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In the spirit of San Diego Pride’s theme for this year’s festival, “Reflections of Pride,” I thought I would take a minute to reflect upon one or two things as editor of San Diego LGBT Weekly. At San Diego LGBT Weekly, I strive to bring our readers diverse, interesting, informative and engaging content covering a [...]


Re: 40th San Diego Gay Pride parade. Dear Editor, I am Gary B. Gulley, the organizer of the first Gay Pride parade in our city of San Diego in 1974. I was also an initiator of Gays against the War 1972 and ‘73, the Gay Center 1972 and ‘73 and the founder of the Gay [...]

I am what I am (LISTEN)

I Am What I Am - Gloria Gaynor

As San Diego Pride celebrates 40 years, it is time to reflect upon what has been accomplished in the last four decades. The first San Diego Pride March, which really was a protest, was marred by shame as a few who marched put paper bags over their heads to hide their identity. Fear; fear that [...]

Born on the Fourth of July

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As we all celebrate the Fourth of July by having barbecues, picnics, family reunions and outings to watch fireworks displays, it is also a good time to reflect upon the true meaning of the holiday. Most of us know that the actual name of the holiday is Independence Day, the day on which the Declaration [...]


Publisher and Editor’s Note: The decision was made to publish these contradictory Letters to the Editor together, to ensure that the community gets to hear the different versions of the issues that are facing the Hillcrest Business Association. As always, we believe our readers will be able to discern the truth as San Diego LGBT [...]

Letters: Response to HBA statement/Ben Nicholls dtd. June 24, 2014

Dear Editor, I would not consider standing up for respectful, professional and fair treatment in the workplace for staff, vendors and myself, reporting a Board Member interfering with business of the HBA to the President/Board attempting to take advantage [intimidation] of their position on the Board, “a disgruntled employee”, as stated by Nicholls in his [...]

Letters: HBA interim executive director — ‘setting the record straight’

Dear Editor, I write to set the record straight with facts about the recent transition in staff management at the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA).  It is unfortunate that a disgruntled former staff member has joined with two long-time detractors of the association to actively seek to undermine an organization that is doing such positive work [...]

Hillcrest Business Association

The Hillcrest Sign at Fifth and University Avenues

I just don’t know what to say … more trouble at the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA). The new Executive Director Sonya Stauffer was terminated June 5. She is now pursuing action with the board of directors to determine whether Johnathan Hale had the authority to fire her. LGBT Weekly got a copy of Ms. Stauffer’s [...]



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Hypoxia, or altitude sickness, reduces the amount of oxygen in the brain causing a variety of symptoms including mental confusion. Many in the LGBT community suffer from advocacy hypoxia, a condition that I define as one who has reached a certain level within the advocacy community that causes altitude sickness, creating mental confusion. Let me [...]

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