A Bob Filner tell-all book?

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Yes, it was in this column that I wrote that former Mayor Bob Filner would be writing a book and now comes word that it could be nearly finished! My good sources tell me that the possibilities of this “tell-all” book being a reality are very good and that there should be some very nervous [...]

Remarks by Nicole Murray Ramirez at St. Paul’s rainbow lighting ceremony

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SAN DIEGO: Remarks by Nicole Murray Ramirez at St. Paul’s Cathedral rainbow lighting ceremony, July 14: Good Evening, it is my deep honor to have been asked to speak tonight. These are indeed historic times for our great nation and all Americans. The Confederate flag is coming town in many Southern states and the White [...]

The Union Tribune and the LGBT community


The San Diego Union Tribune has had a mostly negative relationship with the LGBT community, especially in the 1960s, ’70s and early ’80s, referring to us for a long time as the “homosexual community” and refusing to use the word “gay.” They ran negative articles and editorials, including ugly cartoons. (“Being gay” was not even [...]

The gay baiting of Carl DeMaio and Dave Roberts


During Carl DeMaio’s congressional campaign I gave a warning in this column that if the LGBT leadership did not speak out against the vicious false sexual smear campaign and gay baiting against DeMaio that in the future others would use this same tactic to destroy gay candidates; now County Supervisor Dave Roberts is being subjected [...]

Al Best’s memorial: June 28


Some decades ago, long before Kehoe, Dumanis, Atkins, DeMaio, Gloria, Padilla, Roberts, Beiser, etc., an openly gay man named Al Best announced his candidacy for the City Council of San Diego. Yes, he was making history with this announcement and he was immediately fired from his good paying job because his “gay candidacy” was bringing [...]

Balboa Park and the LGBT community


Yes, 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of San Diego’s renowned Balboa Park and there are continuing events celebrating this historic landmark as there should be. Balboa Park has played a great part in the history of San Diego’s LGBT community. From social, political, HIV-AIDS demonstrations and Pride, etc. In fact, this year marks the 40th [...]

If Harvey Milk were alive today

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Address given by City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez at the San Diego Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast, May 21: Buenos dias; good morning and welcome to the 7th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. Thank you for once again selling out this event with over 1,000 of us gathered here this morning. Harvey Milk was proud that [...]

Canada: The equality nation


In 1969, the year gay Americans were fighting back against police harassment and discrimination at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, the prime minister of Canada was signing legislation that very same year legalizing homosexual acts in the nation of Canada. Homosexual acts even in California were not legal until 1976. Indeed the great [...]

It’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Lorena Gonzalez

This month is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in the U.S.A. As I often say the Golden State is turning brown with the Latino and Asian communities the fastest growing in California. In San Diego we have a very big Asian Pacific Islander community; in fact, San Diego is home to the largest Filipino population outside [...]

In response to Franko’s commentary


Last week’s issue of LGBT Weekly included a “guest commentary” by popular Latina drag queen entertainer Francesca “Franko” Guillen, a former “princess royale” and community activist. Everything seems to be fair game in politics and many times “letters to the editor” and “commentaries” are ghostwritten for well-known individuals. Many of us laughed our heads off [...]

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