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Letter to The Editor: Re: San Diego Pride parade, 'turn this rag-tag bumbling bomb of a parade into something spectacular'

Letter to The Editor--

Re: Transgender activists to disrupt San Diego Pride with 'die-ins.' Stephen Whitburn - Executive Director, San Diego Pride June 24th, 2015 -

Swiss trains impress and run on time.

Social media is not the best place to voice a harsh opinion

Social media has been the miracle technology which has brought many friends together, re-connected relatives, and even reunited adopted children with their biological parents. But this miracle of free speech is extremely limited. One college professor found that out for himself this week.

Places such as Facebook and Instagram are platforms on which subscribers can emote their feelings through words, pictures or emoticons. Connected friends can then chose to “like,” “heart” or ultimately unsubscribe from people they don’t like.

The outline of the rainbow: a thank you to our straight allies

San Diego Pride is upon us and there are many things to celebrate about the past year.

We as gays, lesbians and transgender men and women have fought hard, endured immeasurable pain and suffered countless criticisms from people who think that standing up for one’s rights is only good when they are their own.

But there are other people we should be celebrating this year as well; our straight allies.

These people have given us the support and love that we all needed to carry on in life and to accomplish the very thing that we celebrate this week: Pride.

Shock and awe and the weaponization of sexual harrassment

Politics and political campaigns have often been compared to warfare and have frequently been named a “blood sport”. Last year’s campaign for Congressional District 52 pitting former City Councilman Carl DeMaio against Congressman Scott Peters offered up an excellent example of the military strategy called “Shock and Awe”.

We now know the truth: Carl DeMaio was falsely accused of sexual harassment. Peters used the smear to create an “ick” factor on the openly gay DeMaio and spook socially conservative Republican voters.

Obama used the n-word appropriately

When news broke that President Obama used the n-word during the podcast interview “WTF with Marc Maron” about America’s racial history, it caused shock waves. We are shocked because we are all confused as to when — if ever — there is an appropriate context to use the word.

On CNN, legal analyst Sunny Hostin said that Obama’s use of the word was inappropriate because of his office, and given the history of the word itself.

New York Times columnist Charles Blow countered Hostin’s assertion, pointing out that Obama used the word correctly: as a teaching moment.

Transgender activists to disrupt San Diego Pride with 'die-ins.'

An open letter about the 2015 San Diego Pride Parade

By Stephen Whitburn, Executive Director, San Diego Pride

Thank you to all who plan to attend this year’s San Diego Pride Parade. I’m writing in regard to activism that may temporarily disrupt the parade’s flow.

This year’s Grand Marshal is the entire transgender community, and both Champions of Pride are transgender. We’re proud they’re leading the parade.

An open letter about the 2015 San Diego Pride Parade

Thank you to all who plan to attend this year’s San Diego Pride Parade. I’m writing in regard to activism that may temporarily disrupt the parade’s flow.

This year’s Grand Marshal is the entire transgender community, and both Champions of Pride are transgender. We’re proud they’re leading the parade.

Queering the confederacy: why #TakeDowntheFlag matters to LGBTs

The Civil War wasn't about slavery. That's what I was told by teachers, family, friends, churchgoers and casual motorists at gas stations throughout my childhood in rural Alabama. Black and white had nothing to do with it, they said. States' rights, they would all echo. States' rights, yes, now that was the real reason--usually punctuating that last bit by spitting out a wad of chewing tobacco.

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro”

In trying to make sense of Rachel Dolezal, the self-identified “black” woman of two white parents, and the thought -provoking queries now raised about transracialsim and transethnicity Boston Globe cartoonist Dan Wasserman provided me with an answer:

“How does a confused Caucasian woman come to define the national conversation on race? White Lies Matter!”

According to Dolezal her “transracial dysphoria” (a black woman trapped in a spray-tanned white blue-eyed blonde’s body) began around the tender age of 5.

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Many big corporations are branding "Pride" and bringing LGBT money into their markets without fear

Although Christmas remains the biggest time of year when retailers pull out all of the stops and spend most of their marketing budget on advertisements and commercials starting in early November, Pride Month is slowly becoming a mainstream retailer’s first chance at getting LGBTQ consumers to spend money in June.

Suddenly, giant retailers such as Target are no longer afraid to market to a community that has been absent from the national commercial machine for decades.