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Donna Brazile’s revenge with “Hacks”

Brazile, an LGBTQ ally, is the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

Since the election of Donald Trump, most Americans on both sides of the political aisle feel American democracy is under siege.

California State Board of Education approves LGBTQ inclusive textbooks

“Approval of these textbooks means that California schools will now have access to approved materials that accurately represent LGBTQ people..."

Yesterday, the California State Board of Education adopted ten LGBTQ-inclusive history and social studies textbooks for K-8 classrooms and rejected two which failed to include LGBTQ people. The state's subject matter frameworks require LGBTQ inclusion following the 2011 passage of the FAIR Education Act, authored by Senator Mark Leno.

John Kelly needs a queer history lesson on the Civil War

 White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Boston-born White House chief of staff John Kelly’s recent remark on Laura Ingraham’s new Fox News show reopened a divide so deep in this country about slavery that I am reminded of American novelist William Faulkner’s quote “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

The Matthew Shepard murder revisited

New book about Matthew Shepard has a controversial view.

With October being LGBTQ History Month it allows the LGBTQ community to look back at historical events.  And Matthew Shepard’s murder is one of them. 

This October marks nineteen years since the death of Matthew Shepard. In October 1998, Shepard, then 21, was a first-year college student at University of Wyoming.

San Diego Black LGBTQ community comes together to strategize for the future

The inaugural conference was held at The World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park, a non-profit space which celebrates black history and achievement.

On Sunday, October 22, 2017, a much-needed conversation took place. Funded through a grant from San Diego LGBT Pride, the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition 2017 Conference, “Claiming Your Seat at the Table,” brought together an audience of Black attendees, who identify as “LGBTQ”, from all ages, walks of life, and experiences.

Safe parking program expanded for homeless individuals, families living in cars

Jewish Family Service’s Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus on Balboa Avenue and provides a safe space for 40 vehicles.

As another strategy to reduce homelessness in San Diego, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today announced a safe parking program that will allow individuals and families who are currently living out of their vehicles a safe and secure place to park at night, with case managers and a housing specialist to help them find permanent homes.

Whitney Houston comes out posthumously

But it was her ex-spouse, Brown, who over time came to believe Whitney married him with an ulterior motive. 

2017 is a year of open but not new revelations about Whitney Houston.

Five years ago, on Feb. 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel room on the eve of the Grammy Awards.  

Allegations at the time surfaced that pop superstar Whitney Houston was murdered.

LGBTQ History Month’s emerging canon

The invisibility of LGBTQ and women of color is not because there is a paucity of us that exist or made history.

Winston Churchill once said that “History is written by the winners.” When the Stonewall Riots occurred in 1969 the history of more than a century-long oppressed people finally got national attention.

And, since that historical moment, the suppressed and closeted oral histories of our fierce and courageous LGBTQ  brothers and sisters began to be documented - openly and uncensored.