Letters to the editor – April 14, 2017

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Climate change for the people

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Current surveys show that more than 75 percent of the country believes climate change is not only real and that human activities are the cause behind it, but that it’s a serious hazard for the young generation and the coming generations.

Unfortunately, a radical part of that remaining 25 percent currently holds sway over environmental policy right now.

Silence at this moment tells them that we’re okay with their deeply self-interested policies, so silence we cannot have.

On April 29, marches will be held across the country marking the end of Trump’s first 100 days — the People’s March.

Here in San Diego, the march will be held at Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway (by the County Administration Building), beginning at 10 a.m.

Music and speeches will precede a march that will take us on a 1 mile, looped route that returns to the park. Come raise your voices with us; make those who think only of themselves, hear from us.

Save the date and join us! April 29 — the People’s Climate March — in conjunction with the national march.

—Mark Hughes, editor,, via email

Confused on stances

[Ref: “Profiles in Advocacy: Transformations at The Center,” Vol. 8, Issue 7, or online at].

I am delighted to see The Center address trans rights in a comprehensive way. There is horrific discrimination against trans people and they are too often the target of violence.

On the other hand, the leather community is notably missing from the Center’s newsletters, community programs, community outreach, or even outreach through their counseling services. For many decades members of the leather community have contributed to The Center, in both volunteer hours and cash.

After decades of fighting for sexual freedom, our community doesn’t even think in terms of “kink rights.” There is no “K” or “S” in any of the variations of LGBTQIA, as in “K” for kink” or — as I prefer — “S” for Spicy (which does not have the undertone of deviant, bent or perverse that “kink” has).

People who come out as enjoying spicy sex or having a spicy orientation or identity face a much greater discrimination than those who come out as LGB. Spicy people have no protection against losing their jobs, or losing their children in custody disputes.

The failure of The Center to publicly support programs and include “BDSM rights” in their official mission is shameful.

—John McConnell, via

More barspeak

[Ref: “Out of the Archives: The history of our bars,” Vol. 8, Issue 6, or online at].

There were three young adult gay nightclubs at one point and time. Two have been mentioned; Crackers, which was at the back of the old West Coast Production Company and the second was Studio 9, which was where the current Claims 2000 is at 2519 El Cajon Blvd.

The third was a place called City Lights, which was Downtown on Fifth Avenue just north of Market Street.

If Paul [Detwiler] wants some additional photos or info from these or other bars of that era (BULC, Peacock Alley, Old WCPCs, Shooters or Wolfs), feel free to contact me.

—Devon, via

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