COMMENTARY: There’s trouble in River City, the gay and lesbian version

“Music Man” is playing on a local stage here in San Diego, and there’s a line in the Meredith Willson musical that comes to my mind this week:

“Ya got trouble, my friend, right here,
I say, trouble right here in River City.”

In this case, there’s trouble in the gay and lesbian version of River City.

Look at the headlines lately:

Gay group chief under pressure over AT&T issues

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COMMENTARY: Why fatherhood?

What a juxtaposition! As Fathers’ Day approached last week, the Pew Research Center released a report on fatherhood that indicated mixed grades for the U.S. rendition — or, more aptly, renditions — of the oft neglected, negated, nullified institution of fatherhood.

Hate group Family Research Council reposts discredited anti-gay "science"

For a while there, it seemed like the religious right group Family Research Council (FRC) was making some attempt to clean its website of bogus “research” that defamed gays. Material that peddled a series of falsehoods — in particular, the articles “Homosexuality and Child Sexual Abuse,” “The Negative Health Effects of Homosexuality,” and “Homosexual Parenting: Placing Children at Risk” — went missing from the website.

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COMMENTARY: What we learned from UN’s High Level Meeting on AIDS

NEW YORK -- More than 3,000 people and 30 heads of state came together recently at the United Nations in New York for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS.

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COMMENTARY: Learning the many ways the world is wack

“Hey, dude, that’s wack!”

I learned that handy little colloquialism during my first semester at Cal State San Marcos. “Wack,” according to the fellow who uttered it (a comely young man who was conscripted into a women’s studies class), is an adjective indicating that something is not right. After doing a little etymological digging, I found that “wack” is a variant of “whack,” which means “crazy” and is commonly used in conjunction with “job,” as in:

“That guy is a wha—.”

“What guy?”

“That guy over there by the thing. He’s a—.”

“Where’s there? What thing? What guy?”

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COMMENTARY: Ignorance is no “choice” for Tracy Morgan, Rick Santorum and Archbishop Nienstedt

The equal rights movement must be on a bullet train these days because the blowback from the opposition is stinking up the joint this week.

The Christian Right has been vigorously spreading a propaganda campaign globally to demonize LGBT people, finding great success in Africa, and now they are ramping up the lies and the distortions across the United States.

This week, three people who have zero connections to one another, have made headlines for their anti-gay comments. All three believe that being gay is a “choice.” To that I say, ignorance is not a choice.

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COMMENTARY: Pride celebrations? Haven’t we assimilated?

As we all know, June is Pride Month for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities across the country -- and parades abound.

Unlike the revolutionary decade of the 1960s during which the air bred dissent, we LGBTQ people appear to be residing in a sanguine time -- rebels without a cause, a context, or an agenda. Many of us would argue that we have moved from our once urgent state of, "Why we can’t wait?" to our present lull state of, "Where do we go from here?"

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ACTION ALERT: Don't allow City of San Diego to circumvent public process on Plaza de Panama project

I am writing with an urgent request that will take less than a minute of your time to do. Time however, is of the essence so I ask that you do this at your very first opportunity.

Letter to the Editor: Who calls City Heights a “seedy ghetto”?

Editor's note: Nicole Murray-Ramirez has accused several well-known members of the LGBT community of being racist or bigoted at public meetings related to redistricting for the San Diego City Council. Frank Garcia, a resident of North Park, thinks those comments are hypocritical, and his Letter to the Editor explains why he thinks that way.

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COMMENTARY: Point, press, peace

My mother tried to make a sandwich with the TV remote control.

It might seem sadly funny, but there was some context for her pursuit: She was watching a cooking show from her hospital bed. Watching and processing in her own inimitable style, and she just didn’t like the way the celebrity chef was doing it. She didn’t know where she was, but she knew she could do better.

“I need to put the bread on top,” she said with the slurred tongue of a stroke victim, pointing the remote in the television’s general direction.