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New Faces of LGBT Literature Part II at the Malcom X. Library!
Date: Friday, August 7th 2015

Location: Malcom X Library, 5148 Market St. San Diego CA 92114

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Featured Author: Rahul Mehta

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Time: 7:00 PM

ReadOut, a program of the Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation is thrilled to host Lambda award winning author Rahul Mehta! As a young writer and an openly gay Indian man, Mehta brings his keen insight and fabulous wit to his debut collection of short stories, Quarantine. Come spend an evening learning about this young writer’s work and be prepared to be moved. Mehta is definitely one to watch out for!

Rahul Mehta received his MFA from Syracuse University, where he was the Cornelia Carhart Ward Fellow. Portions of Quarantine have appeared in New Stories from the SouthThe Kenyon ReviewThe SunEpochNoon, and Fourteen Hills. Mehta lives with his partner in Alfred, New York, and teaches at Alfred University.
Join the Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation as we celebrate three years of preserving, promoting, and teaching works by LGBT artists of color and help us raise critical funds for our important programs. This year’s gala will feature Obama Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco; this prestigious post has only been occupied by five poets in our nation’s history. In addition to literary delights, this special fundraising event will have a fully hosted bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres!

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1977707

Dates: August 27th, September 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, October 1st

Introduction to Contemporary LGBT Literature will explore the last 20 years of writing by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people of color. This 6 week long workshop will explore challenging topics such as race, racism, feminism, and trans visibility all while reading and discussing five brilliant novels and memoirs! The workshop will also push you to become a better reader of literature and a more critical consumer of culture. Come prepared to have fun and grow in a great community setting!

Queer Literature for High School Students will read 5 amazing novels that explore questions and issues that are important for today’s LGBTQ high school student. From how to navigate first relationships, to how to deal with coming out, and how to survive and thrive, these books will explore tons of important and fun topics.  Come join the facilitators for a safe and enjoyable discussion based program that is centered around YOU and read great books that represent YOU!

Register Now by Emailing Us at info@sdliteraryfoundation.org!

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Our vision is to nurture cultural awareness, anti-racism, and historical literacy in our various communities.
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Reminiscent of Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies and the work of Michael Cunningham, Rahul Mehta’s debut short story collection is an emotionally arresting exploration of the lives of Indian-American gay men and their families. Manil Suri, the New York Times bestselling author of The Death of Vishnu and The Age of Shiva calls Quarantine “an insightful and compellingly readable collection of stories in which Rahul Mehta masterfully explores the emotions, the conflicts, and the complex accommodations of being gay and Indian American.”
Upcoming Events in the New Faces of LGBT Literature Series

August 27th-October 1st: Introduction to Modern LGBT Literature for Adults and Teens

September 26th: LaShonda Katrice Barnett

October 2nd: Women’s Literary Festival featuring Carla Trujillo, Nina Revoyr, and Emma Pérez

From all of us here at the San Diego Multicultural LGBT Literary Foundation, thank you so much for your continued support!  We hope to see you at an event soon!

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PFLAG Omaha: Nebraksa River City Mixed Chorus Auditions


Come Sing With RCMC!

Auditions are Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 6:45 p.m.


Have you ever thought about being a part of the River city Mixed Chorus?  We would love to welome you as a singing member. 

Join us on Wednesday, Aug. 5 for new singer auditions.  Auditions will be held at First United Methodist Church (FUMC) beginning at 6:45 p.m. Enter on the northeast side through door number 4.
RMCM rehearses on Monday evenings from 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. at FUMC.  We begin rehearsals for our December show on Monday, Aug. 10.

For more information or to schedule a specific audition time, please contact the chorus president, Vicki Rushlau, at audition@rcmc.org.

The San Diego Center: News and Events


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July 27, 2015

DAJ 2014                      Notes from Delores
As we enjoy the last month of summer, The Center is prepping for AIDS Walk 2015! A lot has changed in the world of HIV/AIDS the last year or two,  but one thing that hasn’t changed is the need to re-educate all of San Diego about HIV today.

In 2015 the question is no longer “Do you have HIV disease?” Instead the questions are: “What are your numbers? Are you virally suppressed?” Or “Are you protected with PrEP?”

All of medicine and science knows today that if we can achieve reliable access to HIV medications for all who have the disease we can prevent transmission!

“If people are taking their pills reliably and they’re taking them for some period of time, the probability of transmission in this study is actually zero,” said Myron Cohen, chief of the Institute of Global Health and Infectious Diseases at UNC to The News and Observer. “Let me say it another way: We never saw a case of HIV transmission in a person who is stably suppressed on ART.” www.hivplusmag.com/treatment/2015/07/23/breakthrough-study-shows-zero-hiv-transmissions-when-undetectable

In 2015 we have many more tools for treatment and prevention. We know our best weapons to fight HIV/AIDS and prevent transmission are regular testing, knowing your HIV disease status, staying connected to medical care and medication to reach undetectable viral loads and using prevention tools like condoms, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis).

Using this proven combination of treatment and prevention, we know that we can #BeTheGeneration to put an end to new cases of HIV disease in San Diego County. AIDS Walk is vital to that effort. On Saturday, Sept. 26, thousands of San Diegans will take part in raising awareness and funds for the more than 20,000 San Diegans living with HIV/AIDS. If you haven’t already, register today or have your business sponsor the Walk at aidswalksd.org and help #BeTheGeneration to end HIV!

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Program Spotlight: Sunburst Youth Housing Project
The Center’s Youth Housing Project provides safe and supportive housing for homeless youth, ages 18-24. The 23-unit facility is located in downtown San Diego, close to City College, public transportation, community health facilities and other essential resources. A major goal of YHP is to ensure that youth have easy access to needed services that will support them in maintaining stable housing. For more information, contact Beth Barnes at bbarnes@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x125.

You Should Know

In the Know with Ian
Ian BTGWe are in the midst of summer and one fantastic event you don’t want to miss is MARYAH’s annual Summer Solstice (formerly Spring Soiree) on Thursday, July 30. MARYAH (Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing) will hold this year’s festivities at the amazing Headquarters, located in the Seaport Village area. The evening – presented by Bloomingdale’s and Audi – will feature food from Headquarters restaurants, and open bar and entertainment. All proceeds benefit The Center’s Youth Housing Project. For more information or to purchase tickets visit MARYAH.org.

Scholarship Opportunity
FAIR logoThe It Should Be FAIR! DACA Scholarship is a monthly award given to 3 individuals. The scholarship is designed for first-time Asian and Pacific Islanders who are eligible and ready to submit their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) application, but have not done so yet. If you’re thinking about DACA, and unsure if you qualify or should apply, contact info@ItShouldBeFAIR.com to connect with someone who can help you start on the application process. For more information, visit http://21progress.org/fairscholarship.

Resolution to Expand DACA and DAPA Approved
daca dapaOver the last few months, The San Diego Immigrant Right Consortium’s members have been working to get the San Diego City Council to pass a resolution in favor of the Executive Actions on Immigration. On Tuesday, July 14, the 40+ SDIRC organizational representatives asked the San Diego City Council to pass a resolution in favor of expanded DACA and DAPA, which was unanimously approved. This resolution continues to demonstrate that the City of San Diego, together with the Cities of Chula Vista and Lemon Grove, stand with migrant communities in spite of legal challenges that continue to block the implementation of DACA & DAPA.

Nominations for Veterans Wall of Honor Deadline July 31
2015 vwohThe Center’s Benjamin F. Dillingham and Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor recognizes LGBT veterans with ties to San Diego who have served honorably and with distinction, acting as role models in advancing equality. Nominations for induction in 2015 are being accepted through 5pm on Friday, July 31. For criteria and a nomination packet, visit the website. For more information, contact Ben Cartwright at 619.692.2077 x106 or bcartwright@thecentersd.org.

Your Health Matters – Your Vote Matters – You Matter!
you matterAre you registered? Recently moved? Make sure you’re up to date! Register at events.thecentersd.org/vote.

PEPPEP – (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) Another tool in the tool box against HIV 
ACCIDENTS HAPPEN! If you think you’ve been exposed to ‪#‎HIV‬, head to any emergency room or urgent care center and ask for ‪#‎PEP‬ within 3 days! (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) PEP prevents HIV from making copies of itself and turning into infection if taken within 72 hours.

PrEP – Get Educated
prepThe Center is compiling a list of medical professionals in San Diego who will provide PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis). We make every effort to keep this list current, but recommend that you always call to confirm details such as insurance coverage before making an appointment. If you know of additional providers who should be added to this list, please contact us at outreach@thecentersd.org. View the list here.

Want your own Center #BeTheGeneration shirt? Just make a $20 minimum donation to benefit The Center’s #HIV/AIDS services. Donate today to help us end new cases of HIV/AIDS!

San Diego HIV Resources
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Center Events

beauty basicsTuesday, July 28, 7pm, Transitional Beauty Workshop
The Transitional Beauty workshop is hosted by Lucrezia Mackintosh through the T-Spot organization and Project Trans. Throughout the course of the year attendees will learn the beauty basics in hair, makeup and fashion. The group will meet every 4th Tuesday of the month from 7pm-9pm in Group Room 2 at the center. For more information, email trans@thecentersd.org.

guys at mo's BTGTuesday, July 28, 7:30pm, Young Men’s Discussion Group
Connect to The Center and the community. Join other 18-35 year olds to talk about relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. The young men’s group meets at The Center on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org.

Thursday, July 30, Summer Solstice
summer solsticeDon’t miss MARYAH’s annual Summer Solstice (formerly Spring Soiree) next Thursday, July 30. MARYAH (Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing) will hold this year’s festivities at the amazing Headquarters, located in the Seaport Village area. The evening – presented by Bloomingdales and Audi – will feature food from Headquarters restaurants, an open bar and entertainment. All proceeds benefit The Center’s Youth Housing Project. For more information or to purchase tickets visit MARYAH.org.

Bohnett Cyber CenterJuly 31, 10am, Computer Maintenance Basics
Learn how you can clean up your computer and perform basic maintenance tasks so that it runs faster without actually having to rebuild it. Space is limited, so email hroman@thecentersd.org to reserve yours.

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Community Scoop

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 6pm, Bubbles & Cupcakes. A YPC #AIDSWalkSD Fundraiser
Join The Center’s Young Professionals Council at Babycakes on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 6-9 pm and help us raise funds for HIV/AIDS services in San Diego. For a suggested donation of $10, guests will get to enjoy cupcakes, champagne, great company, prizes and more! Note: This event is open to everyone, 21 years and older. Click here for more info.

Saturday, Aug. 8, 6pm, Reunion on the Bay, The 4th Annual Reunion Party   
Support the San Diego LGBT senior community at the 4th annual Reunion Party at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in support of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and senior services at The Center. This evening lawn party will feature delicious food, hosted bar, silent auction, live entertainment, extraordinary performances by the Imperial Court de San Diego, and special guest, star of the hit shows “Queer as Folk” and “Talk Soup,” comedian Hal Sparks! For tickets or sponsorship information, call 619.291.3383 or visit www.sdhdf.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 7pm, “Radical Grace” Screening
Mix dedication to social justice with a large dose of spunk, and you get three nuns who stood up to the Catholic hierarchy and won, along with their fearless sisters throughout the nation. Radical Grace is a movie that will move you to tears — a “film about revolution with potential to change the world.” See it at the Unity Center of San Diego, 8999 Activity Road. Online ticket sales will end at 10am on Monday, August 10. All ticket payments can be taken as a tax-deductible donation. Discover more here!

Saturday, Aug. 29, Three Men & A Lovely Lady
The AVON39 Breast Cancer Walk Comes to California, and Team Jacara will represent San Diego, walking to save lives and restore futures in this important fundraising effort. On Saturday, Aug. 29, the team will hold their biggest fundraiser at The Center. Join them as they present “Three Men & A Lovely Lady.”  It will be a night of musical excellence with proceeds donated to the Avon Foundation for Women. For more information, visit online.

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We want to make sure we get the details right! If you’re moving, changing your email, or if we got your contact info wrong, let us know! You can update everything online here or contact us at 619.692.2077 x107 or vcosio@thecentersd.org if you’d like us to do it for you.

Stonewall National Museum and Archive News and Events


Tuesday, July 28 at 7 pm Like us on Facebook

Randy Jones in person – The original Cowboy from Village People shares stories in an interview with Gregg Shapiro

Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Free
The original Cowboy from Village People, Randy Jones, will present to the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, a gold record awarded to him in commemoration of more than 500,000 copies of the Casablanca Record and Film Works, Long Playing Record Album “Macho Man”, sold in 1978. This was the first gold record given to Randy Jones, of over 65 gold and platinum records combined throughout his career.
Patrons are encouraged to bring their Village People memorabilia and other Randy Jones memorabilia to be autographed. 

 

One of the most beloved entertainers and pop icons from the Disco era, multi-Platinum recording artist and American Music Award winner Randy Jones came to embody The Cowboy in The Village People in a way that has captured the public imagination for decades.Randy Jones, an actor, author, American Music Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, is the original Cowboy and a founding member of Village People. 

 In his career spanning four decades before, with and since Village People, he  has sold 100 million units. Perhaps best known for his hits with the group, like “Macho Man“, “In the Navy“, and “Y.M.C.A,” he has earned 65 Gold and Platinum record certificates, toured worldwide, starred in the camp classic film, “Can’t Stop the Music”, made the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine and in 2008, garnered a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

 

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On Exhibit Until August 30 

Out of the Shadows: A Gay American Timeline from Police Raids to Stonewall Riots 1903 – 1969
Curated by Charles L. Ross
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, Free

Out of the Shadows encapsulates an important era of LGBT history-the era when homosexuals were deliberately hidden from society. The timeline begins with a police raid on a bathhouse in 1903 when 26 men are arrested and seven are sentenced to prison for up to 20 twenty years. It ends with another police raid, in 1969 on a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn; and this time, patrons fight back. In between, the timeline records important political and social events as well as the gay men, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people not just emerging from darkness but casting an enduring light.”

– Andrew Holleran

author of Dancer from the Dance, Ground Zero and Grief
 
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Join Our Volunteer Team!

Stonewall National Museum & Archives depends on an active and enthusiastic team of volunteers. Stonewall has a variety of volunteer opportunities at Stonewall Gallery, at Stonewall Library or in the Stonewall Archives. Whether you volunteer with a friend or make a new friend at Stonewall, please consider spending time with in support of our mission to preserve and share the proud culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their significant role in American society.
For more information, please call (954) 763-8565

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Funding for this organization is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.
  
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Stonewall National Library & Archives
1300 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
954-763-8565
Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 11 am – 6 pm, Wed 11 am – 8 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm
Closed Sundays
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive
Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Hours: Tue – Sun 4 pm – 10 pm, Closed Mondays 
 

National PFLAG: Policy Matters Julyy 17, 2015


Policy Matters from PFLAG National

BREAKING NEWS: EEOC rules to prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, joining its previously ruled protection against discrimination based on gender identity or expression. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled on July 15th that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars sexual orientation-based employment discrimination. The ruling, approved by a 3-2 vote, applies to federal employees’ claims directly, but it also applies to the entire EEOC, which includes its offices across the nation that take and investigate claims of discrimination in private employment. PFLAG National lauded the EEOC citing Title VII protections on the basis of gender identity in the 2012 Macy decision and embraces this great decision, too.  This action means that both gender identity and sexual orientation are protected from employment discrimination because such discrimination would be prohibited under Title VII’s existing definitions of sex discrimination and sex stereotyping.

 

Take Action

Urge your U.S. Representative or Senator to cosponsor the Every Child Deserves a Family Act!

The bill was introduced in the House as H.R. 2449 by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and in the Senate as S. 1382 by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), both on May 19, 2015. ECDF would prohibit any child welfare service provider receiving federal assistance and involved in adoption or foster care placements from discriminating against prospective adoptive or foster parents based solely on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status, or based on the sexual orientation or gender identity of the child involved.

Please reach your US Representative or Senator by clicking HERE and use this message:

As your constituent and as a member of PFLAG, I urge you to cosponsor the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (H.R. 2449; S. 1382), introduced in the House as H.R. 2449 by Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and in the Senate as S. 1382 by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), which would prohibit child welfare providers involved in adoption or foster care placements from discriminating based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. America’s values are PFLAG’s values and that includes ensuring that safe and supportive homes are available for everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Thank you if you are already a co-sponsor of this bill and please consider signing on if you have not yet.

Note: Remember to specify your name, full address and to include your zip code.

Update on SNDA – Brief failure by small gap; it’s not over: SNDA was voted down on July 14th on the Senate Floor 52-45 as an amendment to the Reauthorization to the Elementary and Secondary School Act (ESEA) which some recall as No Child Left Behind, and is now titled Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA – S. 1177), which most progressive organizations oppose because as it stands now, it lacks protections for our youth, accountability through data collection by schools to report progress and transparency of reporting to the public.

SNDA lacked only 8 votes, requiring 60 votes in the Senate to pass.  Your advocacy paid off and the gap was small at the end and included affirmative votes by Democrats and some Republicans. Thank you for all of your incredibly powerful outreach to legislators on this bill, and PFLAG National will continue to work with coalition partners and legislators dedicated to LGBTQ youths’ safety from harassment and bullying to find other ways to attain this for our families. We will ask you to be part of this as we keep up the fight for our families. In the interim, PFLAG National and its partners also will continue to work with the Administration regarding Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination in schools, to clarify and assert its inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. We will call on you to help with this part of our work, too. Stay tuned to Policy Matters and other PFLAG National channels, and know that it’s not over, and we’re not done.

 

Media Matters

Caitlyn Jenner Receives Prestigious Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at Espy Awards on July 15th. In her speech she urged her sports peers to join her in creating an environment of respect and acceptance for transgender people. This follows Jenner’s first-in-a-series article on July 6th in WhoSay called “The Real Me.”

Newspaper silences staff who support same-sex marriage. Clay Foster, publisher of Mississippi’s third-largest newspaper, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, who wrote a column attacking the Supreme Court’s ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, sent an email on July 14th informing other managers not to accept wedding announcements of same-sex couples under any circumstances.

DC Gay Men’s Chorus prepares for Cuba trip. Members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. traveled to Cuba on July 11th where they were scheduled to perform with their Cuban counterparts. They will be performing in a series of nine concerts in and around Havana with Mano a Mano, a gay chorus, before returning to the U.S. on July 18th.

The New York Times Editorial Page Addresses The Struggle for Fairness for Transgender Workers. The New York Times published an editorial on July 9th about the struggles transgender individuals continue to face in the workplace and the need for federal nondiscrimination law in employment.

Reza Aslan wants Muslims to embrace same-sex marriage. Academic Reza Aslan wrote an open letter to the Muslim community on July 7th, urging people to accept same-sex marriage. Aslan, an Iranian-American author, co-wrote the letter with comedian and Daily Show correspondent Hasan Minhaj.

YouTube star Shane Dawson comes out as bisexual. Dawson came out as bisexual in a video posted on July 7th, on his YouTube channel Shane Dawson TV. The star opened up about his struggle with his sexuality from a young age, struggling with his religious family, an eating disorder and depression.

Study finds Bisexuals have worse health than gay, lesbian or straight people. Professors of Sociology at Rice University published on July 7th that bisexual Americans face higher health disparities than their gay, lesbian, and straight counterparts. Bisexual respondents also reported a higher propensity for smoking and using alcohol than straight or gay counterparts, health risks that can be amplified by the higher rates of poverty among the bisexual community compared with other peers.

Catholic schools fires teacher in same-sex marriage. Nell Stetser, principal of Waldron Mercy Academy, an elementary school in Merion, sent the e-mail July 3rd to say that Margie Winters was out of a job after eight years. “In the Mercy spirit, many of us accept life choices that contradict current Church teachings,” she wrote, “but to continue as a Catholic school, Waldron Mercy must comply with those teachings.”

Episcopal Church to allow same-sex marriages. The Episcopal Church on July 1st adopted a resolution that will allow clergy to marry same-sex couples. Members of the House of Bishops, which is the denomination’s governing body, approved the resolution by a 129-26 vote margin.

Bilerico Project blog closes; PFLAG National says “Thank you, Bil, for being a selfless and brave leading media voice.” The founder of the Bilerico Project, Bil Browning, on June 30th announced that he is ending his LGBT blog that he launched more than a decade ago. Browning was the first non-trans blogger to feature a trans blogger (Autumn Sandeen) and then brought on many more, leading to the trend today seen with bountiful trans-inclusive blogging in non-trans-exclusive space. About closing the blog and continuing the website, Browning wrote, “The media landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade and so have our lives and the LGBT movement itself. It’s time to turn the page and start something fresh in this new environment.”

Speech class hopes to help trans teens. A new transgender speech class launched by the Northwestern University’s Center for Audiology, Speech, Language and Learning in Evanston, Illinois, and the Lurie Children’s Hospital’s Gender and Sex Development Program in Chicago aims to help teens feel more like themselves with the voice of their preferred gender.The speech program, which is named “Be Heard for Who You Are,” currently has seven participants.

Ellen Page to play closeted US Marine in Lioness. Film star Ellen Page will portray Lance Corporal Leslie Martz in the true story of her time in the Marines. The movie revolves around Lance Corporal Martz’s tour in Afghanistan, while being forced to hide her sexuality due to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’. Page disclosed that she identifies as lesbian in February 2014.

 

Court Matters

US Court Refuses to Dismiss Transgender Professor’s Sex Bias Suit. Judge Robin J. Cauthron of the US Western District of Oklahoma ruled on July 10th to deny a motion to dismiss a sex discrimination claim filed by the Justice Department on behalf of a transgender woman against Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Dr. Rachel Tudor is alleging that she suffered discriminatory treatment and a denial of tenure after she announced her intent to transition.

1st Circuit rules Puerto Rico marriage ban unconstitutional. A three-judge panel with the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on July 8th ruled Puerto Rico’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. U.S. Circuit Court Judges Juan Torruella, Ojetta Rogerlee Thompson and William Kayatta, Jr., issued their ruling less than two weeks after the Supreme Court released their decision that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the country.

US appeals court to hear case of bakery which refused gay wedding. A Colorado US appeals court is to hear arguments in the case on June 7th. The lawsuit against Masterpiece Cakeshop owner JackPhillips was filed by gay couple Charlie Craig and David Mullins, back in 2013, who visited the Denver bakery, and who subsequently posted on Facebook about being refused service.

Courts deal finishing blows to marriage bans in Deep South. Federal courts dealt a series of finishing blows on July 2nd to bans on same-sex marriage in the South following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of nationwide marriage equality. Although the Supreme Court decision means all bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional and gay and lesbian couples have begun to marry across the country, the decision formally applied only to the bans in the Sixth Circuit, leaving other courts to apply the ruling to pending litigation challenging other marriage bans.

 

Federal Matters

Defense Secretary Orders Review Of Ban On Transgender Military Service. On July 13th Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered a six-month review of the military’s policies banning transgender people from serving openly. The “current regulations regarding transgender service members are outdated and are causing uncertainty that distracts commanders from our core missions,” Carter said in a statement. Carson now will also have the decision authority for discharges for those who identify as transgender. Bill seeks to end abuse in youth residential programs. U.S. Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) on July 14th introduced a bill that seeks to prevent abuse and neglect in youth residential programs. The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act would ban these facilities from discriminating against youth based on their sexual orientation, gender identity and other factors. The measure would also prohibit youth behavior modification programs from using so-called “conversion therapy” and other “harmful or fraudulent practices.”LGBT Elder Americans Act reintroduced. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) reintroduced the LGBT Elder Americans Act on July 14th which aims to make additional resources available to elder LGBT Americans. The bill would build upon the Older Americans Act and designate LGBT seniors as a vulnerable population and permanently establish a National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.

President Hosts White House conference on LGBT elder issues on July 13th; HUD issues same-day ruling to protect LGBT elders from housing discrimination. President Obama hosted a White House conference on aging on July 13th. LGBT advocates received attention on issues facing LGBT elders during the conference and were included in the programming. On the same day, HUD issued a ruling stating that LGBT elders are protected against discrimination from housing of any kind linked to federal funding.

DOJ announces full marriage benefits for same-sex couples. The Obama administration is set to afford the full benefits of marriage to same-sex married couples — including Social Security and veterans spousal benefits — following the U.S. Supreme Court decision in favor of same-sex nuptials nationwide, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced on July 9th.

White House Says Obama Won’t Back Off LGBT Rights During Kenya Visit. White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest said July 6th that President Barack Obama would not back off LGBT rights when he visits Kenya later this month, despite calls from senior Kenyan politicians that he steer clear of the issue. “I’m confident that the president will not hesitate to make clear that the protection of basic fundamental human rights in Kenya is also a priority and consistent that we hold dear here in the United States of America,” said Ernest.

Boy Scouts To End Gay Leadership Ban: The Boy Scouts of America Executive Committee voted unanimously the first week of July to end the ban on gay leadership within the group. A final vote of the entire board is set for July 27th, and all changes will be implemented immediately.

Department of Justice rules trans students have right to use appropriate bathrooms. The July 3rd decision was in response to a federal lawsuit from trans student Gavin Grimm, the first trans person to sue for bathroom rights in a federal court. The Department of Justice ruled that not allowing trans students access to the appropriate facilities would be considered sex discrimination.

 

State Matters

Kansas:Kansas Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages But Not Same-Sex Couples’ State Tax Filings. On July 7th, Kansas state agencies recognized same-sex couples’ marriages when issuing identification and enrolling people in state-run health insurance plans, but not on state tax filings. Gov. Sam Brownback then issued an executive order that prevents state government from taking action against clergy or religious groups — including those providing social services — that refuse services due to their moral objection to same-sex couples who marry.

Kentucky: Kentucky governor won’t allow clerks to opt out of gay marriages. After unsuccessfully defending his state’s ban on same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear said July 9th that despite any religious objections county clerks in his state must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Louisiana: Louisiana Governor yields on same-sex marriage in Louisiana. After fighting to the furthest extent possible against the U.S. Supreme Court, the administration of Gov. Bobby Jindal announced on July 2nd it would begin to recognize same-sex marriages. Jindal is facing litigation filed by American Civil Liberties Union over his religious freedom executive order allowing individuals to refuse to recognize same-sex marriage, including for the purposes of anti-LGBT discrimination.

Massachusetts: Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Antigay Discrimination at Walmart. Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) filed a class action lawsuit against Walmart on July 14th. One of the plaintiffs is Jaqueline Cote, a Massachusetts Walmart employee who was denied the ability to put her female spouse, Diana Smithson, on her medical plan — Walmart’s rules meant that the couple was hit with a $150,000 medical bill when Smithson developed cancer.

Maryland: Equality Maryland faces uncertain future. Isabella Firth and Stephanie Bernstein, chair of the Equality Maryland board of directors, announced June 30th that the organization may close later this month because of a budget shortfall. Firth told the Washington Blade that the board will meet in the coming weeks to determine the organization’s future.Missouri: Missouri County Plans To Rescind Its Decision To Lower Flags Over SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Ruling. Elected officials in Dent County, Missouri, were so upset over the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage that they voted July 13th to lower flags “just below half staff” once a month for the next year in a public show of mourning. Due to a widespread petition in opposition to the vote, the next day the commission announced that they would hold a special session this week to rescind the order “out of respect for veterans and those currently serving in the military.”Virginia: Fairfax County School District approves LGBT-supportive curriculum. The Fairfax County School Board voted 10-2 on June 25th to amend the school system’s Family Life Education Curriculum to add lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity that stress support for diversity and respect for LGBT students. Local PFLAG members were actively engaged in leading this successful campaign.

West Virginia: DMV changes photo policy after transgender women threaten lawsuit. The West Virginia DMV will no longer dictate how transgender residents can dress for driver’s license photos, reversing a policy that many LGBT advocates consider unconstitutional. The state formally changed its policy July 1st after three transgender women threatened to sue, saying they were harassed or forced to remove makeup while trying to update their driver’s license last year.

 

Global Matters

Angela Merkel says same-sex married couples should not call their unions ‘marriage.’ German chancellor Angela Merkel, on July 14th said that while she agrees same-sex couples should get marital benefits, she does not believe a civil partnership should be called marriage. Merkel, who earlier this year ruled out same-sex marriage in Germany, has now said legally she supports it but that she would want it to be called something else.

Australian States Are Slowly Reforming Laws Around Legal Gender Transitions. As of July 14th, In most Australian states and territories, transgender people must have surgery before they can change the sex on their birth certificate. Passports are dealt with by the Australian federal government, which has a set of guidelines for gender and sex recognition that are much less stringent than most states. Earlier this year, a report from the Australian Human Rights Commission called for all states and territories to make it easier for people to change their gender on government records.

LGBT Activist Believes Catholic Church “Has Put Itself On Our Side” After Meeting With Pope Francis. Simón Cazal, the first LGBT activist to be invited to a public meeting with Pope Francis, left the encounter July 11th in Paraguay feeling that the pope had issued a strong call for the country’s church to be more inclusive. “Diversity is the way that societies get better,” Cazal quoted the pope as saying during the “roundtable” in Paraguay’s capital which included 1,600 leaders from civil society.

Spain celebrates 10 years of same-sex marriage. July 11th marks ten years since Spain first allowed same-sex couples to tie the knot. The country became one of the most progressive in Europe in 2005, when its newly-elected Socialist government moved to legalise same-sex marriage and adoption.

Australia’s Long Road To Marriage Equality May Almost Be At An End. Spurred by the victories in Ireland and the US, same-sex couples in Australia are increasingly hopeful of reform. As of July 10th, it is clear that the public wants change, and advocates appear to be winning a long-running war of attrition against a diminishing opposition. A cross-party bill to be introduced in August, marks the most significant development yet.

Chilean same-sex couples seek civil union licenses. Same-sex couples throughout Chile on July 9th began applying for licenses that would allow them to enter into civil unions. This was the first day that same-sex couples could apply for a license under the country’s civil unions law that President Michelle Bachelet signed in April. The statute will fully take effect on October 22nd.

European Parliament adds LGBT rights to neighbourhood policy. The European Parliament on July 9th adopted LGBT rights into a policy which organizes relationships between the EU and its Eastern and Southern neighbours. The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) now includes a “need to focus on strengthening and consolidating … respect for diversity and the rights of minorities, including … the rights of LGBTI persons.”

Italian Minister Enacts Hunger Strike To Support Legalization Of Same-Sex Civil Unions. Ivan Scalfarotto, Italy’s first out gay minister, as of July 9th has been on a hunger strike since June 29th to support the legalization of same-sex civil unions in the country. Scalfarotto has been leading Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s efforts to get a civil union bill through parliament.

Russia unveils ‘straight pride’ flag. On July 8th the Moscow branch of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party created a ‘flag for straights’ featuring a nuclear family with a mother, father and three children. The hashtag on the flag reads “#realfamily”.

Munich adds same-sex couples’ images on traffic lights. On July 8th the city of Munich introduced a same-sex couples version of the city’s traffic lights, just in time for the city’s Pride celebrations on July 11th. The new lights installed at pedestrian crossings show gay, lesbian and heterosexual couples waiting patiently together at the signals or crossing the road hand-in-hand.

Ireland Moves Toward Employment Protections for LGB Teachers. Ireland’s government passed an amendment on July 7th to the Employment Equality Act that would allow LGB employees working in religious-run organizations, such as schools and hospitals, to be out at work without fear of being fired. The bill passed the first half of the two-chamber Irish legislature, the Seanad, but still has to still pass the final stage in the Dáil before it can become law.

Poll finds Northern Ireland now overwhelmingly supports same-sex marriage. The Ipsos MORI survey on July 7th found 68% of people in the country now support same-sex marriage, even higher than the 62.1% who voted Yes in the Republic of Ireland. Despite the introduction of same-sex marriage in England, Scotland and Wales, the DUP government in Northern Ireland continues to block all legislation on the issue.

Italian court rules that marriage of French lesbian couple should be recognized. In a landmark judgement the second week of July, the Court of Appeal of Naples ordered to register the marriage of two French women, including full recognition of the rights attached to marriage. The Court made clear, however, that the recognition would not hold for an Italian couple that entered into a marriage or registered partnership abroad. Currently Italy has no form of recognition for same-sex couples.

Deputy Kenyan president says LGBT activists should leave country. Deputy Kenyan President William Ruto on July 5th said LGBT rights advocates should leave his country. The Standard, a Kenyan newspaper, reported that Ruto made the comments during a speech at a Nairobi church in which he dismissed last month’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that extended marriage rights to same-sex couples throughout the United States.

First marriage equality lawsuit begins in Korea. The lawsuit, which was heard behind closed doors in the Seoul Western District Court on July 6th. Filed by Kim-Jho Gwang-soo, a film director and LGBT activist and Kim Seung-hwan, a head of the Rainbow Factory production company, the lawsuit is the first of its kind to be filed in Korea. The couple were the first to hold a public wedding in the Asian nation, where same-sex marriage remains a taboo.

Australia’s National Rugby League comes out for equal marriage. The Australian National Rugby League officially endorsed same-sex marriage on July 4th, amid mounting pressure on the issue. The Australian Parliament has voted down same-sex marriage on a number of occasions, partly due to the opposition of Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s Liberal Party. However, he is under pressure to allow a free vote on the next bill on the issue.

U.S. and Cuba reopen embassies. The U.S. and Cuba on July 1st announced they will restore full diplomatic relations later this month with the reopening of embassies in their respective capitals. Alain Darcout, a gay Cuban psychologist and doctor who advocates for LGBT rights on the island said he feels full diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba will benefit both countries.

Russian government blocks play on Oscar Wilde trials. Russian authorities on July 1st blocked a Moscow theater company from staging a production of a play based on Oscar Wilde’s indecency trials over his relationships with other men. The Moscow New Drama Theater had been scheduled to stage the Tectonic Theater Project’s “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde” in the Russian capital in October.

Poll finds 87 percent of Nigerians back anti-marriage law. A new poll released on June 30th indicates the vast majority of Nigerians support their country’s draconian law that punishes those who enter into a same-sex marriage. The survey conducted by NOI Polls, the Bisi Alimi Foundation and the Initiative for Equal Rights in Nigeria with the support of GLAAD notes that 87 percent of the 1,000 adult Nigerians surveyed earlier this year support the “Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Law” that then-President Goodluck Jonathan signed in January 2014.

Virgin Islands to allow same-sex marriage. The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands on June 30th said his administration would comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said same-sex couples have the right to marry throughout the country.

Dominican HIV/AIDS groups work to end stigma. More than two dozen young LGBT Dominicans who are affiliated with Este Amor, a local HIV/AIDS service organization, on June 20th welcomed several journalists from the U.S. and Latin America. Este Amor, which is based in La Romana, the country’s third largest city that is roughly 75 miles east of Santo Domingo near the resort of Casa de Campo, formed in June 2012 to combat the HIV epidemic in the eastern Dominican Republic.

Dominican LGBT advocate seeks elected office. A prominent Dominican LGBT rights advocate declared his candidacy for the Santo Domingo Municipal Council. The Citizens Movement, a group that seeks to increase the number of Dominican civil society members who participate in the country’s political process, on June 8th announced that Deivis Ventura, coordinator of the Amigos Siempre Amigos Network of Volunteers, which is based in the Dominican capital, is a candidate for the legislative body.

 

You’re Invited

1. On July 26th, watch the premiere of “I am Cait” on E!

Caitlyn Jenner’s docuseries I Am Cait! premieres on E! Entertainment Television on July 26th at 8 PM ET, and re-airs at 10 PM ET. PFLAG National is proud to be included as a top family resource on Jenner’s brand new website. Visit the resource page here: caitlynjenner.com/resources/#children

2. August 1st-September 15th, join or promote “America’s Journey for Justice” to restore voting rights in the U.S. from Alabama (Aug. 1st) to Washington, DC (Sep. 15th) – short distance or long haul.

PFLAG National supports the NAACP-spearheaded historic march for voting rights.

Logistics: 860-mile march, eight weeks — 40 days and 40 nights — from Alabama (Aug. 1st) to Washington, DC (Sep. 15th), through GA, SC, NC, and VA. — March for an hour, day, city, state, or more, or help PFLAG National promote on social media. Details to follow!

Background: PFLAG National supports “America’s Journey for Justice” and is a partner through its membership in the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights On June 17th, 2015, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks announced a historic march called “America’s Journey for Justice” to restore voting rights in this country. The 860-mile journey – 40 days and 40 nights – will begin in Alabama, the state that brought the Shelby case to the Supreme Court resulting in a key section of the Voting Rights Act (Section 4) being struck down by the Court. Over the course of eight weeks, the NAACP will hold a series of demonstrations, teach-ins and trainings from Selma, Alabama, on August 1st to Washington, D.C., on September 15th – through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia– to bring attention to the vulnerable communities who are victims of regressive voting rights tactics and many other injustices.

The march will include a broad coalition of partners including the Democracy Initiative, Communications Workers of America, Common Cause, NAACP Legal Defense Fund,National Action Network, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation,The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, 1199 SEIU, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Sierra Club, National Bar Association, and Black Women’s Roundtable and National Congress of Black Women.

Stay tuned for more from PFLAG National about how you can be part of this exciting historic event.

 

Dear Policy Matters

Dear Policy Matters, I was hoping to find out more information on the current status of transgender rights across the country and in each individual state. Are there any resources that you could recommend? Thank you. Sincerely,Interested and Uninformed  Dear IAU, Thank you for your question, and yes, we can recommend some resources that show you the status of rights and protections on the basis of gender identity or expression, which are the terms used to include transgender people explicitly. The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) has a new helpful infographic that provides statistics, information, grades — assigning those grades by analyzing the number and extent of helpful or harmful laws affecting transgender people in each state.

To give you a snapshot, the tally by MAP shows that, when including only laws or policies that offer gender identity or expression protections:

  • 9 states plus DC have a high policy tally
  • 9 states have a medium policy tally
  • 9 states have a low policy tally
  • 23 states have a negative policy tally

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) also has a very helpful question and answer webpage that provides an in-depth look at specific rights and protections for transgender people.   

The San Diego Center: News, Events, and Announcements


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July 21, 2015

DAJ 2014                      Notes from Delores
A huge thank you and congratulations to the staff, board and volunteers of Pride! Their hard work, good spirts and dedication made a challenging, historic deluge do-able and even fun for many. Thank you all so much!

#Intersectionality
Our LGBTQ youth live in an increasingly intersectional world. 
Intersectionality – post the SCOTUS marriage equality decision, this is the word on everyone’s lips. But what does it really mean?

In part, intersectionality refers to the reality that in San Diego (like other urban coastal areas) 55% of the LGBT community are of color. Friends, family members, colleagues, coworkers, potential partners and spouses – all of different races, gender identities and social classes – that is the world of our youth. That means the majority of our community has had to endure all of the impacts of systemic racism, a broken immigration system, and the propagation of gender stereotypes that work for few – in addition to homophobia. For the transgender community in particular, these intersectional realities are too often deadly.

When youth are asked “What’s next for the LGBTQ movement?” – many are acutely aware that issues of race, gender policing and immigration lie at the heart of their lived experience and those of their friends. They often reply: these are the issues of LGBTQ people; these are the important LGBTQ issues. And our youth want to know what the LGBTQ movement is doing to help address them.

www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/article/LGBT-community-should-now-turn-to-fight-against-6389419.php

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The Center’s Latin@ Services provides a safe, welcoming and culturally and linguistically appropriate space that allows community members to accept and embrace all aspects of their lives, including their culture, traditions, language, spirituality and sexual and gender identities. For more information, visit us online or contact Ricardo Gallego at latinos@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x116.

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Servicios Latin@ del Centro proporciona un ambiente seguro, acogedor, culturalmente y lingüísticamente apropiado espacio que permite a los miembros de la comunidad a aceptar y acoger todos los aspectos de su vida, incluyendo su cultura, tradiciones, el idioma, la espiritualidad y las identidades sexuales y de género. Para obtener más información, visítenos en línea o póngase en contacto con Ricardo Gallego al 619.692.2077 x116 o latinos@thecentersd.org.

You Should Know

Democrats Plan To Introduce Sweeping LGBT Rights Bill In Congress This Week
The measure, which lawmakers plan to file in the House and Senate, would ban discrimination in seven categories – including housing, education, and public accommodations.
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Comprehensive LGBT bill set for introduction on Thursday
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In the Know with Ian
Ian BTGWe are in the midst of summer and one fantastic event you don’t want to miss is MARYAH’s annual Summer Solstice (formerly Spring Soiree) next Thursday, July 30. MARYAH (Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing) will hold this year’s festivities at the amazing Headquarters, located in the Seaport Village area. The evening – presented by Bloomingdales and Audi – will feature food from Headquarters restaurants, and open bar and entertainment. All proceeds benefit The Center’s Youth Housing Project. For more information or to purchase tickets visit MARYAH.org

Nominations for Veterans Wall of Honor Deadline July 31
2015 vwohThe Center’s Benjamin F. Dillingham and Bridget Wilson LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor recognizes LGBT veterans with ties to San Diego who have served honorably and with distinction, acting as role models in advancing equality. Nominations for induction in 2015 are being accepted through 5pm on Friday, July 31. For criteria and a nomination packet, visit the website. For more information, contact Ben Cartwright at 619.692.2077 x106 or bcartwright@thecentersd.org.

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Are you registered? Recently moved? Make sure you’re up to date! Register at events.thecentersd.org/vote.

PEPPEP – (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) Another tool in the tool box against HIV 
ACCIDENTS HAPPEN! If you think you’ve been exposed to ‪#‎HIV‬, head to any emergency room or urgent care center and ask for ‪#‎PEP‬ within 3 days! (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) PEP prevents HIV from making copies of itself and turning into infection if taken within 72 hours.
PrEP – Get Educated
guys at mo's BTG#BeTheGeneration: Five Interesting PrEP Facts
1) Truvada PrEP prevents HIV transmission, even if a person has another STI. READ MORE …

The Center is compiling a list of medical professionals in San Diego who will provide PrEP (Pre Exposure Prophylaxis). We make every effort to keep this list current, but recommend that you always call to confirm details such as insurance coverage before making an appointment. If you know of additional providers who should be added to this list, please contact us at outreach@thecentersd.org. View the list here.

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Be sure to follow The Center on social media for more #LGBT news from around the world, special events, news from The Center, and happenings around the community! Find us on Instagram and Twitter at LGBTCenter, on YouTube at LGBTCenterSD and on Facebook at facebook.com/At.The.Center.

Center Events

Tuesday, July 21, 7:30pm, Young Women’s Discussion Group
WRC BannerConnect to The Center and the community. Join other 18-35 year olds to talk about relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. The young women’s group meets at The Center on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org.

Transgender flagWednesday, July 22, 7 pm, FTM/SO Support Groups
The FTM support group meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of every month. Significant others are welcome for the 2nd Wednesday of every month meeting and on the 4th Wednesday of every month meet as a separate group (significant others, friends, family or allies of a trans person). For more information, contact Connor Maddocks at trans@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x109.
senior servicesFriday, July 24, 9am, 50 & Better Together Monthly Breakfast
Join 50 & Better Together  at Café on Park (3831 Park Blvd., 92103) for a heartwarming breakfast with lively discussions.  For more information and to RSVP, contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Saturday, July 25, Rainbow Youth Prom
rainbow prom 2015LGBTQ youth want to go to prom, dress up and dance with that special someone, just like everyone else. The Rainbow Prom is a free event that provides LGBTQ youth (ages 14-18) a safe, welcoming and affirming event where they can express themselves. Queer Royalty! Great food! Awesome music! Join us July 25, 6-9pm at The Center. ID is required. For more information, email hyc@thecentersd.org or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HYCSD.

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Zipcar proudly supports the LGBT community in San Diego this July with Pride Zipcars! For every hour you reserve one, they will donate $1 to the San Diego LGBT Community Center. Reserve your car here. Not a member? Center Supporters can join for half off the first year and get $35 in free driving credit. Just use this link to sign up.


Saturday, Aug. 8, 6pm, Reunion on the Bay, The 4th Annual Reunion Party   

Support the San Diego LGBT senior community at the 4th annual Reunion Party at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in support of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and senior services at The Center. This evening lawn party will feature delicious food, hosted bar, silent auction, live entertainment, extraordinary performances by the Imperial Court de San Diego, and special guest, star of the hit shows “Queer as Folk” and “Talk Soup,” comedian Hal Sparks! For tickets or sponsorship information, call 619.291.3383 or visit www.sdhdf.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 7pm, “Radical Grace” Screening
Mix dedication to social justice with a large dose of spunk, and you get three nuns who stood up to the Catholic hierarchy and won, along with their fearless sisters throughout the nation. Radical Grace is a movie that will move you to tears — a “film about revolution with potential to change the world.” See it at the Unity Center of San Diego, 8999 Activity Road. Online ticket sales will end at 10am on Monday, August 10. All ticket payments can be taken as a tax-deductible donation. Discover more here!

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We want to make sure we get the details right! If you’re moving, changing your email, or if we got your contact info wrong, let us know! You can update everything online here or contact us at 619.692.2077 x107 or vcosio@thecentersd.org if you’d like us to do it for you.

THIS WAY OUT: the international LGBT radio magazine


“THIS WAY OUT: the international LGBT radio magazine”
Program #1,425 – distributed 07/20/15
Airs on more than 200 local stations around the world –
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(hosted this week by Lucia Chappelle and produced with Greg Gordon)
Caitlyn Jenner’s courage captures the spirit of Arthur Ashe;
John Oliver’s humor highlights a trans rights primer;
The U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 covers LGB job rights,
the Pentagon plans to un-mix trans service messages, Ireland and New
Zealand each transforms gender identity policies, “flamboyant”
footballer Robbie Rogers has big goals for the World Cup, more news!


– In “NewsWrap”: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission rules that LGB people are protected from workplace bias by the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Pentagon initiates a 6-month study to determine if transgender enlistees should be allowed to serve in the U.S. military [with brief analysis by MSNBC’s RACHEL MADDOW], while Ireland’s Parliament approves a landmark gender recognition bill, and Statistics New Zealand recognizes “gender diverse” in addition to “male” and “female”… the Boy Scouts of America’s executive committee unanimously recommends lifting the ban on gay adult leaders and volunteers, but TONY PERKINS of the far-right Family Research Council wants Christian parents to pull their kids out of public schools because the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling will require their “immoral reeducation” [with brief comments by Perkins himself]… openly gay soccer (football) star Robbie Rogers vows to be “extremely flamboyant” to protest anti-queer laws in Russia and Qatar if he’s picked to play for the U.S. team in the World Cups in those countries in 2018 and 2022… and more LGBT news from around the world (produced by STEVE PRIDE, written by GREG GORDON, and reported this week by RICK WATTS and WENZEL JONES).

– To hear some people talk, you’d think becoming a trans ally is almost as hard as coming out as transgender — they find the issues just too confusing. Comedian JOHN OLIVER of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” provided a straightforward — and on target — explanation (with intro music from the show’s opening theme).
[www.hbo.com/last-week-tonight-with-john-oliver]

– In 1993 the newly inaugurated ESPY AWARDS named the Arthur Ashe Courage Award for the world’s first black No. 1 tennis player and his bravery in confronting AIDS, the taboo issue of the day. Today the taboo is trans rights, and the 2015 award went to Olympian CAITLYN JENNER, who recently announced her transition. Her acceptance speech did Arthur Ashe proud (with intro music from “Olympic Fanfare” by JOHN WILLIAMS).

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