Cupid Ain’t Stupid 2015

Skip the clichés this Valentine’s Day – because flowers and candy send the very special message that you have zero time to be considerate – and swap them for more creative and sentimental surprises. A little thoughtfulness goes a long way with these small-but-meaningful gifts given with love. Kiss Pillows and Paintings Contemporary artist Olesya [...]

Twinkle, twinkle, little star:

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Seriously, what is it about porn that turns people off? I’ve never understood so I suspect I’ll never understand others’ aversions to it. And what a pity. If only because as a result of porn, there have been some very, very good documentaries about the subject. Wrangler: Portrait of An Icon (2008), was a critical [...]

Celebrating 50 years of the International Imperial Court System

Fifty years ago, World War II veteran Jose Julio Sarria was crowned Empress I of San Francisco, thus planting the seed of the International Imperial Court System that grew into a royal oak tree, with branches extending through Canada, the United States and Mexico. The International Imperial Court System currently has chapters in over 68 [...]


The first time I did taxes for Greg and Linda, I was blindsided. They were married the summer before they became my clients. Both of them had only ever received refunds on their tax returns. And this year, they owed money to Uncle Sam. A lot, too. I, like my new clients, hadn’t really internalized [...]

Are you ready to get fit and fabulous for 2015?

Now that the holiday season is behind us, it’s time to get focused on creating the best version of you in 2015. Jump on the New Year bandwagon and make a commitment to yourself to not only get in shape this year but to make this resolution last throughout the year. In order to find [...]

Immigration in America: Coming out of the shadows — a personal journey

A couple weeks ago President Obama announced his executive action on immigration. During his speech he said, “You can come out of the shadows”. So here I am. I am coming out of the shadows to share with you my experience, my reasons, my struggles and my journey. In my opinion, there is a misconception [...]

The best gift of all

Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank

My favorite winter holiday mashup is of two pop icons from distinctly different generations singing a classic Christmas carol. Of course, I’m talking about David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s duet, “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth”. Seriously. Find it on YouTube. You’ll be glad you did. In 1941 an American composer and teacher, Katherine Kennicott Davis, [...]

The ultimate guide to LGBT gift giving

What do you get someone who has everything? Take your pick from these ideas, perfect for LGBT foodies, techies, explorers and more. Zooop Adult Onesies Lazy winter weekends are meant for lounging around the house, stuffing your face with your favorite junk foods, and binge watching whatever TV marathon du jour strikes your fancy. Now [...]

2014 in review: And the walls came tumbling down


I do, again and again and again 2014 will be remembered as the tipping point for marriage equality. The marriage equality tsunami began with the freedom to marry being granted in Oklahoma. A harbinger of the year to come, the Oklahoma ruling was put on hold pending a ruling from the 10th Circuit Federal Court [...]

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 [...]

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