Don't Ask, Don't Tell

  • News

    November 1, 2012

    Chris Kluwe's Game Changer

    The Los Al High grad and Minnesota Vikings punter is prying open America's last closet: major-league sports

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Jenna Jameson's for Mitt Romney But What About These 8 Porn Actresses?

    We mentioned earlier how adult entertainer-turned-Huntington Harbour mom Jenna Jameson and gay pornpressario Michael Lucas are solidly behind (oofa!) Mitt Romney for president, while Ron Jeremy likes, but probably will not vote for, the former Massachusetts governor.Well, we now know how eight other ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    What We Learned, Feb. 18-24

    ​It's the week of newsitude with a dabbling of learning from it.FEB. 18: A boozehound is busted at California Adventure after taking swings at Disney Resort employees near the Tower of Terror. The guest is then sprinkled with pixie dust, a.k.a. mace. As video from the encounter goes viral, The Hou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    [UPDATED: Coroner Rules Suicide] Katherine Darmer, Chapman Professor and Gay Rights Champion, Falls From a Building in a Possible Suicide

    ​UPDATE, FEB. 22, 3:46 P.M.: The Orange County coroner's office has ruled Katherine Darmer's death a suicide. Questions remain as to why she would want to end her life.   ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 21, 12:32 P.M.: Katherine Darmer, a Chapman law professor and a founding member of the Orange Cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    President Barack Obama's Official Remarks in CdM--with Applause and Laughter Breaks

    ​The White House has released an official transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks at a breakfast fundraiser in Corona del Mar this morning--complete with laugh and applause breaks.Admission to the event started at $2,500 and rose to $35,800 depending on what kind of access one wanted to The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Margaret Cho On Writing Comedic Music and Her New Cho Dependent DVD

    Margaret Cho might be known best from the laughs she's provided over the years, but her talents extend beyond being funny. She has the passion to inspire and leaves you knowing that you have the right to do and laugh at what you want.  From Dancing with the Stars to Drop Dead Diva and her new D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell's End Marks ROTC's Beginning at UC Irvine

    ​Last week, when the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was officially repealed, UC Irvine's inaugural class of ROTC cadets began participating in the campus' new program.That wasn't just a coincidence.Campus officials first talked to the U.S. Army about establishing an ROTC program d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    Lt. Dan Choi Not Celebrating Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    ​With the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, you'd think the leading opponent of the policy prohibiting gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military would be celebrating.But Tustin's Dan Choi, the Army National Guard lieutenant who was discharged from his upper New York state unit in 2010 for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Lt. Dan Choi's White House Fence-Chaining Case May Be Dismissed

    ​Army Reserve Lt. Dan Choi was arrested in November for chaining himself to a fence around the White House, and the former Tustin resident claims the government is still pressing its case against him in federal court because he is gay and outspoken against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."On Wednesday, Cho ... More >>

  • Culture

    July 14, 2011


    [Trendzilla] The hipster shoemaker is involved with the reprehensible Focus On the Family

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2011

    Court Orders Immediate End to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

    ​A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled today the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy must be immediately lifted.The legal battle over the 20-year-old policy is still being played out in courts, but the justices say it must end now that the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Lt. Dan Choi Salutes Andrew Breitbart's Penis

    ​Last October, our big sistah paper, the Village Voice of New York, ran a cover story on Dan Choi, the former Tustin resident and openly gay Army Reserve lieutenant who has repeatedly made national headlines defying the military's since-mothballed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.But, as we reporter ... More >>

  • News

    June 2, 2011

    In Fred Karger's Presidential Run, GOP Stands for Gay Old Party

    The OC resident and onetime Republican hatchet man hopes his quixotic campaign can push his party to become more gay-friendly

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    10 Reasons to Love Ron Paul 2012

    ​Anti-war, pro-pot, anti-tax, libertarian, foe-of-foreign-aid cranks unite!Teabagger No-bi Wan Kenobi Ron Paul has announced he's running for president again."Time has come around to the point where the people are agreeing with much of what I've been saying for 30 years," the 75-year-old said thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Obama Signs "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal

    ​As expected, President Barack Obama signed legislation today that repeals the 17-year-old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law that prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military. However, it could still take months for military officials to completely lift the old policy.Still, Ob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2010

    "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Overturned in Senate

    Godspeed, Lt. Choi.​This morning will be known as the day the DREAM Act died in the U.S. Senate but "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was overturned there.By a bipartisan vote of 63 to 33, the Senate voted to end the debate on a bill that will allow President Barack Obama to overturn the Pentagon's ban on g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Dan Choi Hospitalized, Blames "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Stress on Breakdown

    ​One of the country's most-prominent activists for the repeal of the military's anti-gay "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is being hospitalized for mental stress. Orange County native Lt. Dan Choi--discharged because he dared to come out--is in a VA facility seeking treatment, according to news repo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    House Votes to Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell; Loretta Sanchez Says Gay Soldiers Can Bolster National Security

    If boys can be soldiers, why not gays?​The endless screaming you hear is from a rural Virginia estate, the home of former Orange County Congressman Robert K. Dornan, who must be quite aroused by today's events. Loretta Sanchez, the woman who ended his notable political career in 1996, today d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    [BREAKING:] Sorry, Lt. Dan Choi: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal Fails

    ​Repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that would have allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military just failed in a 57-40 procedural vote in the U.S. Senate. Despite two-thirds of Americans and most in the mlitary supporting the repeal, the setback seemingly doom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Singer Ray J. Dabbles in Shock Pop with 'She Said (Don't Cum In Me)'​It's hard to tell whether R&B singers Ray J. and Erika Kayne are serious about their video "She Said (Don't Cum In Me)." Maybe it's because no one in their right mind would want to cum in her. The video--directed by a "Giuseppe Palumbo," clearly a fake name--is eloquently tasteless ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Dan Choi: The Gay OC Soldier Who Won't Quit

    Choi: I'm baaaaack!​Dan Choi just won't give up.The 29-year-old, irrepressible Orange County resident is refusing to allow his homosexuality to block him from military service even though the Iraq War veteran was booted out of the Army National Guard in July under the Pentagon's ridiculous "don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    UPDATED: OC-Born Judge Throws Out 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

    Anti-DADT activist and fired soldier Dan ChoiUpdate, Oct. 12, 1:02 p.m.: Riverside federal judge Virginia Phillips has double-downed on her initial ruling against Don't Ask, Don't Tell, issuing a worldwide injunction barring enforcement of the rule. The government has sixty days to appeal, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    DREAM Act Voted Down, Though Not Because Lack of Effort by OC Dreamers

    Courtesy of Julio Salgado​While the Know Nothings of both the ethnic and sexual types gloat over today's death of a defense bill in the Senate that included provisions to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" ban of LGBT service members and to pass the DREAM Act, OC's local Dreamers burnt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Greg Howe of Raya at The Ritz-Carlton, Part Two

    Kimberly Valenzuela​Today we continue our Q&A with Greg Howe, Chef de Cuisine of Raya at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel. If you missed the first part, click here. Stay tuned tomorrow for our final installment: a recipe. What show would you pitch to the Food Network Something where real food wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Army Lt. Dan Choi is Discharged

    ​Army Lieutenant, Westpoint grad, Arabic translator, Tustin native and gay activist Dan Choi received notice that he's been honorably discharged from the Army National Guard under "Don't Ask Don't Tell."The Iraq war veteran, who came out more than a year ago on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, call ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Move Over, Orly: Dan Choi Subpoenas Obama

    ​Lt. Dan Choi wants to drag President Obama into court.But the Tustin High grad, out Army officer and gay activist is not challenging the Kenyan's place of birth with his subpoena. (Sorry, Orly.) Facing the music in the case we wrote about here, when Choi was arrested for chaining himself to a Whi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    In Case You Missed It: Lady Gaga On Larry King Last Night

    ​Lady Gaga doesn't do very many interviews with press (although this story in New York Magazine is killer) because she apparently wants to stay mysterious. But I guess Lady Gaga couldn't resist a chance to poke fun at the CNN institution. Here are the highlights of Lady Gaga's interview with Larry ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2010

    Racist Homophobic OC Register Fustercluck of the Day

    ​Headline: OC reps vote on 'don't ask, don't tell' UglyinLA says: As far as Gays in the military, I think anyone who wears our uniform and is willing to die for our country deserves our utmost gratification. Sexual orientation should not be an issue when in training or in combat. If fags are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    What Prop 8? Poll Finds OC Supports Gay Marriage, Gays in Military

    Our Nov. 19, 2009 cover story on OC gay activists.​In 2008, 57.7% of Orange County voters supported Proposition 8, the law banning gay marriage.Today, if a poll from Brandman University--the new spin-off of Chapman--is to be believed, 52% of county residents are fine with gay marria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Top Five Fan Remakes of Lady Gaga's "Telephone"

    Don't ask about Heard Mentality's current obsession with Lady Gaga; just know that we spend sleepless nights watching her videos and trying to figure out where she gets outfit ideas that seem regurgitated but fresh at the same time.​ Hey -- at least we're not the only ones with a Gaga obsession. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Vietnam Shoots Down Loretta Sanchez's Travel Hopes

    Vietnam has a Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy too​Saving itself a couple of news cycles of international embarrassment, Vietnam has denied a visa to Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who had been traveling in Asia and hoped to enter the country to meet with disgruntled citizens who say the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    [UPDATED:] Lt. Dan Choi of Tustin Arrested for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Stunt at White House

    UPDATE: Details released for protest in Irvine in support of Lt. Dan Choi and other activists (see below) . . . Clockwork is no expert on military jurisprudence, so does anyone know if getting arrested for chaining oneself to a White House gate--while in uniform, mind you--makes one just as likely t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Do Tell! Lt. Dan Choi Back on Active Duty

    Lt. Dan Choi​Several websites are reporting that out U.S. Army National Guard Lieutenant Dan Choi of Tustin has been called back to active duty.

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Tustin's Lt. Dan Choi: Obama's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Pledge "Unacceptable"

    ​Army Lieutenant, Westpoint grad, Arabic translator and Tustin native Dan Choi made headlines when he came out as gay on the Rachel Maddow Show--and was then kicked out of the military for doing so. In the time since then, he's been the face of the movement to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell pol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Lt. Dan Choi on KPFK-FM 90.7 at 4:20 p.m. TODAY

    Sorry for the late notice, but you can hear Army Lt. Dan Choi, who's recently made headlines for challenging the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy," today at 4:20 p.m. on KPFK-FM 90.7, online at It's a pre-recorded segment, and one where you immediately get the warmth of the man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Lt. Dan Choi on His "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Setback

    Former Tustin resident Lt. Dan Choi issued the following statement regarding a military panel in New York recommending he be discharged from the Army: Dear friend -- I've got some bad news. After 10 years of service to our country--including leading combat patrols, rebuilding schools and transl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell Victim Choi Seeks Additional Support

    Tustin's Dan Choi, who turned up in previous Navel Gazing posts here and (hilariously) here, is famously battling to remain an Army lieutenant despite having come out as a gay American. He has received 141,262 online signatures of support for his recent letter to President Obama seeking the Commande ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    Oh, THAT's Why The Army Fired OC Native Dan Choi

    Last night, the Daily Show provided its trademark dose of clarity regarding the case of Lt. Dan Choi, a graduate of Tustin High School and West Point. Choi's an Iraq War veteran and was working for the military as an Arabic translator -- until he announced that he's gay. The ensuing media frenzy has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    It's a Quick Read 28

    Orange County Register: The third Disney theme park April Fools prankster comes clean. . . . Two teens are busted in the Old Towne Orange tagging spree. Holiday sales were down 18 percent at South Coast Plaza. . . . Sokol: Military members living under Don't Ask, Don't Tell tell. . . . Mickadei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2008

    Cypress Goes Cultist

    Cypress has followed Westminster's lead in officially embracing the occult. The Cypress City Council voted in a perplexing 2-1 majority to display "In God We Trust" in council chambers. Aww, poor Cypress - only three council members? Iddle biddle widdle council, so cute! Actually two council member ... More >>