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The refugees who came for Thanksgiving

As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time's spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. But I also reflect on the holiday as a time of remembrance - present and historical.

Presently, I hope over this holiday season there will be a change of heart with many U. S. governors now closing their doors to Syrian refugees since the recent terrorist attacks in France.

Contact four key votes on City Council and urge opposition to water rate hike

The case against the massive San Diego water rate increase could not be stronger! San Diego residents did the right thing and saved water, but now they are being punished for saving water with a massive rate hike. It gets worse.

The Mayor and City Council have refused to implement a variety of cost saving reforms to prevent this massive rate hike. In fact, just three weeks ago, the Mayor and City Council approved a huge salary and benefit package increase for water department employees. This rate hike will go to pay for that giveaway!

Where’s Log Cabin Republican activism this campaign season?

With four GOP debates now aired where all the presidential hopefuls are clearly either conservative or ultra-conservative on social issues, one has to wonder—where are the Log Cabin Republicans in pushing forth LGBTQ concerns this campaign season?

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.