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Thom Senzee
Thom Senzee is an award-winning Southern California journalist and an 18-year veteran of print, online and broadcast media, having served as editor of LGBT Weekly, as law reporter for the Los Angeles Business Journal (Valley Edition), as managing editor of Los Angeles' largest community news bi-weekly (North Valley Community News), and as contributor to the Los Angeles Daily News, KTLA-Channel 5, the Arizona Capital Times and various other newspapers, magazines and television-news programs. He was recently appointed political columnist at 429 Magazine.

Entries by Thom Senzee

Allred, Jayne to Receive LGBT Ally 'Elgy' Awards Thursday Night in L.A.-Public Invited

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 12:35 PM

LGBTs In The News returns to Hollywood as The Los Angeles Press Club @ Steve Allen Theater welcomes a panel of leading LGBT journalists, activists and allies for a night of engaging conversation and audience participation--and you're invited.

Sponsored by SAG-AFTRA and...

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Will San Diego Say Anything Trying to Prove Cops Didn't Discriminate Against Gay Man?

(9) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 1:20 PM


If a top deputy at the San Diego City Attorney's office really means what she said in statement filed with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals late last month, fundamental change in enforcement of nudity laws could impact tourism, the swimwear industry, clothing...

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Republicans Promised I'd Be Speaking Arabic by Now

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 9:17 AM

Dear GOP of 2008 and 2012:

I thought I'd give you a couple of weeks to savor your progeny's big wins earlier this month before throwing a wet blanket over your victory party in the form of a reminder about your unfulfilled promises from the presidential campaigns of 2008 and...

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Overcoming the Stigma of 'Vexatious Litigator': An Impossible Task?

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 9:43 PM


Two highly viewed YouTube videos from recent days stand in sharp contrast to each other, yet each video symbolizes an opposite end of the same continuum. Let's call that continuum "fairness."

One of the videos presents America's aspiration to a...

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Anti-Gay Disrimination: Federal Judge Wrong in Walters Case

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:56 PM

See if you agree with me that the photos in the slideshow below plainly show that the San Diego Police Department discriminated against Will Walters, a gay man, by arresting him for nudity at the 2011 San Diego LGBT Pride festival -- yet looking on blithely at nearly the entirety...

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Gloria Allred Receives Nat'l. Trial Lawyers Lifetime Achievement Nod--Only 2nd Time Group Gives Award

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 1:10 PM

SOUTH BEACH, Fla.--Famed attorney Gloria Allred will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Trial Lawyers (NTL) at the third annual Trial Lawyers Summit in South Beach, Fla.

Reasoning that because "for the past three decades, [Allred] has been a trailblazer and played a pioneering role in combating...

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A Gay Love Letter Inspired by Phil Robertson

(2) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 11:53 AM

Apparently, Phil Robertson believes that the only thing that makes a heterosexual man straight is the female sex organ. As a gay man, I want to explain to Mr. Robertson that contrary to his assertions in a recent GQ interview that would suggest otherwise, 90 percent of what attracts me...

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'LGBTs in the News' Panel Proves There's More to Our Story Than Discrimination and Marriage (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 2:02 PM

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'More to the Story Than Marriage' LGBTs in The News Panel Series Hits L.A. Nov. 14

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:01 PM


Ironically, the thinking behind the subtitle of the upcoming LGBTs In The News panel, which is "There's More to our Story than Discrimination and Marriage," could go far toward helping to end the former and making the latter available to same-sex...

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'Know Rights or No Rights' Campaign Seeks to Educate Americans About Our Constitutional Rights

(2) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 2:46 PM

Campaign founder Will Walters with San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis during the "Know Rights or No Rights" campaign launch at the 38th annual Nicky Awards

A national campaign to draw the attention of young Americans, especially LGBT youth, to the Bill of Rights...

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Hadid's 'Arab Atheism' Article Restores My Hope for Tolerance in Civilization's Cradle

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 9:37 AM

Coming from a WASPy, mixed-faith, yet significantly agnostic and atheist, intellectual (and admittedly pseudo-intellectual) family these days living in "genteel poverty" in southern California, it is difficult for me to comprehend the Middle Eastern mindset -- not that I think there actually is a monolithic entity one could call the...

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Stampp Corbin, LGBT Weekly Publisher, Says Hiring Gloria Allred in Filner Lawsuit Not Great for Justice (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 7:20 PM

"Recall Bob Filner" campaign co-chair Stampp Corbin says he stands by his tough remarks regarding Irene McCormack-Jackson's choice of Gloria Allred as legal counsel in her lawsuit against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and the city for alleged sexual harassment while she served as the mayor's communications director.


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Under Siege, Mayor Makes First Public Appearance Since Allegations in Surprise Showing at San Diego Pride

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 3:58 AM


Although at least one local San Diego television news broadcast erroneously reported that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner showed up at Balboa Park with an entourage of staff and advisers in tow, the scandal-embroiled mayor came to Pride unannounced, escorted only by Nicole Murray...

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San Diego Press Club's First LGBT Panel Draws Tears, Applause

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 4:38 PM


Late last month, another bit of LGBT history was made, albeit on a more modest level than the overturning of DOMA and Prop. 8 as the San Diego Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists presented their first-ever LGBT media event. I...
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Born to See Equality for All LGBTs?

(20) Comments | Posted June 29, 2013 | 9:00 AM

In my lifetime -- and I'm only 45 -- I have seen human beings walk on the moon; the first openly gay man elected to public office in America; the fall of the Soviet Union; the first African-American elected (and reelected) president of the United States; the U.S. military open...

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Forget Black Helicopters, Meet the Ultimate Helicopter Mom: the NSA

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2013 | 3:33 PM

If privacy is obsolete, then so too must be secrecy. That's an absolute. Sticking with absolutes for a minute, consider; is it possible for a government to keep its people safe if it is not allowed to keep any secrets?

In a word, yes. Where there are no secrets...

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Intra-LGBT Discrimination: Beware the Rush to Family Values

(49) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 5:06 PM

I realized I was gay when I was 13. That was 1981, a fascinating "cusp year" in the continuum of LGBT history. In 1981, a frightening new virus began to put the brakes on what had, in the 1970s, been accelerating acceptance of gay people in America.

In recent days,...

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