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The ultimate tease artist

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Margie Palmer

Burlesque icon Dita Von Teese will be kicking off the West Coast leg of her critically acclaimed “The Art of the Teese” tour on July 5 in San Diego. Gay San Diego recently caught up with Von Teese to learn more about her past, her style and what show-goers can expect from her upcoming NSFW performance.

Von Teese never imagined she’d grow up to be the international “Queen of Burlesque.”

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FilmOut announces awards for 2017

Posted: June 23rd, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

“The Lavender Scare” — a powerful documentary about a largely forgotten chapter of American history when President Eisenhower unleashed a witch-hunt in the 1950s to rid the U.S. government agencies of homosexuals as “security risks” — has been honored with the Freedom Award at FilmOut’s 19th annual San Diego LGBT Film Festival.

The relentless persecution of homosexuals ruined tens of thousands of lives and lasted for many years until astronomer Frank Kameny, one of those fired government employees, fought back. Kameny’s dogged pursuit for justice would go on to inspire the modern-day gay rights movement.

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Let’s #BeTheGeneration

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy

Since its discovery in the 1980s, HIV/AIDS has both disproportionately impacted and been the “burden” of the LGBTQ community.

When the infection seemed to spread like wildfire through the gay community, our lesbian siblings were our allies — even when shown that HIV had no boundaries — much of the heterosexual population actively avoided engaging in a dialogue around the disease.

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Endangered species

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review

We were seven strong, a modern family of two same-sex couples, two high-achieving college girls we collectively and proudly call our daughters, and their grandmother visiting from Missouri.

If this were 1971, when Bully’s East — which now has “Prime Bistro Sports Bar” tagging the name — we’d be paying only 15 cents for bottomless coffee and $4.50 for prime rib with side dishes. We would have also been brunching in an insufferably discriminating climate, no matter where. (I’ll take today’s prices any day with the bonuses of freedom and acceptance.)

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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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Gay marriage: Monogamous or open?

By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

As a psychotherapist focusing on LGBT issues, Michael Kimmel has heard it all. His clients have run the gamut from newly married gay couples to porn stars, go-go boys, male escorts and even a male “madam.”

But since June 26, 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality, Kimmel has been flooded with questions about how gay men should embrace same-sex marriage.

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Where in the world is Elizabeth Hannon?

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Community Profile, Features, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Members of our local LGBT community, as well as many residents and business owners in the Uptown area, are all familiar with Elizabeth Hannon, who for the last several years was a very visible force as the CEO of the Uptown Parking District.

But earlier this year, Hannon seemed to effectively drop out of sight; causing many in the community to wonder where she is and what she is up to.

Wonder no more.

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30 years of marching for equality

By Lambda Archives Staff | Out of the Archives

As we prepare for the Equality March this Sunday, June 11, we’d like to take a look back on the LGBTQ community’s legacy of protesting, marching and stepping up for our rights. Specifically, one of the precursors to this weekend’s Equality March: the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

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Subdivision of Truax House property is approved

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Featured, News | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor San Diego’s Planning Commission voted 6-0 on Thursday, June 1, to approve the subdivision of the historical Truax House property in Bankers Hill into three parcels. The decision allows the tentative map of the property to be subdivided into three parcels:

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Honestly loved

Posted: June 9th, 2017 | Features, Q Syndicate, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate

“My dream is to see an end to cancer in my lifetime,” Olivia Newton-John told me at the end of April, just weeks before announcing that she’d been diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer, which has spread to the sacrum bone in her back.

The entertainer and “Grease” star first battled breast cancer in 1992 and lost her sister to brain cancer in 2013. She turned her personal loss into a universal catharsis on her October 2016 release, “LIV ON,” a collaborative album featuring singer-songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky.

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Art around town

By Morgan M. Hurley | ArtZine

Local artist RD Riccoboni got some great news recently; Sen. Toni G. Atkins selected his work, “We Rise As We Lift Others,” for the Senate’s 2017-18 Contemporary Art Collection exhibition at the state Capitol building.

Each state senator was asked to select an artist from their district and Atkins chose Riccoboni’s iconic piece depicting the day Pride flags were flying from Balboa Park’s California Tower and Museum of Man to commemorate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of marriage equality.

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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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Glamming for a cause

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Glitz Glam — also known as Jesse Greika to his MO’s Universe family — learned that he was HIV positive at the age of 19. He said he remembers very clearly how he felt; he was devastated, overwhelmed and challenged with the journey that lay ahead.

On Saturday, June 3, he’s producing The Glam-a-thon, a one-of-a-kind fundraiser aimed at helping others — specifically Latino youth — who have been newly diagnosed with the disease and face similar challenges.

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Activists celebrate release of Chelsea Manning

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Rick Braatz

As many other festivities were taking place across the nation and the world to celebrate the release of transgender army soldier Chelsea Manning from Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas, local activists turned out at the Hillcrest Pride Flag on the evening of Wednesday, May 17 to do the same.

“Thank you, Chelsea Manning! Thank you, Chelsea Manning! Thank you, Chelsea Manning!” demonstrators chanted.

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