Letters to the editor – Sept. 29, 2017

Posted: September 29th, 2017 | Editorial, Featured, Letters to the editor | No Comments

Be smart about hepatitis A

The County of San Diego is experiencing a hepatitis A outbreak, which has significant ramifications for the gay male community in San Diego.

This outbreak is not food borne. The outbreak is currently centered in the homeless and injection and other drug-using communities through close person-to-person contact. However, the outbreak is already jumping to other populations and there are over 440 cases with 16 deaths.

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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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Slow the hell down: pedestrians are people too

Posted: August 18th, 2017 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | 2 Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley

Two weeks ago there was another pedestrian hit in Hillcrest. This one in a string of several over the last few years, two of which ended in death.

We talk a lot about bicycle safety and discuss issues about making bike lanes and paths safer for riders but rarely do we talk about the safety of pedestrians.

Every one of us is a pedestrian throughout our normal busy lives.

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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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Letters to the editor – July 21, 2017

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Editorial, Featured, Letters to the editor | No Comments

#NoJusticeNoPride [Ref: “Analysis: Status of a Pride Parade,” online only at] I am soo happy that the much needed dialog has begun … I would love to attend a function to learn more about #NoJusticeNoPride. After the rally
as an “elder” and fighter, I am very interested in empowering the voice of the unheard! —Tracie Jada O’Brien

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Correction to “Marching with Pride” – Vol. 8, Issue 13

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Editorial, Featured | No Comments

CORRECTION Regrettably, this is the second correction for the same error. In our June 21 issue, our main front-page story was about a San Diego contingent that traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the National Equality March [“Marching with Pride,” Vol. 8, Issue 13, or online at]. In the caption below the photo, we incorrectly identified the owner of The Caliph in San Diego as Sheldon Ramirez. We attempted a correction in our […]

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Letters to the editor – July 7, 2017

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Editorial, Featured, Letters to the editor | No Comments

Response to ‘Pride, Inc.’ [Ref: “Guest editorial: Pride, Incorporated,” Vol. 8, Issue 13, or online at] This “editorial” is misleading and ignores that many of these corporations are involved through their LGBT Employee Resource Groups who are bringing together their LGBT employees and their families through the Pride event like Sony and Qualcomm. Do they not get to celebrate Pride because of where they work? Can only LGBT people who work for nonprofits participate?

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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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Letters to the editor – May 26, 2017

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Editorial, Featured, Letters to the editor | No Comments

Applause for ArtZine [Ref: “ArtZine,” Vol. 8, Issue 9 and Issue 10, or online at and] Thank you for your new column, ArtZine. Given funding cuts for our arts, it is all the more crucial that we shine a strong light on our arts and the artists of our community. Bravo! —William “Bill” Kelly, via email

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Where our AIDS Memorial belongs

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Editorial, Opinion & News | 6 Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley Having lived as an adult during the ghastly time of the AIDS epidemic, I was very encouraged several years ago when Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the launch of an AIDS Memorial Task Force to ensure the creation of an AIDS Memorial. I lost a very close friend to AIDS in San Diego after moving here in 1987, and remember the chaos, the fear and the isolation our community experienced in those […]

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