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Back Out With Benny: We are family

A question I’m frequently asked when I speak on various panels, or answer people’s interview questions is “What do you like best about being part of the LGBT community?” I’ve never once had to think hard about this question, because the answer really is simple: We are a family and despite our many differences (many of those differences are what make this family so beautiful), we are there for each other on our best days and our worst days.

This family — our local San Diego LGBT community — has certainly come together over the last few days following the news of the loss of one of our own, Kurt Cunningham.

A long-time activist and fighter for our collective community family, Kurt was beloved by many, as evidenced by the hundreds (maybe thousands) of social media posts that continue to appear following his death.

Some community members have taken it harder than others and it has been comforting to see folks come together to take care of each other, check in on each other, and just lend a supportive ear or shoulder to cry on.

Our community will get through this together, as we have before, and hopefully, each time something like this happens, we’ll take a moment to think about how precious life is and reconsider the various squabbles and disagreements that cause us to fight and distance ourselves from each other.

R.I.P., Kurt!

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