Hillcrest Town Council to show neighborly love at meeting TONIGHT

SAN DIEGO -- The Hillcrest Town Council invites those who love Hillcrest to attend its monthly meeting tonight - Valentine's Day - at 6:30 pm.

The meeting will start off with a discussion on: "What makes our neighborhood so loved?"

Meeting participants are encouraged to speak up and share reasons why they love Hillcrest with the group.

Following the discussion, the residents group will hear updates from local elected officials about community issues and time will be allotted for public comment.

Drawing offers chance to have lunch with Max Adler, the closeted bully on “Glee”

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Max Adler, who plays the closeted gay bully jock Dave Karofsky on “Glee,” is trying to raise money for his anti-bullying campaign “Max’s ABC: Anti-Bullying through City Hearts.”

Fans are invited to make a $7 gift before midnight Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, for a chance to have lunch with Adler.

He has raised more than $7,000 in his e-campaign, and hopes to double that by Valentine’s Day. To do so, Adler is reaching out to his 73,000+ Twitter followers and 2,400+ Facebook friends to "Share the Love" and enter his Valentine's "Lunch with Max" drawing.

San Diego Pride to host volunteer information session to share year-round opportunities

SAN DIEGO -- Those looking to get involved with San Diego Pride's year-round volunteer programs are encouraged to attend an information session on Saturday, Feb. 11.

San Diego Pride, which produces the annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, has a host of volunteer opportunities available year-round in a number of different areas. Not only does the organization need assistance organizing its annual signature events, but it participates in numerous civic engagement and human rights projects throughout the year.

National Center for Lesbian Rights hires leading civil rights attorney as deputy director

SAN FRANCISCO -- The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) announced that Arcelia Hurtado, one of the nation’s leading civil rights attorneys, will be joining its staff as the new deputy director, responsible for overseeing the organization’s day-to-day operations, and helping lead future planning, strategy and development initiatives.

For the last two years, Hurtado has served as the executive director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a San Francisco-based civil rights organization dedicated to advancing equal opportunity for women and girls through impact litigation and advocacy.

ACTION ALERT: Advocates of anti-gay violence have no place at CNN or Time Warner

(This post was originally published at GLAAD Blog.)

Following retailer H&M's Super Bowl commercial featuring soccer player David Beckham, CNN's Roland Martin tweeted to almost 95,000 followers:

"If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl"

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VIDEO: PSA targeting anti-LGBT language to air at Lucas Oil Stadium during Super Bowl XLVI

NEW YORK – An award-winning public service announcement targeting anti-LGBT language among teens will be aired at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis during this Sunday's Super Bowl XLVI.

The airtime for the "Think Before You Speak" PSA, created by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) and The Ad Council, was made possible by an in-kind donation to GLSEN by Toronto-based Grazie Media. The PSA will be displayed on a video billboard positioned directly in front of the stadium and will be seen by attendees as they enter the venue.

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USA Network launches second "Characters Unite Month" to promote tolerance | VIDEO

NEW YORK -- As part of its commitment to combat prejudice and discrimination, USA Network will premier a series of PSAs, original programming and digital content, and expand its community outreach efforts to inspire more Americans to come together to promote greater tolerance, respect and acceptance.

The campaign will be a part of the network's second "Characters Unite Month" and run during the month of February.

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LGBT activists deplore controversial UAE "gay cure" VIDEO

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates -- LGBT people in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have launched a campaign against a YouTube video "tutorial" that shows how gays can be "cured" or "scrubbed clean" of their sexuality.

The six-minute "tutorial" titled "Be Yourself" has shocked the LGBT community of the UAE when it was posted a little more than a week ago on YouTube.

Remembering Ugandan equality advocate David Kato

Today is the one-year anniversary of the murder of David Kato, a trailblazing Ugandan LGBT advocate.

Pepperdine University denies application for campus LGBT club

MALIBU, Calif. -- Thriving LGBT clubs are almost a given at California's public universities. (And even private, stick-up-its-arse USC has embraced a new age of sexual equality with open-minded institutionals like a new "Queer Worldmaking" exhibit at the school library.)