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A Very Reverend reverend

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Joyell Nevins

The goal of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Bankers Hill is to see dignity and to “seek and serve Christ in all people.” And the church’s dean, the Very Reverend Penny Bridges, is leading that charge of inclusiveness.

At St. Paul’s, it doesn’t matter your gender identity, sexual orientation, the place where you sleep, or any other box you could check — they just want you to worship with them.

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Out with the brass, in with the new

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, News, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

What stands today as The Rail on the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Robinson Street in Hillcrest has made two previous moves from its original Downtown location, attracted a solid LGBT clientele along the way, and for a time greeted customers with a sunken bar defined by a long, brass foot rail.

From its early beginnings in 1934 and until July of last year, the nomadic establishment operated as The Brass Rail.

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Dining and donating

Posted: April 14th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

Before he even opened the doors to his new Hillcrest establishment, Ron Kazemaini knew he wanted to do more than serve beverages and his signature “light bites.”

“I want my business to be a part of the community,” said Kazemaini, who opened The Kouch Lounge on Fourth Avenue on April 1. “Because the community is so important to me, I think this should be a place that gives back in any way possible.”

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A road well traveled

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

Playing now through April 23 at San Diego Repertory Theatre is Karen Zacharías’ play, “Into the Beautiful North,” based on the novel by San Diego State grad and literary luminary Luis Alberto Urrea (b. 1955 in Tijuana).

The comedy is set in many places familiar to those who know both sides of the border and features an appealing gay character, Tacho, who runs a taco shop and internet café called La Mano Caída (The Fallen Hand) in Tres Camarones (Three Shrimp), a small village in Sinaloa.

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Billy Porter: In full bloom

By Chris Azzopardi | Q-Syndicate

Sociopolitical demonstrations have long been woven into various musical genres — even Katy Perry’s ironically shiny single, this year’s “Chained to the Rhythm,” like Simone’s “Mississippi Goddamn,” underscores continued minority suppression.

In 2013, singer and theater performer Billy Porter left his mark on socially-conscious art while originating the role of Lola, a drag queen who finds common ground with a shoemaker, in the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots,” which garnered the Pittsburgh native a Tony Award for Best Actor.

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Posted: March 31st, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Margie M. Palmer

Longtime musician and community activist Melanie Peters was elated when she was asked to emcee the San Diego Women’s March. The local event was held on Jan. 21 — starting with a rally at the Civic Center and culminating with a march on the streets of Downtown — in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington.

“It struck me when I was up there, [amidst] the invigoration of all the energy that was coming towards me,” Peters said. “There were so many people looking at each other wondering, ‘what do we do now?’”

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Transformations at The Center

Posted: March 31st, 2017 | Columns, Features, News, Profiles in Advocacy, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Ian Morton | Profiles in Advocacy

For some fortunate cities and regions, there exists in the nexus of the LGBTQ community a hub or center where members can meet, celebrate, mourn and receive services.

San Diego is one such city and the past years have shown impressive and responsive programming from the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center).

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Kathy Griffin to the rescue

Posted: March 31st, 2017 | Features, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi

Of course Kathy Griffin’s manager asks if our conversation is being recorded — have you heard her talk?

Luckily, the celeb-skewering, gay-loving, Trump-hating comedienne’s filterless mouth moves at a meteoric pace, which is good news for anyone who wants to know her thoughts on basically everything: the practicality of celebrity activism, her idea for a “My Life on the D-List” spinoff and the surprising number of people she meets who say they’ve never encountered a gay person.

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Open minds and open hearts

Posted: March 17th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

The leather community has always been many things to many people, not only within our greater LGBT community, but even those beyond; and it hasn’t always been positive.

Local activists and partners, in both business and life, Buster Adams and AJ Turner, are planning to up the ante and expand what the leather community means to everyone.

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LGBT on the links

Posted: March 17th, 2017 | Features, Interviews, News, Sports & Fitness, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

The annual Kia Classic tennis tournament — March 20–26, at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad — is the closest San Diegans get to the LPGA tour, unless they take a trip to Palm Springs the following week for the ANA Inspiration championship (formerly the Kraft Nabisco Championship), during Dinah Shore Weekend.

The 2017 Kia will feature 144 women golfers, including Paula Creamer, Stacy Lewis, Michelle Wei, Lexi Thompson, and the 2016 winner, Lydia Ko.

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Corned beef for the birthday boy

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

My spouse’s birthday is on St. Patrick’s Day and I’ll be damned if I take another chance cooking him corned beef for the occasion. For two years in a row, they’ve yielded gross amounts of incorrigible fat. This time around, he gets homemade lasagna with a green candle in the middle.

Though in the week leading up to the celebration, we sated our corned beef desires over brunch at McGregor’s Grill & Ale House, which opened a stone’s throw away from Qualcomm Stadium, 20 years ago.

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All About Susan

Posted: March 17th, 2017 | Features, Interviews, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi

Maybe gay people are customarily compelled to thank Susan Sarandon for her longstanding advocacy, because that’s how I begin my frank, anything-goes conversation with the 70-year-old multi-hyphenate.

After all, no matter where you stand on Sarandon’s divisive decision to vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein in the recent presidential election, we can all agree that the Oscar-winning actress has used her massive screen-icon prestige to aid in the advancement of LGBT rights.

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‘Blameless’: Journeys of grief

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

Despite wonderful casting and Gaye Taylor Upchurch’s sensitive direction, the world premiere of Nick Gandiello’s family drama, “The Blameless,” seems somehow under-cooked.

Developed in part in a reading at the Old Globe’s Powers New Voices Festival last year, the piece, which concerns grieving and forgiveness, continues at the White Theatre through March 26.

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