Posting History for sfbob
|AIDS/LifeCycle - Why Do I Keep on Riding?
I'll answer the question I posed in my title beyond the orange squiggle but first this: As I do every year I'm posting this diary to ask you to support me on AIDS/LifeCycle , a charity bike ride ...
|Why Coming Out of the Closet Will (Probably) Always Matter
Yesterday brought us two very moving and heartfelt diaries on the subject of coming out of the closet. I noticed and acknowledged both of those diaries but I think there is a further point to be ...
|Alabama Marriage Equality Plaintiffs Oppose a Stay on Current Case
I started writing this as a C&J comment but it seems long enough to form its own diary. Mobile County Alabama Probate Judge Don Davis is trying to get all of the current federal marriage equality ...
|A Strange Thing Happened When I Retired
I retired just over a couple of months ago, right at the beginning of the year. In the run-up to that much-anticipated date I figured I'd be posting more diaries and commenting here more often. But ...
|RIP Bess Myerson
The first and thus far only Jewish Miss America has passed away at the age of 90. Not incidentally she grew up in the same neighborhood as my mother did; she was a year older than my mom and two ...
|BREAKING: Marriage Equality Will Come to Florida on January 6th
Hat tip to our own Scottie Thomaston, pasting *posting* at Equality on Trial. The Supreme Court has just REJECTED Florida's request for a stay on a federal district court ruling overturning that ...
|World AIDS Day 2014
Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day. I first joined Daily Kos in 2006. At first I posted only comments but on December 1 of that year I posted my first diary using World AIDS Day as a topic. ...
|Updated BREAKING News: 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Marriage Equality Bans
As is generally the case with "breaking" stuff, this diary will be brief. The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has just just released an opinion upholding marriage equality bans in four states: ...
|LGBT Literature: "I Loved You More"--a novel by Tom Spanbauer
LGBT Literature is a Readers and Book Lovers series dedicated to discussing books that have made an impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. From fiction to ...
|RIP Jack Bruce
Just happened to hear this reported on the local news here in SF and confirmed with the first news site I could think of (not my favorite but it was handy), bassist Jack Bruce, one of my musical ...
|UPDATED: Marriage Equality OFFICIALLY Comes to Arizona AND ALASKA
About an hour ago, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne issued a statement saying he would not request a stay of the yesterday's federal district court decision striking down the state's marriage ...
|The Hatch Act...
...and what it means for how I function here. The Hatch Act , originally passed in 1939 and updated periodically, defines what political activities a federal employee may and may not engage in. I'...
|Utah Legislator Tries an End Run Around the Supreme Court
In this morning's entry at EqualityOnTrial.com, I found this link . One state legislator is already thinking about making a distinction between same-sex marriages and other marriages in adoption ...
|Missouri Judge Rules that State Must Recognize Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages
Haven't seen any one diary this yet so here we go. Yet again a state judge in a very red state has ruled in favor of marriage equality. More beneath the squiggle.
|Catholic Priest Tells Couple to Get Divorced
Another of those, "hasn't anyone already diaried this?" pieces that I myself only just caught wind of. Into the looking glass you may be thinking, because after all the Catholic Church does not ...
|The Week in Marriage Equality
This diary represents an ongoing attempt by those of us here with an interest in the subject to review the week that was with respect to activity on the front of marriage equality. And what a week ...
|Little Caesar's Pizza Gets Sued for Denying Insurance to Legally-Married Gay Couple
Another one of those "didn't see anyone else do a diary about it so I suppose it's up to me items." Reuters is reporting that a suit has been filed against Little Caesar's Pizza and their parent ...
|Right Wing Pastor Proposes Criminalizing Homosexuality throughout the US
Ran across this one on a couple of different sites today, including at The New Civil Rights Movement . I was actually hoping someone else would post a diary about it. But nobody's yet come forward ...
|99-Year-Old Runner Competes in Gay Games; Sets Record
With all the horrible news lately it's good to read something uplifting and inspiring, courtesy of ABC's local affiliate in the Akron/Canton area by way of Joe.My.God. "My doctor told me two years ...
|BREAKING: Kitchen vs Herbert Heads for the Supreme Court
Back in June when the Tenth Circuit Court of appeals upheld the district court's ruling that Utah's ban on marriage equality, the state's attorney general announced his intention to skip an /en banc/
|The Week in Marriage Equality: Bostic vs Schaefer and its aftermath
This is my first time authoring a diary in what has become an ongoing series. As it's my initial outing, I hope you all will be generous in your praise and constructive in your criticisms. Things ...
|How I came to be an "Out Gay Man"
A few weeks ago, while I was away on AIDS/LifeCycle and therefore off the net, my esteemed fellow-Kossack commonmass posted his coming out story as a diary and encouraged others in our community to ...
|BREAKING: No New Hearing on SmithKline Beecham vs Abbott Labs
Just happened upon this a moment ago. It sounds dull and boring right? Well it isn't. I'll explain why over the fold...*with a bit of elaboration on the original text at the end.*
|A Couple of Quick Marriage Equality Updates
First off, per Joe.My.God , marriage equality will be coming to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg as of this coming January 1. Secondly, Bloomberg News is reporting that Judge John E. Jones, who ...
|AIDS/LifeCycle 2014--My Fifteenth Bike Ride for AIDS
Tired of meta, pie fights and flame wars? This diary's for you. If you follow where I'm leading you'll be able to help me make just a wee bit of a difference in the life of someone. This is a diary ...
|BREAKING: MS Governor to sign "freedom to discriminate" bill
Early today when this bill was being passed, I suppose that like some others I foolishly held out some hope that Governor Phil Bryant would follow Jan Brewer's lead and veto this piece of filth ...
|Lobbyist Wants Law Banning Gay Players in NFL
Haven't seen this one diaried thus far and, to be honest, I don't see it gaining much traction. Still it's nice to know how some folks' minds work. Not to mention being a window into how things go ...
|Republicans are running out of ways to ban marriage equality in Indiana
As reported here and elsewhere last night, a proposed constitutional ban on marriage equality in the state of Indiana has being experiencing a bit of an uphill struggle of late. Not that I'm ...
|If you want your state to be sued, you propose laws like these
Sometimes it really seems that people will go out of their way to justify their hatred. Today, just in the past few minutes, I've run across two attempts to keep the LGBT community from achieving ...
|Utah's Special Counsel on their marriage equality case admits he's on a religious crusade
As has been discussed lately, here and elsewhere, the State of Utah, whether because of turmoil in their Attorney General's office or because they simply aren't up to the task or perhaps a ...
|Ninth Circuit Court Ruling Applies Heightened Scrutiny to Sexual Orientation
This is one of those "diary me" issues that I couldn't just let sit. Because I'm not a lawyer I'm going to have to cover it as best I can and I hope anyone who comments here will do so with that ...
|Suprising Nobody, Utah Files Request for Stay of Marriage Equality Ruling
I go out for an hour or so and when I get back to my computer, several websites, including JoeMyGod and Equality on Trial break the news that the Utah Attorney General has petitioned Justice ...
|Luxembourg Will Have A Gay Prime Minister AND a Gay Vice- (or Deputy) Prime Minister
In the midst of the sad news about the passing of Nelson Mandela (who supported LGBT equality), there is at least one positive development in the world. Following in the footsteps of Iceland and ...
|Another Diary for World AIDS Day
The first diary I ever posted on this site, in 2006, was posted on, and in honor of, World AIDS Day. With one exception I've done one each year since then. WAD is personally important to me. I've ...
|A Meditation on the LGBT Rights Movement in Honor of Harvey Milk
Harvey Milk was murdered on November 27, 1978, thirty-five years ago today. This diary began as an attempt to enlarge on something I'd said in a comment a couple of weeks ago. While I still plan to ...
|A Video About Equality and Rights That Will Knock Your Socks Off
I'm not sure, as I begin this diary, how long it will be or how much I will say. Because I had a bit of time on my hands I was browsing some of my /other/ favorite internet sites (yes, I have other ...
|BREAKING: Marriage Equality OFFICIALLY Comes to Hawai'i
Quickly: The Hawai'i Senate has passed SB1. Governor Abercrombie will sign the bill tomorrow and marriage equality will come to Hawai'i on December 3rd 2nd. (Thanks to My Spin for the correction.)
|I'm a Democrat Because My Folks Raised Me Right
Like some of my colleagues here, I read AlyoshaKaramazov's challenge to write something positive, an explanation of what the Democratic Party means to us. I jumped on the idea by way of a comment ...
|BREAKING: BART Strike Settled
With so many people involved process seems to be trumping the nuts and bolts, but the short of it is that BART management and the striking unions have reached a tentative agreement. It isn't yet ...
|Not very bright Tea-Partiers think "homosexuality" can be sued
You really have to wonder sometimes how clueless people can be. Tea Party activist Rick Scarborough thinks thinks it would be a terrific idea to file a class action lawsuit against homosexuality, ...
|Some Good News From NJ on Marriage Equality
It isn't like me to post two diaries back-to-back; with all the free time I suddenly have though I'm given more opportunities to browse the news. And unlike my prior diary, this diary is a happy one.
|Breaking: Astronaut Scott Carpenter has died
Just saw it on CNN.com . Carpenter was 88 and was in failing health. I thought I'd seen a diary about him recently but can't seem to find one. I was 11 years old when Carpenter became the second ...
|A completely unofficial and unsolicited pitch for C&J
First of all I want it understood that nobody even remotely suggested I do this. In fact I hope I'm not stepping out of line by doing this. I certainly don't to get into trouble or tread on anyone's ...
|BREAKING: Another Marriage Equality Win in New Mexico
Yet another New Mexico county will begin issuing licenses to gay and lesbian couples as of 8 a.m. tomorrow morning. And this is the big one: Bernalillo County is where Albuquerque is located. ...
|Breaking: Marriage Equality Comes to England and Wales
Apparently this happened within the past hour or so. By way of Europe's Pink News . The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has once again been passed in the House of Commons, and will soon ...
|BREAKING/UPDATED: End of DOMA Sec 3 Has an IMMEDIATE Effect on Married Gay & Lesbian Feds
This just came to my attention and it's a big deal, not least because it could, in theory, affect my partner and me at some point. Elaine Kaplan, Acting Director of the Office of Personnel ...
|SF to LA on a Bicycle - a photo diary (Part II of II)
In my previous diary I took you almost, but not quite, to the halfway point in the ride. Now it's time for me to take you the rest of the way to LA. I ran into some technical difficulties involving ...
|SF to LA on a bicycle - a photo diary (Part I of II)
From June 2nd through June 8th I was one of 2,203 cyclists riding from San Francisco to Los Angeles on AIDS/LifeCycle 12, the biggest and most successful AIDS charity event EVER. I could regale you ...
|LGBT Literature: Mark Merlis, An Arrow's Flight
In this diary, Dave in Northridge and sfbob will discuss Mark Merlis' 1998 novel /An Arrow's Flight/. Merlis brings modernity to the Trojan War, and vice versa, using the tale as a way of shedding ...
|Training for AIDS/LifeCycle--A Photodiary
It's now less than a month until I begin pedaling my way from San Francisco to Los Angeles on AIDS/LifeCycle 12. AIDS/LifeCycle is an event which raises money for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation ...
|AIDS/LifeCycle--Donating Money DOES Make a Difference
Those who know me know that I like to bike. In fact it's become a rather serious addiction, albeit one I'd rather not seek treatment for. At the beginning of June I'll be pedaling my very spiffy ...
|More on Gay Man Arrested Trying to Stay in His Husband's Hospital Room
Yesterday Scout Finch posted a diary about a gay man who was arrested and forcibly ejected from his partner's hospital room in Kansas City, MO. Despite the couple's having been in a civil union (...
|An amicus brief on the Prop 8 case provides an important history lesson
I am not a lawyer and I don't play one on television. My job requires that I be somewhat conversant with certain legal concepts and that I be able to read contracts and other things written in ...
|Administration's Amicus Brief on Prop 8 is now available
I hope you will all indulge me since I posted a diary on the subject earlier today and there is currently a front-page diary noting, as I did earlier, that the Obama administration would be ...
|UPDATED! A big deal on Prop 8 is BREAKING
According to our own Scottie Thomaston who's writing on equalityontrial.com, the Obama administration WILL be filing a brief on the Prop 8 case. I've got an hour-long meeting regarding ...
|You never know...
You really never know how you're going to find a personal connection to a story that, on the surface, doesn't seem to be related to you. Besides this site, one of the places I most often go for ...
|February 14, 1991--When "domestic partnerships" were cutting-edge
Last month I treated you all to a decidedly non-political personal celebration on the occasion of the eleventh anniversary of my relationship with my partner, TrapperSF. That seemed to go over well. ...
|Trapper and Me...an Anniversary Diary
Today, Friday, marks eleven years since I met my partner TrapperSF. I am still in awe at the fact that we've made it this long; there were so many reasons for it not to have happened. Last year ...
|MD County Clerk reassigns deputies so they won't have to marry gay couples
Nobody appears to have picked up on this story yet, so you're stuck with my take on it. Just so you're warned, some ranting is included further down. As most here know, voters in the state of ...
|SCOTUS Grants Cert on Prop 8 & Windsor Cases
This will be very quick because it is just now showing up at SCOTUSblog.com (which is liveblogging the day's conference). Certiorari has been granted (meaning the Supreme Court will hear the case) ...
|More news on California's ban on "Conversion Therapy"
As some here may be aware, the state of California recently passed legislation, known as SB 1172, prohibiting the use of so-called "conversion therapy" on minors. The purpose of this therapy is -- ...
|World AIDS Day--The Political and the Personal
I normally post a diary on World AIDS Day; with the actual day being a Saturday, I figured I wouldn't get that much attention and I assumed I'd be out riding my bike all day and therefore ...
|[Updated] Electoral Vote Margins--Some Perspective
Now that Romney's conceded Florida and the Obama's electoral vote count is more or less official (of course it won't be until the actual polling of electors takes place in December), let's look at ...
|Right-Wing Groups Announce Lawsuits to Stop CA SB 1172
Well it certainly didn't take them very long, now did it? This past Sunday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1172 , a piece of legislation sponsored by LA Area state Senator Ted Lieu which ...
|National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Today is National Gay Men's HIV/Awareness Day. It doesn't appear that anyone has diaried on this topic yet, so I will take the plunge. As usual this story is personal for me. At age 61, I've now ...
|Diocese of Worcester Nixes Real Estate Deal with Gay Couple
Or..."Diocese of Worcester opens electronic mouth and inserts electronic foot." If you're going to discriminate against a potential purchaser of property in violation of a state law, you really ...
|Yes, another test of the new image library
Since it appears that the only way to add an image to the library is through I diary, and since the only way I can think of to learn how to use this new feature is by testing it, I submit, for your ...
|AIDS/LifeCycle 11--A Photo Diary
While many of you were traveling to and participating in Netroots Nation, I was riding my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles in AIDS/LifeCycle 11. I originally thought I could complete and post ...
|DOJ Requesting SCOTUS Review of Golinski DOMA case
Last week saw a request for certiorari filed with the Supreme Court on two related cases originating in the First District--the Gill vs OPM and Massachusetts vs HHS cases. Both of these cases ...
|BREAKING: DOMA is going to the Supreme Court
Just saw this written up by Scottie Thomaston but I don't see it here...yet. BLAG has formally appealed the First Circuit's "Gill" decision, in which Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act was ...
|SF Pride--A Ground-Level Photo Diary
I know there are photo diaries from both NYC and San Francisco Gay Pride. I figured what we all could use is just a bit more. Since mine are from the perspective of a marcher, with the AIDS/...
|An AIDS/LifeCycle Donation--How Does It Help?
It's now only two weeks until the start of AIDS/LifeCycle . As many here know, I participate annually in this event, riding my bike from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Those of us who ride raise for ...
|Marriage Equality Bans violate the Establishment Clause
As if we didn't know this to be the case, thanks to Pam Spaulding and her blog, Pam's House Blend and the unwitting assistance of one of the chief bigots behind North Carolina's Amendment One, the ...
|10,000 Comments and Counting
Or..."Will sfbob never shut up?????" I saw the milestone coming, figured it would be just that--a milestone. The comment-counter-thingie seems to have a bit of a personality. After checking into C&...
|Prop 8 Plaintiffs File Response to Request for En Banc Hearing
This will be a somewhat short and sweet diary. Surprising nobody (except perhaps to the extent that the response was amazingly quick), the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case (a/k/a Perry vs ...
|Middle Aged Man Rides Bike for AIDS
and lives to tell about it, and repeat it over and over and over again. This coming June I'll be participating in my thirteenth AIDS charity bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. I'm not the ...
|Prop 8 wasn't about marriage equality! (Who knew??)
All this time, we've all (even the proponents of Prop 8 and the various judges who've weighed in thus far) have misunderstood what Prop 8 was all about. Sure Prop 8 prohibited gays from marrying--...
|BREAKING: Judge Walker's Prop 8 Decision Upheld
Just released...a couple of minutes before the scheduled time. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Judge Walker's ruling that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. Here's a link to the first ...
|Breaking/Updated: WA State Marriage Equality bill passes Senate.
The Washington State Senate has passed the state's marriage equality bill. The vote was 28 to 21 in favor. I don't have a link but I watched the vote live-streamed on KING5. I assume others will be ...
|Ruling on Prop 8 videotapes to be issued tomorrow
Just a quickie here: The Ninth Circuit Court has announced it will issue its ruling on release of the Prop 8 videotapes tomorrow (
|Don we now our gay apparel? Not in Michigan
Oh us scary gays. If we aren't bullying hate groups like National Association for Marriage, Family Research Counsel, and their ilk, we're trying to recruit innocent kids. The right wingers have ...
|My life with Mario--World AIDS Day 2011
Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day, an event marked each year by events great and small. Since I became a member of this community in 2006, I've tried to generate a diary each year as one of the "...
|CA Supreme Court Ruling on Prop 8 Comes Tomorrow
Just a quickie diary on this. Blogger Joe Jervis (a/k/a Joe.My.God) is reporting that the long-awaited ...
|AIDS/LifeCycle 10--A Photo Diary
Before AIDS/LifeCycle 10 started, I promised I'd do a diary about it once it was over. This is that diary. Technically there were nine California AIDS Rides but only eight are paid much attention to.
|DOMA Gag Rule May be Somewhat Illegal...
As most here know, House Republicans have seen fit to waste taxpayer money by retaining former Bush Solicitor General Paul Clement of the law firm King and Spalding to defend the indefensible ...
|AIDS/LifeCycle: Activism on a Bicycle
What could be more empowering, yet more terrifying, than standing in front of a television camera and announcing to anyone who might be viewing "I am HIV-positive?" I've done that and I'm glad I did.
|Goodbye "Exodus, International" iPhone app
After today's disappointing news regarding Prop 8, at least there is something to feel good about. Apple has pulled the controversial iTunes app developed by Exodus, International (the organization ...
|New IRS rules for LGBT couples in some states
When I opened today's issue of San Francisco's Bay Area Reporter, my attention was drawn to this article . I should say ...
|A feel-good story thanks to Daily Kos
Meta-wars. Cranky diaries. Beta testing. Acrimony. Bad news out the ying-yang. Lost of that sort of going on in these parts lately. I figured I would post an almost completely irrelevant, feel-...
|World AIDS Day--So Many Things Happened 30 Years Ago
"Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it, because [that is] the only way to make it appear like a normal disease." "One of the things destroying people with AIDS is the ...
|Judge Does His Job; Congresscritter Objects
Yeah, I know, just what you all have been waiting for, another diary on the Prop 8 trial. It's not as though there isn't plenty of fodder for all sorts of worthwhile analysis and sadly, it's not as ...
|Prop 8 decision to be announced tomorrow
I hate to use the word "breaking" and someone will probably beat me to it anyway (Update: so far--as of 4:59 PM PDT--nobody else has diaried on this; I'm surprised). And I hope I can come up with ...
|Twenty-Nine Years of AIDS from the Inside
Today, World AIDS Day, marks 29 years since the official beginning of the pandemic. Each year since I joined Daily Kos I've posted a diary to commemorate this day and there's no reason for me not to ...
|Updated and Corrected: 9th Circuit Court Allows Release of WA-Referendum 71 Names
This'll be somewhat quick and dirty. This from the Seattle Times Washington's secretary of ...
|My final push for AIDS/LifeCycle
Just when the need is greatest, draconian budget cuts are in store for California. Governor Schwartzenegger plans to eliminate all ...
|Prop 8 Decision due on Tuesday
I didn't use "breaking" though I probably could have. And I hope I can type fast enough to beat others here. And I know this is gonna be a skimpy diary but...so what. It's newsworthy. The pending ...
|Gay News, Good and Sad
This isn't going to be quite the diary I'd originally had in mind. I'd been fed a couple of very nice items yesterday afternoon that I'd thought of turning into a "happy news for gays in politics" ...
|Memoirs of a Longterm Survivor; World AIDS Day 2008
For the record, I will admit here that I don't publish many diaries here; I mostly comment on things. If I'm going to publish a diary I try to limit myself to things I'm both passionate about and ...
|Coming Out is a Lifelong Process
Okay, okay. I said in a comment earlier that I'd decided to ditch my own coming out story because it had gotten too convoluted and I figured I would just latch on and comment on what others had ...
|Del Martin RIP
I don't know how substantive this diary will actually be but since I just read the news (and am still reacting to it), I figured I would put it up ASAP. LGBT activist Del Martin has passed away. ...
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