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Philip Wong

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Room for Squares
By Philip Wong (Oct 14, 2008)
If there is one thing to be learned from the ruckus caused by the passing of that hateful proposition, it’s that we’re a hardy and steadfast bunch. We know what we want, we go after it and we won’t let anything stand in our way. So to all the naysayers out there who continually want to rag on our so-called fickleness -- give it a rest, will ya? More »
Room for Squares
By Philip Wong (Oct 07, 2008)
Every time there’s a cause for celebration, leave it to the Castro to break out the police barricades and party streamers. Tuesday night was such a night, as our nation celebrated one of it most historic victories in the announcement of our new President Elect, Barack Obama. However, as I stood among the throngs of people reveling in the majorly good news, I couldn’t help but wonder to myself: “These people are gay. Why are they celebrating?” More »
Room For Squares
By Philip Wong (Sep 31, 2008)
Although it’s not uncommon for those of us in the gay community to have straight friends whose views differ from our own, it’s usually the case that their opinions are somewhat similar to ours. After all, they wouldn’t be our friends if they didn’t have somewhat left-leaning ideals to begin with. So really, it shouldn’t surprise us when they decide to come join us for our No On 8 phone banking sessions. But every so often, you hear something that really catches you off guard. More »
Room for Squares
By Philip Wong (Sep 24, 2008)
When people think of San Francisco, what comes to mind? There are a number of things people are likely to think of like Haight & Ashbury, beat poets, counter culture, the ghettos of early minority settlers, and so on. They might even bring up man made marvels like the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park. So why is it then that, with a history and demographic as rich and diverse as ours is, more often than not in modern discourse San Francisco is almost always jokingly referred to as the Fag City, the Gay Area, or what have you? More »
Room for Squares
By Philip Wong (Sep 17, 2008)
With this year’s election looming not three weeks in the distance, it’s important to get the facts straight. As with all things having to do with politics, public perception of ballot issues has become rife with misinformation. The litany of myths surrounding Proposition 8 alone has ranged from innocent misunderstandings to dangerous accusations. In what could be one of the most important elections of our generation, it’s important not to let half truths or, in many cases, complete falsehoods determine our fates. More »
Room for Squares
By Philip Wong (Sep 10, 2008)
Gaydar is one of those things that I wish really existed. While I have to agree that it exists to some degree in every homosexual, there will always be that one person on whom it fails to work. And let’s be fair, whether we’re gay or straight, none of us has an easy time thinking up different ways to get that person to reveal his or her sexuality. So boys and girls, what do we do when we can’t tell if the person we’ve got the hots for is gay or straight, or somewhere in between? More »
Room for Squares
By Philip Wong (Sep 03, 2008)
Oh boy! It’s National Coming Out Week. Quick. Everybody, let’s all make like Clay Aiken and make a totally astonishing, never-in-a-million-years-would-anyone-have-guessed proclamation. Ready? On three. One. Two. Three. “Yes, I’m gay!” More »
Room for Squares
By Philip Wong (Aug 26, 2008)
This week, local stations started airing television spots that featured an elderly couple talking about their lesbian daughter and the way Proposition 8 is seeking to take away her right to marriage. Immediately after this spot aired on TV, a local newswoman, in a preview of the evening news coverage and speaking in reference to the new commercial, teased that the fight for marriage equality has finally gotten personal. I thought to myself, “What rock has she been sleeping under?” More »
Room for Squares
By Philip Wong (Aug 19, 2008)
A few weeks ago in this column I wrote a piece about the effect that our coming out has on our straight friends. More specifically, it discussed how our heterosexual friends had to readjust their thinking in a way not totally unlike how we had to reevaluate ourselves. This week, I’m going to examine the flipside of what happens when our friends refuse to accept the fact that we’re gay. More »
Room for Squares
By Philip Wong (Aug 12, 2008)
A few months ago, I was watching one of those “True Life” shows on MTV about the gay porn industry. On the program, producers followed around a young man who, clearly aware of his pulling potential, held no remorse about earning big bucks for a relatively easy job of posing and occasionally having sex with another young man onscreen. He did all of this, mind you, even though he claimed not to be gay. More »
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