San Diego Pride 1974 — 2016

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In 1974, homosexuals could be, and were, sent to state mental hospitals, and were subjected to electroshock therapy and lobotomies. The police were frequently raiding gay bars (that only heterosexuals owned because gays could not be issued liquor licenses) and beating us up and arresting us for “lewd conduct” (that being dancing with someone of […]

San Diego Catholic bishop to attend local Orlando event, July 9

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Over 80 percent of the victims in the Orlando, Florida terrorist attack and massacre were people of color, mostly Latino of Cuban, Puerto Rican and Mexican descent. This coming Saturday, July 9 at 6 p.m., at St. Pauls’ Episcopal Cathedral (2728 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest) over 50 San Diego Latino and Latina organizations will be […]

Orlando: 48 hours in San Diego

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Around one in the morning Sunday, June 12, my phone started ringing off the hook. Soon I was in a conversation with Stuart Milk, (founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation), who lives in Florida, and Russell Roybal (Acting national director of the National LGBTQ Task Force in Washington, D.C.) and other national and Florida LGBT […]

About the primary elections

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All of the LGBT community’s eyes were on the District 3 council race to see if the community would continue to have a voice/representation on the San Diego City Council, and Chris Ward did not let us down by easily winning outright this past Tuesday, primary night. It was good to see our community solidly […]

Bernal, rejected by gay and Latino leaders goes to Republicans

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As a Latino American, I would love to see three qualified Latino city councilmembers. Anthony Bernal’s parents were two hard-working Latino Americans, but sadly Bernal never really got involved with his own Latino community in San Diego, and has no record within his own community, its leaders and organizations. That’s why a vast majority of […]

Re-elect Mayor Kevin Faulconer

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When it comes to the 36th mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer will go down in history as one of the most supportive of LGBT equality. Within days of being elected, Mayor Faulconer accepted the national chairmanship of Mayors for Marriage Equality. He was at The LGBT Center to celebrate with our community when the […]

Atkinson needs to stand up for gay marriage!

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When asked at the San Diego Republican Party Central Committee if she supported the GOP state party platform that states that marriage is between a man and a woman Republican Congressional candidate Jacquie Atkinson stated that as a state delegate she did support the party platform. Other times she has been asked about marriage equality […]

City should settle Walters’ lawsuit!

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It did not surprise many of us when the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of gay activist Will Walters’ lawsuit against the city and San Diego Police Department, and was granted a jury trial. Judge Harry Pregerson even stated, “Why don’t we just say that this was a bad call by […]

Re-elect Supervisor Dave Roberts

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This past Monday night, I attended a fundraiser along with Commissioner Bruce Abrams at Martini’s Above Fourth (fabulous food as usual) for popular County Supervisor Dave Roberts. It was one of the biggest crowds I have seen at a political event this campaign season, with both Democrats and Republicans in attendance. Dave Roberts is, along […]

‘Stonewall 50’ 2019: The world is coming to New York

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I just came back from spending five days in New York, full of meetings, events, speeches, etc. As many of you know, I was a national co-chair of “Stonewall 25” which drew almost 800,000 people to Central Park and a lineup that included Liza Minelli and an LGBT March on the United Nations. This past […]

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