LGBT Issues

  • News

    September 5, 2012
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    August 3, 2012

    Nancy Pelosi, Fellow Dems Say Immigration Policy Should Recognize LGBT Couples

    Undocumented immigrants in same-sex marriages are perhaps the most polarizing slice of the American populace right now (slightly ahead of NBC's gymnastics commentators).This week, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and scores of other Democrats signed a letter seeking to protect LGBT couples, urging the Oba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2012

    Supervisor Wiener Wants Healthy SF to Cover Gender Reassignment Surgery

    Healthy San Francisco, the city's attempt at universal healthcare, has helped many local residents who don't have health insurance receive affordable medical treatment. But who is hasn't helped entirely are San Francisco's transgender residents seeking certain medical procedures, such as gender reas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Attempt to Kill California's LGBT History Law Fails

    Today marks another small victory for the LGBT commuity. A petition to repeal the law that requires California public schools to teach about the LGBT community's historical contributions has failed again. The second petition to repeal the gay history law did not attain the half-million signatures t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Texas-Based Evangelical Apocalyptic Paper Claims Mitt Romney and Obama Are Evil Twins

    It's hard to find evangelical Christians in the media who come off as more questionable than our very own Harold Camping. But there's one place you can be sure to dig one up ... and that's in Texas. The Power of Prophecy, an arguably unreliable Austin-based publication, was kind enough to ship us it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2012

    Lesbians Take on a New Role in Campaign Fundraising With Super PAC

    Being a part of the LGBT community used to be an automatic disqualifier for public officials. It's still a big deal when they do come out as homosexual, and many find their political careers go down the tubes when they're outed in places where it's still not accepted.But now we have further evidence ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 6, 2012
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    May 31, 2012

    The Pro-Gay Marriage Ruling Conservatives Should Love

    Men with Confederate Flag decals reading "Never Forget" on their gun rack-equipped pickups and a fondness for "state's rights" don't seem like the likely demographic to support same-sex marriage. Following today's unanimous ruling by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston that the Defense of Mar ... More >>

  • News

    May 30, 2012
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    May 16, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Against Me!'s Tom Gabel Comes Out as Transgender; Internet Explodes with Support and Shock

    It should have been obvious to us all for years. In 2007's "The Ocean", Against Me! vocalist, Tom Gabel sang "If I could've chosen, I would've been born a woman..." Most listeners at that time took it as a statement of solidarity with women from a vocalist who made a career out of being vocally poli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Obama Comes Out for Gay Marriage -- Finally

    It seems those many trips to San Francisco this year have convinced President Barack Obama that gays should be allowed to tie the knot. News reports of the president's reversal on same-sex marriage is making rounds in the blogosphere this afternoon, and for good reason: It's about damn time!Acc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Robert Spitzer, Author of Study Endorsing Ex-Gay Therapy, Now Says It Doesn't Work

    On Monday, gay-bashers everywhere were told by the science community that they are homophobes probably because they are gay. And now we're here to deliver more bad news to all you gay-hating homophobes out there: Science definitively agrees that there's no evidence homosexuality can be "cured."Now m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Homophobia Is Probably Caused by Supressed Homosexuality, Study Says

    You know how people know you're gay? Because of your raging homophobia.At least that's what a new study by researchers at the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and UC Santa Barbara suggests.Their paper, titled "Parental autonomy support and discrepancies between implicit and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Asks Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore

    It's hard to overstate how much the politics of sexuality have changed in the past 20 years. In the 1980s and '90s, coming out of the closet was a radical act. In 2011, gay men and lesbians are so cute and cuddly and downright marketable in popular culture that even Archie and Jughead hang out with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Prop. 8 Backers to Ask Appeals Court to Rehear Same-Sex Marriage Case

    ​As some predicted, Proposition 8 backers are saying they will ask a larger group of judges from the liberal-leaning Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a three-judge panel's decision to strike down California's ban on same-sex marriage, rather than appealing the ruling directly to the U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Prop. 8 Might Not Go Before the Supreme Court

    ​Earlier this month, the debate over same-sex marriage in California continued what some have speculated is an inexorable march to the U.S. Supreme Court, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a decision striking down Proposition 8, the state's gay-marriage ban.Yet a story pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Prop. 8 Appeals Court Ruling: Inside the Dissenting Opinion

    ​Same-sex marriage advocates rejoiced today as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 decision that Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative banning gay marriage, is unconstitutional.The decision is almost certainly destine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" HBO Documentary: Free Premiere Tonight

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Evangelicals Speak Out in Favor of LGBT History Bill

    Todd FerrellLast week, SF Weekly reported that antigay group Stop SB48 had started collecting signatures for a referendum to overturn the FAIR Education Act, the nation's first law requiring public schools to include LGBT history in the curriculum. We were contacted by The Evangelical Network, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Medical Cannabis Movement Becoming Less Gay

    Chris RobertsHot. But gay unfriendly?​Like Sarah Palin recounting the tale of Paul Revere's ride to warn the British (of their own impending arrival), we Americans often have a fuzzy grasp of our history. This extends to the medical cannabis movement, which was birthed in San Francisco in the 1980 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Michael Glatze, Former Reporter for Gay Magazine XY Decides He's Not Really Gay

    Michael Glatze, left, in the gay days. ​Back in the 1990's, Michael Glatze was a writer for the now-defunct Castro-headquartered gay magazine XY. Glatze had started what would become a 10-year relationship with a man he met in a Castro coffee shop; he attended gay-rights rallies; and he was obsess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    BART to Get Its Gay on for Pride

    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 t ... More >>

  • News

    June 15, 2011
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    June 14, 2011

    It Doesn't Matter That Judge Vaughn Walker Is Gay

    You can be gay and impartial​At least that's what a federal judge decided today. Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware ruled on Tuesday that there is no proof that Judge Vaughn Walker, who last year struck down the state's ban on gay marriage, would benefit from his own ruling. Walker only recently ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Federal Backruptcy Court Declares DOMA Unconstitutional

    Gay couples go broke, too. ​The latest assault on the federal law that only recognizes straight spouses comes from an institution that's not exactly known for making rousing statements about civil rights: the federal bankruptcy court.According to news reports., the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Obama Fundraiser To Draw Protesters Advocating Green Cards For Gay Couples

    Rallying at Obama's door. ​Protesters from all walks of life -- potheads, gays, and antiwar folks -- will be greeting President Obama upon his arrival to San Francisco tomorrow afternoon. While antiwar demonstrators recruit people for their cause, multiple organizations for gay rights are gatherin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Judge Vaughn Walker Admits He Is Gay

    Gay!​As if he hadn't riled up opponents of same-sex marriage enough, Judge Vaughn Walker on Wednesday publicly announced that he is indeed gay. Already an icon in the gay community, the retired judge, who ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, reportedly told a group of reporters that he has been i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Gay Couples Can't Get Married ... Still

    Nope​There will be no white weddings for gay couples -- at least not yet. A San Francisco federal court ruled today that same-sex marriages would not be allowed while courts decide whether Proposition 8 -- the state's ban on gay marriage -- is constitutional or not. It's another blow for same-sex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Apple Blasted by Gay Groups Opposing New 'Gay-Cure' App, Petition Circulated

    even ex-gays are gay ​Oh, they are pissed. Gay advocacy groups have circulated an online petition, demanding that Apple get rid of the "offensive and mean-spirited" iPhone app created to strip away "unwanted" homosexual desires among its users. Truth Wins Out, a gay rights group, has already colle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Gay Binational Couples to File Lawsuit Challenging DOMA

    Gay couples are ready to rumble for equality in immigration law. ​Consider it the next major court battle against the Defense of Marriage Act: Gay Americans will file the first lawsuit to challenge DOMA on the grounds that it bars them from sponsoring a gay foreign spouse for a visa like straight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Kamala Harris Wants Federal Appeals Court To Allow Gay Marriages Now

    Harris: Let the people marry​Supporters of same-sex marriage just got a powerful ally: California Attorney General Kamala Harris. The newly minted AG is urging the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow gay couples to marry while it considers a federal appeal over the constitutionality of Propositi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Dennis Herrera Implies Homosexuality Is a Choice; Upsets Gays

    Weighing the gay vote​The gay-friendly, Dennis Herrera, San Francisco's city attorney who last year filed a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on gay marriage, "accidentally" referred to homosexuality as a sexual preference rather than an orientation. In other words, he made it sound like being g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

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

    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 l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    DADT Is Dead! Long Live DADT!

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    The Year in Gay, 2010 Edition

    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 ... More >>

  • News

    November 3, 2010

    Wounded Pride

    Despite its reputation, gay-friendly San Francisco is still a tough place for teens to come out.

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Iowa Ousts Three Judges Who Approved Gay Marriage

    ​LGBT Advocates Blast Special Interests' Campaign To Intimidate Judges NationwideThe huge shift to the right in yesterday's election probably doesn't bode well for any LGBT-friendly legislation coming down the pipeline. But perhaps the harshest rebuke of those who support LGBT rights came from Iow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Is 'Giants Pride Week' the Best Choice of Words?

    They're big fans...​Are you prideful yet? Mayor Gavin Newsom has decreed this to be "San Francisco Giants Pride Week," urging one and all to wear Giants colors, put pennants in windows, and root, root, root for the home team. While no one could find objection with good-natured boosterism of our Wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2010

    A Kinder, Gentler - and Still Unconstitutional - DADT

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Vaughn Walker, Prop. 8 Judge, Announces Retirement

    Judge Vaughn Walker is out ... of the building​Vaughn Walker, the Republican-appointed judge loathed in the LGBT community for much of his career -- who went on to strike down California's anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 -- has announced he's hanging up his robes. Walker will give up the mantle of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Lady Gaga Destroys DADT -- While Wearing Meat

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Supreme Court Rules State Not Required to Appeal Prop. 8 Ruling

    ​The California Supreme Court yesterday dismissed a right-wing group's suit that would have compelled the state to appeal Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. Both Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown have come down in favor of Walker's ruling ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Kenny Mehlman is a Fudgepacker: The Week in Gay

    Oh my god, they killed the right-wing Kenny. ​ Ken Mehlman must be in love. Why else would he subject himself to the slings and arrows of the gay universe and come out of the closet? Isn't that wonderful? Aren't you happy for him? It's a theory that's not too far fetched. In an interview with The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Prop. 8 Stay Granted -- No Gay Marriage Wednesday

    Calibree PhotographyMaybe next year, lads​The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals moments ago granted a stay of Judge Vaughn Walker's Aug. 4 ruling overturning Proposition 8 -- meaning there will be no same-sex marriages on Wednesday. The appeal was granted "sua sponte" -- meaning it was not made in rega ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Torturer's Apprentice John Yoo Says It's Constitutional to Ban Gay Marriage

    John Yoo​You gotta hand it to John Yoo, the former Bush Administration attorney who provided a legal rationale for torturing prisoners of war. It must be tough being an anti-human-rights playa in the midst of Collectivist Berkeley, where Yoo is a professor of -- wait for it -- constitutional law. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Judge Vaughn Walker May Lift Stay on Prop. 8 Ruling Today; Crowds Gather at City Hall

    What'll it be today, Judge Vaughn Walker?​A number of would-be same-sex married couples are already gathering at San Francisco's City Hall, anticipating Judge Vaughn Walker may lift the stay on his ruling overturning Proposition 8 -- which would trigger a same-sex marriage bonanza. A ruling from W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    Prop. 8 Overturned: Ecstasy and Agony at City Hall

    It's uncertain when Rod Wood and Roger Hunt will use these wedding rings.​No guarantee same-sex couples can wed next week, when Prop. 8 is officially overturnedFor 10 whole minutes, Thom Watson was a happy man. The 30-odd same-sex couples crammed into a balmy corridor of City Hall awaiting the wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Prop. 8 Ruling: Literature and Strategy

    ​UPDATE: APPEAL FILED THIS MORNINGThe multitudes who took to the streets yesterday to either celebrate or denigrate Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling overturning Prop. 8 in many ways resembled the millions of tipplers worldwide who lift a glass on Bloomsday -- but would never dream of reading Ulysses. ... More >>

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    August 4, 2010

    Prop. 8 Ruling: Judge Vaughn Walker's Most Scathing Language

    MlinksvaJudge Vaughn Walker's greatest hits...​READ PROP. 8 ANALYSIS HEREA collection of Judge Vaughn Walker's most pointed statements from today's ruling: During closing arguments, proponents again focused on the contention that "responsible procreation is really at the heart of society's interes ... More >>

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