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Posted: 6/7/2002 4:43:45 PM EDT

By Claudia Cowan, Fox News

SAN FRANCISCO — With its panoramic views of San Francisco and subsidized rent, the proposed Rainbow Adult Housing complex sounds like a place any senior citizen would want to live. However, only certain seniors are welcome.

"It's (for) bisexuals and transgendered, who by the way can be heterosexual people, but queer identified. It's gay and lesbian, and it's our friends and family that are accepting of us," said Jim Mitulski, executive director of the Rainbow community.

"That is discrimination and we are subsidizing discrimination," said Republican state Sen. Ray Haynes, who added that gay politicians in Sacramento are finding ways to funnel public dollars into projects that discriminate against straight people.

"If you want to run a business that caters to specific folks, I don't have a problem with that," Haynes said. "But don't come ask the taxpayers to pay for it."

Proudly displaying a copy of the state's check for $250,000, Mitulski said it's perfectly appropriate for taxpayer money to fund what he said would be the nation's first subsidized housing project for gay and lesbian seniors.

"The government has made it possible for distinct communities to preserve their culture and to serve the unique needs of their seniors," Mitulski said. "It's not, to our minds, discrimination. It's us taking responsibility for our own community."

Organizers hope to build the project here in this largely gay neighborhood in the next five years. They're still figuring out how applicants would be screened, but the primary requirement, aside from old age, is apparently support for gay lifestyles. It's a difficult standard to measure, and one some critics contend is against the law.

"We fine land owners for saying they don't want to rent to homosexuals. Now, we're saying to homosexuals, 'we're not only not going to fine you for engaging in this kind of discrimination, we're going to subsidize you,'" Haynes said.
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Bet it will have nice draperies.  Where's a massive 9.0 earthquake when you need one?
Link Posted: 6/7/2002 5:34:12 PM EDT
Hmmm, so I wonder how they're going to "test" the applicants...?
Link Posted: 6/7/2002 5:36:02 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/7/2002 5:59:47 PM EDT
Lotboy's photos from sausage fest 2001!
Link Posted: 6/7/2002 6:04:47 PM EDT
Heard on the radio today that Tulsa Oklahoma is having a Gay parade tomorrow. It's to bring more focus on their plight of not being treated like the rest of the population as far as rights and it seems like a fun thing to do in the heart of the Bible Belt![<]:)]
Link Posted: 6/8/2002 3:27:58 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/8/2002 6:16:24 PM EDT
Hope Tulsa can keep that shit there where it belongs.   Edited to say yes I can see where just don't ask would come in handy,say two per bunk would cut down on houseing problem.  

   Also It's kind of scarry that you get half a tent and only three of the six tent poles and stakes to make a full tent!

Of course back then you had to share a tent for mental stability,now I wounder about this klinton stability.

Dig our own hole set up the tent half above it ,use the inflatable air-matress for your R&R on the beach

What the hell were we talking about?

Peace     Bob   [8D]

Link Posted: 6/8/2002 6:28:16 PM EDT
I'm not surprised. Discrimination in the right direction is considered PC.
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