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HRC Hails Healthcare Equality Efforts Nation-wide

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has expressed support and appreciation for healthcare facilities nationwide after conducting a survey revealing marked gains in healthcare equality. Although the HRC survey indicates progress regarding fairness in America’s healthcare system, it also highlights several obstacles that must be overcome to achieve true equality for LGBT patients. The annual Healthcare […]

Impending DADT repeal prompts Air Force discharge requests

LGBT newspaper San Diego

Three U.S. Air Force members who recently identified themselves as gay have requested to be discharged in an effort to end their service obligation before the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is lifted. The controversial policy, which has prohibited gays from serving openly in the military for the past 17 years, was overturned last December […]

This month has been fun, but very hectic

Hello, boys and girly girls. Yes, I am older; get over it! I hope by the time this column comes out, I would have survived my birthday. Within a week, I was in Las Vegas, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles. I felt like a nomad, either sleeping on planes or hotel beds. […]

Opponents protest LGBT mayoral candidates

Opponents of both Carl DeMaio and Bonnie Dumanis protested at the candidates’ mayoral campaign events over the past few days. A group of LGBT Democrats organized a protest at a DeMaio fundraiser on Monday, June 27. While DeMaio was inside Eden (located at 1202 University Ave. in Hillcrest), a group of about a dozen people […]

Church denies funeral Mass for gay businessman

Two days after local businessman John Sanfilippo died, his church, Our Lady of the Rosary in Little Italy, canceled a funeral Mass scheduled for Thursday, June 30, because he was gay. The next day, however, the Roman Catholic Diocese in San Diego overturned the decision. Sanfilippo died on Friday, June 24, after a battle with […]

Friends come out to support assault victim

About 50 friends of Jason “Cowboy” Huggins held a quiet candlelight vigil at Scripps Mercy Hospital Tuesday, where Huggins remained in critical condition after a brutal assault the week before. “We are here to show him and his family that we care,” said Justin Newman, a close friend of Huggins and organizer of the vigil. […]

Republican’s redistricting suit tossed out of court

A Superior Court Judge has rejected a suit filed by San Diego Republican Party Chairman Tony Krvaric, alleging the San Diego Redistricting Commission was not properly created, demanding it should be disbanded and asking the City Council to select an entirely new commission. The decision was made by Judge William R. Nevitt Jr. last Friday, […]

Jury takes only 92 minutes to convict Huynh

It only took a jury 92 minutes of deliberations June 24 to convict Philong Huynh of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of Dane Williams, 23, who was drugged and then sexually assaulted. The quick verdict took everyone by surprise, except for the six man six woman jury which heard 4 weeks of testimony of […]

Pachanga de Frida

The LGBT Community Center hosted Pachanga de Frida June 25 to commemorate the life of Frida Kahlo, one of the most influential Mexican painters of the mid-20th century. The event, entitled Arte, Vida y Tequila, was a benefit for The Center’s Latino Services.  

Senate committee passes bill strengthening employment, housing, nondiscrimination laws

CALIFORNIA – The California state Senate Judiciary Committee has passed the Gender Nondiscrimination Act (AB 887) in a 3-2 vote. The bill is authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and is sponsored by Equality California and the Transgender Law Center. If passed, AB 887 will strengthen employment, housing and other civil rights protections for […]

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