People, politics and opinions

San Diego was the first city to have a Harvey Milk Street, then Salt Lake City followed. Now Portland may be the third city as political trailblazer Terry Bean is heading up this city’s campaign and he tells me that already 75 percent of the current street businesses have agreed to the name change. Ric […]

October is LGBT History Month (VIDEO)

LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of 31 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons. Each day in October, a new LGBT Icon is featured with a video, bio, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources. Background In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching […]

Why it still matters for LGBTQ people to publicly affirm who we are

“Why do you have to bring up the LGBT thing?” “Marriage equality is the law of the land, now what else do you want?” “Be careful about the ‘gay thing’ with your campaign. It can hurt you.” These are just some of the comments I’ve received since I entered the race for San Diego County […]

Dear President Trump

I understand you are in need of a new secretary of health and human services (HHS). I would like to apply. Like former Secretary Price, I am an MD. That is where our relevant similarities end, and you should realize that is a good thing for your administration. I grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania, a […]

Why support candidates just because they are gay or Latino?

After watching Toni Atkins get attacked for endorsing the re-election of Sheriff Bill Gore I knew that I would also, and really don’t care and absolutely stand by my endorsement. And let me say that just because I am Latino and gay does not mean I am obligated to support and vote for a Latino […]

Sweet blue Alabama?

President Trump’s approval rating hovers near 40 percent. Polls of the generic congressional vote show Democrats leading by eight points. Historically, those conditions predict Democratic gains of 20-30 seats in the House of Representatives and four to five seats in the Senate in 2018. Democrats have been openly optimistic about winning the 24 seats they […]

Let’s re-elect Sheriff Bill Gore

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore is one of the best sheriffs in the nation and has been a longtime friend and supporter of the LGBT community. He has changed the jail protocol for the arrest and detention of transgender people making sure they get the respect and equal treatment they deserve. He established an […]

The Golden State is turning brown

San Diego’s LGBT activists are marking Hispanic Heritage Month by establishing the San Diego County Latino Coalition, which held its first organizing meeting this past Monday at The LGBT Community Center. One of the new coalition’s founders, City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez told the crowd that “The Golden State is turning brown, and indeed soon […]

An evangelical therapist on parents’ ‘transgendered children’

What Do You Do When Your Child Tells You They Are Transgendered was the name of the keynote address at the Hope Gathering, 2012, given by Dr. Marc Dillworth. He’s a marriage and family counselor and self-identified Christian who specializes in reparative (also known as conversion) therapy for gender dysphoria; his keynote address was given […]

What makes a family

The nature of family is inherently unique, despite a snapshot from the 1950s and numerous conservative groups claiming otherwise. My favorite course in college was an American Studies class simply named: Families in America. Already out and proud, I reveled in the way our professor educated about family structure throughout history, disproving the nuclear family […]

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