Why support candidates just because they are gay or Latino?Bottom Highlights, Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest, Latest Issue Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Commentary: Conversations with the Mayor of Hillcrest
After watching Toni Atkins get attacked for endorsing the re-election of Sheriff Bill Gore I knew that I would also, and really don’t care and absolutely stand by my endorsement. And let me say that just because I am Latino and gay does not mean I am obligated to support and vote for a Latino or LGBT candidate.
I do not especially support gay candidates who suddenly support and become visible in our community a year or so before they announce their candidacy. Think about it, just because one supports a straight candidate over an LGBT candidate does not mean one is against the gay candidate. And, I absolutely will not vote for a candidate just because they are a Democrat. So keep on writing those nasty and ugly letters blasting Toni Atkins and I for supporting Sherriff Bill Gore because we and many others are sticking by this outstanding public servant.
Catholic bishops are true Christians
It was so good to see hundreds of Catholics and non-Catholics show up last Saturday for the special mass for LGBT families at St. John the Evangelist Church. For well over a decade Bishop Robert McElroy and Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan have been speaking out for the voiceless in the Roman Catholic Church and it was wonderful to see well over two dozen priests attend the mass.
While yes, Carolina Ramos and I have been working on this special mass for the past few months, full credit must be given to Aaron Bianco of St. John’s Church. Despite some antigay demonstrators and attacks and threats made on the two bishops (a special thank you to the police department, including snipers on the rooftops) many came out to support this important and historic outreach to our community like Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his wife Katherine, Assemblyman Todd Gloria, City Attorney Mara Elliott, Councilman Chris Ward, School Board member Kevin Beiser and former Chula Vista Mayor Steve Padilla. I want to thank Sherman Mendoza of the Caliph and Todd Gloria for providing the church’s flowers.
Stepping Stone: Over 40 years of saving lives
This past Saturday night, Big Mike and I headed to Swiss Park Ballroom in Chula Vista for the annual gala celebration of Stepping Stone, our community’s LGBT recovery organization that saves and changes lives when it comes to alcohol and drug abuse. The theme was a “Classic Hollywood Gala Event” and it most certainly was in every way and detail from the long red carpet to the glamorous stage.
A big bravo to Co-Chairs Wayne Back and Michael Moore! The place was packed and it was so nice to see so many turn out to support one of our community’s most important organizations. It is especially great to see the legendary Cheryl Houk and the always-nice Chris Mueller leading its hard-working staff. California Cuisine, one of our city’s top award-winning caterers (with top chef Chris Walsh) provided a fabulous buffet as usual.
I have been a supporter of Stepping Stone since it first began decades ago with about four shack-like houses and now it is one of the few LGBT specific programs in California. For too long it seems our community sweeps alcohol and drug abuse under the rug. Thank God we have Stepping Stone and its great programs.
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