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LGB parents and their children doing well despite confronting heterosexism

A new report finds that despite confronting heterosexism in a variety of social contexts — including healthcare, legal and school systems — lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) parents and their children are functioning quite well.

The report provides an overview of the contemporary research on LGB-parent families and highlights research gaps on the experiences of LGB parents and their children. It was co-authored by Williams Visiting Scholars Abbie E. Goldberg and Nanette K. Gartrell, and Williams Distinguished Scholar Gary Gates;

Stuart Milk to speak at The Center on Thursday

SAN DIEGO, California -- Global LGBT human rights activist Stuart Milk will visit The San Diego LGBT Community Center on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 6 pm for a forum titled "Challenges to LGBT Equality Around the Globe."

Milk is an activist and political speaker who is a nephew of LGBT civil rights leader Harvey Milk. He is the co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation and has has engaged in domestic and international activism, including work with LGBT movements in Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Gay For Good seeking volunteers for August community service project

SAN DIEGO, California -- The local chapter of Gay for Good is seeking volunteers to assist at a water station during the America's Finest City Marathon and 5K on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Volunteers will need to be available to participate starting at 6:45 am, and will help set-up, pass out water, gather discarded cups, and cheer on runners. Gay for Good is teaming up with Front Runners & Walkers San Diego for this project.

Everyone who volunteers will receive an event t-shirt, coffee and snacks.

Volunteers needed to help foster children

SAN DIEGO, California -- Voices for Children is looking for volunteers who can dedicate 10 –15 hours a month for 18 months as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care.

CASA volunteers spend time with abused and neglected children as they navigate the Juvenile Court system. The volunteer becomes one of the few consistent adult presences in the child’s life during this trying time. When social workers and attorneys are overburdened with large caseloads, the court relies on the CASA volunteer to serve as the court’s eyes and ears in the life of a foster child.

What got porn star Jessie Colter tossed out of a water park?

Porn star Jessie Colter, who calls himself a "plant nerd from Kentucky turned sex icon," took to Twitter after being threatened with arrest this week if he did not leave a Kentucky water park.

Colter also accused a police officer of calling him a "queer."

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus reaches out to area youth

SAN DIEGO, California -- Outside of the Hillcrest Youth Center (HYC) across the asphalt parking lot, San Diego Gay Men's Chorus (SDGMC) president Bob Lehman is greeted with cheers of “Madonna, Madonna!” Two teen boys shout their approval as Lehman carries in one hand the telltale hot-pink poster announcing SDGMC's "LUV Madonna" show and, in the other, a stack of free tickets.

“I guess that answered the question of whether kids still love Madonna,” Lehman said, laughing. “Obviously, Madonna has entered into that rare stratosphere of a gay icon.”

Next HRC Connect event to discuss preparing LGBT youth for public leadership

SAN DIEGO, California -- HRC San Diego's next monthly social on Wednesday, July 9 - HRC Connect - will feature a presentation titled "Building the Bench: preparing LGBT youth for public leadership roles and elective office."

The presentation will be presented Chris Ward who serves as chief of staff to Senator Marty Block (SD-39); and Rebekah Hook, director of public affairs at the San Diego LGBT Community Center.

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Transgender teen writes children's book to help others

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida -- For as long as she can remember, Jazz says she felt different. The 13-year-old was born a boy, but loved all things mermaid, pink and princesses.

"I felt like a girl and I felt uncomfortable in my body," Jazz said.

Jazz, who goes only by her first name out of fear of threats, told her parents the moment she could speak she was not a boy.

According to Jazz, the journey has been difficult, but in an effort to help others understand what being transgender means, the teen co-authored a children's book.

Gay rights in the 1970s: News clips capture glimpse of rousing decade

SuchIsLifeVideos channel on YouTube has compiled more than one hour of news clips from the 1970s that show a remarkable media bias against gay rights as well as documents the progress being made during that remarkable decade in U.S. history.

Following the sexual liberation movement that began in the 1960s in the U.S., the LGBT community began busting down the closet doors and demanding to be treated fairly and equally.

Children’s Holiday Magic Project: Founder’s Day Birthday Bash at Harvey Milk's American Diner

SAN DIEGO -- Harvey Milk’s American Diner will be the site for the Children’s Holiday Magic Project — Founder’s Day Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 7 from 4-8 pm.

The event will feature entertainment and a special birthday celebration for founder, Jeff Gelder, who will lead the organization into its 12th anniversary year.

Joining Gelder will be Broadway actress Ashley Fox Linton, radio personalities Dawne Davis from Easy 98.1 and Sam Bass from 96.5 KyXy along with Magic Mike the magician and mystic intuitive Heather Renee.

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