Come and Go
Aug. 8 was International Orgasm Day, but around here, Mayor Ed Lee rechristened Aug. 8 "Virgin America Day" — not an homage to the city's undeflowered, but to the airline's sixth anniversary. It turns out this particular mayoral administration has a habit of dispensing days out to businesses. In May, Lee handed a day to Los Angeles-based fashion house BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, despite the company's questionable record on LGBT issues. San Francisco also honors days for Walgreens, Dottie's True Blue Cafe, Devil's Teeth Baking Company, and Gold Dust Lounge. The business has to do something civic-minded to earn its own day. Virgin America has been donating money to Animal Care and Control of San Francisco since 2010, which not only burnishes its image but also makes for some frighteningly adorable photos of flight attendants with dogs. So, in the spirit of both sexualizing and commercializing the days, let us suggest "Hump Day, presented by Trojan condoms."
A Bathroom of One's Own
On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that ensures California's transgender youth can use facilities that match their gender identity. Assembly Bill 1266, also known as the School Success and Opportunity Act, is the first of its kind in the nation. Right-wingers are not happy about the new law, saying it's going to make school that much worse for kids. Karen England, executive director of the Capitol Resource Institute, claims that AB 1266 "forces San Francisco values on all California schools. ... This is a very radical idea. You're going to have first-grade boys going to the restroom next to first-grade girls without any supervision," she said. But little kids are notorious public urinators; we're the ones who teach them shame about their bodies in the first place.
Getting the Help She Needs
The marmot who hitched a ride to Bernal Heights to fuel an antifreeze addiction (common to the species) is off the streets. She was spotted last Wednesday night by a neighbor who called animal control, according to the Bernalwood blog. She'll soon be on her way back to her native territory in the Sierras, where relapse rates are lower.