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Us: Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission Member Michael Berlucchi

BY MICHAEL BERLUCCHI Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”  My experiences in volunteerism and civic engagement inform me that this statement is true, but it… Continue Reading

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Us: Michele Meister, head of the Virginia Beach Police Special Victims Unit and department LGBT liaison

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY MICHELE MEISTER On the eve of the New Year, we should take time to reflect on the previous year’s events… Continue Reading

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Column: Continuing the work of connecting Hampton Roads law enforcement, LGBT communities

BY MICHAEL BERLUCCHI Departments in all seven major Hampton Roads cities have now appointed liaison officers to serve as a bridge between police and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people. The latest to step into this role is… Continue Reading

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Event organized by Cox High School Gay-Straight Alliance will be held Monday after being postponed by Virginia Beach schools

[Ed. — This originally ran in print on Friday, Dec. 9. It has been updated to reflect the rescheduled event and a comment made in a column published after this story went to press.] BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – In December,… Continue Reading

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Column: Thirty years later, seeking a change to a service record amid times of progress

BY JORGE SAGUE MIAMI — Thirty years ago, on Aug. 14, 1986, I was discharged from the U.S. Navy because, under oath, I was asked if I was gay. I said yes. That was that.  One single statement made me disruptive… Continue Reading