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Elton John AIDS Foundation is largest funder of LGBTQ programs in the Southern U.S.

NEW YORK — The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has been identified by Funders for LGBTQ Issues as the largest funder of programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals throughout the southern United States, according to their recent special report Out in the South. “We are immensely proud to be recognized by Funders […]

Harvey Milk’s American Diner gets a makeover

In honor of the fact that Harvey Milk’s American Diner is doing something totally unique in San Diego by bearing the moniker of the LGBT-equality movement’s patron saint and trailblazing public-office pioneer, San Diego LGBT Weekly is sharing with you a Q&A posed to the restaurant’s co-owners, Frank Lechner and Big Mike Phillips about the […]

This latest iteration of ‘Pompeii’ bombs

It’s pretty easy to imagine how Pompeii got made. Some screenwriter said, “Gladiator crossed with Titanic. In 3-D.” And I can imagine that if I were a producer with a few boatloads of cash and a throbbing desire to get a few more boatloads that sort of pitch would give me a tingling, ecstatic thrill. […]

SD LGBT Pride puts its building up for sale

When San Diego LGBT Pride purchased its new office building in 2009 for $1,030,000, there was concern among the community that it was too pricey for the organization to afford. Five years later, those worries may become a reality as the remaining mortgage on the building is now due. In order to avoid having to […]

Council passes medical marijuana ordinance 8-1

After hearing dozens of speakers about a new medical marijuana ordinance Tuesday, the San Diego City Council voted 8-1 to approve an ordinance that regulates medical marijuana dispensaries. The law will go into effect in about 45 days after the Council does a second reading that will make it official. Ninth District Councilmember Marti Emerald […]

‘Hillcrest Fat Tuesday,’ March 4

Join in the largest LGBT Fat Tuesday celebration west of New Orleans, and experience the electric flair of New Orleans right in the heart of Hillcrest. March 4, from 6-11 p.m., let the wild rumpus begin as Hillcrest Fat Tuesday transforms University Avenue between 10th Avenue and Herbert Street to the carnival of the year! […]

Kiss the cobra

Opting out of the rafting and a tribal overnight, we headed for the snake farm to observe the vipers, asps, cobras and other creepy crawlies being gaily fondled and petted. As I suspected, volunteers were soon requested to kiss the cobra. Yeah right! My partner jokingly (I think) attempted to raise my hand. A sole […]

Under the Sea

Chris Ward: District Three front-runner

The election for Interim Mayor Todd Gloria’s Third District City Council seat isn’t until 2016 but some future candidates are already campaigning on the down-low and getting their ducks in a row. Stephen Whitburn, the popular executive director of San Diego Pride was being urged by many to take another shot at the District Three […]

12 Years a Slave

dvd of the week Steve McQueen’s remarkable 12 Years a Slave is based on the 1855 autobiography of Solomon Northup, played in the film by the great British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. Solomon was born free and educated in upstate New York, and while his wife and children are away, he is kidnapped and sold into […]

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