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Guest Editorial: You can continue to count on Covered California

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Covered California Staff

With everything going on at the national level, it would not be surprising if some are a little confused about what’s happening with Covered California — the only place to get financial help to pay for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act.  

Here’s the bottom line: The Affordable Care Act — which has been critical to expanding health care access to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — is still the law of the land. Open enrollment in California begins on Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 31, 2018.

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Guest Editorial: Hail to the Chief

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley

On Sept. 15, 2017, nearly 2,000 Navy servicemembers recently selected to Chief Petty Officer (CPO) will get “pinned” at bases around the world — a reference to an anchor collar device affixed to their uniform and designated them as having advanced.

That moment is the culmination of nearly six weeks of training each have experienced, a method the Navy uses to prepare them for the weight their new duties will hold.

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Guest Editorial: Suicide Prevention Month – Memories of San Diego’s own Kurt and Courtney

Posted: September 15th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Courtney Ray

September …. always a mixed bag of emotions for people — the end of summer, a new school year, football is back, and it’s fall, with the limited season we have of it here in San Diego.

September is also Suicide Prevention Month. For me, it is now the month before Kurt Cunningham took his life by suicide.

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Guest Editorial: Delivery services are the answer to San Diego’s cannabis problems

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Editorial, Guest Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

By Elizabeth Wilhelm

Looking around our city, you would hardly know that marijuana will be legally sold here starting in January.

Due to delays and inaction by city government, San Diego could be the California city least prepared for legal cannabis retail. This is mainly because there are still around 300 unregulated cannabis delivery services active within the city. Most of them pay regular business taxes, and some do not. None will have a chance at legitimization unless the City Council acts soon.

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Guest Editorial: A tale of two activists

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Editorial, Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | 1 Comment

By Elizabeth Hannon  Editor’s note: Our community is quite interesting. Sometimes, no matter how hard we fight alongside each other, we still tend to eat our own at the drop of a hat. I guess that is typical of any group, but sometimes the spite and hate we put forth toward other members within our community takes my breath away. We don’t have to agree with each other on every point, but we are a […]

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Guest Editorial: Health care is a critical issue for LGBTQ community

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins As our community prepares to celebrate LGBTQ Pride in San Diego, we reflect on equality and justice — both in terms of the civil-rights victories we have won and the battles we’re still fighting. Marriage equality becoming the law of the land two years ago was a watershed moment that we’ll celebrate long into the future, and we’re currently rallying around issues affecting transgender rights.

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Guest Editorial: Celebrate our corporate allies

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | 1 Comment

By D. Osborn I’d like to respond to the Guest Editorial “Pride Incorporated” by Rick Braatz in the June 23 edition of Gay San Diego. I understand and appreciate Rick’s concern with the over-commercialization of Pride parades and events and share some of his dislike at the monetizing of our weekend celebration. I also want to make sure we don’t forget our history, or the important role many of our corporate allies have played in the advancement […]

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Guest Editorial: The damage of religious abuse

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | No Comments

By the Rev. Mark Martinhauk (Editor’s note: This ran in one of St. Paul’s newsletters in advance of the conversion therapy conference held June 15 in San Diego. We felt the reverend’s words were important for our community to hear.) I last wrote for Integrity USA [the movement within the Episcopal Church working for full inclusion of LGBT parishioners] nearly a decade ago when I was on the board. We were coming out of a […]

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Guest Editorial: Why you shouldn’t march in the 2017 Gay Pride parade

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | No Comments

By David W. McCormick I marched in San Diego’s 2016 LGBT Pride Parade. Reluctantly, I should add. The move and transition from New York City to San Diego was an “adjustment in waiting.” An example is the simplicity of crossing the street. For a New Yorker, a flashing “DO NOT WALK” light is when we begin walking, but do this in San Diego and potentially, a summons may await. Minor though it may be, it’s […]

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Guest Editorial: Building bridges at breakfast

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Omar Passons Like most regions, our San Diego community cares deeply about helping others. In any given week you can attend a special breakfast reception or dinner gala to raise money for various causes and celebrate important aspects of our community. One of my favorites of these events is the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. This year’s breakfast was on Friday, May 19, and this year I heard something so wonderfully profound, yet so simple, […]

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Guest Editorial: The life and death of a Palestinian homosexual

By Anonymous A month ago, the Palestinian-American community and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement lost one of their most devoted members. Hassan was only 24 years old when he was found dead in his San Diego home. Hassan was an exemplary figure for young Palestinians and would have been a pillar of any community: a loyal son, a loving uncle and a brilliant student.

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