CHW responds to community concerns about San Diego’s first LGBT-affirming senior community


Community HousingWorks (CHW) sent the following to Betty Owen in response to her letter published in San Diego LGBT Weekly, Sept. 15. Thank you for bringing your concerns to our attention here at CHW. The time and energy that you and many other members of the community put in to advocate and create a community […]

Round one to Clinton. For now

Hillary Clinton  Photo: State Department

In competitive high school debate, the victor is known quickly. A judge watches the debate and keeps track of the arguments. Speakers score points when reasonable arguments go uncontested and when their arguments win contested issues. The judge adds up the points and announces a winner before the next round or awards ceremony. Scoring presidential […]

Pride Board has lost community support


Having been involved with San Diego Pride since the beginning in 1974, I have the unique experience of knowing every board of directors. Sadly, the current Pride Board has lost its way and lost touch with the LGBT community which it serves. Last week’s Pride Board meeting saw almost 100 San Diegans show up with […]

Commentary: My role in the Clinton impeachment

Floor proceedings of the U.S. Senate during the trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999.

I had an exciting front row seat to the sexual scandal that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998. The 2016 presidential campaign reminds me of the Clinton/Lewinsky affair and my long days and late nights at my Capitol Hill office. Just before the sordid sexual scandal broke, a female colleague at […]

What’s real in North Carolina?


The North Carolina governor and legislature has taken the position of declaring transgender people aren’t real in recent court filings. It’s costing the state millions to continue to legislatively prohibit transgender people from using bathrooms associated with their gender identities in government buildings, as well as prohibiting local government entities, such as cities and counties, […]

Adding perspective to the speculation about Clinton’s pneumonia


In 1964, Fact magazine asked psychiatrists about Republican candidate Sen. Barry Goldwater’s mental stability. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), of 12,356 psychiatrists polled, 2,417 responded, and 1,189 said Goldwater was unfit to be president. None had examined Goldwater, who sued the magazine and won. Since 1973 the APA has enforced a policy, often […]

Why San Diego’s first LGBT-affirming senior community application lottery is so unfair


When I attended the North Park Seniors Information Session at The LGBT Center Sept. 8, 2016, I felt blindsided by one of the first pieces of information that was disseminated at that meeting: There will be a lottery to determine the application selection order. The lottery is being put in place to ensure all interest […]

City of San Diego intent on disrespecting trans people


In a recent report commissioned by the city of San Diego to create a foundational history for the local LGBT community, I noticed some things were missing: transgender history, and the contributions of people of color. In October 2015 San Diego’s Department of City Planning received a $25,000 federal grant to write a historical context […]

American flag and national anthem deserve our respect

American Flag with Rainbow

Yes, racism and homophobia are alive and well in our country. Yes, our criminal justice system is far from perfect and there are indeed some bad police officers. I know about some of these issues and have personally lived out some of them in my life. To this day, I have witnessed these things which […]

Coalition building


Unless you don’t watch the news, you have heard the San Francisco 49’er quarterback Colin Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem. Kaepernick has done so in protest of the treatment of African Americans by police across the nation. The quarterback has been vilified by many in the press and alternatively celebrated for […]

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