Holiday Spirits Guide


Justin Wines Cozy up and warm your cockles with Justin Vineyard and Winery’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, a medium-bodied red flush with notes of dark fruit, black cherry, and vanilla. Serve with grilled meats for a complementary pairing, or savor it by itself with someone special. $25;   Partida Tequila Partida Tequila – available in [...]

What I did for prevention — on sex, love, condoms and PrEP

World AIDS Day Special Feature

For many years, the truth is, there has been no difference between saying “I am a sexually active gay man,” and “I am constantly afraid.” I came out to my mother at age 15, and she told me to make sure I did not get AIDS. I was born in 1989 and my father had [...]

Meet the Islander Ladies

It was dubbed the wedding of the year. After suffering homophobic heckling at their first ceremony in August, Gary Jackson and Oscar de la Salas’ October wedding redo in Coronado received many column inches in the press. Their story is well-known and Jackson and de la Salas became media celebrities. What is less well-known are [...]

The Haunting of Miss Jean Brodie

Jack-o-lanterns leering from the porch. Arch-backed black cats hissing in the shadows. Goblins and ghouls trick-or-treating door to door scurried along by the scuttle of dry leaves. Overhead, a beat-up quarter-moon bandaged by ragged clouds. Halloween. The time of year when the shiver running down your spine might be attributed to something other than the [...]

Special interview: Marina Rice Bader

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Lesbian film director Marina Rice Bader is best known for her work on films like A Perfect Ending and Elena Undone. She is also the first out filmmaker to offer her latest film, Anatomy of a Love Seen, to the LGBT community through direct distribution. Direct distribution is when filmmakers bypass the traditional Hollywood distribution [...]

Stopping the cycle of bullying at any age

October is anti-bullying month and like “Black History Month” or “Mother’s Day,” it’s something that should be observed all 12 months and 365 days a year. But given the sound-bite attention span of the public, having a reason to issue press releases and hold special events is better than forgetting entirely that there are still [...]

My Hurricane Odile ordeal


When you see people on television who have experienced a natural disaster, you try to imagine what it would be like to be in their situation. How would you react? Unfortunately, my partner Scott and I found out first hand with Hurricane Odile. For my partner Scott’s birthday, we take our customary vacation to our [...]

AIDS Walk San Diego commemorates 25th anniversary with a call to #BeTheGeneration to end the epidemic

BY CORRI PLANCK The preparations for AIDS Walk San Diego have never been surrounded by so much optimism for an end to the epidemic levels of HIV infection. While teams are forming and fundraising and volunteers and staffers are busily organizing event logistics, an important community conversation is taking place. In the midst of this [...]

The hormonal symphony of life

Hormones are involved in so many different bodily processes, it is no surprise that a systemic disease like HIV can affect endocrine function or vice versa. Serious endocrine dysfunction occurs more often in people with AIDS or symptomatic HIV disease than in those with early-stage disease and mild immune suppression. Some endocrine disorders are associated [...]

Showdown! Meet San Diego’s Rowhouse Showdown stars, design and home renovation experts Geoffrey Taft and Josh Altman

Is there a reality show end game? I thought there might be when a billboard in Los Angeles caught my eye. L.A. being L.A., I first thought it might be some inside joke. But, no, there really was a reality show – excuse me, “docu-series” – coming to a small screen near you called Little [...]

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