National – United States

World AIDS Day – fight for the change you wish to see!

Nothing has informed my world and my place in this world more than the scourge and subsequent fight against AIDS. I lost my brother Michael and many other “brothers” – extraordinary people whose presence is missed dearly and deeply. My story is not unusual for gay men of my age, in fact it’s quite typical.…

DNC2012 Tuesday Night Wrap Up

The Democratic National Convention kicked off Tuesday evening with opening remarks from Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz. “We have the largest number of delegates ever assembled at a Democratic National Convention,” Wassermann Schultz said. “As I look out from the podium, I see a diverse assembly of Democrats who represent the strength and unity of our party.”

DNC LGBT Caucus 551 Members Strong

California has the largest contingent of LGBT delegates from any state at 76. That is more than double the number from the nearest delegation, New York, at 36. Steven Kerrigan, the openly bay CEO of the convention addressed the LGBT caucus telling delegates that the 2012 DNC has the largest and most diverse delegation of…

Rep. Loretta Sanchez Hosts Forum to Discuss OC Pension Reform

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-47) Thursday hosted a critical forum on the pension crisis facing Orange County. Alongside OC Supervisor Bill Campbell and Orange County Employees Association General Manager Nick Berardino, Sanchez discussed the status of pension reform in Orange County, the status of her pension bill HR 2934, and the next steps moving forward.

Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” Debuts

Aaron Sorkin, writer of “The West Wing” and “The Social Network” has a new HBO series that deserves a watch.  The premiere debuted Sunday night and it was powerful television. Check out this YouTube of the opening scene. The critics haven’t been kind to it but it goes after Liberals and Conservatives fairly.  And it…

Voices From Street Corners (Vol. 24): Odds & Ends

Fall has finally arrived in South County and the rains are here.  It is a beautiful scene indeed!! As I reflected upon the past three months, the most momentus time for me was the Great Blackout. I wrote about it a few weeks back to reflect upon the day and the potential aftermath. Although some…