An unwelcoming competition between black Brits and African Americans for movie roles

David Oyelowo in Selma

There are differences within diversity. This issue scratches below the superficial veneer of diversity and is an eerie reminder of how minority groups are often pitted against one another. This year’s Oscars were the most diverse in history. With six nominations for six African American themed films and at least 10 black actors and filmmakers, […]

The Amazon Trail: Spring is coming soon — isn’t It?

Amazon Trail March 2017

OK, I give in, it’s depression. I might as well face it. And I know I’m not alone. You can guess when it started: November 8, 2016. I tried to overcome it by resisting, ignoring, laughing at the fools on the hill. Like the amazing Elizabeth Warren, I persisted, but so did this depression. I’ve […]

Transgender people get to own the truth of who’s transphobic

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On a certain level I don’t understand hate. I can’t maintain it against individuals as it takes too much energy; I can’t hold it against classes of people because I’m aware, as a member of a minority community, of unintentional (or sometimes willful) ignorance that bigotry arises from. It takes a certain amount of self-awareness […]

Historical echoes and present danger

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Godwin’s Law, in original form, states: “As an online discussion continues, the probability of a reference or comparison to Hitler or Nazis approaches 1.” Interpretations and corollaries include that a thread should end once this happens, and the person to mention Hitler loses the argument. May it rest in peace, another casualty of President Trump. […]

SDHDF audit? Gala?


Last year saw major controversy surrounding the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF), which resulted in the forced resignation of its controversial executive director. Soon, other board members resigned and three funds removed themselves and their finances from the SDHDF. I received calls from former and current board members who accused the former executive director […]

Boston LGBTQ youth theater group first to receive highest honor from White House

True Colors

Receiving the award is a historic moment not only for True Colors, but also for the White House in recognizing and honoring the artistic talents of America’s LGBTQ youth, especially youth of color. The next night following “Moonlight’s” win for Best Picture at the Oscars, a first for a black LGBTQ film, True Colors Out […]

Don’t just protest. Witness


The immediate impact of President Trump’s travel ban was confusing and horrific. The airport protests that forced coverage of the situation were a critical response, as were the lawyers who came to offer advice and counsel. A Federal Court injunction has calmed the situation for now, but what if it hadn’t worked? As the ban […]

Not too much or too little, but just the right amount of hormones


As with most everything in life, balance is key. And if your hormones are out of sync, then your body can become completely out of whack. Having either too much or too little of an essential hormone throws things off kilter and can lead to a disaster either way (just like having too much or […]

‘From this day forth, we are all transgender’

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This past weekend found me in San Francisco giving two speeches, one at the Design Center and the other at the Holiday Inn Civic Center. Of course I addressed the issues of the day; especially the president’s recent assault on transgender civil rights which I stated was an assault on all American civil rights. Part […]

Who are America’s new political elites and what do they want?

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Thom Senzee, author of this article, is a West Coast-based freelance journalist, and a regular contributor to San Diego LGBT Weekly. A new political class has assumed power in America. They’re the voters to whom conventional wisdom gives credit for putting Donald J. Trump in the White House despite his epic loss of the popular […]

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