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The Center to offer new support group for LGBT military families

SAN DIEGO -- To provide a support network for LGBT service members and their families, a new group meeting will be held each month at The Center, starting Tuesday, Jan. 24.

The support group will be sponsored by the San Diego LGBT Community Center's Family Matters program and Fleet and Family Support Services.

TONIGHT: Young professionals invited to mixer to learn about community service opportunities

SAN DIEGO -- Future Leaders of Our Community (FLOC) San Diego chapter will host its first awareness event of the year tonight, giving guests the opportunity to learn about volunteer opportunities with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

Those who attend the 6:30 pm event, which will be held at Bamboo Lounge in Hillcrest, will have the opportunity to meet and network with other like-minded individuals who are looking to volunteer and get involved with a worthy cause.

Bank of America Foundation gives The Center a large grant to support youth services

SAN DIEGO -- Just a week after The San Diego LGBT Community Center announced that it received a $5,000 grant from Union Bank Foundation to support its Youth Housing Project (YHP), another $10,000 donation has come in from Bank of America Foundation.

ACTION ALERT: Sign petition calling for hate crime inquiry into FAMU hazing death

On Nov. 19, 2011, Florida A&M University student Robert Champion Jr. was found unresponsive aboard a band bus after the school's biggest game of the year. Police ruled the death a homicide from hazing; furthermore, the parents of Mr. Champion, a 26-year-old drum major in the university’s famed marching band, have recently revealed that Mr. Champion was gay.

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North County LGBTQ Resource Center to launch youth programs this week

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- Just over a month after opening its doors, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center has big plans for community programming, including supporting two programs geared toward youth.

The "Our Circle" social group and Project Youth Open Mic Night will both launch their 2012 programs this week to provide an outlet for LGBT and questioning youth to come together to express themselves, have fun, and meet others who share similar life experiences.

San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality to host membership meeting Tuesday

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) will host its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 pm.

The public is welcome to the meeting, which will include a number of organizational business and discussion items.

SAME was founded in 2008 following the passage of California's Proposition 8. The nonprofit organization is open and democratically-run, with its membership committed to fighting for LGBT rights and marriage equality.

Hillcrest Town Council to discuss community issues at Tuesday meeting

SAN DIEGO -- Hillcrest residents who are looking to get involved with their community this year are encouraged to attend the next meeting of the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC), to be held Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 6:30 pm.

Numerous community issues will be discussed at the open meeting, including a presentation from the Hillcrest History Guild on the fate of the historic Jones House at 4040 Fifth Ave. near Mercy Hospital.

aNoteToMyKid.com provides heartwarming messages of love for LGBT people

In searching for a way to give back to the LGBTQ community, Michael Volpatt and I created a aNoteToMyKid.com, a grassroots movement that gives everyone -- parents, family, and friends -- the opportunity to express unconditional love for the LGBTQ people in their lives. The nonprofit's purpose is to remind people that there is a lot of love out there, to bring family and friends closer together, and to give parents and others who may not know how to broach the subject of sexuality an opportunity to learn from example.

Iowa court orders state to provide accurate birth certificate to child born to two mothers

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Iowa District Court for Polk County on Wednesday, Jan. 4, ordered the state's Department of Public Health to issue a birth certificate for 2-year-old Mackenzie Gartner, a child born to a married same-sex couple in 2009, listing both spouses as Mackenzie's parents in reliance on their marriage and the spousal presumption of parentage it creates.

District Court Judge Eliza Ovrom wrote:

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San Diego exhibit to commemorate 100th anniversary of municipal ban on free speech

SAN DIEGO -- On Jan. 8, 1912, the San Diego City Council passed an ordinance that effectively banned free speech in much of downtown.

Section 1 of the ordinance, which was titled "An Ordinance Prohibiting Public Speaking or Singing Within Certain Boundaries," made it unlawful for any person to address any assemblage, meeting or gathering of persons, conduct a public meeting, or give a speech, lecture, sing a song, or take part in public discussion on any public street or alley in an area defined by the ordinance as the "Central Congested District."