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Special Pride Week Calendar

Friday, July 7 SDSU annual Pride flag raising Join San Diego State’s Pride Center for its 10th annual rainbow flag raising ceremony, to help them raise visibility on campus and celebrate their Pride. 12–1 p.m. Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union courtyard, San Diego State, 5141 Campanile Drive, San Diego. Visit bit.ly/2tNgXFh. Impride — LGBT improv comedy festival Finest City Improv, in partnership with San Diego Pride, presents the inaugural LGBT Pride Improv Festival, which benefits […]

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Guest Editorial: Health care is a critical issue for LGBTQ community

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Toni G. Atkins As our community prepares to celebrate LGBTQ Pride in San Diego, we reflect on equality and justice — both in terms of the civil-rights victories we have won and the battles we’re still fighting. Marriage equality becoming the law of the land two years ago was a watershed moment that we’ll celebrate long into the future, and we’re currently rallying around issues affecting transgender rights.

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Guest Editorial: Celebrate our corporate allies

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | 1 Comment

By D. Osborn I’d like to respond to the Guest Editorial “Pride Incorporated” by Rick Braatz in the June 23 edition of Gay San Diego. I understand and appreciate Rick’s concern with the over-commercialization of Pride parades and events and share some of his dislike at the monetizing of our weekend celebration. I also want to make sure we don’t forget our history, or the important role many of our corporate allies have played in the advancement […]

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Guest Editorial: The damage of religious abuse

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | No Comments

By the Rev. Mark Martinhauk (Editor’s note: This ran in one of St. Paul’s newsletters in advance of the conversion therapy conference held June 15 in San Diego. We felt the reverend’s words were important for our community to hear.) I last wrote for Integrity USA [the movement within the Episcopal Church working for full inclusion of LGBT parishioners] nearly a decade ago when I was on the board. We were coming out of a […]

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Calendar: June 23 – July 6, 2017

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Calendar, Opinion & News | No Comments

Friday, June 23 Fringe Festival (LGBT): “Twelve Nights with Viola & Olivia,” a take on Shakespeare’s classic, “Twelfth Night,” is one of two LGBT-themed entries into this year’s San Diego International Fringe Festival. This girl-meets-boy — or did she? — tale is told through Elizabethan-style verse and brings the unique voice and viewpoint of an intersexed woman to the stage. Artist: A Stage of Our Own Theater Collective. 7:30–8:30 p.m. Tickets, $10 online or at door. Rosewood […]

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Gay News Briefs — June 23, 2017

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Gay News Briefs, News, Opinion & News | No Comments

FILM ON LOCAL GAY BARS SEEKS COMMUNITY SUPPORT Local filmmakers Paul Dewiler and Chris Cashman have been working on a documentary about the history of San Diego’s gay bars and they are seeking the local LGBT community’s help to complete it. Those interested in offering their support are invited to a free fundraising mixer Wednesday, June 28 from 6–8 p.m. at The Rail, located at 3796 Fifth Ave. in Hillcrest.

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Guest Editorial: Why you shouldn’t march in the 2017 Gay Pride parade

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | No Comments

By David W. McCormick I marched in San Diego’s 2016 LGBT Pride Parade. Reluctantly, I should add. The move and transition from New York City to San Diego was an “adjustment in waiting.” An example is the simplicity of crossing the street. For a New Yorker, a flashing “DO NOT WALK” light is when we begin walking, but do this in San Diego and potentially, a summons may await. Minor though it may be, it’s […]

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Calendar: June 9 – 22, 2017

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Calendar, Opinion & News | No Comments

Friday, June 9 – Sunday, June 11 FilmOut San Diego’s 19th LGBT Film Festival: FilmOut San Diego presents a fun weekend of film celebrating the LGBT community. The festival will kick off with Del Shores’ ‘Sordid Lives’ sequel “A Very Sordid Wedding.” See the full line up at bit.ly/2rM6YvT and buy tickets at bit.ly/2rlvDaA for $10-45 per show. Times vary. The Observatory North Park, 2891 University Ave. Visit tinyurl.com/y9vvm98h.

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Gay News Briefs — June 9, 2017

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Gay News Briefs, News, Opinion & News | No Comments

WIND ENSEMBLE’S CABARET CONCERT TO FEATURE CAREY The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble presents its 2017 Cabaret Concert, “Pops! Goes The Weasel” on Friday, June 23 at 8 p.m. The band will perform a mix of pop music, called by organizers a “pop-pourri,” with some added jazz in the Mississippi Room at the historic Lafayette Hotel, located at 2223 El Cajon Blvd. in North Park. The evening will include music from movies, popular band literature, as well […]

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Guest Editorial: Building bridges at breakfast

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Guest Editorial, Opinion & News | No Comments

By Omar Passons Like most regions, our San Diego community cares deeply about helping others. In any given week you can attend a special breakfast reception or dinner gala to raise money for various causes and celebrate important aspects of our community. One of my favorites of these events is the Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast. This year’s breakfast was on Friday, May 19, and this year I heard something so wonderfully profound, yet so simple, […]

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Calendar: May 26 – June 8, 2017

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Calendar, Opinion & News | No Comments

Friday, May 26 Uptown Romphim Party: Men’s rompers have taken the internet by storm and Uptown Tavern wants you to put on your best romphim or romper and get your Friday on. Happy hour, 3–6 p.m. and $5 Veuve Cliquot 4–6 p.m. Drink specials, tunes by DJ Joey Jimenez and DJ Hevrock. 1236 University Ave., Hillcrest. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/leh5qhr.

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Guest Editorial: The life and death of a Palestinian homosexual

By Anonymous A month ago, the Palestinian-American community and the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement lost one of their most devoted members. Hassan was only 24 years old when he was found dead in his San Diego home. Hassan was an exemplary figure for young Palestinians and would have been a pillar of any community: a loyal son, a loving uncle and a brilliant student.

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Where our AIDS Memorial belongs

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Editorial, Opinion & News | 6 Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley Having lived as an adult during the ghastly time of the AIDS epidemic, I was very encouraged several years ago when Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced the launch of an AIDS Memorial Task Force to ensure the creation of an AIDS Memorial. I lost a very close friend to AIDS in San Diego after moving here in 1987, and remember the chaos, the fear and the isolation our community experienced in those […]

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Calendar: May 12 – 26, 2017

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Calendar, Opinion & News | No Comments

Friday, May 12 GLSEN SD sixth annual GSA/GSTA Awards: Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network San Diego presents a night to recognize GSA/GSTA students for their accomplishments that support the LGBTQ community. Free. 6–9 p.m. at San Diego LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre St. Visit bit.ly/2psMkOP.

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