Politics

Fact Check: Voice of San Diego checks out the facts on Carl DeMaio and the Koch Brothers

(This was published by Voice of San Diego)

Statement: “My opponent Carl DeMaio talks a good game on the environment, but his background working for climate-denying financiers, Charles and David Koch, proves his words are all empty rhetoric,” Rep. Scott Peters wrote in March 21 fundraising email.

Determination: False

Oregon's next export? Discrimination, via an anti-gay ballot measure

At a time when we should be celebrating the imminent end of discrimination against same-sex couples, we're gearing up to fight another effort to discriminate against people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender. Oregon, once again, is the state where the opposition is focusing its efforts.

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Commentary: America's right-wing has gone gay crazy

(Editor's note: This first appeared on AlterNet.com. Read the original story HERE.)

Letter to the community: Help close discrimination loopholes

It may seem like common sense that the California Supreme Court — our state’s foremost judicial body — would ban judges from belonging to groups that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion and sexual orientation.

While this has in fact been the case since 1996, the state high court made an exception to this ban for nonprofit youth organizations that discriminate. It did this specifically to accommodate judges who serve as troop leaders in Boy Scouts of America.

Update from Council President Todd Gloria: Staff changes, new police chief, food trucks and more!

Friends,

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When religious freedom isn't free: Uganda as mirror for the U.S.

If you are following the public discussions of human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, you know that recent anti-gay flurries in Arizona, Kansas, Texas and Uganda share the same origin: (1) homophobia disguised as the right of religious freedom and (2) inserting state or regional rights in place of basic human rights for all people.

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Commentary: Why Arizona is the new Alabama

One of the unique aspects of Truth in Progress is that from our beginning, Marilyn Bennett and I have explored the intersections of heterosexism, racism and religion.

This has given me the opportunity to remember legalized racial segregation and the response of the civil-rights movement to it. It is my way of allowing philosopher George Santanya's words about "Remembering the past in order not to repeat it" to inform and shape my gay-rights and black-rights activism.

Commentary: A plea for human rights in Nigeria

I grew up in Nigeria. In Lagos, to be exact. And I have known since I was 8 years old that I am transgender. I was born as a girl but knew in my heart that I was meant to be a boy, and it is only now, 28 years later, that I am truly coming to live as my authentic self. Part of the reason for this? I hate to say it, but my homeland is not a safe place for any member of the LGBT community. It has not been for a long time; there has always been discrimination, bigotry, and even violence committed against gay and transgender Nigerians.

COMMENTARY: Susan Jester's open letter to Stampp Corbin

(Editor's note: Susan Jester, who is head of the San Diego chapter of Log Cabin Republicans, submitted this open letter to Stampp Corbin, publisher of LGBT Weekly. Letter writers are entitled to their opinions; they do not necessary reflect the views of SDGLN, but should be heard by the LGBT community.)

Open letter to Stampp Corbin:

Next week we will celebrate the birthday of civil rights icon and hero of American freedom and liberty, Martin Luther King Jr.

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Love knows no borders: The LGBT battle for immigration reform

Every year on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, my partner Richi dons an impeccable Cat in the Hat outfit he made himself and drives 40 miles to work, the same drive he makes every school day. He could work closer to home, but the kids in the impoverished Hispanic neighborhoods where he has taught for 10 years need him, and their responses to his innovative teaching prove that. He spends extra hours tutoring those most in need, and he sheds happy tears when his students excel on exams. More than just a school hero, he’s also a community hero.

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