LGBT rights

Thinking of Lucky, a Dear Friend My Nancy Introduced to Me

May 10, 2012 by Ernie McCray
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These words are in memory
of a dear friend whom I met in 1975
through my soul mate Nancy
who also is no longer alive
although they both will
exist forever, in my inner being, spirit wise.
And as it is with life,
I could have never known
back then
that this new friend,
Charlie McKain, Lucky,
would represent the kind of
human progress
in which he has been
involved in
(my mother, by the way,
is turning in her grave
with that ordering of words
as she was the queen of the preposition) –

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San Diego Judge ‘Shocked’ by Prosecutors’ Exclusion of Gay Jurors in Marriage Equality Case

May 2, 2012 by Source
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By Dana Littlefield and Matthew T. Hall / U-T San Diego / May 1, 2012

SAN DIEGO — A judge ruled Tuesday that prosecutors in a case involving a group of same-sex marriage activists violated the defendants’ rights by dismissing potential jurors based on their sexual orientation. Superior Court Judge Joan Weber dismissed the entire jury panel, saying she found it “shocking” that the San Diego City Attorney’s Office would exclude two gay jurors during the selection process.

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First Cuppa Coffee – March 29th, 2012: Mayoral Shapeshifter Edition

March 29, 2012 by Doug Porter
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It was a big news day for San Diego’s wannabe Mayors…  Nathan Fletcher started off the day by posting a Youtube video announcing that he was leaving the Republican Party. Then he went surfing, got bloodied up in an altercation with his board, took a couple of stitches and went out to face the newsmedia and his former compadres.  Tom Blair, over at the UTSD, noted that Fletcher Tweeted a photo of himself after the accident, adding the comment; “Think party politics is rough, you should have met my surfboard this morning.

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Ocean Beach and Peninsula Gay-Rights Advocate Charles McKain Passes

March 20, 2012 by Frank Gormlie
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The Ocean Beach – Point Loma area has lost a strong gay rights advocate and Democratic Party activist as Charles McKain passed away on Saturday, March 17th.

He and his partner of 36 years, Robert McWilliams, had a grand house up the hill from Sunset Cliffs in southern OB (some might call it Point Loma). They both were long-time activists in the local Point Loma Democratic Party club and used to have meetings all the time in their hill-side abode. Charles and Robert were legally married in 2008.

I met them both when I ran for City Council waaaay back in 1987 (I garnered about 10%). They were stalwarts then of the liberal wing of the Peninsula and had opened their house up for Club meetings. I recall sitting in their livingroom explaining why I was a “small-d-democrat”. I have no idea if they voted for me then, but the two of them remained active for decades after.

Here is the article from San Diego Democrats for Equality:

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Marriage Equality Gains Momentum – But What’s Next?

July 18, 2011 by Source
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by Jared Quient / Two Cathedrals / July 18, 2011

Opponents of Marriage Equality are getting desperate. Between last month’s awe-inspiring leadership by Governor Andrew Cuomo that led to the state legislature legalizing same-sex marriage in New York and the latest court decisions here in California, the march towards marriage equality for all seems for the first time in our history, wonderfully inevitable.

Heck, even the San Diego Union Tribune’s editorial board (not exactly a bastion for progressive ideals) realizes that opponents of Marriage Equality are running out of options.

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Gay Pride Parade Gallery

July 17, 2011 by Source
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By Kit-Bacon Gressitt / Excuse Me, I’m Writing/ July 17, 2011
San Diego Pride
San Diego’s Pride Parade was Saturday 16 July, and its images are telling.

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I’ll have the summer vacation, please

July 5, 2011 by Source
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By Kit-Bacon Gressitt / Excuse Me, I’m Writing

You know that thing we used to have to do at the end of summer, the thing that whopped you upside the head with the brutal inevitability that vacation was over, that tar-bubble popping adventures and rhubarb-sucking loll-abouts were done, done and gone with the finality of a bee between your naked foot and the clover that enticed the insect to its death and you, to your hopping pain?

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San Diego Democratic Club to Host Reproductive Justice Panel

June 22, 2011 by Source
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June 23, 2011 – 7pm – Joyce Beers Community Center

“The same cast of characters currently engaged in attacks on Planned Parenthood, other Family Planning Clinics and Title X in general, are also in the forefront throwing roadblocks in front of DADT repeal, fighting against marriage equality and fighting against employment protections – and even hate crimes protections – for LGBT people” according to Jacqueline Palmer, Membership Director for San Diego Democratic Club. She continued, “Women’s reproductive rights IS an LGBT issue.”

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Words of Wisdom from Young Voices at SlutWalk San Diego

June 14, 2011 by Patty Jones
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In our coverage of SlutWalk San Diego we’ve noted the number of young people involved in this event. I want to give a more formal introduction to two of the young women that were involved in organizing this the movement in San Diego.

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San Diego SlutWalk – Singing the Body Electric

June 13, 2011 by Anna Daniels
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I’ve attended many rallies and protests at downtown San Diego’s City Hall, but never have I attended one with so much sizzle. Sexuality was the issue– predominately, but not exclusively female sexuality. As Patty Jones has noted here the message was “yes means yes and no means no.” Participants were as unequivocal about everything that the “yes means yes” part implies as they were unequivocal about the “no means no” part. “Yes” put the sizzle in Slutwalk and it was a deeply sensual and life affirming “yes.” That is probably why Slutwalk was not only empowering and thought provoking but also a whole lotta fun.

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Slutwalk San Diego – “No Means No and Yes Means Yes”

June 12, 2011 by Patty Jones
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Saturday, June 11 2011, SlutWalk San Diego held its first rally as a large group gathered in the middle of Civic Center Plaza. By 1:30 pm, there was a crowd of about 150. People were assembling in the shade of the large trees in the Plaza. According to Frank’s headcount, by 2:00 it was up to 350 with people still streaming into the plaza.

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SlutWalk Comes to San Diego – Aims to End Victim Blaming

June 7, 2011 by Patty Jones
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UPDATE: See coverage of the event HERE

San Diego event to be held Saturday, June 11 at City Hall

There is a movement storming the country, and the world, whose purpose is to end placing the blame of rape on the victim. This includes dispelling the myth that the way someone acts or dresses determines the likelihood that they will be raped, or that they somehow deserve what they get.

It was ignited in January by a comment made by Toronto policeman Constable Michael Sanguinetti while addressing students and staff at Osgoode Hall Law School, when he recommended that women not dress like “sluts” in order to avoid sexual assault.

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San Diego Democratic Club Responds to Criticism of LGBT Redistricting Task Force

May 10, 2011 by Source

By Matt Corrales

In the current edition of another community publication, a column ran attacking the LGBT Redistricting Task Force as a “mostly all white so-called LGBT Redistricting Committee … working on a new 3rd District that would be about 70 percent all white and would kick out our first gay person of color elected to the city council”.

This analysis of the Task Force and the proposed District 3 map it produced is plain wrong in a number of ways.

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Live by the Sword, Die by the Sword: San Diego LGBT Publisher Kills Himself

December 14, 2010 by Rocky Neptun
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Excerpts from San Diego: 1st City of Empire, by Rocky Neptun, to be published in May, 2011 by the San Diego Renters Union The suicide of the city’s most well-known publisher and the saga of the “Empress” of San Diego mirror the store-bought culture of San Diego’s LGBT ghetto. It is an urbanity based on […]

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Midterm Elections U.S. Style: Get Out the Hate

October 31, 2010 by Source
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By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

There is nothing like a midterm election to reveal our putrid political underbelly. It is a dark, stinky place where paranoia, distrust, disaffection and outright deceit are reduced to hatred in a cauldron fired by fear and boiling over in a miasmic wave of bigotry.

Gross, eh?

Throw in a recession and all its attendant terrors, and what do you get? “Double, double toil and trouble” …

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Does America’s Finest City Care About People like Tyler Clementi?

October 7, 2010 by Ernie McCray
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I can’t shake the sadness I feel for Tyler Clementi, the 18 year old Rutgers University student who recently took his life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after a classmate broadcast his intimate encounter with another man online.

My goodness, how many more gay people must die due to society’s hateful attitudes towards them? Tyler wasn’t the only gay youth to end his life in September. There were about seven ….

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Does not Serve our Children Well

February 4, 2010 by Ernie McCray
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When I first heard the expression, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, I remember going: “What the hell? Is Clinton not feeling well?”

Now, of course, Bill must have wished for a little Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell back when he idealized out loud: “Is oral sex really sex?” – to which I felt like writing him a letter saying: “Check this out, Willie. If some liquid flies from your body like a rocket heading to lunar terrain and some of it becomes a news story around the world regarding a dress that it has stained and you are feeling no pain, wearing an expression on your face that’s both serene and insane – you have had sex, my man.”

Having experienced more than my share of discrimination, thanks to old Jim Crow, it’s the “less than” aspects of the deal that gnaws at your soul. It’s the everybody else can do it but you can’t and that quickly grows old and remains old.

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San Diego Students to Hate-Mongers: You’re not in Kansas any more

October 17, 2009 by Doug Porter
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The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) road show has pulled into San Diego. Over the next few days they’re planning sharing their message of hate at thirty locations around the city. Several hundred students, supported by community activists and church congregations, turned out to voice their disapproval with WBC pickets across the street from San Diego High School on Friday.

The student crowd got their message across by beating on pots and pans, chanting “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Homophobia’s Got to Go” and waving a wide variety of homemade signs. The crowd, initially estimated at 250, more than doubled in size as SD High students were released from classes at 2:20 pm.

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San Diego Gay Pride 2009

July 19, 2009 by Staff
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By OB Rag Staffer

Saturday, July 18 marked the 35th Annual San Diego Gay Pride Parade and Festival. The parade is an annual event that draws about 160,000 spectators and 152 floats and contingents. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people are joined by family, friends and supporters to celebrate gay life and have some fun. It started at University Avenue at Normal Street and worked its way through Hillcrest, down 6th Avenue to the northwest corner of Balboa Park.

When I arrived shortly before 11:00, the sidewalks along 6th Avenue were packed with anxious spectators. The weather was the usual perfect day in San Diego. The crowd included infants in strollers, seniors on scooters, and everything in between. There were a lot of families with children. The majority of people were young to middle-aged men and women, and many same-sex couples.

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Will You Be Served? Our County Government Screws Up Again!

June 13, 2009 by Anna Daniels
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by Anna Daniels

What’s with our county government? A gay couple, married since 2008, was not permitted by a county caseworker to sit together while one of them applied for public assistance,while heterosexual married couples are routinely allowed to stay together while county social workers interview them.

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Sit-in at County Clerk’s Office continues – arrests are anticipated

May 27, 2009 by Frank Gormlie
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by Frank Gormlie

LATEST UPDATE: 6:00 pm: All protesters remaining in the Clerk’s Office agreed to leave the building without being arrested.

UPDATE: At 5:15 pm, police are negotiating with “dozens” still remaining inside the Clerk’s Office. The County Building was closed at 5pm.

2:30 PM: I just came from the County of San Diego’s Clerk’s Office where a sit-in is going on in protest of the Supreme Court upholding Prop 8 – …

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Did Homophobia Play a Big Role in Adam Lambert’s “Defeat”?

May 27, 2009 by Source
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by Jim David

The best singer didn’t win a freaking singing contest. When Kris Allen defeated Adam Lambert as the Season 8 “American Idol,” it was, as predicted, a seismic upset. Endless bloggers posted reactions like “The biggest robbery since Bush stole the election” and “The end of American Idol’s last hope at relevance.”

In the end homophobia won, and everyone knows it.

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“I know who I am” – Reflections upon Adam Lambert and Lt. Dan Choi

May 25, 2009 by Anna Daniels

I am not 100% sure that Adam Lambert, presumed gay but not talking, lost the American Idol crown because of homophobia. I am however 100% sure that Lt. Dan Choi is getting the boot from the US military because he is gay and he is definitely talking.

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‘Calling in Gay’ Nation-wide Protest Held Today, Dec. 10th Against Passage of Prop 8

December 10, 2008 by Staff
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Gay men and women across the country are taking part in today’s “Day Without a Gay” economic boycott. Outraged by the recent passage of California’s Proposition 8 to overturn state rules allowing same-sex couples to marry, they and their supporters want everyone to be clear on where they stand. Here is what’s happening in Huston.

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Hate’s last stand

October 30, 2008 by Staff

It’s racism and homophobia, neck and neck, down to the wire. Can they hang on? By Mark Morford / SF Gate Columnist / October 29, 2008 Let’s not get carried away. Let’s not go so far as to suggest we’re about to enter into some sort of fluffy utopian tofu puppy happyland where nipples fly […]

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Reader Rant: Prop 8 – Equality is work in progress

October 23, 2008 by Staff

Today’s Reader Rant is from Ellen Sugg of Burney, a small town in the conservative northern California county of Shasta. She responded with this letter to an anti-Prop 8 editorial in her local newspaper, the Record Searchlight. Ellen is a second grade teacher, a teacher union activist, a mother of two, and a former resident […]

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