay and lesbian members of the armed forces. But HBO documentary filmmakers Randy Barbato and Fenton Baily want to celebrate a little early -- with the world premiere of their documentary, The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, tonight at the Castro Theatre a ... More >>
So good on and off the field While you were out cooking hot dogs and pounding cheap beers to celebrate the three-day weekend, Brian Wilson, the Giants relief pitcher, observed Memorial Day by establishing the largest Air Force scholarship in history. Wilson set up The Michael Wilson Scholarship i ... More >>
Thanks, Republicans.House Republicans delivered a gut-punch to their nemesis Nancy Pelosi Thursday with a proposed $15 million cut in funding for the Presidio, a national park that's long been Pelosi's pet project.In order to wean itself off federal funding, the former U.S. Army base has become a ... More >>
This looks fake Police closed down streets in Potrero Hill after grenades were found in the garage of a 92-year-old man who had recently died. According to media reports, police have not yet determined whether the possible explosives were real or fake.
Coming after cousin GeriThis 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 F ... More >>
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 ... More >>
Harvey Milk has been enlisted by the HRCIn what some grassroots gay activists are calling an "insult," the Human Rights Campaign is about to move into the location of Harvey Milk's old camera store at 575 Castro Street. It will be the new San Francisco "action center" providing information on the ... More >>
The Week in GayThe repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell is fucking mess, but I think there might be a way to fix things. If we act quickly. This is a real longshot -- and it's not guaranteed to work -- but we need get our hands on some mercury. Lots of it. A flock of Ibises in Florida has been rendered ... More >>
The developments in the ongoing saga that is Don't Ask Don't Tell - the ban on gays in the military - occurred faster than the depletion of Meg Whitman's bank balance this week.On Monday, Judge Virginia Philips heard from both sides on her decision from a week ago that DADT was unconstitutional ... More >>
The Week in GayThe week started with a federal judge in California pulling the plug on "Don't Ask Don't Tell" -- the military policy that bans open service by gay. It ended with the Obama administration asking for a stay on the decision.Let me repeat that summary: President Barack Obama -- who sa ... More >>
What's Sen. McCain thinking? Don't ask. The Senate was unable to stop Sen. John McCain's filibuster of the military authorization bill on Tuesday, which means that -- among other things -- the greatest democracy in the world is unwilling to stop the military from discharging LGBT personnel. Not t ... More >>
Can Lady Gaga do away with DADT before this dress goes bad? In the last episode of the Week in Gay, a federal judge ruled that the military ban on gays serving in the military (Don't Ask Don't Tell) was unconstitutional. Since then, Lady Gaga won 101 Video Music Awards on MTV and then kicked some ... More >>
It'd be a shame if the reversal of Prop. 8 didn't have national implications...There was talk on Monday that a "group of conservative leaders" were chasing around Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado, begging him to file an appeal on the Proposition 8 decision, since he was acting as governor while ... More >>
The Week In GayLate yesterday, another radical hippie judge in California ruled that queers are protected by the U.S. Constitution. A lawsuit against the military ban on gay service members, Don't Ask Don't Tell, was ruled to be a violation of the First Amendment rights of gay people. The suit wa ... More >>
In Argentina, homosexuals can now tango and marryThis week Argentina's senate voted 33 to 27 in support of marriage equality and now it's legal down there. Frankly, I don't know a lot about Argentina. Apparently, it's winter there now. Isn't that fascinating?
A National Guard veteran who sold $28,000 worth of uniforms to the state of California for a youth camp has filed a lawsuit against state officials, asserting the state violated state law by paying her with IOUs in lieu of cash during last year's budget crisis.Nancy Baird, a resident of San ... More >>
Taylor FriedmanRomeo de Fernandez, 91, survived the Bataan death march. But now, he says, his own government is shortchanging him.Philippines-born Romeo R. de Fernandez, 91, served in the United States military and defended Manila during World War II. In 1942, the Japanese Imperial Army took him ... More >>
By Ashley Harrell If you're still thinking about how to vote on V -- the ballot measure that would recommend reinstating the JROTC, now being phased-out in seven of San Francisco's public high schools -- you may want to take a last look at the positions of the city's gay newspapers. The Bay Area Re ... More >>
In an alarming development, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger seems to be stockpiling weapons. The Chronicle reported Tuesday that Schwarzenegger "…told Bush administration officials Monday that he is tired of the Pentagon treating the California National Guard like a stepchild…" and he wants his h ... More >>
Construction of the Disney Family Museum is moving forward nicely in the Presidio, and is expected to be complete by September 2009, according to the Examiner. And despite reporter Will Reisman's strict adherence to tried-and-true daily news style, he does manage to register subdued amazement that v ... More >>
The Iraq war is the setting for ... high camp?
Struggling to find homegrown recruits, the military is persuading immigrants to enlist by dangling promises of U.S. citizenship
How the fractured counterrecruitment movement includes those hoping to bring the draft back
Chinatown Kite Shop
As war looms in Iraq, some U.S. reservists are trying to get out of their military obligations
How nuclear researchers handled -- and grossly mishandled -- the Cold War's most dangerous radioactive substances at a top-secret lab inside the Hunters Point Shipyard. The same shipyard the city wants to remake as San Francisco's newest neighborhood.
There're not enough buglers and honor guards to keep pace with dying vets
Environmental testing in the Presidio may be a Sisyphean task