Finishing the work for dignity: Let’s end workplace discrimination in 2015


U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, in his historic June 26, 5-4 majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, used the word “dignity” nine times. The decision ended state same-sex marriage bans in favor of same-sex wedding bands. Media headlined “dignity” across the nation and the world, forever associating the word with the LGBT struggle [...]

A Bob Filner tell-all book?

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Yes, it was in this column that I wrote that former Mayor Bob Filner would be writing a book and now comes word that it could be nearly finished! My good sources tell me that the possibilities of this “tell-all” book being a reality are very good and that there should be some very nervous [...]

Managing yourself through recovery


Early recovery! What does this mean to the LGBT individual who has made the decision to free him or herself from the addictive and abusive cycles of substance use? You’ve decided to embrace a new way of living. You’ve participated in local self-help groups, entered and perhaps completed treatment and have set the intention to [...]

The Planned Parenthood videos prove nothing

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Like most medical students, I took anatomy in my first year, spending hours dissecting a cadaver with five colleagues. Every five weeks, our full day of testing ended with a practical exam. It began by circulating through a room full of bodies guessing the name or function of parts identified with a pin and ended [...]

I don’t want any more trans dead to bless

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Within the past week, A 16th trans person (or 10th, depending on who’s doing the counting and what criteria are being used) has been killed since the first of this year, and all but one has been a person of color. This time it was a 25-year-old black woman named India Clark, found beaten to [...]

Commentary: Post marriage equality we need to get our priorities in order


Whoa … not so fast! As the celebration of marriage equality winds down our community appears poised to pivot toward, and bring the primary focus of our formidable influence, to the fight for passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA).  It may seem the obvious course.  After all, as the saying goes, a gay or [...]

Remarks by Nicole Murray Ramirez at St. Paul’s rainbow lighting ceremony

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SAN DIEGO: Remarks by Nicole Murray Ramirez at St. Paul’s Cathedral rainbow lighting ceremony, July 14: Good Evening, it is my deep honor to have been asked to speak tonight. These are indeed historic times for our great nation and all Americans. The Confederate flag is coming town in many Southern states and the White [...]

Agree or disagree? When the Pride parade ‘die-ins’ happen, above all, be respectful


A number of people have asked what I think of the “die-ins” planned for Saturday’s parade. It’s complicated. As a political strategy, I think the “die-ins” are a bad idea for a number of reasons. Perhaps most importantly, it is causing division within the transgender community. While it is not uncommon for groups to have [...]

Commentary: The new frontier of LGBT equality — The California State and Federal Judiciary


A diverse judicial branch is one comprised of judges from each diverse category of persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.  As the judicial branch of California has recognized, “in order to serve the state of California effectively, the judicial branch should reflect the diversity of the state. The judicial branch must continue efforts [...]

The Union Tribune and the LGBT community


The San Diego Union Tribune has had a mostly negative relationship with the LGBT community, especially in the 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s, referring to us for a long time as the “homosexual community” and refusing to use the word “gay.” They ran negative articles and editorials, including ugly cartoons. (“Being gay” was not even [...]

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