Opinions

COMMENTARY: The Center commends continued progress in San Diego school district's anti-bullying efforts

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego LGBT Community Center commends the San Diego Unified School District for its continued progress on the implementation of its district-wide anti-bullying policy.

Tuesday night, the SDUSD Board of Education unanimously approved the next step in its ongoing efforts to combat bullying within district schools.

In November 2010, the board established an innovative community-district task force/advisory board to develop and begin implementation plans for a district-wide effort to combat bullying and create safe schools for all students, including LGBT students.

COMMENTARY: Ignorance, arrogance and abuse, the stories of Herman Cain, Penn State and Brett Ratner

Ignorance is one of the many flaws of humans. Arrogance, too. Combining the two with people in a position of power and influence can create abusive monsters.

Reflecting this week on the separate scandals enveloping Herman Cain, Penn State University and the Academy Awards, it painfully reminds me of how far we have not come.

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COMMENTARY: LGBT Asylum Support Task Force can use your help

My name is Pastor Judy Hanlon and I am the co-founder of the LGBT Asylum Support Task Force that physically resides in Worcester, Mass, but helps anyone who contacts us.

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COMMENTARY: The fable of Brian Brown, or the Great Marriage Non Sequitur

(My thanks to Brian Brown and the National Organization for Marriage for providing the majority of this fable’s dialogue and a significant amount of the narrative — from the last four years of NOM emails, media releases and website content, for example, click here.)

COMMENTARY with VIDEOS: Why Does Michigan’s anti-bullying bill protect religious tormenters?

On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled state senate passed an anti-bullying bill that manages to protect school bullies instead of those they victimize. It accomplishes this impressive feat by allowing students, teachers, and other school employees to claim that “a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction” justifies their harassment.

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COMMENTARY: Transgender, victimized and black

It’s not easy for any person of African descent to be LGBTQ in our black communities, but our transgender brothers and sisters might feel the most discrimination.

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COMMENTARY with VIDEO: Patrick Henry High deserves praise, not hatred, for making history

Bravo to students at Patrick Henry High in San Diego for electing a young lesbian couple as the school's homecoming king and queen.

Sour grapes to the angry and upset bigots who have bombarded the school and the San Diego Unified district with homophobic outbursts and hateful messages -- and to the so-called journalists who are outraged by the election.

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COMMENTARY: Elder Economic Planning Act is a major win for all Californians

We all aspire to age and with age we all hope to be able to provide ourselves with the basic needs to simply survive – home, food, health care, transportation, etc. However, this is not the case for all seniors. Many struggle to get by daily and though they may have saved in their youth, unforeseen circumstances can turn almost anyone’s lives upside down.

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COMMENTARY: Kim Kardashian divorce, not gay marriage, exemplifies threats to marriage

Kim Kardashian filed for divorce today after a mere 72 days of marriage. Citing “irreconcilable differences,” the soon-​to-​be former Mrs. Kris Humphries will not even bother with the charade of an annulment. The wedding itself cost an estimated $10 million, and, highlighting the media’s newly-​found love of short division, means the marriage cost $138,888 a day.

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COMMENTARY: Halloween is America's gay holiday

Halloween is America’s gay holiday.

In the words of the lesbian poet and scholar Judy Grahn, Halloween is "the great gay holiday."

And this weekend of lavish costumed theatricality will attract everyone, but especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) revelers.