Smart buyer procedure

We’re all so real estate savvy these days. Like so many things that have become easier with the advent of web marketing, buying a home is as easy as pie. We can shop to our heart’s content at two in the morning, and get all kinds of data on recent sales, the best neighborhoods, all […]

Stronger together: Becoming a better ally within our community

“You’re such a great ally.” After I advocated for an elderly patient and her partner by reminding staff to be sensitive to the unique needs of LGBTQ older adults, my coworker spoke these words to me with genuine appreciation. My reaction surprised me. I was thrown, not knowing how to respond. Did I thank her? […]

Time for our politicians to get it together on the current Hepatitis A outbreak

San Diego County is in the midst of a Hepatitis A outbreak. It started in November of 2016, and as of Tuesday accounted for 333 cases, 232 hospitalizations and 11 deaths. For a county of 3.3 million that may not sound like much, but it should give us pause. We have the tools and information […]

San Diego AIDS Memorial to become a reality

After almost three decades, many discussions, meetings, two mayors giving their support (Golding and Filner), proposals, controversies and two task forces I can say that San Diego will finally join other major cities across the United States and will have an AIDS Memorial to remember the over 8,000 men, women and children who have died […]

The difficulties and frustrations of open transgender military service

“I say to you today, my friends, that in spite of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment, I still have a dream.” We’ve pretty much all heard that quote from Martin Luther King Jr’s speech I Have a Dream. King had a dream of freedom and equality for black Americans; he dreamed “that one […]

Marching with pride toward a better future

Pride was a rite of passage. During my first Pride, back in Baltimore, Md., I remember looking around and feeling completely overwhelmed by simply existing in the same space as thousands of other LGBTQ people at once. It gave a sense of community and context to my identity that I desperately needed. My network was […]

HRC time, in more ways than one

Last summer, I had numerous conversations about the continued relevance of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Marriage equality was the law of the land, Obama administration policies were advancing equality in the workplace and schools and Justice Merrick Garland would soon solidify a progressive Supreme Court majority. With President-presumed Hillary Rodham Clinton running on an […]

Mayor Faulconer’s support of trans military generates hate mail

When President Trump attacked our transgender brothers and sisters in the military Mayor Faulconer immediately issued a statement in support of transgender Americans serving in the military. Mayor Faulconer’s stand received countless responses from San Diegans almost all of them attacking him and full of hate. Here are some examples that I can print in […]

Some of San Diego’s No Justice, No Pride voices

On the Saturday of San Diego’s Pride weekend, there was a protest of about 50 people at noon, at Sixth and Upas, organized by the San Diego Chapter of No Justice, No Pride. I spoke to Adrian Scott (pronouns: they, them, theirs), a protest organizer, and Adam Powers (pronouns: she, her, hers), a protest participant, […]

The safe spaces that shape us

If you ask almost anyone in our community about where they first felt safe to be authentically queer, they can remember. For some, it was a place, for others, a person; for me, it was Gettysburg, Pa. I have always been a blend of nerdy and artistic, two qualities to which I am happy to […]

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