Vote Brown, Davis, DeMaio, Cate, Padilla Nov. 4

Next Tuesday, Nov. 4 is an important election as it will decide who will control Congress; but yet most political observers predict a low turnout. Locally there are also important races and let’s hope for a good turnout. I endorse Gov. Brown for re-election as well as Congresswoman Susan Davis. Let’s make history and elect [...]

Election preview

For all the talk of blue and red states, what is truly shaping the 2014 elections is the contrast between people who vote every two years and those who vote every four. Unfortunately for Democrats, many of their voters are in the latter group, making non-presidential years a tough slog. This year is no different, [...]

Eighteen US allies say open trans military service is doable

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A week ago Monday, (Oct. 20) the Palm Center, SPARTA and the ACLU convened a conference to discuss open transgender military service in the United States. In the largest gathering of its kind, transgender military personnel from 18 countries that allow open military service for transgender servicemembers attended the conference to discuss that issue. With [...]

Kehoe School project … reset

There has been a lot of media coverage concerning the GLBT Historic Task Force’s community campaign to rename Florence Elementary School to the Sen. Christine Kehoe School. Let me set the record and facts straight following some questions and concerns that have been brought up. As many of you know, some years ago I brought [...]

Doxxing ‘GallusMag’

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My vocabulary expands frequently. One word I learned from some trans hackers recently was “dox.” It’s a verb that originates from the word “document.” and means “to search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet.” Often it’s done maliciously; sometimes it’s done as reciprocation to someone who has [...]

The smearing of Carl DeMaio

In my over half a century of being involved with politics and public service I have never seen such a constant, ugly, disgusting and destructive smear campaign as has been waged against Carl DeMaio. As many of you know, I have always had an up and down relationship with Carl, from introducing him to Latino [...]

Update: The path to control of the Senate

The GOP started the 2014 cycle with high hopes and a clear path to the Senate majority. Despite Democratic gains in 2012, Republicans needed only 6 of the 7 Democratic controlled seats in states won by Mitt Romney: Alaska, Arkansas, Montana, South Dakota, West Virginia, Louisiana and North Carolina. Naturally, things have not remained so [...]

‘Purple penguins’

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Is it the place of school districts across the country to reinforce western societal gender norms? The National Review posted a story Oct. 8 on the Lincoln, Nebraska School District (referred to as Lincoln Public Schools and abbreviated LPS) headlined “School told to call kids ‘purple penguins’ because ‘boys and girls’ is not inclusive to [...]

A funny thing happened on the way to Idaho

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It’s been an interesting week at the Supreme Court. Monday, the Court declined to take up any challenges to Circuit Court rulings in favor of marriage equality, apparently adding the five states involved to the 19 states already allowing same-sex marriage. (Those who remember this column, http://lgbtweekly.com/2014/02/27/marriage-equality-its-not-over-til-its-over/, will understand why I’m feeling a little smug.) [...]

It’s Chairmen Baza, Kelly, Abrams and Gleason!

Larry Baza with Gloria Steinem

Mayor Kevin Faulconer made history again by appointing long time Latino/gay leader, Larry Bazza as the first person of color to become chair of the city’s prestigious and influential Art’s Commission. Baza is a true San Diego native whose family are fourth generation Californians; they are well known and respected leaders/activists within the people of [...]

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