Nicole’s 40th Pride weekend

This 40th anniversary of San Diego Pride was an extra special weekend for those of us who marched in 1974. From the refusal to issue a march permit by the Police Dept., because we were “deviants” to our Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman marching with us this year with almost 100 police officers including gay and [...]

Where are they now?


When Jo Becker’s book Forcing the Spring: Inside the fight for marriage equality was published earlier this year, it set off a firestorm of arguments about who had contributed how much to the effort and when. Given the breadth of the title, some long term LGBT activists felt it focused too much on Hollingsworth v [...]

The Transperience of ‘sisTers’

What would an uncensored video production on transgender topics from an African American and trans point of view look like? What would we see from a community perspective that wasn’t produced by middle-aged, white transitioners? Ciora LeGrand is the host, writer and executive producer of sisTers, a new production for Transperience.TV. “I’m doing the show [...]

Gay Catholic funeral Mass: yes or no?

Recently retired, Catholic Bishop Robert Brom of the San Diego diocese did not like or care for GLBT Catholics and his record speaks for itself. When we called on Bishop Brom in the early 1980s, to say a Mass for Catholics dying of AIDS, he refused until then State Assemblyman Pete Chacon informed him that [...]

2014 ENDA: a sense of deja vu?

“Was it the same cat?” That was Trinity’s question in The Matrix, when Neo reported seeing two black cats in rapid succession. In the movie, déjà vu is a glitch that portends a dangerous change in the computer program. Watching multiple advocacy groups again remove their support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has given [...]

Trans visibility during Pride weekend

The trans community in San Diego is both visible and invisible. That is to say some are out activists and/or advocates for the trans community and visible in LGBT spaces in San Diego, some are behind the scenes activists and/or advocates and not visible in LGBT spaces, some are out to their friends and families [...]

Immigrant children fundraiser: July 25

Popular San Diego civic leader, Bruce M. Abrams (attorney and City commissioner), will be celebrating another birthday Friday, July 25 and some of his friends will be hosting a birthday bash at the award-winning Vietnamese cuisine restaurant Saigon on Fifth, 3900 Fifth Ave. in San Diego, and you are all invited. It’s a party fundraiser [...]

Burger King and its real obligation to the LGBT community

Proud Whopper

Burger King recently released an ad on LGBT equality, and one store in San Francisco served a burger called the “Proud Whopper” for a short while during San Francisco’s Pride Weekend celebration. They added social media to their campaign. For example, they Tweeted, “We are who we are. And it’s awesome. #BeYourWay” with an image [...]

Christine Kehoe School … in 2015?

Christine Kehoe

As many of you know a few years ago I first wrote in this column of my new campaign to get a school named after a prominent GLBT citizen – former Sen. Christine Kehoe. This came after our successful campaign to name Harvey Milk Street in Hillcrest (the first such street named in the nation). [...]

A bad day in court

Last year, the decisions of the Supreme Court’s June term were met with joyful celebration in San Diego’s LGBT community, with decisions bringing an end to both California’s Proposition 8 and part of the Defense of Marriage Act. The final day of the 2014 spring Supreme Court term was markedly different, with decisions that clearly [...]

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