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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.

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.

Reflections on visiting a transgender woman at Otay Mesa Detention Center

Reflections on visiting a transgender woman at Otay Mesa Detention Center.

I always have plenty of time to think when I’m visiting at Otay Mesa Detention Center because getting through processing is time-consuming. I’ll spare you all the really boring details, but sitting in a room for 1 to 2 hours without a cell phone is a lesson in patience.

"Cats" isn't a great musical to begin with, but give the movie a chance

The movie adaptation of the musical Cats dropped a trailer on Thursday and is not getting the respect that the studio wanted I'm pretty sure. It was actually a full trailer and not the hype generating teaser used so often these days to tantalize the audience. I'm thinking the PR department did that anticipating people would love it. Alas, they didn't.

The bleaching of Stonewall

"On the first night of Stonewall, many of us who went to the Village did so to retrieve our loved ones and leave."

The theme this Pride month is “Looking back, Loving forward. This week leads up to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that took place from June 27 to 29, 1969, in the Greenwich Village section of NYC.

The event is well-known because it galvanized LGBTQ+ activist organizations and movements here and abroad.

The anniversaries of May 17 are bittersweet

The anniversaries of May 17 are bittersweet.

When you reside at the intersections of multiple identities, anniversaries of your civil rights struggles can be both bitter and sweet. And, May 17th was a reminder.

The other racism: Colorism

The other racism: Colorism.

America continues to struggle with its battle against white racism.  However, what’s not addressed is the internalized racism people of color struggle with too - consciously and unconsciously. And, it’s called “colorism” or  “intraracism."

Executive Director of San Diego Pride, Fernando Zweifach López: "I am Jewish"

Nothing can undo the hate, death, or violence any of our communities have faced over the generations, but we can stand shoulder to shoulder, ready to take action in our shared intersectional struggles as we all engage in our grand Legacy of Liberation.

My father, a devout Catholic man from Mexico, and my mother, a Jewish woman raised by Orthodox parents whose family left Russia and Austria respectively to escape persecution and death, each explained to me as a young person the discrimination I would face because my life encompassed these inherited identities.