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Art, wine and … a peacock

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Dave Fidlin

When the LGBT-themed children’s book, “A Peacock Among Pigeons” was released two years ago, Clarione Gutierrez had high hopes it would resonate with young readers.

What Gutierrez — known professionally as just “Clarione” and the San Diegan who illustrated the colorful, 33-page book — did not anticipate was the reception it would receive from adults who absorbed the timeless message of celebrating the attributes that make each of us special and unique.

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Designing men

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Community Profile, Top Story | No Comments

By Eric Carroll

After 25 years of creating couture silhouettes with the femme fatale in mind, local LGBT fashion designer Francisco Medavog is about to launch his first collection exclusively for men, Black Noir. His new line will be presented to the San Diego LGBT community on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Brick Bar.

In person, Medavog is both unpretentious and accessible. He is also extremely excited and inspired about what he does and during a recent meeting, proudly sifted through a selection of women’s pieces to show the attention to detail he puts in his work.

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Analysis: Taking a loop in a Tesla

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | News, Top Story | 1 Comment

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

[Editor’s note: This is the first in a series as we follow the progress of this start-up.]

I’m a daily user of public transportation, I make great use of the Lyft app on my phone and I take Amtrak north to Los Angeles on a regular basis.

So when I recently became aware through Facebook of a new long-distance ride-sharing service made available to San Diegans called Tesloop, I was intrigued.

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New Mr. Gay San Diego announced

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, News, Top Story | No Comments

By SDCNN Staff

After nearly a decade of hiatus, the Mr. Gay San Diego competition — this year co-produced by Big Mike Phillips and Robert Rodriguez — roared back into the community on Sunday, Nov. 5.

It was a packed house at the newly redesigned Hillcrest landmark The Rail, formerly called The Brass Rail, that greeted the eight competitors who each strutted their stuff across the new stage.

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(Bad) Moms know best

Posted: November 10th, 2017 | Interviews, Q Syndicate, Top Story | No Comments

By Chris Azzopardi | Q Syndicate

“Are there gays in Michigan? They made it all the way there?” deadpanned Mila Kunis to native Michigander Kristen Bell, as if to jokingly say all the world’s queers migrated from her hometown of West Hollywood.

Bell, 37, seated next to Kunis, 34, at a hotel conference room in The Peninsula Chicago, replied plainly. “Well, yes.”

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A tremendous splash of color

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | 3 Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Sometime over the last week or 10 days, the L-shaped, two-story building that has been a longtime fixture at the northeast corner of University Avenue and Florida Street had a major face lift. As a result, social media has gone wild as local residents weigh in.

While the brick along the base of the building at 2004 University Ave. remains untouched, the rest of the structure has been transformed into a rainbow wonderland. Some think the bright, ragged, multi-colored theme is garish and over the top. Other people, including many from the LGBT community whose 60-foot Pride flag monument is just three blocks west of the building, think it is fabulous.

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Realizing my Oceanside ‘pride’

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Community Voices, North County Update, Top Story | No Comments

By Jordan Daniels | North County Update

I moved to Oceanside in 2012, literally a week after I graduated from high school in the Bay Area. I was 17, gay and fearful of the unknown. Oceanside was beautiful, but it was also a military town that didn’t exactly feel cultured. I quickly, however, found my community within the North Country LGBTQ Resource Center.

I joined their youth group within the first month of moving, eager to explore a side of myself that was repressed and unexplored. I was nervous as hell for the first few weeks (it was a weekly meeting) but it quickly turned routine for me.

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Hallo-Wine fall festival returns

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Community Profile, Top Story | No Comments

By Ken Williams | Contributing Editor

North Park businessman and LGBT philanthropist Anthony Bollotta has become a passionate advocate for the health and welfare of children, because as a boy he witnessed child abuse against some of his young relatives. For the past decade, he has been involved in various roles with Home Start, a local nonprofit agency focused on child abuse prevention and treatment.

Bollotta and other Home Start volunteers are busy preparing for the 10th annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival fundraiser, scheduled from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the historic Burnham House, 3565 Seventh Ave. in Hillcrest.

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A ‘Legend’ grows

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Theater Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

An accidental drag queen’s transformation provides needed respite from current events

If Elvis can’t save the day, how about a drag queen or two? In Matthew Lopez’s sprightly “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” a man saves everything by discovering his inner woman. The play is at Cygnet Theatre through Nov. 12.

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‘Hands of love’

Posted: October 27th, 2017 | Food & Drink, Restaurant Reviews, Top Story | No Comments

By Frank Sabatini Jr. | Restaurant Review

Oscar Acosta recalls telling his wife, Dulce, before they got married, “One day we’re going to have a restaurant.”

The couple first met at a farmers market in their native Mexico City. They eventually moved to the U.S. and settled in Spring Valley, where they run one of the best and most underrated Mexican restaurants in San Diego County, called Ranas Mexico City Cuisine.

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Bring your nightmares to Normal

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | Arts & Entertainment, Features, Top Story | No Comments

By Morgan M. Hurley | Editor

Halloween is a long-standing tradition within the LGBT community – going back decades — and Hillcrest will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its own version of that tradition, Nightmare on Normal Street, on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 6–11 p.m.

The festivities will take place as they always have, on Normal Street in Hillcrest — between University Avenue and Harvey Milk Street — near what is now called Pride Plaza and under the Pride Flag.

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‘A small but important step’

Posted: October 13th, 2017 | News, Top Story | No Comments

By Tom Kirkman

On Saturday, Oct. 7, I attended a Mass for the members of the LGBT community and their families at St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church in Hillcrest.

The Mass was celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan and observed the 20th anniversary of “Always Our Children” — a pastoral document from the U.S. Catholic bishops to parents and pastors of LGBT children — released Sept. 10, 1997.

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‘Absolute Brightness’ of being true to yourself

By Jean Lowerison | Theater Review

For my money, there’s no better theater than a single good storyteller. The Old Globe has found a splendid one in James Lecesne, now performing at the Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre through Oct. 29 with his one-man show “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey.”

Don’t let that gobstopper of a title keep you from this terrific one-act show, which is based on Lecesne’s 2008 young-adult novel “Absolute Brightness.”

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In bed with Alan Cumming

By Chris Azzopardi

Alan Cumming is chill as can be in a hotel bed in Los Angeles, where he’s tugging on his crotch, illustrating to me the surprisingly flirty exchange he just had with tennis great and LGBT pioneer Billie Jean King.

“She just made a joke about my dick in the corridor,” Cumming said, amused. “I’m like, ‘Billie Jean!’”

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