Commentary: July 4 — Jesse Helms Freedom Day

Jesse Helms

On the day GOP Senator Jesse Helms died, July 4, 2008, America celebrated with fireworks. As a longtime target of the senator’s hate tactics, I bought drinks for friends in San Francisco’s Castro. My hate mail from Helms’s followers has diminished some over the years. After more than 20 years, the anonymous letters and “No [...]

The advantage that dare not speak its name

Helping Others

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn state bans on same-sex marriage spawned vigorous commentary on both sides. It also launched another round of analysis into how support for marriage equality grew so much faster than other civil rights movements. Most focus on the importance of coming out, personal conversations, the power of social media and [...]

The gay baiting of Carl DeMaio and Dave Roberts

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During Carl DeMaio’s congressional campaign I gave a warning in this column that if the LGBT leadership did not speak out against the vicious false sexual smear campaign and gay baiting against DeMaio that in the future others would use this same tactic to destroy gay candidates; now County Supervisor Dave Roberts is being subjected [...]

Celebration of self

Choices of a businessman

You may be a reader who has discovered your own tendency toward dependency on substances that cause persistent disruption of relationships, work, education and support systems. Wherever you fall on the continuum, I encourage you to read on and discover the opportunity for recovery and celebrating your life! Speaking of celebration, we are just weeks [...]

Highlighting some transgender specific initiatives

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When referring to the “LGBT” community, most people mean a group that includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. When referring to legislation, however, the LGBT label is often slapped on anything that benefits lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals. The change in conjunction is small, but far from harmless. Protections based on sexual orientation [...]

Celebrating and not celebrating trans lives

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“So Stonewall is a great, great foundation,” transgender activist and Stonewall veteran icon Sylvia Rivera wrote in her 2001 essay Bitch on Wheels. “It began the modern day liberation movement, like we spoke before about the Daughters of Bilitis and the Mattachine Society. Yes, there were lots of other little groups but you had to [...]

Simple Summer changes

Art of Wellness

Summer is here and I’ve decided I want this to be a hugely happy heck of a healthy season. So I made some cool changes to my routine on this hot summer day today. I am really now inspired and think I can do this healthy thing all throughout June, July, and August. I woke [...]

And then there were 12

And Then There Were None

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and entrepreneur Donald Trump both announced their entry into the race for the Republican presidential nomination last week, bringing the total number of candidates to an even dozen. The number of characters will eventually shrink like an Agatha Christie murder mystery, but given the candidates still on the sidelines the [...]

Al Best’s memorial: June 28

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Some decades ago, long before Kehoe, Dumanis, Atkins, DeMaio, Gloria, Padilla, Roberts, Beiser, etc., an openly gay man named Al Best announced his candidacy for the City Council of San Diego. Yes, he was making history with this announcement and he was immediately fired from his good paying job because his “gay candidacy” was bringing [...]

Cutting Carly won’t narrow the gender gap

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In 2008, then Sen. Barack Obama beat Sen. John McCain by 14 percentage points among female voters, despite the presence of Gov. Sarah Palin on the Republican ticket. In his 2012 re-election, President Obama did arguably better, besting Gov. Mitt Romney by 12 points among women while losing men by eight points (Obama tied McCain [...]

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