About depression, addiction and suicide

The recent suicide of comedian Robin Williams focused a lot of attention and information on these three serious issues for a few days and then, as usual, it was onto the next major media story. I don’t believe that there is anyone that does not know someone who has a drug/alcohol addiction or suffers depression [...]

About that miracle cure


I almost worked on Ebola virus. A PhD candidate at Emory University, I had the option of working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After reading The Hot Zone and a lecture on emerging diseases from one of its heroes, C.J. Peters, I was ready to don bio-hazard gear for a P4 lab. [...]

Rep. Susan Davis on pressing trans military issues

Susan Davis

Where do our congresspeople stand on open military service for trans people? For background regarding trans military service members, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) was enshrined into law in 1993. The military services could no longer legally ask a recruit whether he or she was a homosexual, nor could they legally ask whether a then [...]

Is Obama’s ‘ENDA Light’ as good as it gets?

Valerie Jarrett

A recent media question-and-answer session held by the White House via Tumblr to shed light on President Obama’s executive order requiring federal agencies and contractors to afford the same employment protections enjoyed by racial and other minorities to LGBT employees and applicants shows there is still a universe of work to be done in the [...]

Stuart Milk in San Diego

Global gay activist Stuart Milk (founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation) will be speaking at a special community forum today, Thursday Aug. 14 at The LGBT Center, 6 p.m. and you are all invited to attend and learn more about our brothers and sisters around the globe and their struggles. Stuart Milk has indeed become [...]

Streaks end. Their meaning doesn’t

It finally happened. After a string of court victories for marriage equality, Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr., upheld Tennessee’s amendment against same-sex marriage, becoming the first jurist to uphold such a ban since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the Defense of Marriage Act last year. Having not won a case [...]

Years of words from MichFest’s Lisa Vogel

There’s been many words spoken by Lisa Vogel, the founder and 39-year key organizer of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival about the festival’s women-born-women (WBW) policy. This year, she’s referring to the policy as an intention, but six of one, half-a-dozen of the other – she’s referred to the intention as policy in the past. [...]

No apologies for my political standings

460140863 Nicole

To the many of you who have told me you can’t wait ’til my response to publisher Stampp Corbin’s recent commentary about me, you are going to be disappointed. I will not get personal or get into name calling as he did; but his commentary must be answered and I will let my record speak [...]

A good idea emerges on assistance programs

When Rep. Paul Ryan releases a new economic plan, I am typically left to wonder if he is on something. With his new plan for helping the poor, however, I think he might be onto something. Not the idea that poor people need a nanny to help them pull it together, mind you. That’s demeaningly [...]

San Diego Pride and the T-community

Ryland Whittington

In 2010 I was selected as one of the two Champions of Pride, and in 2012 I was a speaker at the Stonewall Rally. In both cases it had to do with LGBT military service issues. Connor Maddocks was a speaker at the 2013 Stonewall Rally, in large part because his participation in trans leadership [...]

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