Kudos to the San Francisco Police Department for this amazing “It Gets Better” video.

Where Are The SF Queens On "RuPaul's Drag Race"?

FINALLY someone addresses this issue.

SF drag legends like Juanita More and Peaches Christ weigh in.

Need help figuring out which foods are local and in season?

Then maybe you need to buy this $13 local foods wheel and stick it on your fridge. Food wheels are available in three regions — the San Francisco Bay Area, New York metro area and upper Midwest — and a Southern California guide is currently in the works.

Photo: The Kitchn

Behind the scenes of my “Day in the Life of a Recycling Driver” article

This week, I published “A Day in the Life of a Recycling Driver" over at Earth911 — my tribute to garbage and recycling collectors, who, in my opinion, have one of the toughest jobs on the planet.

To research the story, I went on an early-morning route with Recology drivers in San Francisco’s North Beach and Telegraph Hill neighborhoods.

Check out these artsy-fartsy pics from the route that I didn’t have room to include with the article:

While the drivers serviced the carts on San Francisco’s famous Filbert Street Steps in the early-morning twilight, I snapped this scenic shot of the garbage/recycling truck with Coit Tower in the distance.

Cool art deco design on the side of an apartment building.

My view of the drivers while I was perched in the passenger seat.

A view of the bay from the truck, while the drivers serviced the last street on the route, around 9:15 a.m.

Thanks again to Recology for setting up for the ride-along and to drivers Dave Franzoa and Fernando Gonzalez for letting me tag along and slow down their route with my questions and picture-taking (“You’re like the paparazzi,” Fernando told me.).

Right?
(From this weekend’s San Francisco Green Festival)

Right?

(From this weekend’s San Francisco Green Festival)

SF’s Rainbow Chard Alliance

I’m all for diversity in the environmental movement, which has historically been a cause for the white, upper-class and heterosexual.

That’s why — while studying up for the San Francisco Green Festival this weekend — I was pleased to learn about the Rainbow Chard Alliance, which, in addition to having an awesome name, is an LGBT farmer and gardener network in San Francisco.

I understand that it’s not always easy to expend energy on eco causes — especially when you’re just trying to fight for your right to get married — so kudos to this group for rallying eco-queer activists around sustainability and social justice — two ideals which should not be mutually exclusive.

Photo: Flickr/brainchildvn

Get your last-minute Halloween costumes at Marlena’s in SF

Recycling + drag queens + Halloween? It’s like the Google Alerts of my dreams!

Last weekend, some of my friends went to Marlena’s in Hayes Valley — a gay bar that often hosts drag shows and is known for its elaborate decorations during the holidays.

And apparently during the month of October, the bar sells discarded drag queen outfits — the perfect way to get a unique, inexpensive, and secondhand Halloween costume.

I couldn’t find anything about their October costume sales online, but if you’re interested, swing by Marlena’s during its regular business hours and check out their costume closet downstairs.

Now that’s a glamorous, fun way to go green for everyone’s favorite spooky fall holiday.

Photo: Flickr/Kevin Goebel

Only in San Francisco.
latimes:

Upscale culture and gang violence share a small space: In San Francisco’s Mission District, gang violence is layered atop the flourishing restaurant and club scene that has grown up in recent years.
Photo:  Recent shootings are reminders that half of the one-square-mile Mission District in San Francisco is gang territory. Credit: Robert Galbraith / Reuters

Only in San Francisco.

latimes:

Upscale culture and gang violence share a small space: In San Francisco’s Mission District, gang violence is layered atop the flourishing restaurant and club scene that has grown up in recent years.

Photo: Recent shootings are reminders that half of the one-square-mile Mission District in San Francisco is gang territory. Credit: Robert Galbraith / Reuters

A tour of Method’s SF HQ’s

I’ve had a company crush on Method ever since I came across a sleekly-designed bottle of their biodegradable hand soap at Target years ago (note: a company crush is like a celebrity crush, except better).

Not only does the SF-based company make eco-friendly and effective home cleaning and personal care products, but they also aim to make their operations as environmentally responsible as possible.

On Thursday, I attended a press event at Method’s headquarters, on the border of Chinatown, to see them unveil a new bottle made from ocean plastic litter and hear government officials discuss how Obama’s American Jobs Act can help small businesses like Method.

Check out my photos from the tour:

The company’s biodiesel delivery truck.

Keeping track of the competition…

SF Mayor Ed Lee proclaims Sept. 15 as “Method Day” in San Francisco.

L to R: Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills, Method co-founder Adam Lowry, SF Mayor Ed Lee, Method co-founder Eric Ryan, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

The new Method bottle made of reclaimed ocean litter is on the left. The flakes and pellets in the two other bottles show the process of grinding and pelletizing the collected marine debris to make a new bottle.