Guest editorial: Five tips for shopping for the health plan that best fits you

Posted: December 9th, 2016 | Editorial, Featured, Opinions | No Comments

Covered California’s three-month open-enrollment period started Nov.1, but now is still a great time to shop for the best fit for your health coverage. Approximately 1.4 million people are enrolled in a health plan through Covered California, yet it is estimated that thousands of LGBT Californians remain uninsured, even though nine out of 10 of them are eligible for thousands of dollars in federal subsidies to help them pay their monthly premiums.

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Guest editorial: 5 things you should be thankful for as a modern LGBT person

Posted: November 25th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

By Mikey Rox | The Frivolist If you believe post-election social media, the world is going to hell in a deplorable hand basket. Our LGBT brothers and sisters are frightened for the rights they’ve fought for over the past several decades, which is only exacerbated by a now Republican majority within the United States government led by a “conservative” president and a far alt-right vice president. The fear is palpable. Yet the reality of this […]

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Letters to the editor – Nov. 25, 2016

Posted: November 25th, 2016 | Featured, Letters to the editor, Opinions | No Comments

Sharing is caring [Ref: “Profiles in Advocacy: Keeping the torch lit for LGBT seniors,” Vol. 7, Issue 22, or online at] The article that featured me has gotten much attention. I know that oftentimes people don’t make online comments, so I just wanted you to know that Bob and I have both been approached by complete strangers who recognize us from the article and have shared how inspirational it was and the hope it gave […]

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Guest editorial: Transgender rights in the workplace

Posted: November 11th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

California employers receive long-awaited guidance By Adriana Cara California has traditionally been one of the most progressive states in the nation when it comes to protecting employees’ rights in the workplace. True to form, the state legislature led the charge to expand employees’ legal protections when it elected to revise the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“the FEHA”) to add “gender” to the definition of “sex” in 2003.

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Guest editorial: We’ve come too far to let tobacco drag us down

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

By Bob Gordon The state of California is a leader and shining example for LGBT equality. In 1978, Harvey Milk was the first openly gay man to be elected to a political office in California. In 2005, the California legislature became the first to pass a bill allowing marriage between same-sex couples. Eight years later, the Supreme Court ruled against supporters of Proposition 8, giving California same-sex couples marriage equality.

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Letters to the editor – Oct. 28, 2016

Posted: October 28th, 2016 | Featured, Letters to the editor, Opinions | No Comments

One of a kind employer [Ref: “Team mom,” Vol. 7, Issue 12, or online at] Awesome story about an extremely generous, good-looking young man. John is the best employer I’ve ever had, and so was John Ealy Sr. — one of a kind. It’s rare to find people who not only care for the community, but go above and beyond for their family and employees. If you work for the Ealys long enough, you’re […]

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Guest Editorial: Proposition 61 is a bad prescription for Californians

Posted: October 14th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | 1 Comment

By Diane Abbitt You would think that patients, HIV/AIDS and LBGTQ activists would support a proposition that claims to lower prescription drug prices. Yet Proposition 61 on the November ballot is opposed by groups representing physicians, patient advocates and many others because the measure would actually increase state prescription drug costs and make it harder for millions of patients to get the medicines they need.

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Guest editorial: No blame, no shame

Posted: September 30th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

Raising HIV awareness among Latinos By Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr. | Positive Thoughts I graduated college in 1992, the same year I tested HIV-positive. Sometime in the late ’90s, I reconnected with a college friend. He was actually a friend with benefits, so I was quite happy when he tracked me down, which wasn’t that easy back then, at least compared with today. He invited me to a nice dinner in Chelsea, which was becoming […]

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Editorial: Being there

Posted: September 16th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley September is Suicide Prevention Month. While I was acutely aware of this when I first began putting this issue together, I didn’t realize how much it would play a part in the overall theme of the paper until it all started coming together. Beginning with our cover story, which is about an upcoming fundraiser put on by the local chapter of The Trevor Project, a very important resource for LGBTQ youth […]

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Guest editorial: East County church opens hearts, minds and doors

Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | 1 Comment

By Hillary Whittington Last Sunday, the pastor at Foothills United Methodist Church in East County took a leap of faith when they decided to present my family’s story to the congregation. I nervously wondered how the conservative and very traditional members of this church would react to our YouTube video being played during the service — which chronicles our young son Ryland’s journey from female to male

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Guest editorial: Millennials can save this nation

Posted: August 19th, 2016 | Editorial, Opinion & News, Opinions | No Comments

By Will Rodriguez-Kennedy In “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” Albus Dumbledore gives an ominous speech about Lord Voldemort and his allies. “As I stand looking out upon you all tonight, I’m reminded of a sobering fact: Every day, every hour, this very minute, perhaps, dark forces attempt to penetrate this castle’s walls,” Dumbledore said. “But in the end, their greatest weapon … is you.” That’s a bit dramatic and I wish it wasn’t applicable […]

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Guest editorial: Game of Throne

Posted: August 19th, 2016 | Editorial, Featured, Opinions | No Comments

By Lee Lynch Game of Throne is what my sweetheart calls the nightly battle between our cat and me over Big Blue. Bolo is our gray, 14-year old, lesbian-required cat. Sadly, we’re down to just one kitty and no dogs. We can’t add either to our household because Bolo has diabetes. Her symptoms are triggered by, among other factors, stress. An addition to the family could kill her.

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