Foodie Flashes – July 21, 2017

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Foodie Flashes “No borders!” is the theme of this year’s fourth annual Ceviche Showdown, to be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Aug. 13, at Fifty Seven Degrees in Middletown. The event includes for the first time restaurants from Mexico that will compete against chefs from several local establishments such as Old Town Tequila Factory, Red Card Café, Coasterra, Dobson’s Bar & Restaurant, The Blind Burro and more.

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Ponce’s takes top spot as Atkins honors local small businesses

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant, located in the Kensington neighborhood of Uptown, received a top honor June 6 by Sen. Toni G. Atkins. During the annual California Small Business Day luncheon in Sacramento, Atkins bestowed the 39th Senatorial District’s 2017 “Small Business of the Year” on the local Mexican restaurant, held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.

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Letters to the editor – July 21, 2017

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Editorial, Featured, Letters to the editor | No Comments

#NoJusticeNoPride [Ref: “Analysis: Status of a Pride Parade,” online only at] I am soo happy that the much needed dialog has begun … I would love to attend a function to learn more about #NoJusticeNoPride. After the rally
as an “elder” and fighter, I am very interested in empowering the voice of the unheard! —Tracie Jada O’Brien

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Correction to “Marching with Pride” – Vol. 8, Issue 13

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Editorial, Featured | No Comments

CORRECTION Regrettably, this is the second correction for the same error. In our June 21 issue, our main front-page story was about a San Diego contingent that traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the National Equality March [“Marching with Pride,” Vol. 8, Issue 13, or online at]. In the caption below the photo, we incorrectly identified the owner of The Caliph in San Diego as Sheldon Ramirez. We attempted a correction in our […]

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Identifying affirmative senior communities

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Senior Matters | No Comments

By William E. Kelly | Senior Matters There are various local, state and national laws, statutes and guidelines across these United States of America specific to senior housing and care. The challenge is monitoring and achieving strict adherence to them. Identifying LGBTQ affirming and supportive senior housing, services, programs and care is easy to identify in word but far more onerous to identify in practice.

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How to say goodbye

Posted: July 21st, 2017 | Columns, Featured, Life Beyond Therapy | No Comments

By Michael Kimmel | Life Beyond Therapy I just saw the documentary “Restless Creature” at the Digital Gym in North Park. In the film, New York City Ballet star Wendy Whelan talks about the challenges of ending her 30-plus year career as a prima ballerina. At the age of 47, Ms. Whelan’s body told her that it was time to say goodbye to her ballet career. Ms. Whelan is sad, afraid, and excited as she […]

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Analysis: Status of a Pride Parade

Posted: July 12th, 2017 | Featured, News | 6 Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

It has been a year of protests; the Women’s March hours after the presidential inauguration in January; followed by the Science March; then the March for Climate Change; the National Equality March in June; and most recently, the Impeachment March.

While our local community also participated on a smaller scale in the National Equality March, which coincided with Washington, D.C.’s Pride weekend, this Saturday we will embark upon our 42nd annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade.

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‘This is really just the beginning’

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Featured, News, Profiles | No Comments

Local organization offering resources at a time when transgender awareness is on the rise By Dave Fidlin As she looks in the virtual rear-view mirror today, Kathie Moehlig says there has been significant progress in the supporting and understanding the transgender community in a relatively short period of time. “But we still have such a long way to go,” said Moehlig, who just two years ago founded San Diego-based TransFamily Support Services. “This is really […]

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Moehlig: a true ‘friend’ of the community

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Featured, Profiles | No Comments

In recent years, Kathie Moehlig has poured her heart into providing resources to families of transgender youth across the U.S. The efforts, she said, equate to hard work and a sizable time commitment. But Moehlig’s desire to serve has been fueled to even greater heights, following the recent announcement she was one of the 10 recipients of this year’s Spirit of Stonewall awards.

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Our ally Sam

English actor talks of intolerance, waiting for the right queer role and gay ‘Hunger Games’ fan fiction By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate After a breakout part in “The Hunger Games” saga as dreamy tribute Finnick Odair and now a starring role opposite Rachel Weisz, the odds certainly have been in Sam Claflin’s favor. Considering his winning streak, we’re holding out hope that a “Fifty Shades of Grey” style rendezvous between him and the Hemsworth […]

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A carnivore’s paradise

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review Their goal was to take the mystery out of meat by showing consumers how regionally sourced free-range livestock is broken down for consumption, with few parts excluded. After generating revenues through crowdsourcing, Trey Nichols and James Holtslag opened their dream business, an educational butchery named The Heart & Trotter in North Park.

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Twenty years of Pride

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Back Out With Benny, Columns, Featured | No Comments

By Ben Cartwright | Back Out With Benny We are just a week away from the annual San Diego LGBT Pride festivities, which kick off on Friday, July 14, with the annual Spirit of Stonewall Rally and Pride of Hillcrest Block Party in Hillcrest. We’re lucky in San Diego because many years ago, organizers decided to move our annual celebration to mid-July, so that when all of the Pride celebrations in most major cities around the […]

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Thronies unite

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Featured, Theater | No Comments

Openly gay actor explores Westeros through song By David Dixon George RR Martin fans can’t complain about a lack of fantasy experiences in July. Not only is season seven of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” starting July 16, but a panel on the show will be taking place at Comic-Con International on July 21. As the annual comic festival gets underway in Downtown San Diego, the comedy, “Game of Thrones: The Musical,” will be playing at […]

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Foodie Flashes – July 7, 2017

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | Featured, Food & Drink, Foodie Flashes | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Foodie Flashes Restaurateur Frankie Terzoli, a former contestant of Bravo’s “Top Chef” (season two) who once ran the long-shuttered Big Easy in Hillcrest, will open a seafood-centric restaurant within 57 Degrees wine and craft-beer bar by mid-fall. Tentatively named Fish Mongers Market, the venture will occupy a front section and back patio of the sprawling structure and serve lunch and dinner. Terzoli also plans on utilizing an existing deli area inside […]

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Let’s work it

Posted: July 7th, 2017 | #LGBTB2B, Columns, Featured | No Comments

By Michelle Burkart | #LGBTB2B

In my article last month (online at, you were introduced to the opportunities that have grown in the area of LGBT business enterprise (LGBTBE) certification for supplier diversity contracting. You also met some of the players like the NGLCC, CPUC, and the SBDC that are working both nationally, statewide, and locally to help LGBT business owners decide, 1) if they want to become certified; 2) how to get certified, and 3) how to be successful ongoing.

The process of becoming certified can be a confusing one especially for the sole proprietor, or smaller business owner. However, the rewards can provide new avenues of revenue producing opportunities for business growth.

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