Later this month,the Boy Scouts of America's National Council will whether to ban banning gays, and already Eric Andresen, the father of Ryan Andresen, a East Bay boy scout who was denied his Eagle Award because he's gay, is motivating the masses. Later today, Eric Andresen will gather with other ... More >>
Famed San Francisco bar owner Marlena, aka Garry McClain, aka the Absolute Empress XXV, exulted after hearing he' d be one of several grand marshals at this year's LGBT pride parade -- a noteworthy comeback after the sale of his beloved eponymous drag bar. He'll stand -- or rather, ride and wave a ... More >>
A local Boy Scout Council is showing the rest of the nation what it means to be a "responsible citizen and develop character." The Mount Diablo-Silverado Council is publicly calling on the Boy Scouts of America to do away with its ban on openly gay members. As KTVU notes today, the Bay Area scouts ... More >>
Everyone's favorite Den Madonna -- Madonna, naturally -- showed up in uniform at the GLAAD awards; the 54-year-old singer made it to the stage despite a trip through a Freudian minefield. Despite what you may have read elsewhere, that's not a Boy Scout uniform -- it's a Cub Scout uniform of the sort ... More >>
Eddie Kurtz, a straight former Boy Scout, has started a petition urging the California Legislature to pass SB 323, which would end tax breaks for youth groups that discriminate against gays, including the Boy Scouts of America. So far some 9,000 Californians have signed on to the petition, which ... More >>
We reported earlier today on a petition started up by a straight former scout protesting the Boy Scouts of America's longstanding policy to discriminate against homosexuals. (The petition doesn't mention it, but BSA discriminates against atheists, too). Good luck to him -- the list of successful pet ... More >>
After a long meeting in Texas, the Boy Scouts of America postponed making a decision about whether to lift its ban on gays, claiming the issue was just too complex (aka uncomfortable). The board was supposed to vote yesterday, but as Deron Smith, director of public relations for the Boy Scouts, pu ... More >>
Last month, a local Boy Scout review board bucked the national organization's intolerant policy and recommended that the Mt. Diablo-Silverado Council Boy Scouts approve Ryan Andresen's application for Eagle Scout. For the previous three months, the 18-year-old from Moraga had been denied considerati ... More >>
The Mount Diablo-Silverado Boy Scout Council said "screw it" to the Boy Scouts of America's anti-gay policy and finally approved 18-year-old Ryan Andresen's Eagle application after more than 460,000 people signed his petition. On December 19, the local Boy Scout leaders granted Ryan an official Eag ... More >>
Ryan Andresen, the incredibly badass 18-year-old who was booted from boy scouts because he's gay, is getting the recognition he so deserves. After scoring a spot on the Ellen Show and Anderson Cooper 360, the East Bay teen's next stop is the state capitol where he'll be honored by the California As ... More >>
My recollections of a youth spent in the Boy Scouts do not exactly jibe with the Norman Rockwell imagery, just as my recollections of an adulthood covering big city politics does not exactly jibe with the Norman Rockwell imagery. When you're dealing with adolescent boys, life can get messy (whi ... More >>
The Boy Scouts of America is releasing 20 years worth of "perversion" files on thousands of suspected pedophiles today, the Associated Press reports. Called, "ineligible volunteer files," this list was compiled between 1965 to 1985, comprising 1,247 files. It lists the names of people who do not m ... More >>
Ryan Andresen, the incredibly cool scout who was recently booted from the Boy Scouts because he's gay, is taking on his troop like no other gay has before. Today, the Bay Area teen is planning to deliver 400,000-plus signatures from people across the nation who say the Boy Scouts of America should g ... More >>
Last week we told you about Ryan Andresen, the incredibly cool 17-year-old kid who was denied his Eagle Scout honor simply because he is gay. His story made national headlines and put the Boy Scouts of America -- and its badge of discrimination -- back in the spotlight. The East Bay teen has not onl ... More >>
Sadly, the Boy Scouts of America are once again proudly wearing their badge of intolerance. A Moraga Eagle Scout is being denied a top honor simply because he is gay.ABC News brings us the perplexing story about 17-year-old Ryan Andresen, who worked hard toward his dream of becoming an Eagle Scout - ... More >>
What better way to help our young scouts "build character" than to teach them how to effectively discriminate?As readers probably recall, Tim Griffin, a 22-year-old Eagle Scout, claims he was booted from his job at Camp Winton in Amador County for being gay. Today, the former scout has big plans to ... More >>
The bizarre story of three San Francisco softball players who were shamed off the field four years ago and stripped of their second-place medal for not being homo enough has finally come to a resolution. Our sister paper Seattle Weekly reports that the three players -- Steven Apilado, LaRon Charl ... More >>
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The right stuff -- for real! You would think a novelty store catering to the needs of left-handers would be the sacrificial goat left before the tyrannosaurus of the Great Recession. Well, you'd be wrong. San Francisco has proven itself not just a left-wing city, but also most amenable to left-wi ... More >>
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