Cesar Chavez, Harvey Milk and the gay community

Cesar Chavez

This Last week, I went out to see the movie based on the life of Latino icon and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. It was a most moving movie and like the Oscar award-winning movie on Harvey Milk it brought back so many memories for me and had me crying, laughing and leaving the theater [...]

What shall we do with the ‘Yes on 8′ donors?

I know that in 33 states, workers can still be fired for their sexual orientation or gender identity. I remember the days after the Prop. 8 vote, misting up at random times when I remembered that a majority of my neighbors took away my right to marry. So I hope you’ll forgive the twinge of [...]

Roseanne Barr and transgender people

I know I’m getting old. I used to watch the television show Roseanne when it was in the first run, and thought it was pretty funny. I thought it was pretty progressive, often having lesbian characters sprinkled through storylines. And, with Roseanne Barr being an executive producer on the show I thought she must have [...]

‘Noah’ is one hot mess

At first I thought that some of the Christian leaders heavily criticizing the just-released biblical epic movie Noah were just too sensitive – ‘til I went to see this movie and it is just one big hot mess! I think any Christian would be insulted and upset because the producer has taken way more than [...]

The military’s sexual harassment problem is not unique

Kirsten Gillibrand

As a physician, I make life and death decisions. When I lead a team of trainees, I am at the top of the chain of command. Medical students gather information to make decisions with the interns, who can seek the advice of senior residents, who in turn come to me. They try to limit it [...]

Maryland’s potential referendum on trans civil rights

Trans people are often tagged as either being predators or enabling predators in public restrooms. It seems to always be the one sure thing that will be trotted out when arguing against civil rights for trans people, especially public accommodation protections. Within the last month, Maryland has passed legislation that adds employment, housing and public [...]

Mayor Faulconer … a ‘Dine Out’ waiter!

Nicole and Todd Gloria

Almost every major city has a Dine Out For Life day when local restaurants and bars give a percentage of their receipts to HIV/AIDS agencies. In the past San Diego’s mayors have participated but Mayor Kevin Faulconer will be the first to actually wait on customers on Thursday April 24 during lunch at Harvey Milk’s [...]

Bonnie Dumanis endorsing Ernie Dronenburg! Really?

At first I thought it was a joke when I heard that District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis had endorsed the re-election campaign of County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg, whose one-man effort to halt marriage equality in San Diego made ugly headlines last year. True, Dumanis has a tendency to endorse the candidates the Republican Party wants her [...]

The flag over Barrio Logan

This June, San Diegans will be voting on the Barrio Logan Community Plan. I’ve seen the map, and it’s complicated. It has Residential Zones, Business Zones, Buffer Zones and seemingly every option in between. I’m still not sure if the blue area is the ocean or another type of land use. Fortunately, I don’t have [...]

‘Shem***’ is not OK to use in any venue

I’ve had a back-and-forth with Nicole Murray Ramirez at LGBT Weekly over RuPaul’s promotion of the term tra**y. We disagree on the pejorative nature of the term, but it says something that the former Tra**y Awards has changed the name of the event to the Transgender Erotic Awards. “When we named the show the ‘Tranny [...]

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