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COMMENTARY: Hats off to the San Diego Pride organization

Now that we've all recovered from our fabulous 37th annual Pride celebration here in San Diego, I wanted to take a few moments to reflect.

I attended my first-ever Pride festival right here in San Diego back in 1988, which was held at the old Balboa Hospital on Park Boulevard -- the same place the shuttle bus now brings festival-goers to and from the festival's current location at Marston Point in beautiful Balboa Park.

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COMMENTARY: Obama harkens back to slavery arguing for states’ rights on same-sex marriage

Last month, LGBTQ Americans and our allies celebrated New York becoming the sixth and largest state to allow same-sex marriage.

And, of course, it sent an urgent message to President Barack Obama.

But what does it signal to us LGBTQ citizens when the first African-American president wants to employ states’ rights, which once upon a time in this country federally mandated racial segregation and sanctioned American slavery, to address the issue of same-sex marriage?

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COMMENTARY: Celebrating Pride

LGBT Pride parades and festivals are a part of an American ritual.

In less than two weeks San Diego begins its version of what is now a nationally recognized tradition: LGBT Pride Weekend. While many communities have days that are cause for public celebrations, visible actions and collective remembering -- Martin Luther King Day, Cesar Chavez Day, St. Patrick's Day -- this one's ours. And it is widely recognized as one that is the most fun for the most people.

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COMMENTARY: I'll have the summer vacation, please

You know that thing we used to have to do at the end of summer, the thing that whopped you upside the head with the brutal inevitability that vacation was over, that tar-bubble popping adventures and rhubarb-sucking loll-abouts were done, done and gone with the finality of a bee between your naked foot and the clover that enticed the insect to its death and you, to your hopping pain?

LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: Southwest Airlines pilot apologizes for slurs and insults

Editor's note: SDGLN is running this letter to the community from Capt. James Taylor, the Southwest Airlines pilot whose shocking insults and slurs were heard over an open mic. He was temporarily suspended by the airline for the abusive language. Capt. Taylor says that he has learned his lesson.

To All Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants and all Employees:

Because of the impact of my comments, I wanted to communicate with you directly.

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COMMENTARY: A time for us and marriage equality

“Today, you would think that because I am an African-American, that I would have awakened with a new zest for living, a belief that all things are possible and a renewed hope in America, the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave. But instead, I felt a chilling numbness emotionally very similar to the kind of feeling that I experience when someone close to me in my family has just died!”

COMMENTARY: Is there “good” sex and “bad” sex?

Do you feel liberated? You know, as in sexually? Do you feel free to do what you want, the way you want, with whom you want?

However sexually liberated we might feel at an individual level, partaking freely of ever new forms of intimacy, experimentation and a multiplicity of choices, I’ve suddenly been confronted by a glaring void in the supposed sexual revolution. And that void is this: I recently found myself being critical of someone else’s sexual expression.

“Oh, no, not you, K-B, of all people!” you might think.

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Ambassador Susan E. Rice reviews U.S. stance on LGBT rights

Editor's note: These are the remarks by Ambassador Susan E. Rice made Friday, June 24, at the LGBT Pride Month Reception held by Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA), at the State Department.

Thank you. It’s great to be with you here today. And I want to thank my IO colleague Chris Deutsch for that warm introduction and Jon Tollefson for everything he does to lead GLIFAA.

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COMMENTARY: Sticks and stones may break my bones … but your words may hurt me

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Who hasn’t heard that American idiom? Who hasn’t had its message – that people cannot hurt you with the bad things they say or write about you – drilled into memory?

The idea is ideal, but it doesn’t always ring true.

COMMENTARY: Making a case why Provincetown is unsafe for black lesbians

At the tip of Cape Cod is the LGBTQ-friendly haven Provincetown, Mass., fondly called P-town, and known as the best LGBTQ summer resort on the East Coast.

Of late, more LGBTQ people of color (POC) have not only begun vacationing in P-town, but we have also begun holding POC events.

For the past several years now, the "Women of Color Weekend" brings hundreds of us LBT sisters of color to P-town from all across the country.

And it is the one time of the year many of us make the journey to P-town, anticipating that we will feel safe enough, for a few days, to let down our guard.

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