This could-be-thorny subject is beautifully tackled


In its most basic description, it’s a muscle. Nothing computerized, no easy-to-follow instructions or list of parts. Nope, it’s a muscle; a dub-thumping, miraculous group of cells that was beating when you were born, due to simple electrical activity. It’s just a muscle, although in the audiobook Beast by Brie Spangler, the heart knows who […]

A brief three hundred


Does time fly when you’re having fun? It does, and I am as I write this 300th Brief. I try to mix humor with serious suggestions while fitting all into my template of 14 1/2 lines. In the first year with more space, it was easier to write on profound, serious topics like “Mine Is […]

Brian Stout, Hillcrest restaurateur, philanthropist has died


Thom Senzee, author of this article, is a West Coast-based freelance journalist, and a regular contributor to San Diego LGBT Weekly. Longtime San Diego restaurateur, Brian Stout, former owner of Brians’ American Eatery (the plural apostrophe noting the shared first name of the owners of the eatery, which once occupied the site on Washington Street […]

Hillcrest hit and run fatality driver surrenders to start jail term


A motorist who struck and killed a 78-year-old tourist on Fifth Avenue in Hillcrest surrendered March 10 to begin his 180-day jail term for hit and run and driving under the influence of alcohol. Robert Anthony Dean, 60, told officials he was drinking alcohol at The Caliph, a popular gay bar, and left at 10:45 […]

30-year-old San Diego homicide case solved by DNA evidence


A May 8 preliminary hearing was set for a prisoner who was recently charged with murdering a 15-year-old boy who had been sexually assaulted nearly 30 years ago. A DNA profile was developed due to recent advances in forensic technology and it matched Russell Taylor, now 56, who was serving a sentence of 25 years […]

San Diego’s crime rate is the second lowest in 47 years


Hate crimes in the city of San Diego decreased by only one incident in 2016 over hate crimes committed in 2015 for a total of 35 crimes, according to the police chief’s report on crime statistics. There were 11 crimes attributed to the anti-gay bias of an attacker in 2016 as compared with 14 such […]

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 […]

The City: Top to Bottom


thursday, march 16 On the 20th Century It’s nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury train traveling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffee embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland into playing the lead in his new, […]

The City: Top to Bottom


thursday, march 9 Kiki New York City’s Underground Ballroom Scene: It’s a larger-than-life world in which LGBTQ youths of color are empowered by staging elaborate dance competitions that showcase their dynamic choreography, fabulous costumes, and fierce attitude. It’s also a safe haven for struggling, at-risk teens who find acceptance, support, and friendship within the Kiki […]

Love languages: Words of affirmation


We just enjoyed the month of February. Besides Black History Month, for what else is this month known? The love month! Yes! There was Valentine’s Day, aka Singles Awareness Day! Such a fun day to celebrate and show love, whether you’re in a relationship or not. I remember how much fun I had on Valentine’s […]

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