COMMENTARY: CSU sneaks toward academic elitism

On Wednesday, April 13, campuses across the California State University system (CSU) hosted demonstrations — dubbed Take Class Action Day — to protest budget cuts to the Cal State system.

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COMMENTARY with VIDEO: No excuse for attacks on transgender people!

Editor’s note: Chrissy Lee Polis, 22, a transgender woman from the Baltimore area, was attacked by two girls in a McDonald’s restaurant on April 18. The incident was caught on video, which went viral on You Tube. The two teenage girls have been charged in the case.

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COMMENTARY: 150 years later, America’s gay Confederate and Union soldiers finally acknowledged

Queer Civil War buffs have been arguing for some time that the deafening silence around lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Confederate and Union soldiers indicates proof of their very presence.

With this month commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, I went combing through Civil War annals to find our queer brethren -- and did!

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COMMENTARY with VIDEO: The immorality of the GOP’s defense of DOMA

Mom and Dad love each other through thick or thin, from the day they met in church to the day he died at a hospice as she held his hand.

And Mom would fall in love a second time and marry, and once again would outlive a husband.

In both cases, Mom as the widow did not have to pay estate taxes on anything she inherited. That’s the law.

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ACTION ALERT with VIDEO: Save Balboa Park!

SAN DIEGO -- Balboa Park, our city's crown civic jewel, is close to the heart of San Diego's LGBT community.

As Hillcrest's backyard, Balboa Park hosts one the the largest Pride festivals in the nation. We utilize the resource for a wide variety of sports and outdoor activities.

But one aspect we all enjoy and appreciate is the wonderful park atmosphere created by the historic architecture and landscaping. It is of such significance that El Prado is on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district.

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COMMENTARY: Using blacks for "saving America from the bondage of gay marriage"

No faith community knows better than the Black Church how religion-based bigotry shapes prejudicial attitudes many white Americans once held toward African-Americans in this country.

Religious texts have been interpreted to justify some of this country’s worst crimes against our community, resulting in the legality of slavery, the lynching of black boys and men -- including that of 15-year-old Emmett Till, which the nation will never forget -- and the prohibition of interracial marriage.

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COMMENTARY: "Asians in the Library" episode is wake-up call to LGBT community

This March, UCLA student Alexandra Wallace shot to viral Internet infamy with her offensive "Asians in the Library" video.

In three short minutes posted onto YouTube, Alexandra bemoans the “hordes” of Asian students accepted at UCLA. She urges them to adopt "American manners." She complains about Asians making mobile phone calls in the library to family impacted by the recent tsunami in Japan. And to top it all off, she offers a mocking interpretation of Asian languages, complete with “ching chong ling long ting tong.”

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OMG! “Gay” is out and "sodomy" is in ... for Religious Right, anyway

Language is such an important tool in media communication. America's conservatives play the game better than anybody. What is up ... is suddenly down. An innocent sounding catchphrase is actually sinister.

Look what America's Taliban is up to.

It didn’t take long for the Religious Right to leap for joy, praise Jesus and speak in tongues after UCLA's Williams Institute published a new study last week that contends there are only 9 million LGBT Americans.

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COMMENTARY with VIDEO: Why we are better than they

Editor's note: Kit-Bacon Gressitt's commentary appears on her blog Excuse Me, I'm Writing and is republished by SDGLN, The Ocean Beach Rag and The Progressive Post. She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize while working for the North County Times.Southern colloquialisms are so darn charming — with those well-honed nasty edges!

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COMMENTARY: What? Only 9 million LGBT Americans? Who are you kidding?

A new study by the Williams Institute suggests that 9 million Americans are LGBT. That’s larger than the number of residents in the populous state of New Jersey.

The study draws information from four recent national and two state-level population surveys to estimate the size of the LGBT community in the U.S.

The figures, however, are raising eyebrows in the LGBT community as being very low.

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