Boos, Bayard and Big MikeConversations with Nicole, Section 4A Thursday, July 26th, 2012
Commentary: Conversations with Nicole
Well, my doctor made me cancel my Texas trip last weekend and so I got to enjoy some of our Pride, but the heat made a lot of participation impossible.
GLBTs boo, turn their backs on DeMaio
It was so noticeable that even the Union-Tribune, among other media, reported that people all along the Pride parade route booed or turned their backs on radical right-wing homophobe-backed gay Republican Tea Party favorite Carl DeMaio, who is in a run-off for mayor against Congressman Bob Filner – who received huge applause and cheers.
Never in the 37-year history of our parade has any candidate been booed (DeMaio was also booed at the flag raising rally). Word is DeMaio had to hire extra security. Wake up San Diego, as they say – who knows you better than your own community.
NABWMT and Bayard Rustin
Last week, City Councilman Todd Gloria and I had the honor of officially welcoming the national convention of the National Association of Black and White Men Together (NABWMT), one of our community’s oldest organizations for more than 3 decades with chapters in more than 30 cities. Everyone, and I mean everyone, should see this film or read the books on him.
During one of their events they showed the award-winning documentary Brother Outsider, the life of Bayard Rustin.
People, politics and opinions
Word is that about six San Diegans have applied to become the next state executive director of Equality California (And no, Delores Jacobs isn’t on of them.)
Linda Perine has recently moved into the 3rd District and rumor has it that she has illusions of running for City Council. Well, all I’ve got to say is I know and have worked with Chris Kehoe and Toni Atkins, and you, Linda, are certainly no Kehoe or Atkins.
Is it true that Carl DeMaio is letting some gay city commissioners know that if they support Bob Filner he will make sure they are no longer commissioners if he gets into office? (My city commission term ends in 2016.)
Look for Carl DeMaio to drop another million dollars of his own money into his campaign. He once told me he would blow up to $4 million of his money to win, and he sure wasn’t kidding.
Look for a future ceremony adding more people to our community’s Wall of Honor at The Center.
The event honoring Pioneers, Trailblazers and Heroes will be announced soon.
A young man, who weighs almost 300 pounds, won the Mr. Gay Pride San Diego contest, and I say, bravo to him!
Check out Vito, the documentary now playing about the life of gay icon Vito Russo.
Chef Ramsay loves Ortega’s
World-renowned and acclaimed popular chef, Gordon Ramsay, of Hell’s Kitchen fame is famous for going into restaurants and not liking the food and going off and yelling at everyone in the place telling them why their food is such a mess. Well recently, Chef Ramsay stopped by, unannounced, at the super-popular Ortega’s Mexican Bistro, 141 University Ave., and loved the place.
From the table-made guacamole to the enchiladas, chicken mole and Mexican-styled lobster … he even used such words as “brilliant, fantastic, delicious,” and thanked Ortega’s great owners, John and Juan, for such a fabulous meal and cooking.
Big Mike’s dad dies
Two days ago, popular community activist and super personality Big Mike’s dad died peacefully in his sleep in Alabama. His loving dad was in his 90s, and lived a good solid Christian life.
Big Mike got his big heart, compassion and love for community and family from both his parents and our community is a better place because of him. Big Mike, you have all our love and prayers.
Nicky Awards specials end this week
The earlybird special ticket prices for the Nicky Awards end this week, so get yours today.
Nicole Murray Ramirez has been an award-winning columnist since 1973, and a Latino and gay activist for well over 40 years. He is currently a city commissioner and has served the last five mayors of San Diego. He is also a national board member
of the Harvey Milk Foundation and chairman of the International Court Council of the USA, Canada and Mexico. Nicolemrsandiego@aol.com
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