VIDEO: UN Secretary General says "The time has come" for equal rights

NEW YORK -- It's not every day that a major world figure speaks out forcefully in defense of equality. But earlier this month, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon did just that when he made an incredibly powerful speech at the U.N. in Geneva. But most people didn't even hear about it.

Why? After the speech, the media focused on a handful of delegates who stormed out of meeting in protest. Their story - that gay people should be denied human rights - is the one that dominated the day's news. But with your help, we're going to change that.

The Advocate's 45 years of LGBT heroes

This month The Advocate is celebrating its founding in 1967 and its editors decided it could not do so without also honoring the heroes for LGBT rights they've covered for those 45 years.

Identifying one honoree per year, here is the cumulative list broken up into three parts.

The Advocate's LGBT Hall of Fame: Part I

San Diego Women's Chorus to screen "Miss Representation"

SAN DIEGO -- To spread community awareness of how women are underrepresented or misrepresented in society, the San Diego Women's Chorus will present a screening of the award-winning documentary, Miss Representation on Thursday, March 29, at Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center.

WEDNESDAY: SDSU lecture series to discuss LGBT homeless youth

SAN DIEGO -- The second lecture in San Diego State University's new Finding Leadership Under Identity (FLUID) series will be a discussion on LGBT homeless youth on Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30 pm.

The public is welcome to attend the lecture, which was organized to focus on the diversity of the LGBTQ and ally community. Through the FLUID series, SDSU hopes to expand the knowledge and understanding of important topics while building community.

The Center to present free LGBT tax filing seminar on Thursday

SAN DIEGO -- With Tax Day approaching, many people are scrambling to get their tax returns filed by the April 17 deadline.

For many same-sex couples, filing a tax return can be extra challenging because of the various state and federal laws that affect them.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center will host a LGBT Tax Filing Seminar on Thursday, March 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Representatives from the office of California State Controller John Chiang, the IRS and the Franchise Tax Board will discuss some of the most common questions that LGBT couples have on state and federal taxes.

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Alice Nkom: Fighting for the rights of LGBT people in Cameroon | VIDEO

(This post originally appeared on the GLAAD Blog.)

In honor of Women’s History Month, GLAAD is profiling women advocates and allies who have contributed to making the world a safer, more equal place for LGBT people.

USD conference to focus on restoring civility to civic dialogue in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- During election seasons - especially in presidential election years - the dialogue surrounding the candidates and issues can become anything but cordial.

In an effort to find ways to mitigate the rise of incivility amongst individuals, community leaders, public officials and the media in San Diego, the University of San Diego (USD) will host the first annual Community Conference on Restoring Civility to Civic Dialogue on Monday, April 9.

Applications available for Friends of Project 10 student scholarship

PASADENA, Calif. -- Friends of Project 10 has opened the application period for its annual "Models of Excellence" competition, which awards college scholarships to the selected recipients.

Student scholarships of $1,000, $2,000, and $3,000 will be awarded to high school seniors graduating from public, private and parochial schools in Southern California who have advanced the civil rights of the LGBT community. Applicants must reside in Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, or Ventura counties.

American Bar Association seeks nominations for first-ever Stonewall Award

CHICAGO – The American Bar Association (ABA) will formally honor lawyers who have considerably advanced LGBT individuals in the legal profession and/or successfully championed LGBT legal causes.

The ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity is seeking nominations of exceptional lawyers, judges and legal academics for its first-ever Stonewall Award. The annual award is named after the Stonewall Inn police raid and riot of June 28, 1969, in New York City, credited as a turning point in the gay rights movement.

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Bullied student to deliver 200,000 petition signatures urging MPAA to drop R-rating from “Bully” documentary | VIDEOS

LOS ANGELES -- Katy Butler, a bullied high school student from Michigan, will deliver more than 221,000 petition signatures to the Motion Picture Association of America on Wednesday, urging the MPAA to lower the rating of the anti-bullying documentary “Bully” from “R” to “PG-13.”

The documentary is the work of award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch and is being distributed by the Weinstein Company.