Whitney Houston comes out posthumously

2017 is a year of open but not new revelations about Whitney Houston. Five years ago, on Feb. 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel room on the eve of the Grammy Awards. Allegations at the time surfaced that pop superstar Whitney Houston was murdered. These allegations flew […]

Rise together at Imperial Valley Pride

A challenge LGBTQ communities face now and in the years ahead is not only specific to policy threats or civil rights obstacles, but in how effectively we can join forces with other communities and rise together as one to fight back to ensure a more fair and equal future for all. Gone are the days […]

Trump picks socially conservative Christians as the winners

Friday, Oct. 6, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum entitled “Federal Law Protections for Religious Liberty.” The document is an official, federal argument for exercising religion in the marketplace, in the public square and in interacting with the federal government. For example, Principle 2 of the memorandum states, “The free exercise of religion includes […]

Constantly coming out

I will be coming out for the rest of my life. No setting is safe from this phenomenon. I have to come out everywhere – in the grocery store, at work, when meeting a friend of a friend. The process of coming out is lifelong and dynamic, despite the well-known concept of “a coming out […]

Why it still matters for LGBTQ people to publicly affirm who we are

“Why do you have to bring up the LGBT thing?” “Marriage equality is the law of the land, now what else do you want?” “Be careful about the ‘gay thing’ with your campaign. It can hurt you.” These are just some of the comments I’ve received since I entered the race for San Diego County […]

Dear President Trump

I understand you are in need of a new secretary of health and human services (HHS). I would like to apply. Like former Secretary Price, I am an MD. That is where our relevant similarities end, and you should realize that is a good thing for your administration. I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, a […]

Why support candidates just because they are gay or Latino?

After watching Toni Atkins get attacked for endorsing the re-election of Sheriff Bill Gore I knew that I would also, and really don’t care and absolutely stand by my endorsement. And let me say that just because I am Latino and gay does not mean I am obligated to support and vote for a Latino […]

LGBTQ History Month’s emerging canon

Winston Churchill once said that “History is written by the winners.” When the Stonewall Riots occurred in 1969 the history of more than a century-long oppressed people finally got national attention. And, since that historical moment, the suppressed and closeted oral histories of our fierce and courageous LGBTQ  brothers and sisters began to be documented […]

The ‘Chelsea Manning Show’ goes on

Selective suppression of free speech has reached a level of violence unsurpassed in our country. In April 2013, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee announced Chelsea, formerly Bradley, Manning as Grand Marshal of city’s 2013 Pride Parade. Manning was in prison awaiting trial for disclosing hundreds of thousands of classified government documents to the […]

Review: ‘TranZformed: Finding Peace with Your God-Given Gender’

This is my third column where I’m writing about things ex-transgender. In one column I explored a San Diego church’s mini-conference on transgender people (especially transgender family members), and in another column I reviewed a DVD of a reparative therapist talking about gender dysphoria. In this third column I’m reviewing the documentary TranZformed: Finding Your […]

Pride Card Deals

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