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COMMENTARY: Our groups need more color in their rainbow

The rainbow flag, the very the symbol of gay pride, represents both our aspirations and the diversity of our population. Yet the top of the gay community’s rainbow — the leadership tier of LGBT non-profit organizations — is more awash in white than any other color.

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COMMENTARY: The Prop 8 battle is about more than marriage equality

(This story was originally published on HuffPost Gay Voices, a content partner of SDGLN.)

It's been more than three years since Prop 8 -- dubbed California's "Marriage Protection Act" -- passed by a narrow 52% in a vote that instantly categorized the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community as a group of second-class citizens.

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COMMENTARY: Ninth Circuit decision keeps focus on California

In a long-awaited decision, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that stripped the right to marry from same-sex couples in California, is unconstitutional. Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt authored the majority decision, which was joined by Judge Michael Daly Hawkins. The third judge, N. Randy Smith, dissented.

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COMMENTARY: I pray you are not pregnant

Last week, a person I admire wrote, “I hate people.” Without missing a beat, I emailed back, “I love that you wrote that.” And that gave me pause. Earlier in the week, I had read a chapter from Maythee Rojas’ Women of Color and Feminism. Rojas wrote about love’s being the fuel of feminist activism, a force for social change.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: HUD unveils LGBT equal access

In a powerful speech on Saturday, Jan. 28, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan made history when he unveiled HUD’s LGBT Equal Access policy—a new rule that will protect more than 5.5 million people across the country from discrimination in public housing and Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured mortgages.

LETTER TO COMMUNITY: How will YOU create change in 2012?

I had the privilege to attend the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's Creating Change conference in Baltimore, Md., as a Blogging Scholarship Winner for the Network for LGBT Health Equity.

The event was inspiring and full of life. I met some extraordinary people from all over the U.S., each creating their own change in their local LGBT communities.

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COMMENTARY: Was Robert Champion Jr.'s death a hazing or a hate crime?

"Um, who cares? Unless his sexual orientation was the reason why he was beaten to death, then it’s quite irrelevant. We had previously heard about him being gay, but we declined on reporting about it because if the police were told this when they characterized his death a result of hazing and didn’t connect the two to say this was a hate crime, then why throw it out there?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Have the GOP candidates pissed you off yet?

Have you heard some of the shocking things the GOP candidates are saying when asked about LGBT rights during their campaign for their party's nomination?

Rick Santorum thinks gay couples don't live in every state, only in certain ones. There aren't any gay people in your state, right?

When asked by students in New Hampshire why he didn't support same-sex marriage, Santorum tried to turn the question back on the students: "So anyone can marry anybody else?" No. Never. How ridiculous!

Mitt Romney can't remember whether he stands for equality or not. How unfortunate.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Uptown Interim Height Ordinance should be extended

The current 24-year old Uptown Community Plan and related zoning allow for building heights of up to 150 feet and 200 feet along portions of Washington Street, University Avenue and 4th, 5th and 6th Avenues in Bankers Hill/Park West, Hillcrest and Mission Hills. However, Uptown is not Downtown, and such taller buildings would overwhelm these lower scale, profile and historic character of the Uptown neighborhoods.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hillcrest could be so much more

I opened my store, Cathedral, in Hillcrest in March of 1995. I chose Hillcrest because of its unique character, diverse clientele, specialty retail and creative restaurants.

Over the past 17 years I have loved being a part of this community. I serve on the board of directors for the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) and chair its Marketing Committee. I have enjoyed what Hillcrest has to offer.