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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. 

That n-word, again

Papa Johns is the latest to use the n-word and then apologize.

Concerns about the afterlife in this life with Trump

A pall hangs over many Americans since Trump has taken office. One sign of this dark cloud has been an uptick in dystopian novels. Classics like George Orwell’s “1984”, Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here,” and my favorite, Margaret Atwood’s “Handmaid’s Tale,” a drama web television hit on “Hulu” are now all horrifyingly prescient.

A message of hope from San Diego Pride on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots

Our community is bigger and stronger than we were when this all started.

Dear Pride Family,

I know that times seem bleak. Every day brings about more and more attacks on civil liberties all across this country. It’s too much to even keep track of at times, and it’s leaving many feeling exhausted and hopeless, but know that our community can survive this. We’ve been through these fights before. We’ve seen this before.

Jeff Session uses scripture as a text of terror

Jess Sessions' church charges him with offenses of child abuse, immorality, and racial discrimination.

Christians like U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions like to smugly recite biblical scripture to promulgate their self-righteous acts of discrimination. In defending Trump’s indefensible policy of separating children from their families-even a child while being breastfed - Sessions cited a passage from Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Romans: 

GSDBA under fire for appropriating similar name for the LGBT Business Alliance

Local non-profit business owner says a competitor appropriated his organization's name and knew about it.

Eddie Reynoso is well known in the San Diego LGBT community, he’s the CEO of the award-winning San Diego LGBT Visitor's Center funded by the Southern California Equality Business Alliance (SCEBA) a coalition of “businesses and pro-business organizations” that launched in 2015. This non-profit helps LGBT friendly businesses in San Diego reach LGBT travelers, a $1.2 billion annual market.