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Trans-attracted men, you have a duty to speak up

"Amber Monroe's body was found on August 8th after she was shot and killed. K.C. Haggard was brutally stabbed to death on July 23rd. India Clarke was beaten to death, three days prior. This past Monday, police in Dallas identified the body of Shade Schuler.

This year alone in the United States, thirteen trans women have been murdered, eleven of them were trans women of color. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs documented that 55% of anti-LGBTQ homicide victims last year were trans women, half were trans women of color.

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The LGBT community is turning intolerance toward itself.

There was a time when the LGBT community stuck together. The plight of many was shared by all of us because we knew that without the strength in numbers change could not be made.

In 1969, the Stonewall riots were made up of people who were tired of being treated like second-class citizens and drag queens and gay Americans alike stood side-by-side to create a united front to the powers that tried so hard to tear us down.

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

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

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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.