LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Larry Kramer refutes pundits who claim he hates gay marriage

It is very difficult to take a strong position in the gay world without being, at the least, misunderstood, and at the most extreme, vilified mercilessly. I suppose it’s like this in the straight world as well.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: North County LGBT Coalition announces plans for new LGBTQ center

Dear Friends,

Saturday, July 23, 2011 was a historic day for our North County LGBT community and families. The North County LGBT Coalition board members had a day-long retreat to discuss the future of the organization.

Thanks to your financial support and trust through the past few years, our leadership is now ready to move forward with the creation of a North County LGBT Center. In the next few months, we will transition from the North County LGBT Coalition into our new entity where new leadership and participation will be needed.

COMMENTARY: Countdown clocks and wedding bells - Celebrating justice

There’s no doubt that the hours, days, weeks and years of struggle can become enraging, depressing and frustrating. The enormous amounts of time and treasure that we pour out attempting to achieve even basic fair treatment under the law can, on some days, be overwhelming.

But not on this day. Not today.

This day we celebrate two tremendous, historic and game-changing victories. This day we begin to mark the ending of some decades-old struggles.

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COMMENTARY: I want a wife!

When I last worked a corporate job, I wished for a wife.

Now, as I study the shifting distribution of labor between females and males, I feel a little guilty about that. And as I find I have the time to offer to take the week’s suits to the dry cleaners, I’m no longer concerned about gender implications. And as I see the burgeoning acceptance of same-sex marriage and the trend from women referring to their “wives” to women referring to their wives, I wonder how the definitions and demarcations of women’s work and men’s work might change in the next few generations.

COMMENTARY: Same-sex marriage is still unequal

On Sunday, New York will begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, further complicating the tangled legal mess of same-sex marriage in America.

Why does this complicate things? Consider what happens when legally married couples from New York move to, say, California. They'll see their marriages evaporate, based only on their sexual orientation.

COMMENTARY: CityBeat shoots itself in the foot ... twice

Tabloids thrive on salacious headlines like “Alien leader visits Obama at Camp David” or “Priest casts demons out of homosexuals.”

Most people snicker at the tabloids, heavily discounting the veracity of the stories that are published. Only the gullible believe what they read has any grain of truth.

Tabloids run by media mogul Rupert Murdoch are currently under investigation in the United Kingdom in an unfolding scandal that is spreading across the world. The FBI is looking into Murdoch’s business practices here in the U.S., and Australian authorities are investigating as well.

VIDEO: Horde of gay barbarians demand to be disciplined at the Bachmanns' "pray away the gay" clinic

MINNEAPOLIS -- Today a horde of gay barbarians descended upon Michele and Marcus Bachmann's "pray away the gay" clinic and demanded that Marcus come out and discipline them for their "deviant" behavior.

Marcus Bachmann, who conducts "reparative therapy" at the clinic intended to convert homosexuals, has said that gays are "barbarians who need to be disciplined." The horde requested to speak directly with Bachmann and experience some "discipline" for themselves.

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COMMENTARY: Our biphobia is placed on Sheryl Swoopes

To some in the LGBTQ community, three-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time MVP of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), Sheryl Swoopes, is a "lie-sexual," another sister-girl on the "down low," with the incredulous news that she's now engaged to marry a man.

To incurable homophobes, especially of the fundamentalist Christian variety type, who pedal their "nurture vs. nature" rhetoric that homosexuality is curable with reparative theories, they see Swoopes as the prodigal daughter who has finally found her way home to Jesus.

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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?