If only I had the perfect vision to see what will become of two of our most important LGBT institutions in San Diego: San Diego Pride and The San Diego LGBT Center. Both organizations are in the process of leadership transition but from different perspectives. San Diego Pride fired Executive Director Stephen Whitburn for […]

New figures show 10 percent increase in the City of San Diego’s homeless population


SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Thursday, San Diego Councilmember Chris Ward (District Three), who serves as vice chair of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, joined Task Force Chair and Supervisor Ron Roberts, and RTHF Executive Director Delores Diaz to announce the results of the 2017 Point-in-Time Count of the region’s homeless population. They were […]

San Diego strong

San Diego Strong

Over the last year, I have had the pleasure of travelling to Sacramento to represent the Addiction Treatment Advocacy Coalition (ATAC), a group that advocates for those who suffer from Substance Use Disorder and those facilities that provide treatment. As the president of ATAC, I have met with regulators and legislators throughout the California capitol […]

Thank you, LGBT Republicans

Gay Republicans

LGBT Republicans got what they wanted last November. I hope they are happy. I was perplexed last November, as I am always with the concept of an LGBT Republican, because their party proves time and time again they do not support LGBT people. Twenty percent of LGBT people voted for Donald Trump and helped him […]

San Diego Pride announces 2017 theme


San Diego Pride have announced their 2017 theme: Allied in Action: United for Justice. Announcing the theme Pride released the following statement: National and international LGBT rights are uncertain at best, given the changes brought about by the recent election, and as such our solidarity at the intersection of social justice movements is clearly vital […]

The Cleve Jones Story

When We Rise Top Highlights

When We Rise, the recent mini-series covering the LGBT civil rights movement should have been entitled The Cleve Jones Story but then even fewer people would have watched. Jones has been a figure in several events during the struggle for LGBT rights, but as with any autobiographical work, the author has an inability to really […]

Poll finds one in eight California voters identifies as LGBT

Ballot box with US state flag on background - California

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Equality California has announced that a poll conducted by Tulchin Research in January 2017 has found that 12 percent of California voters identify as being members of the LGBT community. The online survey of 600 registered voters asked “are you a member of the LGBT community.” The answers showed notable divisions by age, […]

Dear Absolut:


It is with great displeasure that I must inform you that I cannot get your brand at many finer restaurants. I have never forgotten your leadership in supporting the LGBT community by taking out ads in gay publications in 1981. I was an out gay man attending Stanford University and partying in San Francisco at […]

Man versus nature

Water overflowing the auxillary spillway of Oroville Dam |  Photo: California Department of Water Resources

One of the classic conflicts in literature, screenplays and on television is man versus nature. Basically, the conflict involves man trying to overcome a force of nature like a blizzard, hurricane or earthquake. Usually, the hero survives and gives hope to the reader or audience. Unfortunately, in real life, nature always wins. The reality is […]

LGBT and civil rights advocacy groups condemn confirmation of Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions

Following yesterdays Senate vote to confirm Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. Attorney General, LGBT and civil rights groups were quick to condemn his confirmation. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) said that Donald Trump’s choice of Jeff Sessions to lead the United States Department of Justice places civil rights and equality in jeopardy. “It’s deeply disturbing […]

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