The history of The Center: Part 3

Posted: November 24th, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Profiles in Advocacy | No Comments

By Ian Morton

[Editor’s note: This is the third and final column in the series.]

The history of the LGBTQ movement has been filled with galvanizing events, and the time leading up to Dr. Delores Jacobs assuming the position of chief executive officer at the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center), a role she has had for 17 years, was no different.

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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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Getting certified: To pay or not to pay …

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | #LGBTB2B, Columns, Featured | No Comments

By Michelle Burkart | #LGBTB2B This has been a banner year for our local LGBT business enterprise certification efforts. We accomplished our goals for 2017 and have already set up new ones for 2018. However, due to the Trump administration’s budget and program changes that have pushed through, this coming year will challenge our funding efforts, but certainly not our desire to keep certifying LGBT business enterprises.

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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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The San Diego LGBT Community Center: The founding

Posted: September 29th, 2017 | Columns, Features, Profiles in Advocacy, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy

Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series.

Imagine (or remember) a world before personal computers, cell phones, the internet, and social media.

It was 1971, and the LGBT community was still reeling from Stonewall (1969) and the inclusion of homosexuality as a mental disorder in the 1968 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Same-sex sexual acts were considered criminal in all but the state of Illinois, in the United States.

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