Commentary

'Nextdoor' app user blames Hillcrest's gay bars for 'filthy' streets

Numbers on Park Blvd, San Diego.

One Nextdoor app subscriber has taken to the social media platform to discuss the differences between the cleanliness of Little Italy to that of Hillcrest.

He accuses Hillcrest’s LGBT bars as being the main culprit of urban decay.

Peter Cache posted his observation via his feed which is only visible to subscribers located in that part of town: Northeast Hillcrest.  

The gay marriage that broke the Nigerian internet

Eric Shoen-Ukre and David Shoen-Ukre

We tried very carefully to make sure this wouldn’t happen. Guests were instructed not to take photos during the ceremony. We were very particular about who was invited. It was a sad added bonus that most of the guests from Nigeria cancelled just 24 hours before the ceremony.

What it means to be a gay teen in a Jewish ultra-Orthodox community

I’ve met bearded Hasidic rabbis who joined this under a girl’s name because they are transgender, and teens thrust out of their homes for being gay who don’t know how to live in the secular world. Some are happy. Some are despondent.

Recently, “Mira” cut her hair short. It was cute, and boyish. The next morning, she was called to the office in her high school yeshiva and told, “We don’t tolerate such shenanigans.” Girls at their school are required to look properly feminine, and all of them are expected to marry.

Advice to parents and friends of transgender individuals

Listen with an open mind and heart.

Our son is transgender. We welcomed him into the world 26 years ago as a daughter, but he is now our son. What does that mean? Three years ago he had surgery to give himself a more masculine body.

Two years ago he began hormone treatment, which led to male puberty.

He changed his name from Emily to Jeremy and asked that we use male pronouns. We are proud of him and love him.

Staying high in these days of going low

What comes with Twitter bullying is hate speech, and Trump has normalized hate speech in the public sphere.

When we see hate speech and injustice, we must hold tight to Michelle Obama’s words.

First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech on the opening night of the Democratic National Convention rocked, and her words and advice about hate speech resonated especially for many LGBTQ people. 

Taylor Gobar's one-star review appears to be internet extortion to a Hillcrest business: FBI contacted

One local protester Taylor Gobar uses extortion through her reviews to hold businesses hostage until they do what she says.

It's a trend, it's real, and it's unethical. It's called "Internet Defamation," and I would soon find out one person is using it to threaten a well-respected Hillcrest business into submission. 

Plenty can be said about social activism, especially in the LGBT community. If the Stonewall Riots had not happened we may have not had the freedoms we enjoy today.

When will LGBT equality reach the Muslim world

The World Pride Parade in 2012

Regardless of Omar Mateen’s sexuality or motive in executing 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, let there be no ambiguity about Islam’s position towards homosexuality.