LGBT CENTERS TO JOIN STAND DOWN FOR HOMELESS VETS
This weekend, Friday, July 22, through Sunday, July 24, the annual Stand Down for homeless veterans takes place at the upper athletic fields of San Diego High School, located at 1405 Park Blvd., Downtown.
Organized locally by Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), the national Stand Down event offers homeless veterans across the country a safe place to sleep for the weekend, hot meals, showers, haircuts, medical and dental services, chiropractic and massage services, clothing, socks, job and housing assistance. Last year more than 100 attendees received transitional housing placements.
This year the Los Angeles and San Diego LGBT Community Centers are also teaming up to offer additional LGBT-specific services and information to LGBT homeless veterans. If you are a homeless LGBT vet, you are encouraged to attend.
To learn more about Stand Down, visit vvsd.net/stand-down.
NOMINATE LGBT VETERANS FOR WALL OF HONOR
The advisory council of the LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor is seeking nominations for the upcoming induction ceremony. The wall — named after local LGBT veteran activists Benjamin F. Dillingham and Bridget Wilson — is located inside the auditorium of the San Diego LGBT Community Center.
Founded in 2011, the same year DADT was repealed, the wall recognizes LGBT veterans who not only have served their country honorably and while in silence, but have also continued to act as role models to advance equality.
The Wall’s annual induction ceremony is held in November, on the Thursday evening before the Veterans Day holiday.
Specific criteria and nomination forms are located on The Center’s website. Deadline for nominations is July 31. For more information visit tinyurl.com/jmx8cj3.
PARTICIPANTS FOR MISS GAY SAN DIEGO SOUGHT
The Imperial Court de San Diego is seeking participants for its upcoming Miss Gay San Diego 2016 contest, to take place at Rich’s Nightclub, Aug. 7, from 5 – 9 p.m.
The drag pageant will have contestants competing in four categories: swimsuit, talent, evening gown, and a question and answer session. A panel of local community judges will select the winners.
Those interested in competing should contact producer Regina Styles at 619-288-1183. Admission is $10 at the door. Proceeds will go to Imperial Court de San Diego’s various charity programs. Rich’s Nightclub is located at 1051 University Ave. in Hillcrest.
ORCHIDS AND ONIONS NOMS CLOSE SOON
The San Diego Architectural Foundation is seeking nominations for its 40th annual “Orchids and Onions” award ceremony, taking place Oct. 13. These popular awards recognize both “the best” and “the worst” of architectural design, form and function, in five categories: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, Interior Design and Miscellaneous (public art, lighting, graphics, etc.).
Orchids & Onions allows the public to vote on new designs in their neighborhood that they either love or loathe and “set the standard for future developments,” and to post photos (with a description) of projects online by July 31.
To be eligible, the nominated developments/designs must be non-residential — or include at least four residential units — and have been built within the last three years. No single-family homes will be eligible.
Projects nominated in all categories will then be judged by a jury, which was announced this week. The public may then vote online for “People’s Choice Orchid & Onion,” starting Sept. 1. For more information, visit orchidsandonions.org.
LOCAL LCR TAKES A STAND AGAINST NATIONAL GOP PLATFORM
Gina Roberts, president of the Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego, the local chapter of the larger national LGBT Republican organization, has released a statement regarding the “blatantly anti-LGBT” platform recently adopted by the GOP.
Roberts identified four planks “that do not reflect [the party’s] need … to return to its inclusive and diversity-embracing roots” of the party: marriage should be between a man and a woman; children raised on “traditional” homes are healthier; parents can force their LBGT children to undergo conversion therapy; and provisions to limit which restrooms transgender people could use.
In her statement, released July 20, Roberts listed in detail the reasons these platforms should be rebuked.
Regarding marriage equality: “The platform committee ignored the compassionate plea of openly gay delegate Rachel Hoff and chose to include this platform plank that has already been settled by the Supreme Court.”
On raising children, Roberts said, “There is absolutely no data from a reparable source that even closely implies these statistics … this statement does nothing but tear down the integrity of the Party.”
Noting that conversion therapy “has been discredited by all but the most religious psychotherapists,” Roberts said she has known several individuals who have been subjected to such therapy and now have PTSD that rivals in severity to that of combat veterans.
Roberts, a trans woman, called the last plank her “hot button.”
“There has never been an issue with a true transgender person using the restroom of the gender they have or are transitioning to … this is a plank that only serves to marginalize a another segment of the LGBT population …”
Insisting that the planks be removed, Roberts then summed up the group’s position.
“Taken individually each of these planks shows a significant insensitivity to the needs of a significant portion of the population to live happy, productive lives, but collectively they represent a suppressive attack on this population which provides no benefit to anyone, other than the parts of the conservative right that wish to control others through governmental interaction. This increase in the interaction of government seems to run counter to the core values of conservatives for smaller less intrusive government.”
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