The smearing of Carl DeMaio

In my over half a century of being involved with politics and public service I have never seen such a constant, ugly, disgusting and destructive smear campaign as has been waged against Carl DeMaio. As many of you know, I have always had an up and down relationship with Carl, from introducing him to Latino [...]

It’s Chairmen Baza, Kelly, Abrams and Gleason!

Larry Baza with Gloria Steinem

Mayor Kevin Faulconer made history again by appointing long time Latino/gay leader, Larry Bazza as the first person of color to become chair of the city’s prestigious and influential Art’s Commission. Baza is a true San Diego native whose family are fourth generation Californians; they are well known and respected leaders/activists within the people of [...]

Kehoe Elementary School and San Diego AIDS memorial

Many of you will probably remember that I started talking about naming a public school after Sen. Christine Kehoe and finally establishing an AIDS memorial in San Diego in this column years ago (as well as a street named after Harvey Milk). The GLBT Historic Task Force was established to focus on these three major [...]

Lunch with Marine veteran Nathan Fletcher


Recently, I had lunch at Harvey Milk’s American Diner with Marine veteran and former State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Let me tell you that he was in the best of spirits I have ever seen him in. Happy with life as an executive at Qualcomm, especially with his family and two growing little boys and very [...]

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 [...]

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