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Hart’s heartless apology

It’s not easy for any person of African descent to be LGBTQ in our black communities...

While I will continue to argue that the African American community doesn’t have a patent on homophobia, it does, however, have a problem with it. 

And comedian Kevin Hart is another glaring example of the malady.

Message from San Diego Pride ahead of World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is Dec. 1

Dear Pride Family, 

In the 80’s, I remember some of the very first bullying that came my way was from kids at recess calling me gay and telling me that I was going to “get AIDS, die, and burn in hell for all eternity.” Many of us know all too well what this shame, fear, and stigma feels like. It’s something we all work to combat to

this day.

Thanksgiving: The original hate crime

America’s legacy of hate crimes today is the consequence since the genocide of Native Americans.

America’s origin of hate crimes can be traced with the treatment of Native Americans and how America celebrates Thanksgiving. For many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is not a cause of celebration, but rather a National Day of Mourning. 

A queer look at Jonestown at 40

Oddly, Jones’s and Harvey Milk’s death were nine days apart in November 1978.

This November 18th marks the 40th anniversary of the Jonestown massacre.  The mass murder-suicide was the largest casualty of American citizens before 9/11.

With forty years since the Jonestown massacre, a more disturbing image of the Revered Jim Jones’s treatment toward his LGBTQ parishioners emerges.

A message from SD Pride for Veterans Day

Each success builds on the next, and each moment garners national visibility, all helping to educate and break down barriers.

Dear Pride Family, 

Some of our movement’s earliest pioneers like José Julio Sarria, the first openly LGBTQ person to run for public office in the US, and Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to public office, served in our country’s military before ever leading our community.

Halloween: Our American LGBTQ holiday

As Halloween flourishes as a gay cultural phenomenon, so too flourished a backlash by the fundamentalist Christians with their "Hell Houses."

In the words of the lesbian poet and scholar Judy Grahn, Halloween is "the great gay holiday."

And this weekend of lavish costumed theatricality will attract everyone, but especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) revelers.

The Matthew Shepard murder revisited

The anointing of Matthew Shepard as an iconic image for LGBTQ rights not only concealed from the American public the real person but also it hid the other varied faces of hate crimes in 1998. 

With October being LGBTQ History Month it allows the LGBTQ community to look back at historical events.  And Matthew Shepard’s murder is one of them. 

Why can’t puppets Bert and Ernie be gay?

"Sesame Street" has a long history of teaching children about diversity and acceptance; so, why should the issues impacting our LGBTQ children be excluded?

"Sesame Street’s" most famous duo Bert and Ernie first appeared in 1969, the same year as the Stonewall Riots, which to the nation’s surprise catapulted the LGBTQ Liberation Movement. And at that time, the idea of partnering these two lovable striped-sweater-wearing puppets as gay was as inconceivable as the idea of legalized same-sex marriage.

Remembering the LGBT victims and heroes of 9/11

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

Seventeen 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. 

Is the Catholic church unsalvageable?

The question not asked by the church’s governing body is why does sexual abuse persist as it does among its clerics?

Catholic Bay Staters highly respect Cardinal Sean O'Malley. He’s viewed by many as a no-holds-barred cardinal when it comes to addressing clergy sex abuse. 

In a 2014 interview with “America,” the Jesuit Review, O’Malley spoke out about the problem.