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Homeless decreasing in Hillcrest, but city needs to increase aid

Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) has taken solid steps to address the symptoms of homelessness. 

In the last year, we’ve all seen significant changes in the number of homeless people throughout San Diego, including Hillcrest.  

Following up on complaints by our members, six weeks ago Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) engaged proactive security patrols through a private security company.  '

Did Hillcrest forget the 'B' in LGBTQ this week?

The Bisexual Pride flag is absent on the flagpole in Hillcrest during Bisexual Pride week.

Look up!

No, not at the enveloping rain clouds that smothered sunny San Diego at the beginning of the week. Look up at the towering LGBTQ Pride flag in Hillcrest.

I’ll tell you what you won’t see, you won’t see the pink, purple, and blue hues of a waving Bisexual Pride flag.

But why would that matter?

9 things to know if you love a guy with low self-esteem

Can having low-self-esteem be the killer in a relationship?

[Editor's Note: Paul Graves (pictured left) is a heterosexual male who suffered from low self-esteem, but feels his male perspective also holds true for gay men and same-sex couples.]

So you love a guy with low self-esteem...

Sucks to be you. I’m saying that as a dude who used to hate himself. Who still kind of does.

Local community leader Papa Tony retires

I've been a community leader for decades, and it's been an incredible journey.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a letter released today from FetishMen San Diego Papa Tony:

It has been a very, very good run, and…

Now that I'm almost sixty-one years old, I'm ready for my next phase.  

Tonight's Men's Discussion is the last event that I will be hosting for the foreseeable future.  

Maybe ever.  

I'm okay with that.

A nightmare scenario for couple who chose surrogacy

Jay Timmons (left) and Rick Olson hold their son, Jacob Timmons

Imagine you and your spouse cannot naturally conceive children, but you are willing and capable of being a good parent.  

As luck has it, you are approached by another couple who are close friends of yours who offer an embryo that they did not use but do not want to destroy.  

Coming out to care: The fear of coming out as a queer cripple when you need care

Andrew Gurza - Disability Awareness Consultant, Founder of Disability With Drew/DisabilityAfterDark

I think that every queer person knows the feeling of the act of “coming out” all too well.  We have all felt that tinge of anticipation mixed with fear, the fear of not knowing what the outcome will be.

Not knowing whether we will be accepted after we tell our truth. As queer people, we also know that the act of coming out is not ever a singular event.

'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.