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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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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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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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Fermentations in Ocean Beach

Posted: May 26th, 2017 | Features, Food & Drink, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr.

Not long ago, Newport Avenue was the last place on earth where oenophiles flocked to assess the bouquets and flavors of wine varietals and their blends. Other than scoring a cheap glass of oxidized merlot at some bar slinging Coronas and Fireball, the pickings for wine drinkers were abysmal.

But with Ocean Beach’s craft beer and food renaissance of late came Gianni Buonomo Vintners, a 3,000-square-foot winemaking facility and tasting room that opened last year in what used to be an antiques store.

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It does bear repeating

By Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review

Because it bears repeating and seems like the right time to hear the play again, New Village Arts (NVA) cofounder and Artistic Director Kristianne Kurner programmed Emily Mann’s “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years” as the last production in NVA’s 16th season.

Presented at La Jolla Playhouse in 1997, the autobiographical work was adapted by Emily Mann from the book by Sarah L. (Sadie) and A. Elizabeth (Bessie) Delany with Amy Hill Hearth.

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Thriving in San Diego and beyond

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley

Two local LGBT activists, Dr. Vincent “Vinnie” Pompei and Clarione Gutierrez, work every day to make a difference within the local and the greater LGBT community. Both men work for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC); Pompei is a full-time employee of the HRC Foundation who serves as director of the organization’s annual Time to THRIVE event. Gutierrez works for HRC San Diego, in a volunteer capacity, as a steering committee member who produces the group’s annual gala in August.

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Remembering Orlando

By Archives Staff | Out of the Archives

June 12, 2016 is a date that will be burned forever into the collective memory of our community. In the early morning hours of that day, 49 of our siblings were senselessly murdered in a horrific act of hate at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Our community was shaken to its core; in the midst of nearing Pride celebrations, we were reminded that violence can and does sometimes enter our sacred spaces.

The global reaction of support was swift and overwhelming. Vigils quickly grew in major cities across the world, with allies condemning the act and honoring those who were lost. News sources focused on remembering the victims, telling their stories, and saying their names.

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Gay for Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer

Posted: May 12th, 2017 | Features, Interviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate

“We’re serious bitches too,” said Amy Schumer, nearly in tears. The comic firecracker is seated next to national gay-loved treasure Goldie Hawn, and the screen icon has just made a touching revelation: She used to comfort men dying of AIDS.

Perhaps that isn’t the kind of heartwarming reveal you’d expect during a sit-down for their action-comedy, “Snatched,” but as this onscreen mom-daughter duo joke about a potential gay-themed sequel (the ladies already have several queer-centric working titles; for Schumer, the joke writes itself), it’s clear nothing is off topic. They’re just happy to be here speaking to gay press, which has Schumer “very elated.”

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