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Mayor, local officials mark progress on library construction in Uptown

Continuing his commitment to improving all neighborhoods, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined today by State Assemblymember Todd Gloria and City Councilmember Chris Ward to mark progress on construction for a state-of-the-art library in Uptown.  

Trump’s war on transgender service members

"Today, it is surprising to me that amid several wars that need every able person who wants to serve our transgender patriots would be excluded. "

The first punch was President Trump’s ban against transgender service members. In his inimitable style of communicating to the American public the order came in the form of a tweet:

Klinger was not trans in M*A*S*H so stop bringing him up

Jamie Farr as Corporal Klinger in M*A*S*H

Because this has come up a couple times, let's talk about Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger...

As the character was initially written, his "point" was that he did not want to be in the army, and was pulling stunts to get a second 8 discharge. A Section 8 discharge, which is no longer in use as such, was for soldiers deemed mentally unfit for duty.

HBA opposes the bike lane to nowhere

HBA has negotiated for parking compromises related to the City bike lane on University Ave. that made those lanes better.

The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) is encouraging members to speak out about SANDAG's proposed bikes lanes on 4th and 5th Ave. through Hillcrest.

SANDAG is planning on replacing the City's bike lane (which takes out no parking) with a bike lane that will remove almost 40 parking spaces from the heart of Hillcrest.

Council member Chris Ward supports this effort!  

DignityUSA is moving toward radical inclusion

Racism is always an issue predominately white LGBTQI organizations must grapple with.

With the Catholic Church being the largest Christian denomination in the world the fight for the dignity and inclusion of its LGBTQI parishioners is a fight for the church’s soul and moral integrity. 

DignityUSA since its inception has asserted that God loves the LGBTQI community equally.

Will Supreme Court allow businesses to not serve the LGBTQ community?

I am immensely thankful as a married lesbian that I reside in Massachusetts.

This week the U. S. Supreme Court announced that in the fall it will hear the case “Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.” 

The case - which will have many of us LGBTQ Americans on pins and needles - will argue the parameters of one’s right to practice their religion and their right to express themselves freely that’s enshrined in the First Amendment.

OCGOP statement on OC Dems vice chair's verbal attack on gay volunteers

Democratic Party of Orange County Vice-Chair Jeff LeTourneau verbally accosts gay volunteers.

Republican Party of Orange County Chairman Fred M. Whitaker (pictured left) released the following statement after Fox News released video of Democratic Party of Orange County Vice-Chair Jeff LeTourneau (above) verbally attacking gay volunteers who were collecting signatures for the effort to recall Democrat Senator Josh Newman:

Pride to honor origins with Spirit of Stonewall Rally in Hillcrest

 Dr. Delores Jacobs will be recognized as a Champion of Pride.

San Diego Pride is proud to announce the 2017 recipients of the Spirit of Stonewall Awards. Pride annually accepts nominations from the community to recognize individuals, organizations, and groups who have contributed significantly to the LGBT community through their leadership, activism, and fundraising efforts.