(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.
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.
For well over a year now, rumors have been swirling around the possible move-in of a Trader Joe's to the former Tower Records site on Market near Noe in Gay Castro San Francisco. There has been coverage along the way in the newspapers as well as in this newsletter. The Castro is divided on the issue. After an initial presentation from Trader Joe's, DTNA looked at the proposal from the perspective of our Formula Retail Matrix, and determined that there were both potential positives and negatives to the proposal. Without taking a position, in January of this year DTNA sent correspondence to Trader Joe's outlining some possible concerns (traffic, effect on neighborhood businesses, etc.), and offered to meet and discuss the issues together. Although, gay residents seem want the store. Trader Joe's preferred to wait until their transportation study for the city was prepared. Over the many months since then, the community has heard little about the proposal other than what's been reported in the newspapers.
Now packing heat in Red Hill, eternally shirtless True Blood star Ryan Kwanten opens up about his gay brother, his loyal male admirers, Gay fans, and his top-secret sex life. Castro San Francisco wants to hear more.
You've seen practically every inch of Ryan Kwanten as endearingly dim himbo Jason Stackhouse on HBO's vampire drama True Blood. Straight of GLBT everyone agrees Kwanren is super sexy. But there's more to the 33-year-old Aussie than meets the naked eye - including a wild new role, a younger gay brother, and a surprisingly humble outlook on acting. Castro District San Francisco community members are ready to take a bite.
You play a wannabe cop on True Blood and a young police officer in Red Hill, an Australian Western now in theaters. Do you get the butch appeal of packing a big gun?
Chris Bruce is no stranger to blazing new trails, and the former 230-pound 6-foot-1 body builder has transformed into a 180-pound 6-foot-3 fitness guru — in heels. The Castro District couldn’t be more supportive.
According to an interview with The Dallas Voice, Chris Tina Foxx Bruce was born male. After he started and sold a multimillion-dollar business, married his high school sweetheart, and fathered two kids, Bruce's cross-dressing led to a divorce in 2007, which saddens Gay San Francisco residents.
Bruce realized shortly after that she wasn’t just dressing in women's clothing — she identified as a woman. A sentiment that many Castro San Francisco tourists and locals understand.
San Francisco has long attracted gay people escaping conservative towns, like pilgrims to a rainbow-colored mecca. Only here would the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence qualify as the most ubiquitous "religious" figures. Only here is the word "pride" first associated with a gay parade along the city's main boulevard.
Yet anyone who thinks gay teens raised in San Francisco have it easy was not there the day Rafique Franks got her wig snatched off in front of Mission High School.
"It was hella ugly," Franks says with her usual panache while recalling the spectacle.
Franks was darting out of Mission High to the J-Church Muni stop on the corner, glad to have survived a day in the wig. It was a black-with-auburn-highlights layered job that even she will admit looked a little incongruous with a hoodie and jeans.
The mother who allowed her son to dress as Daphne from Scooby-Doo for Halloween appeared on CNN to discuss her blog entry — and she was scolded by a child psychologist for "outing" her son. Castro gay neighborhood cheers.
The psychologist, Jeff Gardere, told Sarah from Missouri it's the "worst nightmare" of both heterosexual and gay couples "to have to fathom that their child might be gay." A sentiment that most gay people in San Francisco do not agree with.
Sarah (who asked not to be ID'd by her last name) is at first caught off guard, telling Gardere that "gay" also means happy and that she intended the double meaning.
Rebounding from a shaky first season and a transitional second, the CW's 90210 is currently riding a creative high, thanks in no small part to Trevor Donovan and the Castro Distrcit San Francisco couldn't be more excited. As high school jock Teddy Montgomery, he looks every inch the campus hunk. But as was first teased by producers this summer and as viewers have learned in recent weeks, Teddy also has a secret. He's gay — and extremely closeted. Castro Street gay's can relate. In October 4's episode Teddy's internalized homophobia came flooding to the surface when, feeling threatened by former one-night stand turned classmate Ian (Kyle Riabko), he calls him a "faggot" and, later, assaults him. Gay San Francisco knows this happens in real life every day.
The White House on Thursday released a video of President Obama telling gay youths that "It gets better. Castro District San Francisco is pleased with the sentiment." Obama's video is the latest submission to a YouTube program launched by columnist Dan Savage to raise awareness around teen suicide and provide support to at-risk gay youth. This is a much needed boost to Castro District San Franciscans.
In his video, Obama said: "I don't know what it's like to be picked on for being gay, but I do know what it's like to grow up feeling that sometimes you don't belong. Many Castro Street residents know the feeling. It's tough. For a lot of kids, the sense of being alone or apart, I know it can just wear on you.
With our very own Gold's Gym on near Castro Street Residents are starting to grow alarmed. Robert Rowling, the CEO of the company that owns Gold's Gym, has donated more than $2 million to American Crossroads, Karl Rove's organization that works to elect antigay politicians, according to website Change.org. Rowling is the head of TRT Holdings, which owns the chain of gyms, popular with LGBT people especially in the Castro District San Francisco across the nation, and is one of several people who are helping to get Rove's organization running.
Among the candidates supported by American Crossroads are Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, who received a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign and Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle, who endorsed a statement that said there was no evidence to suggest homosexuality was biological and that scientists who argue otherwise are flawed. Castro Street will never support candidates of this nature.