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Why black folks are the most forgiving 

Why black folks are the most forgiving.

Black Christians give away forgiveness like it’s confetti, and white Trump evangelicals give it away sparingly, if at all. As an African American, the act of forgiveness appears to be our immediate go-to place in the face of unimaginable racial honor done to us. 

I'm gay!

I'm gay!

His brutal murder in 1998 shook our community to our core. As we mourned and raged, we organized to ensure that his story was told in the national media and we worked to pass hate crime legislation.

Remembering the LGBT victims and heroes of 9/11

Today marks the seventeenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Eighteen years ago America changed forever as terrorists commandeered four commercial airliners and purposefully flew them into the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon. The fourth jet was headed to Washington D.C.but crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers were able to overtake the hijackers. 2,996 people were killed that day, many LGBT people among them. 

Juan I and Juan II: A tale of two gay immigrants in the Otay Mesa Detention Center

Juan I and Juan II: A tale of two gay immigrants.

(Author’s note: the names of the immigrants described here have been changed to protect their safety.)

I met Juan I and Juan II while they were detained in Otay Mesa Detention Center, a San Diego immigration prison. Both are 20 years old, both are gay. Juan I is from Venezuela. Juan II began his journey north in El Salvador.

It’s time for Pride again!

Today, over 1,000 Pride events happen all over the world with each one taking on a distinctly local flavor. 

In 1969 the Stonewall Riots against legal police brutality towards our community inspired organizers in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego to hold “Christopher Street Liberation Day" marches or "Gay-ins" in 1970: the origins of Pride events as we know them today.

Why reparations from 1619 to now?

A year before the Mayflower arrived in 1620, the first group of enslaved Africans depicted as “20 and odd Negroes” arrived sometime during the final week of August to the Virginia colony of Jamestown. The fact that the exact date cannot be pinpointed assists in obfuscating the origins of slavery in the United States.

Accessing Pride

My mother is a retired teacher who oversaw the department for students who were blind and low vision.