Your community apologizes, Police Officer Garcia

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It is a very difficult life to be transgender … dealing with the reality that you were born in the wrong body. The cold hard facts are that not only do a vast majority of Americans not understand our transgender brothers and sisters, sadly many gays, lesbians and bisexuals do not and many do not […]

America has taken a major step … backwards

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We the LGBT community has survived the McCarthy Era, Anita Bryant, John Briggs and we will survive Donald Trump. We must organize more than ever and support in Washington, D.C., the Human Rights Campaign, the LGBTQ National Task Force and the Victory Fund. And we need to remember that our continuing civil rights movement must […]

Nicky Awards to honor San Diego police chief

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In the 1960s and ’70s the San Diego Police Department was headed by a racist, homophobic and sexist police chief. Our bars were raided and LGBT people were harassed and treated like second class citizens. People of color and us gays referred to the downtown police station, then on Market Street, as “Gestapo Headquarters.” Recently, […]

San Diego Human Dignity Foundation’s actions long overdue

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First San Diego Pride, and now the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation has let go of its executive director. But, unlike Pride, this action by the foundation’s board of directors was long overdue and supported by LGBT community leaders. When the Human Dignity Foundation was established about two decades ago, its founders were some of […]

Pride Board has lost community support

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Having been involved with San Diego Pride since the beginning in 1974, I have the unique experience of knowing every board of directors. Sadly, the current Pride Board has lost its way and lost touch with the LGBT community which it serves. Last week’s Pride Board meeting saw almost 100 San Diegans show up with […]

American flag and national anthem deserve our respect

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Yes, racism and homophobia are alive and well in our country. Yes, our criminal justice system is far from perfect and there are indeed some bad police officers. I know about some of these issues and have personally lived out some of them in my life. To this day, I have witnessed these things which […]

LGBT community donates 356 children’s backpacks

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At the start of each school year, the Imperial Court de San Diego, along with The LGBT Community Center, leads a campaign for children living below the poverty line to receive backpacks and school supplies. With the help of The LGBT Center’s Family Matters program, children of LGBT parents in need are also given help […]

USNS Harvey Milk ship ceremony in San Francisco

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Congressional leader Nancy Pelosi called the ceremony not only historic for the LGBT community, but for all Americans and it most certainly was. American LGBT leaders and officials flew in from all over our great nation to pay tribute to a great American civil rights icon who has become a global hero for LGBT people […]

Victory for the Harvey Milk ship campaign

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Many times I have been asked why I am so patriotic and wear my American flag shirts to civil rights rallies and almost every March on Washington where I have been involved and/or spoken. I come from a very patriotic and Catholic family upbringing as my father served in the Army in World War II, […]

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 […]

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