It’s AIDS Walk’s 29th not 25th anniversary

As I always say, “A community that does not know where it came from really does not know where it’s going.” With all due respect to the organizers of AIDS Walk San Diego, this is not the 25th anniversary of this important event. In 1985, out lesbian and community activist Susan Jester founded and produced [...]

The inspiring life of Doug Lathrop

Doug Lathrop

The day after Doug Lathrop was born his parents were informed that his legs were broken and he was diagnosed with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. By the time Doug was 12 years old he had been hospitalized at least 25 times for fractures or surgeries. Doug Lathrop accepted the fact that he would never walk a day [...]

About Carl DeMaio and I

Some years ago, a young candidate for City council reached out to me for some advice. He was gay and wanted to come out publicly as a vast majority of San Diegans did not know, though he never hid it. In the last decades I’ve become used to GLBT people of all ages reaching out [...]

Bishop James R. Mathes honored at 39th Nicky Awards

Thirty nine years ago, the first Nicky Awards were held in downtown San Diego at the then Ball Express Disco (a former large warehouse). This past Sunday, the “gay academy awards of San Diego” returned downtown, this time to our new beautiful library. It was another sold out crowd of our GLBT community family, friends [...]

About depression, addiction and suicide

The recent suicide of comedian Robin Williams focused a lot of attention and information on these three serious issues for a few days and then, as usual, it was onto the next major media story. I don’t believe that there is anyone that does not know someone who has a drug/alcohol addiction or suffers depression [...]

Stuart Milk in San Diego

Global gay activist Stuart Milk (founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation) will be speaking at a special community forum today, Thursday Aug. 14 at The LGBT Center, 6 p.m. and you are all invited to attend and learn more about our brothers and sisters around the globe and their struggles. Stuart Milk has indeed become [...]

No apologies for my political standings

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To the many of you who have told me you can’t wait ’til my response to publisher Stampp Corbin’s recent commentary about me, you are going to be disappointed. I will not get personal or get into name calling as he did; but his commentary must be answered and I will let my record speak [...]

David Alvarez … bitter table for one

David Alvarez--

Almost everyone I’ve talked to, including many fellow Democrats, agree that David Alvarez did not take his defeat by Mayor Kevin Faulconer very well. You would think that after a few months he would have gotten over it and moved on, but he hasn’t. His relationship with Council President Todd Gloria is colder than the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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