Army General Tammy Smith to be honored at San Diego reception

Brigadier General Tammy Smith will be honored at a private reception in San Diego June 12. General Smith is the first openly LGBT U.S. flag officer of her rank to come out. She has served in Afghanistan during the war and was promoted to general in a private ceremony at the Women’s Memorial at the [...]

Native Americans, Father Serra and ‘Two Spirited’

Father Serra

As soon as Pope Francis announced that he was going to canonize and make a “saint” of Father Junipero Serra (the 18th century Franciscan missionary of California) rightfully protests were immediately made and are going on to this day by Native Americans. Many Native American and “First Nation” leaders have compared Father Serra’s conversion of [...]

Reunited with Larry Kramer

Gay icon, AIDS advocate leader, author, etc.; people either love him or hate him – Larry Kramer has been one of the most important voices in the LGBT community and civil rights movement. Larry and I have not really been friends but have had to deal with each other these last three decades. While we [...]

Dear Anthony Bernal …

First of all, let me say that I like Anthony and I believe he has a future in politics, but there is a far more qualified candidate running for the Third District Council seat. As many of you know I have supported straight candidates over gay candidates but this council race has to do with [...]

Cesar Chavez’s support of homosexual civil rights

Cesar Chavez

It wasn’t until 1976 that homosexual “acts” were legal in the state of California. Before that you could be arrested or sent to a state mental hospital. Needless to say the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s were not exactly the best of times to “come out” and those of us that did were few in number. [...]

Todd Gloria for State Assembly

It is well known that Todd Gloria is mulling over a run for the 78th District State Assembly seat (Toni Atkins is termed out next year) and I join many San Diego citizens who want him to be our voice in our state capitol. There are exactly 120 members of the California legislature, and only [...]

Boycott Dolce & Gabbana

These two Italian designers have in the past gone out of their way to champion “traditional families” and “family values” which is their right, but this time they have crossed the line and we have the right to react as Elton John and his husband have. Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana attacked “synthetic babies, chemical [...]

LGBT teens confront school board

Nicole --

E3 Civic High School is a special chartered school within the new downtown library; they have about 350 young students from 14-16 years of age. About 55 percent are Latino, 24 percent African American, 14 percent Caucasian and about 10 percent LGBT teens. 70 percent live below the poverty line and this school has only [...]

Nathan and Mindy Fletcher and family deserve privacy

Nathan Fletcher is no longer a state assemblyman or a candidate for public office, and Mindy Fletcher no longer works for the Bush administration. Both are now in private lives raising their two wonderful little boys. But as usual some local press outlets have tried again to take some cheap shots at Mindy and Nathan. [...]

Bye-bye Chargers

Over a decade ago in my weekly column in the then Gay and Lesbian Times, I said that one day the Chargers would move to Los Angeles. Well, all hell broke loose and Charger fans went crazy on me calling me every name in the book and saying that the Chargers would never leave America’s [...]

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