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History-making leadership marks Laurie Coskey’s reign at United Way

Laurie Coskey made history last year when she took the reins of one of the largest-scale nonprofit, regional social-services organizations in the country. When San Diego LGBT Weekly first met Coskey, she was just a few months into her new job as president and CEO at United Way of San Diego County (UWSDC), serving as […]

‘Bat Boy the Musical’

Naked bat child found in abandoned cave! This is the kind of headline that appeared regularly in the publication Weekly World News. They filled their pages with stories of supernatural news, sightings of Elvis Presley and the Loch Ness Monster. The naked bat child dubbed Bat Boy hit the papers in 1992 and quickly became […]

Living a life of generosity

As a progressive Christian, I believe there are many names for God and many ways to a loving God; this article reflects one of those ways. Take from here what works for you. Celebrate life with joy and peace! Looking up the word “generous” in the dictionary, you’ll find these descriptions: magnanimous, kind, liberal in […]

Trump picks socially conservative Christians as the winners

Friday, Oct. 6, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum entitled “Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty.” The document is an official, federal argument for exercising religion in the marketplace, in the public square and in interacting with the federal government. For example, Principle 2 of the memorandum states, “The free exercise of religion includes […]

Fixed rate vs. adjustable rate

Prior to the Great Depression, mortgages were primarily short term and had to be refinanced when their terms expired. Foreclosure was common and something had to be done. The federal government took note and the fixed rate mortgage was born. The fixed rate long term mortgages introduced were self-amortizing, that is, by the time their […]

Constantly coming out

I will be coming out for the rest of my life. No setting is safe from this phenomenon. I have to come out everywhere – in the grocery store, at work, when meeting a friend of a friend. The process of coming out is lifelong and dynamic, despite the well-known concept of “a coming out […]

Why it still matters for LGBTQ people to publicly affirm who we are

“Why do you have to bring up the LGBT thing?” “Marriage equality is the law of the land, now what else do you want?” “Be careful about the ‘gay thing’ with your campaign. It can hurt you.” These are just some of the comments I’ve received since I entered the race for San Diego County […]

Dear President Trump

I understand you are in need of a new secretary of health and human services (HHS). I would like to apply. Like former Secretary Price, I am an MD. That is where our relevant similarities end, and you should realize that is a good thing for your administration. I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, a […]

An essential document for our collective queer history

Marsha P. Johnson was at the Stonewall Inn when the police raided the bar June 28, 1969, and she helped start the riots that mark the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. She was a beloved fixture in Greenwich Village for 30 years; she co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries, modeled for Warhol, protested with […]

One sexy plate

I was on my way to see Greensky Bluegrass – a five-piece “newgrass” band known for their improvisation and multi-set shows – at the Observatory in North Park and decided to grab a bite before the show. I dashed across the street to Tamarindo, a place I’d never been before but was recommended by trusted […]

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