Archive for the ‘Gay’ Category

Our RAND Corporation Releases Update of the Famous 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Study – Read It For Free

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Our Rand Corporation has a new .pdf for you to peruse: Sexual Orientation and U.S. Military Personnel Policy: An Update of RAND’s 1993 Study.

I’m afraid to click on RAND’s new EULA*, but you should have no problem with it:

*End User License Agreement or whatever it is. I’m all like, I’m not agreeing to that, just the way I reacted when I saw similar click box as I was trying to make a post at SFist one day back in ought-eight. The upshot of RAND’s new policy is that I’m now afraid to even read their pdfs, much less borrow text from them. Oh well. I mean, if people for whom I’m doing favors want to sue me, they’re welcome to do so, but I’m not going to make it easy for them, I’m not going to make their case a lead-pipe cinch through a written contract right from the get-go…

Anyway, all the deets, license and pdf-free:

“At the request of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Secretary of Defense, the RAND Corporation conducted a study on sexual orientation and U.S. military policy in order to provide information and analysis that might be considered in discussing the possible repeal of the law known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). The study examined DADT implementation; U.S. public and military opinion about allowing gay men and lesbians to serve in the military without restriction; and the scientific literature on group cohesion, sexual orientation, and related health issues. RAND conducted focus groups with military personnel and a survey of gay, lesbian, and bisexual military personnel. RAND researchers also examined the comparable experiences of other institutions, domestic agencies, and foreign militaries, as well as how repeal of DADT might affect unit cohesion and military readiness and effectiveness.

“Most polling data suggest that a majority of Americans support allowing gay people to serve in the military without restriction. The research concludes that there would be little impact on recruiting and retention of military personnel and on unit cohesion and performance. Current research and the experience during World War II shows that cohesion of combat units comes from the common threat of the enemy, not from prior shared values and attitudes. The majority of gay and lesbian service members who responded to RAND’s survey reported that, although they did not talk about their sexual orientation, many unit members already knew that there was a gay service member in their unit. The vast majority indicated that they would remain circumspect in how they make their orientation known to other service members. Many military focus group participants said that they knew gay men and lesbians who were serving and respected their contributions. Many major U.S. allies, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, have allowed gay individuals to serve without restriction for a number of years. They report no effect on unit performance or on their ability to meet recruitment goals. No country provides special accommodations for privacy or special training on sexual orientation. Police and fire departments, as well as federal agencies, major corporations, and colleges, all report that they have integrated gay individuals without serious problems and without negative effects on performance — and without making specific accommodations — by applying a strict policy of nondiscrimination.”

Pretty soon, “Ask, Tell” will be the Law of the Land, unambiguously…

Annual Milk-Moscone Memorial March Coming Saturday, Nov. 27th, 2010 – Starts at Castro and Market, 6:00 PM

Friday, November 26th, 2010

It might be a little rainy this Saturday, but the forecast for 6:00 PM is actually pretty positive so get on out there why not.

Sean Penn making that Milk movie, back in aught-eight:

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“The Annual Milk-Moscone Memorial March will take place this Saturday, November 27, 2010. The vigil will take place on the anniversary of the assassination of Harvey Milk and George Moscone, starting at 6pm. The vigil will last approximatly 1 hour and the march will begin at the Castro Muni station (Castro & Market Streets) at 6:45 PM.

The March commemorates the assassination of Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone and is an opportunity for the community to mourn the loss of two of our city’s most progressive elected officials, reflect on their visions for San Francisco, and learn more about their lives through testimony from family and friends of Harvey. The event has been a community tradition annually since the assassinations. The speakers will be:

Cleve Jones, Founder, Names Project, and friend of Harvey

Harry Britt, former Supervisor, and friend of Harvey

David Campos, SF Supervisor

Carol Migden, former State Senator

Tom Ammiano, State Assembly member

The Milk Memorial Education Committee was founded in 2004 to plan for and install the bust of Harvey in San Francisco City Hall. The bust was installed in May 2008. The Committee is now engaged in educational programs at the SF Unifed School district and City College of San Francisco, on behalf of LGBTQ students. For more information see MilkMemorial.org or Rick Hauptman at 415-678-8919.

MILK MEMORIAL EDUCATION COMMITTEE 4104 24th Street #388 – San Francisco, CA 94114

“Electric Cars are Gay” – This Line was Pulled from the Trailer of Ron Howard’s New Movie, But Not in San Francisco

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Actor Vince Vaughn plays an engine designer in Ron Howard’s upcoming film called The Dilemma, O.K. fine. But people are upset at the following line, uttered when the Vince Vaughn character makes a pitch to a car company:

Electric cars are gay. I mean not homosexual gay, but, you know, my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.”

Well, GLAAD wasn’t happy about that, so Universal Pictures yanked these lines from the trailer promoting the movie.

Except in San Francisco, where they didn’t. So, the Metreon Theatre, as of yesterday, still uses the original trailer with the offending line intact.

So much for the promises of Hollywood…

A non-gay electric car in the Castro District:

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And speaking of broken promises coming out of Tinseltown, when are they going to get around to fixing the steps of Alta Plaza, you know, the ones that got damaged during the filming of What’s Up, Doc back in the 1970′s?

Maybe someday.

San Francisco is Ready To Go With Gay Marriages Starting at 5:00 PM August 18th, 2010

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Chief Administrative Officer Bill Lee has just announced that gay marriages will once again occur at City Hall, assuming all goes well. That date and time is Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 at 5:00 PM.

So, that will give any judges who want to do anything about it plenty of time to ponder such matters. If no higher judge takes steps to put the kibosh on, it’ll be just like 2004 all over again, starting Wednesday.

Mark your calendars…

Via Steve Rhodes

Roger Hunt and Rod Wood are the First Gay Couple in Line to be Married in San Francisco

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

From San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera comes the news of the first gay couple in line to get married at City Hall – they waited half the day to see when Judge Walker would lift the stay.

They’ll have to wait at least six more days until August 18th, 2010 to see if they can get married… 

Via Dennis Herrera

Jerry Brown Throws Down: Strongly Supports Today’s Proposition 8 Gay Rights Ruling

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Our California Attorney General Jerry Brown can’t abide those who wish to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry in California.

So, in reaction to today’s news about Proposition 8 being ruled unconstitutional…

Vanessa & Maria Heading to City Hall to Get Married by Steve Rhodes

…JB has chirped up. Thusly:

Brown Issues Statement on Today’s Ruling on Proposition 8

 Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s statement on Judge Walker’s ruling on Proposition 8 today:

“In striking down Proposition 8, Judge Walker came to the same conclusion I did when I declined to defend it: Proposition 8 violates the equal protection guarantee of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution by taking away the right of same-sex couples to marry, without a sufficient governmental interest.”

El Protector de la Gente, Jerry Brown:

via Thomas Hawk

Wow, Vanessa and Maria are making good progress at City Hall already, it would seem:

via Steve Rhodes

Looks like they’ll get hitched, sooner or later.

Diesel’s “Happy Pride 2010″ Underwear Window Display Causing a Stir

Friday, June 25th, 2010

This is the scene down in Union Square at the Diesel Jeans store on 800 Market these days:

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The people waiting for iPhones 4 around the corner at 1 Stockton didn’t seem to mind…

On It Goes…

A Tiny LGBT March Down Market Street to Mark the San Francisco “Gay In” of 1970

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Seth Hemmelgarn and Eric Ross are the ones with the deets of the march down Market last Saturday.

Harvey Milk Club Co-President David Waggoner thanking Senator Mark Leno for showing up to the rally:

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Leno, Ammiano, Dufty to Star at Tomorrow’s Save the Castro Country Club Rally

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

This one speaks for itself. There’ll be a rally in the Castro for the benefit of the highly-rated Castro Country Club tomorrow Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 12:30 PM:

“Longtime Home of a Recovery Meeting Place in the Castro to be Sold. Leno, Ammiano, Dufty to Make Appeal for Funds to Save the Club, Keep the Steps in the Castro

WHO:  San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, State Senator Mark Leno as well as Jonathan Vernick, Executive Director, Baker Places

WHAT: Press Conference & Fundraising Rally to Save the Castro Country Club

WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 2010, 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Front Steps at 4058 18th Street in San Francisco

WHY: After almost 30 years, the Castro Country Club, a recovery meeting and gathering place, is at risk of closing due to the sale of the building where it is located.  Local leaders and members of the recovery community are rallying to raise the funds necessary to save the club from closing.”

More deets:

About the Castro Country Club
Founded in recovery. The volunteer-based Club operates an espresso café on site and is open from early morning until late at night, 365 days a year. It currently hosts over thirty 12-step meetings each week. The Castro Country Club is a program of Baker Places, a nonprofit corporation providing an array of community-based services to residents of San Francisco with mental health, substance abuse and/or HIV/AIDS-related issues. For more information, please visit
www.castrocountryclub.org.

See you there!

San Francisco Bloggers to Meetup: Canvassing Visi Valley for Prop 8 Repeal Tomorrow

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Seems that a few precincts in San Francisco supported Proposition 8, so some bloggers have been going around town with Equality California to canvass those areas in particular. Tomorrow’s focus is in Visitacion Valley. (If you’re not a blogger already, it takes like five minutes to get started.)

Deets below and right here:

SF Blogger Meetup and Canvass for Repealing Prop 8

Meet all your favorite internet friends in real life and contribute to a great cause!”

As Visi Valley looks on a clear day:

via ceedub

The deets:

You’re invited to join local bloggers for a marriage equality canvass on Saturday, February 13th, from 10am-2:30pm with Equality California.

This is a great opportunity to turn just a few hours of easy work into a huge contribution to the fight for equality. Plus it’s a great excuse to meet and mingle with a crowd of awesome online writers, and learn about some of the work being done to restore marriage equality!

What’s a canvass, you ask? We pick neighborhoods that voted majority Yes on 8 to go door to door and talk to people about marriage equality. We start out with a really thorough training and chance to practice, so you’ll learn how to have non-confrontational but productive conversations that will change people’s minds about marriage equality. You’ll go out in teams of two to knock doors for a couple hours, and then we’ll meet up at the end to talk about how it went.

Please come a few minutes early so that we can start on time. After we canvass, we’ll debrief and wrap up by 2:30pm. Bloggers are invited to stick around longer for a special debrief and chance to network with other bloggers.

And of course, your readers and friends are invited to come too — please feel free to post the details on your blog beforehand. The more the merrier!

And you can follow along on Twitter with hashtag #eqwalk.

Just RSVP and let us know if you can make it. We’ll send you the details on when and where to meet. Hope to see you there!