Carl DeMaio has an urgent notice for San Diego water utility customers

After years of hiking water rates and refusing to cut documented wasteful spending in the water department, the City of San Diego is at it again – demanding more of our money.

Independent watchdog groups have recommended a number of ways for the water department to save money to reduce or eliminate the need for rate hikes. All of these cost saving ideas have been rejected.

Instead of focusing on efficiency reforms, the Mayor and City Council want to increase water rates by nearly 40% in the next four years – with the biggest increases coming in the next 12 months alone.

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Why Bernie Sanders must tout his stellar LGBT rights record if he wants to win

"It's been the belief of some political journalists for a while now that Hillary Clinton has wrapped up the LGBT vote. But that thinking is beginning to fray as some major LGBT donors look at a possible run by Joe Biden, and as reports suggest discontent over Clinton's perceived lack of enthusiasm in taking on big challenges ahead to ensure full equality.

Why Kim Davis is a 'Terrible Poster Girl' for the religious right

As the support for Kim Davis continues to wane -- with even the notoriously anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church condemning her divorcee past -- Slate writer Mark Joseph Stern explained to HuffPost Live why the Kentucky clerk isn't a good representative for people wanting to use religion to fight lesbian, g

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Not Recovered: Hurricane Katrina’s struggling black gay community

It has been over a decade now since Hurricane Katrina barreled through New Orleans (NO). Today, much of the Big Easy has gotten its groove back. But the residents of the Lower Ninth Ward, the largest of seventeen wards of New Orleans—and predominately African American—has not. The demographic group that unfortunately has been, and continues to be, invisible in this story of recovery is its African American LGBTQ community.

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Dis-membering Stonewall: a recount of what actually happened by someone who was there

“By institutionalizing memory, resisting the onset of oblivion, recalling the memory of tragedy that for long years remained hidden or unrecognized and by assigning its proper place in the human conscience, we respond to our duty to remember.”
—UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura1

I am disturbed by Roland Emmerich’s historical drama “Stonewall,” because of its whitewashing of a historic moment turned movement. When I look back at the first night of the Stonewall Inn riots, I could have never imagined its future importance.

Where is my black body safe in America?

Like so many African American women, myself included, Sandra Bland’s death, resulting from police brutality is not new news. The national attention it’s receiving is, however.

The reality of unarmed African American women being beaten, profiled, sexually violated and murdered by law enforcement officials with alarming regularity is too often ignored – especially with the focus of police brutality on African-American males.

And when gender identity and sexual orientation come into play, the treatment by police can be harsher.

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Trans women are walking targets

Whether you’re a transgender woman who likes to go out in public with plenty of flair, or a person who prefers a more conservative approach, simply “walking while trans” can get you thrown out of establishments or worse, arrested.

Transgender women are becoming increasingly targeted victims of arrest and incarceration. The ability to find the courage to go out in public is one thing, but to be constantly afraid of arrest or ridicule in some states because you are talking to somebody, or ordering drink is another.

LGBT service members are still being harassed

In 2011, when the federal government ended the policy that asked U.S. servicemen and women to hide their sexual orientation, the LGBT community rejoiced: They could finally serve openly.

Sadly, many service members haven’t been able to serve openly. There have been 4,600 cases of anti-gay harassment toward lesbian, gay and bisexual service members after “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) was repealed. Forty-seven percent of LGBT veterans surveyed reported at least one experience of assault. Federal law still bars transgender people from serving.

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Hey America, The Constitution does not mention the word "God."

From the strict sexual limitations of the Puritans to the ever evolving acceptance of “friendships” during the Enlightenment period in American history, the LGBT movement in the United States has led the way to not only being an important factor in establishing freedom to all, but sending a clear message that they have rights.

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So gay marriage biblically offends you? Then you should read this...

I want to start by saying that I am a Christian. I always have been and always will be... and I'm also a gay woman who is happily married to a beautiful British Woman named Megan.

Since the recent Supreme Court ruling of legalizing same-sex marriages in the United States, I have seen the ugly and the uglier come out in people I never expected.