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Why I am a Democrat

Posted: April 19th, 2013 | Columns, Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum Having just returned from the annual California Democratic Party convention in Sacramento, Calif., I had the opportunity to reflect on the many achievements of Democrats and also celebrate many new victories, not just as Democrats, but as members of the LGBT community. This weekend underscored for me why I am a Democrat and why I fight for the party that has fought for me.

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Key races to watch for progressive Democrats

Posted: November 1st, 2012 | Columns, Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum This is it. By the time readers sit down and flip through this column, Election Day will be here. If all of the imploring and cajoling to turn out to vote has not done it for you, there really is likely very little to add to the conversation. For those who have been mobilized and organized to vote and encourage others to vote, there is hope. There is hope we […]

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Watershed elections for marriage equality

Posted: October 19th, 2012 | Columns, Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum
It is LGBT History month and the LGBT community has long said we’re living in a watershed moment for equality. That statement could not be as apropos as it is now. Every pundit, news anchor and political campaign has stressed the significance and importance of this upcoming election. There is something to be said when people from both camps are investing so much time and energy to ensure as many people turn out to vote as possible

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LGBTs and workers stand together against Prop 32

Posted: October 5th, 2012 | Columns, Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum For thousands of voters who vote by mail, Election Day will be heading to a mailbox near you the weekend of Oct. 6. Absentee ballots are expected to arrive the second week in October, just about 30 days before the last day to vote, Nov. 6. For many who believe the actual Election Day is the only day that matters when it comes to our democracy, recognize that in the […]

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Bravely living with HIV

Posted: September 21st, 2012 | Columns, Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum A generation of LGBT advocates before us vowed to continue to fight until there was an end to AIDS. Yet the banner for that fight seems to not have been passed on to our generation. Many LGBT youth think of shame and apathy when it comes to issues impacting those living with HIV/AIDS. HIV is viewed negatively by those who don’t understand it and grew up with its specter as […]

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The DeMaio conundrum: supporting all methods of equality advancement

Posted: September 6th, 2012 | Featured, Political Spectrum | 5 Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum A large portion of the mayor’s race is a debate on who is best to lead our city to financial stability and future prosperity. Lately, however, it has become an embittered fight between larger-than-life personalities. Carl DeMaio has been portrayed as a traitor to the LGBT community because he does not engage in the community organizing or the conservative demonizing the left has relied on to advance equality. He has […]

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Community organizing goes beyond the college years

Posted: August 24th, 2012 | Featured, Political Spectrum | No Comments

Allan Acevedo | Political Spectrum The other day I had coffee with a friend who had been actively involved in student clubs in college. I asked her if, after college, she had gotten involved with any community organizations. She looked rather confused about the question and said no. She asked me if I had, and I ran through a list of the various non-profit and political organizations with which I was involved. She seemed to […]

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