COMMENTARY: Russia’s anti-gay crackdown

Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, has declared war on homosexuals. So far, the world has mostly been silent.

On July 3, Mr. Putin signed a law banning the adoption of Russian-born children not only to gay couples but also to any couple or single parent living in any country where marriage equality exists in any form.

COMMENTARY: San Diego County Clerk is out and proud - as a homophobe

San Diego County Clerk Ernest Dronenburg outed himself Friday for all the world to see that he is a flaming homophobe.

The 69-year-old Dronenburg teamed up with noted anti-gay attorney Charles LiMandri from Rancho Santa Fe to petition the California Supreme Court to halt same-gender marriages because they believe that Proposition 8 is the law.

COMMENTARY: Leadership must put people before politics

(This commentary originally appeared HERE in UT San Diego.

COMMENTARY: Republicans and Democrats can both learn from a gay conservative

(James Owens is president of the Log Cabin Republicans of Oregon and a Leadership Committee member for Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry.)

COMMENTARY: Is Carl DeMaio the key to rewriting LGBT history?

(Publisher's note: During this momentous week of progress on LGBT rights, I wanted to share this thoughtful piece from Arlon Staggs on why we have an opportunity to write LGBT history right here in San Diego. There are some with a narrow political agenda who continue to advance a “big lie” smear against my partner Carl DeMaio. It’s inaccurate. It’s wrong. And it does no good for the LGBT community.

Letter to the editor: Republican lawyers condemn mayor’s removal of City Attorney representative

The San Diego Republican Lawyers denounce Mayor Bob Filner’s outrageous action in ordering his police detail to remove a ranking official from the City Attorney’s Office from a closed-session City Council meeting.

“Mayor Filner’s heavy-handed conduct was arbitrary, bizarre, and unlawful,” said President Ryan T. Darby. “The presence of a City Attorney representative is legally required at all Council meetings, and the mayor cannot avoid that just because he’s in a bad mood.”

COMMENTARY | Carl DeMaio: Our modern LGBT role model

(Editor's note: Susan Jester is currently the head of the Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego County and is the founder of what is now AIDS Walk San Diego.)

When I returned to San Diego after a 20 year stint on the East Coast, I had never heard of Carl DeMaio. It was early 2011 and I came back to town to care for my elderly mother who is in the end stage of Alzheimer’s. After a 30 year career in politics, LGBT activism and fundraising, full time caregiving put me on the sidelines during 2012.

Presidential Proclamation: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2013

A Proclamation

From generation to generation, ordinary Americans have led a proud and inexorable march toward freedom, fairness, and full equality under the law not just for some, but for all. Ours is a heritage forged by those who organized, agitated, and advocated for change; who wielded love stronger than hate and hope more powerful than insult or injury; who fought to build for themselves and their families a Nation where no one is a second-class citizen, no one is denied basic rights, and all of us are free to live and love as we see fit.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declares June "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month"


Our nation was founded on the principle of equal rights for all people, but the fulfillment of this promise has been long in coming for many Americans. Some of the most inspiring moments in our history have arisen from the various civil rights movements that have brought one group after another from the margins to the mainstream of American society.

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COMMENTARY: Harvey Milk Day highlights LGBT issues

(This post originally appeared HERE in Assemblymember Toni Atkins newsletter.)

Harvey Milk Day is celebrated each year on May 22, the birthday of the slain gay civil rights leader. The day was established in 2009 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and is recognized in California as a day of special significance for public schools.