September 11, 2015

Burner Buddies Group Shot

Great bunch of Burners.

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August 22, 2015

John Brown

An article in the San Diego Union Tribune about John Brown, former Mission Springs Water District Director and Executive Director of Family Services of the Desert.

Q: How did you establish the first HIV/AIDS clinic in L.A.?

A: Back in 1984, when I was the Executive Director of The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Center, we were running an STD clinic primarily for gay men. Dozens started showing up with what, at the time, was being referred to as GRID, Gay Related Immune Disease. We started treating them as best we could with no actual targeted funds. That year West Hollywood became a city, and one of the first things the new city council did was allocate funds to us for the care of these people, soon the city of Los Angeles stepped up with help.

Q: What is one thing people would be surprised to find out about you?

A: Before coming to San Diego, I was an elected member of the Mission Springs Water District (in Desert Hot Springs) for seven years. I have a real passion for water management as well as a depth of knowledge and hope I can find a way to use that for the benefit of San Diego.

Wouldn't surprise anyone in Desert Hot Springs.

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August 21, 2015

Word Reaches Philadelphia

Philadelphia police are now aware that there are cameras everywhere. A police officer there offered to let a man driving an unregistered vehicle go without a citation if he bought a couple of tickets to a charity event.

The question of whether that driver (who did buy the tickets) got cited after he nade the video public remains unanswered.

Even the Police Commissioner calls it "stupid." No weasel words there.

The cop is supposed to have made some remark about the driver's pink windshield wipers, but it doesn't seem to be in the video. He does, however, suggest that if two men attended the event together they would seem to be "fruitcakes." Sweet, old fashioned homophobia.

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August 5, 2015

Stonewall

Coming in September.

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July 21, 2015

"Can You Feel The Love Tonight"

An authorized, legal video of part of the Pride concert by San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.

In addition, an album with two (or is it three?) of the pieces performed at the earlier spring concert is now available for purchase. #twitterlieder: 15 Tweets in 3 Acts and For a Look or a Touch (plus Epilogue: The Narrow Bridge From Tyler's Suite):

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July 20, 2015

Harvey Milk Plaza

Slo-mo of the Harvey Milk Plaza rainbow flag.
Video by Jeff Ford.

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July 19, 2015

Stop The Presses!

(Some day we're going to have to explain to kids what "presses" were.)

Here it is! Incontrovertible proof of John Travolta's gayness:

  • He had lunch with a guy-pal at Melvyn's!
  • The two of them traveled in a Mercedes!

That's a smoking condom if I ever saw one. I'm lucky I don't have a Mercedes to drive around in myself, or people might think I'm gay. I had Easter dinner at Melvyn's with two guy-pals. Maybe I do three-ways.

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July 17, 2015

Pink Party

The "Pink Party" takes place on Saturday afternoon and evening of Pride weekend. It replaces "Pink Saturday" which ran a little later in the day and was organized and paid for by the Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence. They had been seeking a subsidy from the city, but never got it, so they pulled out. So, guess what, the city came in and funded this. I'm sure it makes sense in some San Francisco political way.

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Ed, Jim and Brian from the Coachella Valley
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The complete set of my photos from the Pink Party can be seen here.

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July 16, 2015

Smiling Happy Faces

My photos from the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade (here's a link to the complete set of photos'):

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Red Sox and Oakland A's
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Escapee from the Black Rock Desert
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Gay Mexico chasing the U.S.

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Mr. Gay USA
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SWANABAQ
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Fashion leader
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Even the Fox channel, can you believe it?

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NASA Ames Laboratory
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I noticed only two GoPros in the parade
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Those with a good memory for my LAWNBR 2014 photos may be interested to know that this is Google Glass Guy!
He's colored his hair, but he can't change that chin. Thanks to Jim O'Keefe for his sharp eyes.

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So in the Apple contingent everyone wore these t-shirts
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Engineering prowess
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The sheet of music facing us is "I Left My Heart In San Francisco."

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Possibly the youngest in the parade
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An original t-shirt?
Somebody with good knowledge about Harvey Milk's campaign might be able to verify.

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Dancing while seated
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And this Apple contingent was curb to curb
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Agnostic Community at Apple
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The size of the Apple contingent was estimated at 8,000!

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San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, some taking advantage of props left over from the Pride concerts
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The contingent from Kaiser Permanente all wore Golden State Warriors t-shirts
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The complete set of photos from the 2015 San Francisco Pride Parade is here.

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July 12, 2015

Boston Gay Men's Chorus

First gay men's chorus to perform in the Middle East - Israel and Turkey. A montage of scenes from their tour.

Boston Globe news story.

BTW, the video below shows the Istanbul Pride parade on June 28, 2015. Add a few dogs, make it black & white and you've got Alabama in the 1960s. The nominal reason for the police interference is that the parade took place during Ramadan.


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July 9, 2015

Even Faster Than The Confederate Flag Thing

Kansas was the last state to question whether Obergefell applied to them. They probably went back to check for any errors in the process by which Kansas joined the union. And then they probably studied the federal Constitution. Imagine their surprise when they discovered that Kansas had actually ratified the 14th amendment on January 17, 1867. Perhaps that sparked memories of a time when Kansas was a symbol for radical freedom.

Today Kansas dropped its last barrier when the Department Of Revenue agreed that a woman could list her wife and children as dependents.

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Gettin' Their Hate On

In a well-written, amusing piece, Zack Hunt, a Tennesseean who has been living in Connecticut for three years, explains how same-sex marriage will not bring about any of the apocalypses that anyone has predicted.

Wikipedia (it's the god's truth, ya know?) tells us there are about 4,200 religions in the world. Just the list Abrahamic religions goes on for a few pages. Then there are the Indian religions (pages), Iranian religions (only a few), East Asian religions (a little more than a page), African diasporic religions, Mesoamerican religions, Indigenous traditional religions (pages), "Historical" polytheism (maybe the word "Historical" is to distinguish it from what goes on at Burning Man), Mysticism and occult, Modern Paganism (they use iPhones), New religious movements (there's room for more?!?!), Left-hand path religions (I never heard that term before, but it includes Satanism and Luciferianism - which I think is Satanism for the better educated), Post-theistic and naturalistic religions, Parody or Mock religions (even Pastafarianism, which is recognized by the IRS and Veterans Administration, I believe), and then "Others" (Deism, Eckankar, Humanism, Universal Life, etc.).

And who does Zack Hunt address his article to? Only one single religion. And in the comments on his article, where does the hate speech come from? Only from those who profess belief in this one single religion. "Is it Zoroastrianism," I hear you asking. No, no, it's not the Zs. It is, of course, Christianity - despite the fact that there certainly are lots of hardcore homophobic Jews and Muslims, but those religions seem to keep their objections within their own religions rather than taking them out in public and trying to literally beat them into others. Those who have been paying attention have seen how even the Latter Day Saints quickly adopted the way of the Jews and Muslims after the debacle of 2008. And don't we all love seeing the unofficial Mormon contingent coming in the Pride parades?
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From a commenter:

I believe America will be judged the same way Sodom and Gomorrah was. In 2 Peter 2:6 it says and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; It doesn't get much clearer than that. When God flooded the earth He gave the rainbow as a promise that He would never destroy the earth with water again, but it says here He gave Sodom and Gomorrah as an example! I pray God would spare us judgement, but I believe we have gone too far.

So let's go to the King James version (the most error-laden popular translation, which might explain someone's misunderstanding).

9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

Mightn't one think that gay people who want to marry are godly and have suffered the temptations of a permanent unmarried life? Hasn't god, using the Supreme Court, delivered them from that? And those people who despise government, those people seem to be excluded from those who are godly. And the filth that they attempt to heap onto marriage? Isn't that speaking evil of dignities? Personally, it's all about as real as "Atlas Shrugged." A long, interesting story. But some people really believe in it, and then the trouble begins.

permalink | July 9, 2015 at 01:43 PM | Comments (0)

Bubbling

Most people in San Francisco are aware they live in a bubble. How then to learn about the rest of the wild and wooly United States? Go to this conference on "LGBT Life Outside the Bay Area Bubble." It's conveniently located in downtown San Francisco at 555 California Street. This way the attendee can stay so far from the edge of the bubble he won't even be able to see the iridescent rainbow shimmering that would alert you that would alert him to the approaching bubble boundary.

The first topic in the conference is entitled "People Actually Live In Fresno And Why" or so I am told.

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July 8, 2015

French Market Is Closing

The venerable landmark and safe fallback place to meet someone for a meal, the French Market on Santa Monica Boulevard, is closing.

Maybe it will come back:

Marc Ittah, the business partner of Michael Faze, who bought the French Market in 2011, said the restaurant would be reopened after the remodeling. But rumors continue to circulate that Faze intends to demolish the building and convert the property to another use. Ittah did not return calls from WEHOville for comment.

But for now, this coming Sunday will be the last brunch.

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July 2, 2015

Dan Savage On Straights At Pride Parades

This is relevant, but that won't be obvious until I finish editing and uploading my Pride photos, which I promise I will have finished before I go to Burning Man.

When you go to Pride you see dykes on bikes, you see the queer christian organizations, you see the leather guys, you see the drag queens, you see the twinks shaking it on flatbed trucks blasting dance music, you see the middle-aged regular roly-poly queers, you see the gay dads and lesbian moms and their families.

What you see is a million different ways to be queer.

I think the message in Pride for straight people–and why I think straight people should go–is that there should be more than one way to be a straight person too. That there is a script written for straight people about how you're supposed to live your life and who you're supposed to be and that script is confining and stultifying and restricting and straight people to need to break out of that. I think what a lot of straight people leave with is 'Wow, there's so many ways to be queer maybe I can conceive of perhaps a different way to be straight.'

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July 1, 2015

Pride Story

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The Bay Area Reporter hands up some of the statistics on this past Sunday's Pride parade in San Francisco:
- Police estimate 2 million in attendance.
- 232 Contingents, and I had to give up before I saw the end, which is the only reason I didn't see the Google contingent, I'm sure.
- 10:30 AM to 5:33 PM.
- James Obergefell himself was in the parade.

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This Is How You Do It

Suppose you've got a government job which requires you to serve the public. You, however, have some sort of objection to dealing with what you perceive as certain classes of people. Suppose, for example, you are a diehard pacifist and you are too morally disgusted to provide your government service to military veterans. What to do? You could lobby your legislature to rewrite the laws to carve out a special little exemption for your special little belief, and to hell with those military veterans who might wonder why they get the second class treatment in order to spare the sensitivities of a government worker who is still getting full pay and benefits, courtesy of the taxpayers, including military veterans.

Or you could actually stand up honestly for your beliefs and quit your job. No problemo.

When I worked for the government I didn't get to refuse to take applications for Social Security Disability from those whose disabilities were, in some way, self-inflicted: failed suicide attempts, traffic accidents while DUI, organ failure due to substance abuse, morbid obesity, or (my personal favorite) emphysema due to tobacco smoke. During the interview I would ask the emphysemic applicant if their doctor told them to stop smoking - I never had to ask if they had been a smoker - they were all tobacco smokers. The answer was always that, yes, their doctor had told them to quit. So my follow up question was "Did you quit," and the answer was always (ALWAYS!) No. Okay, here's your check!

And did I write my Congressman (Tip O'Neill and then Joe Kennedy, I add just to be name-dropping) to ask them to carve out an exception to the law so that when someone with emphysema came into the waiting area I would be permitted to take an extra coffee break? Not hardly. Did I quit my job? Well, yeah, sorta, after becoming entitled to my pension. Not a moral decision. Just got tired of New England weather.

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To Refresh Your Memory Of Same-Sex Marriage Rights Growth

History Of Same Sex Marriage Rights

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June 30, 2015

Why Did The SFGMC Cross The Street?

The answer is there is inadequate (like nearly none, I am told) backstage area at Nourse Hall because it was originally a high school auditorium, so the chorus does its dressing across the street in Davies Symphony Hall. Then, a few minutes before the performance, they cross the street. Since one is not permitted to video their performances, this is a rare opportunity to video most of the members of the chorus while they are in performance dress.

Jeff shows up at the 1:00 mark, but you'll have to pick him out on your own. That's Vicente who comes up to give me a hug at 1:40.

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Trans Parade

In most big cities pride parades are organized for communities that are within the greater community that is represented in the one big Pride parade. Leather, people of color, lesbian, and trans are some that come to mind. Last Friday, after leaving the marriage rights celebration in the Castro, I was riding an F train inbound until it encountered the Trans Pride parade at Dolores Street. There was no way to keep the parade from spilling onto the trolley tracks, so that became the end of the line. This meant I got to walk along with the parade for awhile, until I got up to the front and shot this little video.

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