Gay News Briefs – Sept. 1, 2017

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The 42nd annual Nicky Awards, presented by the Imperial Court de San Diego and named after international LGBT activist Nicole Murray Ramirez, will be held Dec. 3. The organization has also announced a new producer of the popular awards, deemed “the gay Academy Awards of San Diego” by Channel 10 News.

Ebony Burnett Mullins is set to produce the 2017 Nicky Awards (Photo by Big Mike)

“We are very proud to announce Ebony Burnett Mullins as the first woman producer of the Nicky Awards,” said Big Mike Phillips, the 2017 president of the Nicky Awards’ board of governors. “She has generously offered to produce the Nicky Awards with new changes and a fresh start.”

Burnett Mullins, a past co-chair of San Diego LGBT Pride, is a professional event planner and has worked with various nonprofit causes around San Diego. She is also the past recipient of two Harvey Milk/Nicole Murray Ramirez student scholarships.

Founded in 1975, the Nicky Awards were one of the first LGBT events held in a public hotel and have been attended by federal, state and local elected officials.

“By showcasing excellence in the community, the Nicky Awards serve as proof that every person has something important to contribute, that each of us can make a difference,” former California Gov. Gray Davis once said. “This celebration is a tribute to the men and woman of San Diego’s LGBT community who work hard to improve the quality of life for all.”

The Dec. 3 event is expected to include outstanding entertainment, hor d’oeuvres, VIP seating, a happy hour and other surprises, which will be announced at a later date. Keep checking for further details.


Small Business Expo, laying claim as the nation’s largest business-to-business trade show, will return to San Diego on Thursday, Sept. 21.

The free day-long conference and trade show brings together industry thought leaders and experts in a hands-on environment that features more than 20 free workshops and programs along with 100 interactive booths, demos and brand exhibits.

Headlining the event is Bill Walsh, founder and CEO of Powerteam International, who will give a presentation titled “Success By Design – the 7 Keys to Build a Mega-Successful Business” in the Inspiration 2020 Showcase Theatre.

Start-ups and business owners can take advantage of free admission and educational workshops covering online/social media marketing, employee benefit plans, credit and financing, strategies for increasing revenue and team productivity, mentoring, cloud technologies, retirement plans and much more.

The expo will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center, Hall H, located at 111 W. Harbor Drive, Downtown. For more information, visit


Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher — lesbian comedians who are married to each other in real life — will perform their comedy Monday, Sept. 25 at The Observatory North Park.

Part of their multi-city “Back to Back” stand-up tour, the Los Angeles-based comedic couple may be recognized from their hit TV comedy series, “Take My Wife.” They co-created, co-wrote and co-starred in the show, which received critical acclaim from The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vulture and IndieWire, and were also named to Variety’s “Comics to Watch” list.

Married comedians, Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher, will perform in San Diego Sept. 25 (Photo by Robyn Von Swank)

They have released stand-up albums on Portland label Kill Rock Stars and saw their records go to No. 1 on iTunes Comedy.

Performing all new material, Esposito and Butcher’s “Back to Back” tour will offer San Diego fans the chance to hear both comedians edgy and human takes on love, identity and pop culture when they take the stage — individually and together — at the Observatory.

Their tour comes to town Sept. 25. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Observatory is located at 2891 University Ave. in North Park. For tickets and more information, visit Follow them on Twitter, @cameronesposito and @RheaButcher.


The president of the local chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans — the LGBT arm of the Republican Party — is Gina Roberts, a trans woman. Roberts is the only openly transgender chapter president within the organization and she was voted in as a delegate for the California Republican Central Committee last November.

Gina Roberts, president of Log Cabin Republicans San Diego (Facebook)

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s directive to ban transgender service members from military service, Roberts and the LCRSD released the following statement Aug. 28:

“Several weeks ago, July 26, 2017, when President Trump tweeted that he would not allow the service of transgender individuals in the military services, Log Cabin Republicans and LCR San Diego (LCRSD) posted that we as an organization do not in any way support that decision by the president. Since that time, the White House has issued guidance and President Trump has signed that guidance to direct the Department of Defense to complete its study and present its findings to the president if the study contradicts the president’s opinion.

“LCRSD stands by its opposition to any proposed general ban on transgender service members and calls on the Pentagon and Secretary of Defense to complete its study on this issue and present its findings to the president as defined in the text of the Presidential Memorandum.

“We believe that a complete assessment, as was previously requested by Secretary of Defense Mattis, will reveal that these patriotic service members are not an undue burden on the military service, and that these members should be able to serve openly and proudly.

“LCRSD also calls upon the representatives of the people of San Diego to work with others in the Republican Party to counter the misrepresentation of the statistics concerning transgender service members’ surgical costs and their supposed period of non-deployability, as those figures are incorrectly placing an undue and unreasonable burden on transgender service members. It is recommended that these representatives refer to the Rand Study below for a more reasonable assessment of the total costs of Transgender service members. LCRSD can assist in understanding these issues and we will be contacting our congressional offices this week.”

To read the Rand Study, visit To learn more about LCRSD, visit


San Diego is in the international travel news again., one of the world’s leading online review and cruise community destinations, recently named the Port of San Diego to its “top five destinations” in the United States and Canada for cruise ship visits.

At No. 4, San Diego topped Key West, Florida on the list. The other destinations — Quebec City, Canada; San Francisco; and Bar Harbor, Maine — were named No. 1 through 3, respectively.

San Diego has two cruise-ship terminals on the Embarcadero — Broadway Pier and the B Street Pier — giving visitors easy access to all that Downtown offers.

“We are honored to be voted one of the top five cruise destinations by Cruise Critic’s online community for the second year in a row,” said Robert Valderrama, chairman of the board of San Diego Port commissioners. “In recent years we have installed $31 million in improvements to the North Embarcadero, providing our cruise passengers with a beautiful welcome to the Port of San Diego.”

The honor was part of the website’s second annual awards and is based solely on its community of reviewers. Many stated the importance of having multiple options for things to do when visiting a port destination and San Diego’s Embarcadero, in addition to nearby Little Italy neighborhood and Petco Park, helped make that grade.


San Diego Makers Guild’s two-day, family-friendly Maker Faire event will take place Oct. 7 and 8 in Balboa Park. While organizers are still looking for those passionate about their creations to register and participate, the deadline is rapidly approaching.

“Maker Faire is not designed like any standard trade show or conference — it’s a fun, interactive maze of demonstrations, exhibits, workshops, and displays,” said Cody Nelson, director of events and public programs with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. “Imagine the historical state fairs where everyone arrives with their wares and sets up their exhibit. We have different kinds of exhibit areas to accommodate the diversity of projects, and we encourage makers to create their own look and feel.”

Maker Faires are celebrated around the world and have become part of pop-culture, offering a place for experiential marketing, debuting new technologies and inventions, and celebrating geekdom.

Entry to this year’s San Diego Maker Faire is open to individuals, groups, schools and hobby clubs, but the closing date for all entries is Friday, Sept. 8.

They are looking for these types of entries: artists; robotics; hacked or homebuilt drones; Arduino projects; raspberry Pi; space projects; food and beer makers (not concessionaires); artisanal and traditional handcrafts; conductive materials projects; kit makers; interactive art projects; 3D printers and CNC mills; textile arts and crafts; home energy monitoring; programming languages (for games, apps, etc.); rockets and RC toys; sustainability and green technology; radios, vintage computers and game systems; electronics; electric vehicles; science, biology, biotech and chemistry projects; puppets, kites or other “whimsical” creations; large-scale art; shelter (tents, domes); musical performances; unusual tools or machines; how to fix things or take them apart (vacuums, clocks, washing machines, etc.).

For more information, visit

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