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City Council Names July As LGBT Pride Month

The City Council today declared July as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the city of San Diego.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride parade in Hillcrest. Shot July 17, 2009.
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Above: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride parade in Hillcrest. Shot July 17, 2009.

A proclamation, presented by councilmen Carl DeMaio and Todd Gloria, calls San Diego a "trailblazing city'' led by Mayor Jerry Sanders, who frequently speaks out on behalf of marriage equality.

Gloria said the council unanimously supported the change of the name of a Hillcrest roadway to Harvey Milk Street and a 65-foot pole in the center of the city's LGBT community that will fly a rainbow flag.

"San Diego is at the forefront of LGBT rights,'' Gloria said.

DeMaio, who is running for mayor against Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, said the city is extremely diverse socio-economically, ethnically and in sexual orientation.

"By every measure, this council has stood for diversity and tolerance in San Diego and you've reflected the best of San Diegans,'' DeMaio said. "San Diego leads the way when it comes to tranquility and that's something to be proud of.''

The council declaration came three days before the 38th annual Pride Weekend begins.

Events are scheduled to begin Friday with the raising of the rainbow flag at University Avenue and Normal Street.

The Pride Parade is set for Saturday at 11 a.m., running along University Avenue in Hillcrest and Sixth Avenue to Balboa Park, the site of a weekend-long entertainment festival.

Comic Sandra Bernhard will be the headliner at the festival Saturday night. Sunday night, the festival will wrap up with a performance by British singer Natasha Bedingfield.

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Avatar for user 'Dothscribble'

Dothscribble | July 17, 2012 at 5:36 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago


The pedantic usage of acronyms by homosexuals is for the sole purpose of profile exposure and recruitment.
Sane people couldn't care less about the supposed discipline of any homosexual on any given day. It's totally irrelevant and would be pathological to wonder in the first place.

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Dothscribble | July 17, 2012 at 7:14 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

The Lunatics have taken over the Asylum.

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DsullPOWER | July 17, 2012 at 10:42 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Hi, and curious,

You say (1), "The pedantic usage of acronyms by homosexuals is for the sole purpose of profile exposure and recruitment", but do we not profile when we say things like "I am American", "I am Republican", I am ...", granting the fact that these examples are not acronyms, they, nonetheless, seem/appear to serve a similar, if not the same, function. Maybe? How are they different? (My question ASSUMES that you, whoever you are, profile yourself in such/similar ways, just to be clear.)

Further, you say (2), "Sane people couldn't care less about the supposed discipline of any homosexual on any given day", but what do you mean by "supposed discipline"? What is your underlying assumption here? What are you already presupposing? Can homosexuals be "sane people"? (I only say this because the way you worded your sentence gave me the impression that only those who DO NOT endorse the discipline whatever are sane, but I probably read this part wrong.)

In any case, I am open to the fact that I may be speaking in ignorance, and in light of my ignorance, I welcome a good dose of learning ";^p

Cheers!

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 18, 2012 at 12:27 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Dothscribble LGBT and homosexual are not synonymous, and therefore your post makes no sense.

LGBT is a term used to refer to gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people, not all of hom are homosexual.

Sorry to blow your loony conspiracy theory up.

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JeanMarc | July 18, 2012 at 8:19 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Sorry Peking, but anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered is indeed a homosexual. This might shock you to hear, but homosexuality is abnormal behavior. Why do we need a special month for 3% of the population? There are more alcoholics than that. Why don't we have an alcoholics month too?

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Natalie Walsh, KPBS Staff | July 18, 2012 at 11:23 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

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Missionaccomplished | July 18, 2012 at 12:58 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

The miliants want to have us believe that sexual orientation is on the same level as race or ethnicity, yet I know of NO racial or ethnic minority in the US or elsewhere refer to themselves with an acronym.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 18, 2012 at 2:10 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

JeanMarc, a bisexual is homosexual?

No, I'm afraid you are incorrect.

There are also heterosexual people who are transgendered.

You and Dothscribble are entitled to your opinions regarding gay people as bigoted as they are, but this terminology is not "up for interpretation". These terms have specific meanings and are not synonymous with each other and you as well as others here are factually incorrect.

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 18, 2012 at 2:19 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Mission, comparing similarities in the arguments bigots make is not insisting anything is the same as anything else.

It simply illustrates how the arguments defending discrimination are recycled garbage.

It can be your **opinion** that equality struggles for gays should not be compared to equality struggles for other groups, but it's **fact** that the same arguments and tactics for denying equal rights to gays are the same ones used to deny equal rights to African Americans and other minority groups.

This is all on record and documented.

Read court arguments from those against interracial marriage and then read court arguments from those against gay marriage. You see the same tired arguments.

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JeanMarc | July 18, 2012 at 3:04 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Peking, I know i am not going to change your mind, but I can at least explain why I said that.

Is a bisexual a homosexual? Well, answer this. Does a homosexual have relations with someone of the same sex? Yes... does a bisexual have relations with someone of the same sex? Yes... in my opinion, a bisexual is a misnomer.

As for transgendered people, I believe people are the gender they were biologically born as. So if someone wants to pretend they are a different gender and then feel attraction towards someone of their same biological gender, I would certainly consider that to be homosexuality...

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DsullPOWER | July 18, 2012 at 5:32 p.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

1. Missionaccomplished, your post is irrelevant (I do not mean to say this in a derogatory way, but literally), "I know of NO racial or ethnic minority in the US or elsewhere refer to themselves with an acronym". Okay?

2a. JeanMarc, when you say, quote, "homosexuality is abnormal behavior", I wonder, do you have a criteria for "normality"? Do you have a method of determining what "should" be normal and what "should not" be normal? I suppose (if I can) that your method is something like this, "look around town and what do you see? There is evidently a dominate pattern of those sexually oriented in a heterosexual way therefore heterosexuals are the "norm" and all others sexually oriented however are abnormal". And I might grant this, however, dominate patterns in nature do not entail rightness, they do not entail what is right and what is wrong. Nature, left by itself, does not "prescribe" (key) for us what should and should not be the case, nay, rather nature "describes", it is descriptive, and such descriptions can be evils.

2b. JeanMarc, assumption, "As for transgendered people, I believe people are the gender they were biologically born as". Do you have any evidence to support this claim, period? To be fair, I could counter taking your assumption in reverse, namely, I believe people are the opposite gender they were biologically born as, thus if they want to pretend ..."

3. Natalie Walsh, KPBS Staff, thank you for kindly moderating this thread.

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JeanMarc | July 19, 2012 at 9:24 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Dsull -

Normal: Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.

Since only 3% of the population is homosexual, I would say they are not typical, expected, or usual. Thus homosexuality is indeed abnormal, by definition.

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Missionaccomplished | July 19, 2012 at 10:46 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Dullpower, maybe you missed the arument in the very first post by gothscribble. Go back and read it.

"Hi, and curious, "

Typo in first word.

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Missionaccomplished | July 19, 2012 at 10:51 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

Duck, i'm not talking here about the arguments either pro or con of "same sex" marriage, which ISN'T EVEN the issue in this story. I was talking taking about the common use of the ""LGBT" acronym which has no parrllel with any racial or ethnic minority--or even with the mentally/physically "challenged."

But since you bring the other up, try Baker vs. Nelson.

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JeanMarc | July 19, 2012 at 10:53 a.m. ― 2 years, 1 month ago

I don't see a typo in "Hi"

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