Vice President Joe Biden to kick off ‘Get Out the Vote’ event for Rep. Peters

Vice President Joe Biden | Scott Peters

Vice President Joe Biden will visit San Diego Saturday, Nov. 1, to kick off a ‘Get Out the Vote’ weekend for Rep. Scott Peters. The vice president will deliver remarks to volunteers and canvassers. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers on Kearny Mesa Road. Rep. [...]

Peace First awards prize to five youth winners

Peace First

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Peace First, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating the next generation of peacemakers, has announced the five winners of the 2nd annual Peace First Prize at a press conference at the National Press Club. The Peace First Prize is a national award recognizing youth peacemakers, ages 8-22, who are leaders focused on [...]

FLEX Spas and AHF team up to dispense free in-home HIV testing kits using vending machines

LA Flex

LOS ANGELES — FLEX Spas, a national chain of gay men’s health spas, has announced a new partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) aimed at bolstering HIV testing and awareness among high-risk populations through the use of technology. Under a pilot program with AHF, FLEX Spas’ club on Melrose Avenue here became the first in [...]

Harvey Milk’s officially closes forever; some employees remain disgruntled

Harvey Milk's American Diner

Today the official closure of Harvey Milk’s American Diner was announced.  The online announcement, by owner Frank Lechner, stated that the diner was officially closed for good and that all the employees had been paid. LGBT Weekly reached out to Lechner for comment but he was unavailable at press time. LGBT Weekly did speak with [...]

Donna Frye unplugged on DeMaio

Donna Frye and Carl DeMaio

Former City Councilwoman Donna Frye blasted Carl DeMaio in a press conference today describing the 52nd Congressional District candidate as a person who,  “… fails to comprehend the words humility, honesty and decency.” Frye, a Congressman Scott Peters supporter, said she did not plan to get publicly involved in any political campaign, but was dragged [...]

Rep. Peters earns endorsement from National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Scott Peters

SAN DIEGO – The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has “enthusiastically” endorsed Rep. Scott Peters for re-election. “Our nation needs your continued leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans,” the organization wrote in an Oct. 24 letter to Peters. The letter added, “You earned the endorsement of [...]

On 5-year anniversary of federal hate crimes law, HRC releases guide to state-level advocacy

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WASHINGTON – On the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (HCPA), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), today released a guide providing analysis of the current landscape of hate crimes laws in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. “LGBT Americans will [...]

Thousands march in Taiwan in 12th annual Pride parade

Taiwan Pride

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Taipei Saturday for Asia’s largest gay rights parade, with many urging parliament to push through a controversial bill recognizing same-sex marriage. Supporters from Taiwan and abroad waved placards reading “equal marriage rights” and “support gay marriage” as they marched through the capital for the 12th [...]

Hillcrest Business Improvement Association under fire for ‘sham’ hiring process

Hillcrest

International photographer and San Diego community activist, David Lundin has a problem with the Hillcrest Business Improvement Association. Actually, Lundin has several problems with HBIA, not least among them what he calls “the sham hiring process” that last summer led to the re-hiring of Benjamin Nicholls as the organization’s executive director. Lundin has asked the [...]

Attorney General Holder announces federal government to recognize same-sex married couples in six additional states

Eric Holder

WASHINGTON—In the latest development following the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage, Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. Last week, the attorney [...]

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