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SNL Slammed for Transphobic Skit

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By The Advocate.com Editors

Advocates want an apology for a Saturday Night Live skit that mocks the transition of transgender women. Here at MyCastro.com we agree, an apology is needed.

The piece, which aired over the weekend, represented a fake ad for "Estro-Maxx," a hormone replacement therapy. It featured men with facial hair wearing dresses.

Castro.com San Francisco has to wonder how this skit could not be considered offensive. The skit has drawn denunciations from the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, Media Advocates Giving National Equality to Transsexual and Transgender People (MAGNET) and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which called for an apology from Comcast and NBC and the piece's removal. You can add MyCastro.com San Francisco to this list.

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Pentagon Reveals DADT Repeal Plan

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By The Julie Bolcer and Andrew Harmon

With much anticipation the Castro San Francisco district finally was able to hear the Pentagon's repeal plan for DADT. The Pentagon laid out its initial plans Friday for implementation of the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Pentagon officials updated reporters Friday afternoon on progress in implementing repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. Here at MyCastro.com we wonder what the progress actually is?

During the 45-minute briefing, Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Clifford L. Stanley, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, answered questions about the time line, content, and guidelines for the implementation process.

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Culhane: What are they thinking?

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By John Culhane, Professor of Law, Widener University

Allow me to introduce what I expect to become a recurring topic for this column in 2011: What are they thinking?

Let's kick off the series by beginning at the top:

What is the basis of President Obama's continued opposition to marriage equality? I mean, I really would like to know what he's thinking. As we all do in the San Francisco Castro district community.

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Limbaugh's Latest AIDS Rant

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By The Advocate.com Editors

Here at MyCatro.com San Francisco, we strive to bring you current relevant news for our Castro district community. Every once in a while we like to provide an article that you can laugh at with your friends. Well Castro San Francisco, here it is.

In his latest antigay rant, Rush Limbaugh suggests that the Democratic Party blames the AIDS epidemic on Ronald Reagan because Democrats want people to believe he had the disease and spread it himself through gay sex. MyCastro.com San Francisco wonders how he plans to prove this incredibly thought out theory.

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Madame Secretary

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By Kerry Eleveld

"Gay rights are human rights." With that declaration - and the team she has assembled at the State Department-Hillary Rodham Clinton has elevated the dialogue on LGBT rights around the globe and of course, The Castro San Francisco.

Popular MyCastro.com favorite Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reveled before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 500 State Department employees celebrating gay pride at the agency's Loy Henderson Auditorium in Washington, D.C. last summer. "Gee, let's do this every week!" she said. Castro residents agree, this was a great celebration for the gay San Francisco community. This, it seemed, was to be more of a reunion of old acquaintances than a perfunctory speech on diversity. Still, Gay San Francisco wants to see more for Gay Rights.

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PROP 8; Politics Still Not Safe for Gays

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By The Associated Press

Castro Residents are worried. Make no mistake: the Republican Party is by no means safe for gays. This week RNC Chair Michael Steele laid it out as bluntly as he could, telling the National Organization for Marriage that he's behind them 100%. Although, Castro Residents are skeptical.

That's lousy news for Republicans who are trying to build bridges to the gay community. Mycastro.com members agree. And it undermines the GOP's credibility with swing voters, particularly in light of the Southern Poverty Law Center's inclusion of NOM on a list of anti-gay propaganda groups. The Castro San Francisco understands this all too well. The SPLC didn't formally name NOM as a hate group, but it doesn't do them any favors to be associated with official hate groups like the American Family Association and Family Resource Council, which spread falsehoods about gays, something unacceptable to Castro voters.

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Castro San Francisco Cheers, Pelosi: Makes Us Stronger

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By Andrew Harmon

Castro District GLBT residents couldn't be more excited. The decisive victory over "don't ask, don't tell" in the U.S. Senate was cause for celebration among those who have fought the bruising political battle on Capitol Hill — The Castro knows full well the magnitude of this event. /nancy Pelosi, who said congressional defeat of the 17-year-old policy was one of the highlights of her four-year tenure as speaker. Gay San Francisco is excited as well.

"Where does it rank? It ranks very high," Pelosi told The Advocate Saturday evening. "I think people will see this [vote] as a celebration of our country. The Castro District understands this. Passing this bill makes America and gay San Francisco stronger in every way, not just national security, but in our values. Frankly it's a boost of morale for the nation and will be remembered as a defining time when we said no to discrimination."

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Castro District San Francisco Cheers; DADT Repealed

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By Jennifer Vanasco

Castro District San Francisco cheers. The Senate voted 65-31 to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell.

This is landmark legislation and means that gay service members will be able to serve openly once the President and Department of Defense certifies to Congress that military efficiency will not be impeded and Castro residents couldn't be more excited.

In a landmark for gay rights, and the GLBT Community in San Francisco the Senate on Saturday voted to let gays serve openly in the military, giving President Barack Obama the chance to fulfill a campaign promise and repeal the 17-year policy known as "don't ask, don't tell." This is a policy that the Castro District believes is step forward in the GLBT movement.

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Castro San Francisco Leary; Army, Marine Chiefs say Open Gay Service is "Divisive"

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(Washington) The top uniformed officers of the Army and the Marines say letting gays serve openly in the military at a time of war would be divisive and difficult, sharply challenging a new Pentagon study that calculates the risk as low. Gay San Francisco believes that it will only be an issue if it is made to be one.

Their assessment, expected Friday at a Senate hearing, was likely to become political ammunition for Arizona Sen. John McCain and other Republicans fighting to keep Congress from repealing the 1993 law that prohibits gays from acknowledging their sexual orientation. Castro San Franciso and the GLBT community in San Francisco are very concerned. Democrats have promised a vote this month to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law, although its chances of passing this year were considered dim.

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Castro San Francisco Saddened; Gay Female Boxer Shot Over Lesbian Affair

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World champion female boxer Christy Martin told police her husband shot and stabbed her last week after she told him she was leaving him for a woman. Castro San Francisco is saddened as is the gay community.

According to a police report obtained by TMZ, Martin told officers she'd been staying in a hotel for a few days before the incident occurred. She'd returned to their Apopka, Fla., home to tell her husband James she was leaving him for a woman named Sherry.

She claims her husband stabbed and shot her, but she was able to get away and flag down help. Castro residents are relived. She is still recovering from the attack, but according to a rep, the injuries are not "life-threatening." Gay or not this never should have happened.

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