Johnathan Hale’s Open Letter to the Community about public discourse

In light of recent controversy surrounding alleged comments made by one community leader about another, my phone and email inbox has been flooded with messages. Apparently this issue has struck a chord.

First let me state our policy at San Diego Gay & Lesbian News surrounding Letters to the Editor, Guest Commentary and comments on stories.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We've got Pride, now it's time to GetEQUAL!

I don't know if you can hear it, but I can ...

From immigration reform to peace action to environmental justice to LGBT rights – many are issuing the same call to our President: “We are tired of waiting -- actions speak louder than words!”

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COMMENTARY: Are we writers or are we gay writers?

The 23rd annual Lambda Literary Awards (LLA, also known as the "Lammys") took place at New York’s School of the Visual Arts Theatre on May 26. This red-carpet event brought out our finest in LGBT literature and publishing traditions.

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COMMENTARY: Benny Cartwright reflects on Nicole Murray-Ramirez controversy

I have always enjoyed informing people about events, news, and community happenings. I remember when I was 14 years old my grandmother would always have me write press releases -- or what I thought were press releases -- to send to the neighborhood newspaper to promote the meetings for her community association. I was never trained as a journalist, but have always had somewhat of a knack for writing and have learned a lot along the way from some great colleagues, editors and publishers.

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OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: Why Nicole Murray-Ramirez is no better than a high school bully

This is a letter to the community from San Diego small-business owner Brian L. Lyons.

Three years ago, I moved to San Diego with the dream of starting my own marketing and design firm. I was getting ready to turn 30 years old and had spent years working for the man so I decided at the time that it was now or never. I had visited San Diego numerous times, and had my fair share of fun in Hillcrest. I felt free here. I felt peace here. I felt love here. So I did it. I packed up my entire existence and moved to this magnificent city.

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Homophobe Bryan Fischer's latest tirade: Gay activists commit most hate crimes

Bryan Fischer, arguably America’s champion of publicly peddled hate, spent last week trying to convince the foolish and the gullible that gays — statistically the group most likely to be targeted by hate-related violence — are, in fact, the leading perpetrators of hate crimes.

Oh, and they’re Nazis, too.

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COMMENTARY: In "Hot-lanta" you stay "in the closet" as CNN’s Don Lemon did

CNN’s Don Lemon has penned a memoir titled "Transparent" that will come out in September. In writing his book, Lemon said "the decision to come out happened organically."

One of the motivating reasons for Lemon, 45, now revealing his sexual orientation is because of the suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi.

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COMMENTARY with VIDEOS: How are you evil? Let’s count the ways!

Jon Ronson, British journalist extraordinaire and best-selling author, has a new book out, “The Psychopath Test.” If Ronson’s name doesn’t ring a bell, think goats — or, more specifically, The Men Who Stare at Goats, which became an oddly fascinating film in 2009.

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COMMENTARY with VIDEO: Let’s return the LGBT movement back to Harvey Milk’s vision

“It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.” -- Harvey Milk, in a 1973 speech during his first unsuccessful run for supervisor

Every gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth in America needs to get to know Harvey Milk, the gay rights advocate and politician who was assassinated in 1978.

Here in California, May 22 is Harvey Milk Day, a state holiday established in 2009 to honor Milk’s memory.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: “Congressman Hunter doesn’t get it”

Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Lakeside) just doesn’t get it. 2001 represented the start of the 21st century, not a do-over for the 1950s.

First he fought to prevent repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). When that failed, he tried a bill to delay repeal of DADT by adding a cumbersome layer of sign-offs before it could happen – that failed as well. Apparently, getting this onerous piece of discrimination added to the defense authorization bill in the House has emboldened him now so he’s widening his net of groups to marginalize.

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