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Profiles in Advocacy

Setting the stage for a new era

Posted: October 30th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Profiles in Advocacy | No Comments

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy When it comes to LGBT milestones, I think we can argue that the West Coast is “where it’s at.” From the “The Daughters of Bilitis” lesbian civil rights group, founded in San Francisco in 1955, to the pre-Stonewall gay and lesbian uprisings at Los Angeles’ Cooper’s Donuts, and of course, our history of out LGBT elected officials, the allure of the West Coast has proven a bastion for the […]

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The memory, the legacy, the future

Posted: August 21st, 2015 | Columns, Profiles in Advocacy, Top Story | 1 Comment

‘San Diego Remembers’ transitions

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy

For those of us LGBTQ members of a certain age in 1998, the death of Matthew Shepard brought to life everything we feared about being “out” in America. Many of us had friends — or perhaps we ourselves — who had experienced hate crimes; anything from slurs, or bottles hurled from speeding cars, to the actual altercations that left us bloody on the street.

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To be LGBTQ, gifted and black …

Posted: July 24th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Profiles in Advocacy | 1 Comment

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy The 1970 Nina Simone song, “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” was a call to the black community to nurture their youth and help them to achieve their potential. At the intersectionality of the black experience and the LGBTQ experience, we find therein a difficulty in simultaneously celebrating both parts of one’s being.

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‘Sarge’ takes the international stage

Posted: June 26th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Features, Profiles in Advocacy | No Comments

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy In March of this year, I dedicated a column to three amazing women in our community, one of them Tina “Sarge” Maravilla. At that moment in time, she held the title of Ms. San Diego Leather 2014-15 and was launching “The Stomping Ground,” a sex-positive community center. Now, just three months later, she is an international titleholder and ready to build an empire of positivity.

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Trans-forming San Diego

Posted: May 29th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Profiles in Advocacy | No Comments

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy On May 19, I began seeing the social media posts that a third trans-identifying San Diego teen had died by suicide. This event is framed by an ever-increasing conversation that the “T” in LGBTQ has too long been a “backburner” community, in the scope of how LGBTQ resources are allocated.

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Drag at the beach

Posted: April 17th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Profiles in Advocacy | No Comments

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy The world is big but microcosms can be small. San Diego County’s drag performer population within the overall LGBTQ population, for example, provides a few expected paths, such as a run for an Imperial Court title, a job at Lips, or a place in an established troupe like Dream Girls or the Sinful Dames.

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In their own words

Posted: March 20th, 2015 | Columns, Profiles in Advocacy, Top Story | 3 Comments

Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy

I love that March is Women’s History Month. Now, with social media, I am continually blessed in being regaled with how sisters have been and continue to be “doin’ it for themselves.” So, for this month’s column, I wanted to open the platform to three San Diego County leaders who inspire me. No “mansplaining” needed —they tell their own stories.

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Mikie Lochner: From Pit-bull to Prince Royale (and beyond)

Posted: January 9th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, Profiles in Advocacy | 1 Comment

Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy The New Year always brings me back to my advocacy roots and the genesis of this column. World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) always heralds the newest A. Brad Truax Award recipient in San Diego, and that individual is the focus of my January column. Named for the physician activist, Dr. A. Brad Truax, this award recognizes a person who has practiced consistent and ardent advocacy in the field of HIV/AIDS. […]

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Sabbaticals, shadow cities and San Diego

Posted: October 3rd, 2014 | Columns, Featured, Profiles in Advocacy | 1 Comment

Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy The summer is over, and so is my “sabbatical,” if my three months away can be termed as such. It’s been a change-filled summer and I’d like to think I’m coming back as a changed man. I hit the big “4-0” in August and have embraced my silver hair (see my new headshot). I’m shifting career focus and timidly stepping back into school. I can now also cross off […]

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