Let’s re-elect Sheriff Bill GoreBottom Highlights, Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest, Latest Issue Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Commentary: Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest
San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore is one of the best sheriffs in the nation and has been a longtime friend and supporter of the LGBT community. He has changed the jail protocol for the arrest and detention of transgender people making sure they get the respect and equal treatment they deserve. He established an LGBT Advisory Board that he has met with at every meeting at the Sheriff’s headquarters. He has established credentials for Rev. Dan Koeshall of the Metropolitan Community Church to minister to LGBT inmates and he has been very visible at many LGBT events.
Sheriff Gore has also established more sensitive protocols for inmates with HIV/ AIDS and the list goes on.
Are things perfect with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department? No, but they sure have improved greatly under Sheriff Bill Gore.
Political musical chairs in 2020?
Many San Diegans are hoping that either State Sen. Toni Atkins or State Assemblyman Todd Gloria return to our city to run for mayor in 2020. This means if one of them does they will have to give up their state capital seat and rumors are that City Councilman Chris Ward would be a leading candidate to fill that seat. This would leave his council seat open and two men are already looking to become candidates: Will Rodriguez Kennedy (President of Democrats for Equality) and Nick Serrano (top aide to State Assemblyman Todd Gloria).
Also, rumors are that Congressman Scott Peters is eyeing possible entry into the 2020 mayoral race and if that happens top Republicans will be happy to talk to Mayor Kevin Faulconer. State Assemblyman Brian Maienschein is also looking into the race for mayor. Let the musical chairs begin!
Homophobes attacking Catholic bishop
When it was announced that Bishop John Dolan was going to say a Catholic Mass for LGBT families Sat. Oct. 7 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Hillcrest radical right wing Christian extremists and homophobes immediately started sending out their hate. There are rumors about possible pickets and demonstrations in front of the church.
Many radical Christian websites have begun directing their hate against the LGBT community and the Catholic Mass. Chief among them is homophobic extremist Charles LiMandri who also in a recent posting attacked me. Those of us coming Oct. 7 to hear the bishop are not coming with any agenda, we are coming only as God’s children!
Stuart Milk coming to Oceanside and El Centro
Global gay activist Stuart Milk (Founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation) will be here Oct. 14. Milk will be attending and speaking at both North County Pride and Imperial Valley Pride and both the organizers and the LGBT communities are very excited about these special appearances.
Stuart Milk has become a much respected human rights champion and has been traveling the world at the invitations of foreign governments. He was recently a co-grand marshal in Canada with its Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Word is that a book and play are in the works for Stuart Milk who has called San Diego his second home.
Idaho, Iowa and Missouri
In the last few weeks I have visited these three states for speaking engagements and LGBT events. These three states went heavily for Donald Trump for president. Idaho is only about six percent African American and 10 percent Latino, with Iowa being 92 percent white. Both of these Republican states have elected openly gay state representatives who I have met with.
I will be going to Missouri again this weekend and, trust me, to be openly LGBT in these three states is much different than being “out” in California or New York!
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