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Profiles in Advocacy: Resolving to make a difference

It’s a new year and that time when many of us take stock of our lives and resolve to do things a little differently. We resolve to feed our bodies a little more responsibly and our minds a bit more vibrantly, but what can we do for our souls?

For me, that has often taken on the form of volunteering, where I can leverage either the thing I love to do or a skill set I possess, toward a better world.

Whether you choose a one-time event or an ongoing commitment, I encourage you to make this a part of your New Year’s commitments!

Out at the Archives: More events, donations and visitors in 2016

As is becoming more the norm, activity at the Archives just keeps picking up. Perhaps celebrating the Epiphany, three wise men recently came in and made generous gifts; thank you Michael Kimmel, Frank Stiriti and Dan Buker. We appreciate their support, as well as that of so many others in the community all year long.

Three more wise men accepted President Maureen Steiner’s invitation to join the board; they are San Diego State professor Dr. Michael Borgstrom; attorney Joel Steward; and activist/volunteer Steve Wroblewski. We look forward to their contributions.

LGBTQA summer camp seeks volunteers

Camp Brave Trails, a two-week residential summer camp that takes place up in Wrightwood, California, is seeking volunteers to round out their 2016 staff.

The organization’s mission is, “to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth and their allies, ages 12-20, innovative, impactful summer camp programs that foster meaningful relationships and develop 21st century skills to become the leaders of tomorrow.”

The leadership summer camp hopes to offer at-risk youth and young adults an atmosphere free of discrimination and confusion.

Out at the Archives: A very full year

Editor’s Note: This issue’s Out of the Archives was written by Maureen Steiner.

As 2015 draws to a close, we here at Lambda Archives extend our best wishes for wonderful holidays and good hopes for a fantastic 2016.

We thank you for your support of our efforts as we look proudly back on a very good year. Some of the biggest changes include the switch from contractors to employees.

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Gear up for inaugural 'Recovery Ride' helping Stepping Stone of San Diego on Jan. 10

Grab your Bicycle, helmet and sports water bottle and get ready to pedal through San Diego for a very good cause.

From Swiss Park and along The Silver Strand to the Olympic Training Center, the inaugural Recovery Ride is happening on January, 10, 2016 and if you are like the thousands of people who live and bike in San Diego, this event could be just the thing you are looking for to begin that list of New Year’s resolutions -- and help someone else’s in the process.

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San Diego homeless men will get stylish makeovers, clothing

SAN DIEGO - Over one-hundred San Diego homeless men will get a fashion make-over on Wednesday, December, 15. The event is being conducted through People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), a family of agencies working to decrease the homeless population within California.

Through a generous clothing donation provided by Fashion Stork, the gentleman will participate in “Styling Day” getting preened with snazzy new wardrobes.

North County Update: Change is good!

Our “Little Center that Could” needs a bigger space and construction permitted, we will be moving in early 2016. The actual date will be announced soon.

However, this Saturday, Dec. 12, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center is holding an open house and tour of the new currently-under-construction site, which is located at 3220 Mission Ave., in Oceanside.

Profiles in Advocacy: Philanthropy can be for all of us

“Philanthropy” — it’s a concept that can be intimidating to the everyday person and we often reserve the title “philanthropist” for that upper 1 percent of the socioeconomic population. Those are the folks for whom hospital wings, museums and community centers are named. I believe that many of us do what we can as “donors,” but maybe it is time to give our philanthropic potential a little more credit.

Out at the Archives: Tours, visits and events

With the help of volunteers from the community at large there has been lots more happening at Lambda Archives and much more planned!

First, a few dates for upcoming events to put on your calendar:

On Sunday, Dec. 6, from 4 – 6 p.m., Bob Nelson will generously host a reception to introduce our 2016 “Heroines, Pioneers, and Trailblazers.”

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The 18th annual "GLAAD Tidings" comes to New York and Los Angeles

The GLAAD Los Angeles Leadership Council invites you to join us for the 18th Annual GLAAD Tidings, presented by Ketel One Vodka and Southwest Airlines. Enjoy the festivities during our annual wintertime gathering that brings together the LGBT community for one final hurrah before ringing in the New Year. This is your chance to learn all about the amazing work GLAAD accomplished in 2015, and renew your support into 2015.

We are currently accepting donations for the silent auction. Click here if you would like to contribute!