Ireland approves marriage equality in historic vote

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The Republic of Ireland has become the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through a national referendum, and the 21st country to decide to afford same-sex couples full marriage rights. With votes counted from nearly all of Ireland’s 43 parliamentary constituencies, the measure will pass with more than 60 percent of voters [...]

Defining true public service

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Last week I completed nearly seven years on the Citizens’ Equal Opportunity Commission (CEOC), where for the majority of my term I was the chairman. The CEOC has been one of the most performing commissions at the City of San Diego in the last 10 years. We successfully increased City of San Diego purchasing from [...]

‘Love Always’ – A first collection of writings from partners of trans people

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Love, Always is the first collection of writings by partners of trans people. As the visibility of trans people rises throughout the world, so does the need to hear about the experiences of their loved ones who stand by them. Yet, their stories have remained largely untold in the sea of media attention on trans [...]

Major child advocacy groups strongly oppose extreme anti-LGBT adoption bill in Texas

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Today, major child advocacy groups joined the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), in opposing an extreme anti-LGBT adoption bill in Texas that is dangerously close to becoming law. Texas HB 3864, which has passed through the House Juvenile Justice and Family Issues Committee, would enshrine special discrimination rights into law by allowing adoption agencies contracted by [...]

Out NYC Owner: Gays are ‘cheap,’ ‘entitled’

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Hey you cheap, entitled gay, at least that’s what one of the owners of Out NYC thinks of you. The same hoteliers, Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, who hosted Senator Ted Cruz in their home and first claimed they were unfamiliar with Senator Cruz’s anti-LGBT stances.  Later, the pair claimed they did discuss LGBT issues with [...]

Can a gay man be a homophobe?

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This week the LGBT community finally hit what I hope is rock bottom. Two prominent gay hoteliers met with Ted Cruz to reputedly have a “fireside chat.” Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner hosted Sen. Cruz, who is a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and has said that the “gay” community is waging a “jihad” on [...]

Special commentary: The Hawaii heroes

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As the Supreme Court hears oral arguments to legalize same-sex marriage in the United States, it is important to acknowledge the spark that started the marriage equality firestorm. Conventional wisdom says, “Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan.” That is why it is critical that we look back at how the same-sex marriage debate [...]

It’s not elective surgery

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Last week a Northern Federal Court Judge ruled that an inmate should be granted sexual reassignment surgery. Judge Jon S. Tigar said Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51, should be entitled to gender reassignment surgery because it was the “only adequate” treatment for her condition. Let the silly politicization of the issue begin. Failed Congressional candidate Carl DeMaio [...]

Jacquie Atkinson: Let the backpedaling begin

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Marine Jacquie Atkinson will formally announce her candidacy for the 52nd District Congressional seat tonight at Heat on Park Boulevard. What has she been doing to prepare; busily trying to sanitize her personal Facebook and Twitter accounts and accusing Congressman Scott Peters Campaign with generating fake tweets in her name. A little bird tweeted and [...]

Mayor, City Council to name April 7 San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Day

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmember Todd Gloria will name April 7, 2015 “San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus Day” in recognition of the organization’s 30 years of singing, social outreach and changing lives one voice at a time. The official proclamation will be presented Tuesday, April 7 at 10 a.m. [...]

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