Match.com Is Now Slightly Less Awful Toward Bisexuals

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Match.com, whose sluttier sister site OkCupid is embroiled in its own queer battles, decided to throw a bone to bisexuals this week. A small one, anyway. A semi.

The subscription-based dating service, which has long required bisexuals to make two separate profiles if they wanted to date men and women, and hence pay for two separate profiles, is now allowing bisexuals the option to get one free, if he or she contacts its customer service department.

While this bi-one-get-one-free shtick does pose a sorta solution, it would make far more sense if Match revised its site to reflect the fact that bisexuality exists, and is an option its members would appreciate.

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National Day of Silence: LGBT Kids Say "No" To Bullying

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Around the country today, LGBT students will take a 1-day vow of silence in order to protest bullying and harassment affecting their community.

Transgender kids have been particularly hard hit by bullying in schools, as evidenced by the stories SF Weekly recently ran about Jewlyes Gutierrez, an East Bay Trans teen who was charged with assault after she defended herself against her attackers.

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Why OkCupid's CEO Donation to an Anti-Gay Candidate Is Different than Mozilla's

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Last week we told you about the uproar over Mozilla's newly appointed CEO Brendan Eich, who donated $1,000 to the Prop. 8 campaign that banned gay marriage. A few days later, Eich stepped down as CEO, thanks in part to the dating website OkCupid, which called for a boycott on Firefox, saying: "Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid."

After Eich stepped down, OkCupid tweeted: "We are pleased that OkCupid's boycott has brought tremendous awareness to the critical matter of equal rights for all individuals and partnerships."

Was it equal rights awareness though, or a PR stunt? Some bloggers are questioning OkCupid's motives after it was revealed that OkCupid's CEO Sam Yagan (who also runs Match.com) also donated money to an anti-gay candidate several years ago.

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Michael Petrelis, Blogger Arrested Trying to Photograph Supe. Wiener's Wiener, Is Running for Supervisor

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Gay activist/blogger and City Hall gadfly Michael Petrelis kicked off his campaign for District 8 Supervisor on Saturday, determined to unseat his nemesis Supervisor Scott Wiener.

If you recall, the duo made headlines a few years ago after Wiener got a restraining order against Petrelis who had shot and posted to his personal blog a photo of Wiener in the bathroom at City Hall. Apparently, Petrelis had been attempting to photograph the supervisor as he was using the urinal, but the shot ended up showing nothing more than Wiener grabbing his toothbrush and leaving the bathroom in a huff.

On Saturday, the always over-the-top Petrelis riffed off that controversy and decided to use the public toilet at Castro and Market streets as the backdrop for his campaign announcement.

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Sailor Claims America's Cup Terminated Him for Being Gay, Sues

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Larry Jacobson claims his boss exclaimed "That's our poof!" in reference to him...
Oracle Team USA's comeback in the America's Cup -- remember all that? -- was, at the time, described as "stirring," "inspirational," and, essentially, the greatest thing since sliced yachts.

Not much before or since has been much fun; in fact it's been stirringly and inspirationally bad. 

And now this: A gay local sailor last month filed suit against the overarching America's Cup Race Management and America's Cup Event Authority, claiming he was dismissed from his position as a "VIP Spectator Boat Captain" following displays of homophobia from his superiors seemingly ripped from a low-grade 1970s sitcom. 

Larry Jacobson is described in the suit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, as "an openly gay experienced amateur sailor and boat captain"; his website refers to him as an "award-winning author" and "motivational speaker." He would, sadly, be in need of motivation following his decision to give his bosses and their wives a copy of his book, The Boy Behind the Gate, described within the suit as retelling Jacobson's "experiences sailing around the world in a sail boat over a six year period with his same-sex romantic partner." 

At this point, Jacobson claims, his tenure with the America's Cup struck a reef. 


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Did SF Archdiocese Put Nancy Pelosi on Probation From Communion in the Catholic Church?

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SF Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, seen here in a lovely pink top, doesn't think gays should marry.

This week, Right Wing News reported that San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone indicated Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi shouldn't receive Holy Communion anymore, because of her positions deviate from the teachings of the church.

As you recall, the Archbishop drew the ire of the LGBT community when he assumed office in part because he was a strong supporter of Prop 8, the now-defeated gay marriage ban.

So now is the Archbishop really looking to "excommunicate" Pelosi?

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OkCupid Wants You to Boycott Firefox for New CEO's Anti-Gay Donation

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OkCupid, the popular dating site and receptacle for every woman's professed love of Amelie, has a different message for users of late, and no, it's not asking you to take a quiz on what kind of cheese you are. 

Instead, those who visit OkCupid using the Firefox browser are greeted with a message asking them to switch browsers. Why? Because Mozilla's new CEO (and former Chief Technology Officer) Brendan Eich donated $1,000 in support of Proposition 8, the measure which banned same-sex marriage, back in 2008.

See OkCupid's message after the jump.

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8 Questions About Bisexuality That Are Better Than "Does It Exist"

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Last week, the New York Times magazine published a lengthy piece on bisexuality by Benoit Denizet-Lewis titled "The Scientific Quest to Prove Bisexuality Exists." Despite the NYT's less than stellar track record on bisexual reporting, (e.g. "Straight, Gay or Lying? Bisexuality Revisited," and the need for reminders that bi men are real), Denizet-Lewis's piece is informative, well-researched, worth a read, and has prompted many discussions about bi invisibility and erasure.

But its core premise -- that scientific research is still wrestling with the existence of bisexuality, especially in men -- is fairly ridiculous when one considers all the real, tangible, and well-documented oppressions faced by bisexuals. With that in mind, here are some better questions we think science should be asking about bisexuality.


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Fred Phelps: LGBT Community Reacts to Death of Homophobic Pastor

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Fred Phelps: Not mourned, not missed.

LGBTs, along with many others, are celebrating the death this morning of the virulently anti-gay Rev. Fred Phelps. The 84-year-old Phelps died at the Midland Care hospice in Topeka, Kansas late last night.

Before his death, Phelps was reportedly excommunicated from Westboro Baptist Church, which he founded in 1955.

Phelps spent his life fanning the flames of hate and celebrating death -- he and his followers joyously picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Phelps and company also picketed the Oscars, the funerals of celebrities, and even funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, claiming the soldiers were killed by God because of America's tolerance of homosexuality.

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Gayborhood Beat: Rainbow Crosswalks, Laverne Cox Comes to S.F., and Fred Phelps' Death Rattle

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As the Snitch reported earlier this week, the Castro is getting a gay makeover, or gaykeover, for the four San Francisco residents who aren't entirely sure what all the rainbow flags, cock ring stores, and alley blow jobs mean. The redesign comes complete with rainbow crosswalks, new trees, wider sidewalks, and a Rainbow Honor Walk, featuring plaques of LGBT notables, like Allen Ginsberg, James Baldwin, and Frida Kahlo. Supervisor Scott Weiner says the project aims to help pedestrian foot traffic, but we think it's really a response to this very important survey that claimed the Mission, and not the Castro, is S.F.'s gayest hood.

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