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Teaching teachers how to fight LGBT issues

If we could travel back in time to see Vinnie Pompei in high school, we would have found a young boy studying the scribbles on bathroom walls, scrutinizing the stickers and buttons on his teachers’ message boards and searching for just one sign – any sign – of someone he could talk to about being […]

GSDBA updates its iPhone app

Last year, the San Diego Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) was the first LGBT Chamber of Commerce in the country to offer an iPhone app of its Business Resource Directory. This year, the GSDBA has just launched new, improved iPhone and iPad apps. To download your new app, log on to gsdba.org or search […]

PFLAG speaks about ‘ex-gay’ movement

PFLAG San Diego’s monthly meeting features Michael Bussee, the co-founder of Exodus International who now speaks out against the “ex-gay” movement. The group meets Feb. 28, 7-9 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley, 2231 Camino del Rio South. For more information, log on to pflag.com.

Bowling for HRC

The San Diego chapter of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) presents the third annual Bowling for Equality, Feb. 26. The fundraising event is from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Kearny Mesa Bowl, 7585 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Tickets for individual bowlers are $35, lane sponsors are $125 and include sponsor recognition of one lane, and participating sponsors […]

Hate crime remains relatively the same

There were 20 reports of hate crimes committed during 2010 because of the victim’s sexual orientation, an increase of only three from the previous year, according to the San Diego Police Department’s annual crime statistics report which was heard by a City Council committee on Feb. 16. There were only 17 such crimes in 2009, […]

MARYAH poker night

Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing (MARYAH) hosts its annual poker tournament to raise funds for The Center’s Youth Housing Project, March 3 at Top of the Park, 525 Spruce Street. The evening includes a Vegas-style poker tournament, players’ lounge, blackjack tables, hors d’oeuvres, no-host bar, prizes and giveaways! Poker seats are […]

Facebook recognizes domestic partnership relationships

CALIFORNIA – Facebook have added “In a civil union” and “In a domestic partnership” options to user profiles. The option is now available for users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. Facebook collaborated with GLAAD and other national LGBT organizations in facilitating this change. GLAAD released a press statement applauding […]

Man arrested for selling drugs on gay cruise

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents boarded a Royal Caribbean International cruise liner as it docked in the U.S. Virgin Islands and arrested a California man on suspicion of selling drugs to other passengers. The Allure of the Seas with 5,400 passengers on board was on a cruise chartered by […]

Same-sex civil unions approved in Hawaii

HAWAII – Lawmakers in Hawaii have approved a bill to allow civil unions for same-sex couples, marking an end to what the governor called an “emotional process” in this long battle for equality. A spokesperson for Democratic Governor, Neil Abercrombie, said that he intends to sign the bill into law within two weeks. This means […]

New passport gender policy announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. State Department has announced some small but important changes to its policy for updating gender on U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA’s). The changes make clear that any physician who has treated or evaluated a passport applicant may certify that he or she has had appropriate treatment […]

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