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Design stage for AIDS memorial

Posted: September 1st, 2017 | Cover stories, Featured, News | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

The San Diego AIDS Memorial, meant as a “lasting tribute” to the 8,000 San Diegans who have been lost to AIDS, just got a lot closer to reality.

On Monday, Aug. 28, the San Diego AIDS Memorial Task Force committee, co-chaired by City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez and Katherine Faulconer, had a community meeting at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Bankers Hill.

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Local women rocking the boat

Posted: February 3rd, 2017 | Cover stories, Featured, News | No Comments

Fundraiser for Women’s Museum honors local elected officials By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor Originally founded in 1995 by Mary Maschal, who opened her Golden Hill home to the public after having gathered relevant collectibles and memorabilia for over a decade, the Women’s Museum of California is now located in Liberty Station.

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‘Shock and awe’

Posted: November 11th, 2016 | Cover stories, Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

Trump election ‘worst possible scenario’ for most in community

By Morgan M. Hurley | Analysis

This is a very difficult article to write.

As I made my rounds of the bars in Hillcrest on Tuesday evening, what started out on the premise of reporting on a celebratory atmosphere of adulation, inclusion and hope, very quickly turned into a night of horrifying terror for our local LGBT community.

I must admit, it became harder and harder to do my job.

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Out of the theological closet

Posted: October 14th, 2016 | Cover stories, News, Top Story | No Comments

A local pastor’s journey viewing the Bible through a different lens By Joyell Nevins Be brave! Because you’re a child of God. Be kind! Because everyone else is, too. That is the benediction of every service at Sojourn Grace Collective, a progressive Christian church located on Oregon Street in North Park and co-pastored by Colby Martin. Who would have thought that a message offering love, kindness and respect to everyone could be met with animosity? […]

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Turning lives around

Posted: October 14th, 2016 | Cover stories, News, Top Story | No Comments

Stepping Stone gala to celebrate 40 years Morgan M. Hurley | Editor Throughout 2016, Stepping Stone San Diego (SSSD) has been celebrating its 40th year as the premier LGBT residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in San Diego with a series of mini celebrations, all which are about to culminate in one big party. A fundraising gala — called “Live Out Loud” — to celebrate Stepping Stone’s four decades in operation, will take place Oct. […]

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Hearts on your sleeve

Posted: September 30th, 2016 | Cover stories, Features, Top Story | 1 Comment

Local personalities launch philanthropic venture

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Gather together some great photography, the work of a few emerging artists, toss in a number of local charities, add a community activist who knows everybody in town and another guy with a technology and textile background, mix it all up with a whole lot of fun … and what do you get?

Fund2Wear: a new socially-conscious, print-on-demand apparel company that practices both fun and philanthropy.

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Truman wants YOU!

Posted: September 2nd, 2016 | Cover stories, Features, News, Top Story | 1 Comment

Local activists recruiting LGBT change-makers

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

On the surface, Shawn VanDiver and Kristen Kavanaugh couldn’t be more different; VanDiver is a straight, white, animated and often raucous former enlisted Navy deck sailor and a single dad; Kavanaugh is a lesbian of color, a calm, cool and collected former Marine Corps finance officer, and married.

When you scratch that surface, however, you find they have a lot more in common than meets the eye. Serendipitously thrown together as colleagues, the two became fast friends; they provide balance to each other and are committed to effecting change across the globe — together.

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‘Cause it’s a thriller, thriller night’

By Margie M. Palmer

It’s been nearly two months since the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus’ (SDGMC) performance of the National Anthem at a San Diego Padres baseball game was drowned out by a pre-recorded female voice.

And while the group is currently focused on preparing for their upcoming summer blockbuster show, “Thriller,” SDGMC Executive Director Bob Lehman admits it’s been a hectic couple of months.

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Well Strung in Vista

All-gay string quartet blends vocals and strings with classical and pop

By Margie M. Palmer

The men of Well Strung are more than just another set of pretty faces.

The group is comprised of 1st violin Edmund Bagnell, 2nd violin Chris Marchant, cellist Daniel Shevlin and Trevor Wadleigh on viola.

Not only are the New York City-based performers talented, they’re helping to break down some of the walls that are all too often felt by gay performers.

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Building leaders of the future

Posted: April 1st, 2016 | Cover stories, Features, Top Story | No Comments

The Center’s Young Professionals Council takes ‘community’ to the next level

By Joseph Ciolino

Smiles and laughs were exchanged as bowling pins were knocked over, or in some cases, missed, during a Young Professionals Council (YPC) social event on March 19 at Kearny Mesa Bowl, which coincided with a YPC Academy class.

Among those present was Rick Cervantes, class of 2014 and now co-chair of the YPC executive committee, who was anxiously waiting for his bowling ball to reappear from the ball return before sending it down the lane again. Along with Cervantes enjoying the afternoon was a handful of past YPC academy graduates, members of the current academy class and their friends.

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… and then came …

Posted: March 18th, 2016 | Cover stories, Features, Top Story | No Comments

Tips, stories and advice for filling that baby carriage

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

On June 26, 2015, as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage finally became the law of the land.

What comes next?

According to a famous jingle, “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage.”

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Tearing up the tantrums stage

Posted: March 4th, 2016 | Cover stories, Features, Top Story | No Comments

Joey Adams takes the crown

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

The tallest guy in the skirt wins.

At least that’s what happened last week at the annual Tantrums and Tiaras, Battle of the Bar Queens, held at Observatory North Park on Feb. 21.

Joey Adams, aka “Maria Von Tramp,” took this year’s crown in an evening that was wrought with laughter, squeals and confetti.

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A tale of two families

Posted: February 19th, 2016 | Cover stories, Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

Transphobic parents go up against a bastion of support

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

San Diego has had a great deal of national attention when it comes to transgender children in the past few years. We’ve struggled together as a community when tragedy has hit, as it did four times last year when four area trans teens — Sage David, Taylor Alesana, Kyler Prescott and Emmett Castle — took their lives.

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They keep coming back

Posted: February 5th, 2016 | Cover stories, Features, Top Story | 9 Comments

‘The Stone’ prepares to celebrate its 40th year

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

For four decades, Stepping Stone — the “little rehab that could” located at 3767 Center St., in City Heights — has served as a drug and alcohol recovery oasis for the LGBT community.

It all began when City Heights was one of the most crime-ridden and run-down neighborhoods of San Diego; decades before the major development that turned 40th Street into the 15-freeway throughway; long before the Mid-City Police Headquarters was built just two blocks away and deterred some of the crime; and more than two decades before the one-time eyesore became the jewel of the neighborhood that it is today.

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A friend of the Stone

Posted: January 22nd, 2016 | Cover stories, News, Top Story | No Comments

Cheryl Houk returns to pursue her life’s work

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

The executive director who led the region’s only LGBT-centric drug and alcohol rehabilitation center for 17 years and was responsible for the facility’s multi-million-dollar transformation into a residential model for the nation, has returned to her post after a decade away.

Cheryl Houk first took the helm at Stepping Stone in 1989, when it consisted of four dilapidated buildings on two parcels of property in City Heights.

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