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Community Voices

North Park senior apartments: the journey

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Columns, Community Voices, Featured, Senior Matters | 3 Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters Roughly seven years ago, I asked Dr. Delores Jacobs, the CEO of the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center), to provide a meeting space to assemble what became the volunteer “ad hoc working group on housing for LGBT Seniors, San Diego County.” She agreed and she and her staff at The Center provided the very necessary support I needed.

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Realizing my Oceanside ‘pride’

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Community Voices, North County Update, Top Story | No Comments

By Jordan Daniels | North County Update

I moved to Oceanside in 2012, literally a week after I graduated from high school in the Bay Area. I was 17, gay and fearful of the unknown. Oceanside was beautiful, but it was also a military town that didn’t exactly feel cultured. I quickly, however, found my community within the North Country LGBTQ Resource Center.

I joined their youth group within the first month of moving, eager to explore a side of myself that was repressed and unexplored. I was nervous as hell for the first few weeks (it was a weekly meeting) but it quickly turned routine for me.

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The history of the San Diego LGBT Community Center

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Community Voices, Featured, Profiles in Advocacy | No Comments

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy

All organizations have peaks and valleys, and the 45-year timeline of the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center), has not been immune. As the 1970s came to a close, many of the founding members had moved on to other projects, and the reason behind the creation of The Center had become a bit nebulous.

In 1980, The Center had moved from its B Street location to the Hillcrest “gay neighborhood,” at the corner of Fifth and Robinson avenues behind the Brass Rail, San Diego’s oldest LGBT bar.

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Talking with the enemy

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Community Voices, Featured, Life Beyond Therapy | No Comments

By Michael Kimmel | Life Beyond Therapy

I was hiking with a friend at Torrey Pines and we stopped to take in the view. A fellow hiker stopped near us and a pleasant conversation began. It was going smoothly until this person said how right Trump was to get rid of Obamacare. At that point, my friend lost it. It took everything she had not to explode at our fellow hiker.

Afterwards, I asked her, “Why were you so upset?” She said, “I just can’t talk with the enemy.”

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1,000 LGBTBEs and counting…

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | #LGBTB2B, Columns, Community Voices, Featured | No Comments

By Michelle Burkart | #LGBTB2B

In January 2015, when the Small Business Administration and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) announced the launch of their Supplier Diversity Initiative LGBTBE Biz Builder partnership, the purpose was to help as many of the 1.4 million LGBT-owned businesses expand their contracting opportunities by getting LGBTBE certified. It was also a way to help our business community level the playing field even more in the world of corporate supplier diversity procurement and government contracting.

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The impacts of homelessness

By Ben Cartwright | Back Out with Benny

A couple of weeks ago, I was attacked late at night in Hillcrest by an unhoused individual. The man asked me for a dollar, I politely declined and then he attempted to take my bag from me. When I resisted, I was pushed to the ground, and I got pretty roughed up. While the cuts and bruises have pretty much healed, my thoughts on the situation continue to fester in my brain.

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California SB 219 – the aging crisis: a historical perspective

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Columns, Community Voices, Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters

California’s Senate Bill 219 (SB 219), also known as the “bill of rights for LGBT seniors” was written by California state Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco) and co-authored with Assembly members David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and Sabrina Cervantes (D-Corona).

Its passage was announced after the August and September “Senior Matters” column about California state LGBT and San Diego County LGBT protections, respectively.

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Remembering Kurt

Posted: October 14th, 2016 | Community Voices, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Jones On Oct. 10, 2015, our friend Kurt Cunningham took his own life. Many people could not understand why Kurt would take his life at this particular time, because everything seemed fantastic: His physical health was good and continuing to improve. He had his dream job, a car, a place to live and was reconnecting with his family and friends. Yet he was still unable to be happy … these are the tenets […]

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Manscaping 101: Here, there and everywhere

Posted: January 10th, 2014 | Community Voices, Cover stories, Features, Top Story | No Comments

Ben Cartwright | GSD Reporter I love my hair. While I’ve always put a great amount of effort into the hair on my head, it was only recently that I started letting my facial hair grow out. Beyond that, I’ve also had the opportunity now and then to try out a “manscaping” session with a Brazilian wax. It’s a new year, and since men certainly should keep themselves freshly groomed — from head to toe — […]

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2012 Pride Community Voices: Mama’s Kitchen

Posted: July 19th, 2012 | 2012 Pride Guide, Community Voices | No Comments

Mama’s Kitchen – Nourishing the Heart, One Meal at a Time Mama’s Kitchen is proud to be part of such a diverse and supportive community. Each year the drive down the parade route is a time to reflect and celebrate all that we have accomplished. Pride is the satisfaction one receives from feeding men, women and children living with AIDS/HIV or cancer. As a volunteer driven organization, we are proud to provide food, compassion and […]

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2012 Pride Community Voices: Russ Edra

Posted: July 19th, 2012 | 2012 Pride Guide, Community Voices | No Comments

Russ Edra – Director of PR and Marketing, San Diego American Flag Football League (SDAFFL) Being a part of the SDAFFL, the word “Pride” holds a unique and special definition to me.  One of my many responsibilities is to recruit new members. The players I love to pursue are those that would never in a million years think of playing sports, let alone football.   I see this group as a challenge, and the ones who […]

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2012 Pride Community Voices: Laura Jane Willcox

Posted: July 19th, 2012 | 2012 Pride Guide, Community Voices | No Comments

Laura Jane Willcox – Local debutante, entertainment afficionado SD Pride for me, means lots of fun working (entertaining) with all the fabulous families at the Children’s Garden at the festival! I’m so happy to see how the kids have grown year-to-year, & to be a part of the team at Family Matters that provides our kids with plenty of games, singing, dancing, crafts, food, shade, etc … AND LGBT Pride Season all over our county […]

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2012 Pride Community Voices: Fernando Lopez

Posted: July 19th, 2012 | 2012 Pride Guide, Community Voices | No Comments

Fernando Lopez – Administrative and Public Affairs Director, San Diego LGBT Pride Pride, and more specifically the Spirit of Stonewall Rally, is the first “gay” community thing I did in San Diego. I was utterly captivated to see people talking openly on a stage about being LGBT and being proud of it. Before then I had no real understanding about the LGBT community, but that moment let me know there was a place for me. […]

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