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"The Goods Show * Black Friday" offers alternative holiday shopping venue

SAN DIEGO – As part of its commitment to its members to provide a greater experience in their workspace, 3RDSPACE is presenting an arts market called "The Goods Show * Black Friday" on Friday, Nov. 25.

The event is a collective production that will showcase local artists and designers in a creative and lively market type scenario, with the goal of providing a progressive and intriguing arena for local artists to exhibit their creation to a community that fosters creativity, good intention and conscientious purchasing power.

aNoteToMyKid.com: Share the gift of unconditional love this holiday season

SAN DIEGO -- aNoteToMyKid.com has a free holiday gift idea that can be personalized for anyone.

The website has launched its first "Give a Gift of Love" campaign, which gives family and friends of LGBTQ people the opportunity to share their unconditional love.

The campaign encourages parents, family members and friends to write notes, post video messages and share photos expressing unconditional love for the LGBTQ person in their lives in lieu of buying gifts this holiday season, to be posted on aNoteToMyKid.com.

VIDEO: Promises2Kids kicks off holiday toy drive this week

SAN DIEGO – To ensure that children and youth who are living in foster care in San Diego County can have a happy holiday season, Promises2Kids kicked off its annual Give From Your Heart Holiday Gift Drive this week.

Through Dec. 12, local businesses, schools and community organizations are collecting new, unwrapped gifts that will be given to the children.

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Donations now being accepted for Martinis Above Fourth's charity wreath auction

SAN DIEGO – Martinis Above Fourth will soon be full of holiday cheer in the form of handmade holiday wreaths that will adorn its wall.

The restaurant and bar’s popular Charity Wreath Auction will be held for the eighth time on Monday, Dec. 12.

SLDN files motion in DOMA case

WASHINGTON -- To expedite the ruling in its case seeking equal recognition, benefits and family support for current and former servicemembers who have equally sacrificed and served in the U.S. armed forces, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) late Tuesday filed a motion for summary judgment in its case McLaughlin v. U.S.

SLDN originally filed the case in October with co-counsel Chadbourne & Parke.

ACTION ALERT: Don't silence Russia's LGBT community!

We've been talking all weekend with our friend Sasha -- a teacher and mom in Russia -- and what we're hearing is horrifying. On Wednesday, political leaders in St. Petersburg are voting on a new law that will make it illegal to speak in public about being gay, lesbian or transgender.

Sasha and a broad coalition in Russia are doing everything they can to stop the bill. On Sunday, they organized one of the biggest demonstrations ever in support of equality -- but still the international community is not paying attention. They need support from around the world -- and they need it fast.

SATURDAY: Volunteers to sweep the streets of Hillcrest

SAN DIEGO -- If you see a group of neighbors clad in orange T-shirts this morning, they are most likely volunteers with the Hillcrest Clean Team.

The group will be out sweeping the streets of the neighborhood this morning starting at 9 am, making up for last weekend's rained-out clean-up.

Since November 2005, community members and other volunteers have come together to clean to the sidewalks and gutters of Hillcrest on a regular basis.

TONIGHT: The Fuzzy Floozie Show to benefit winter blanket drive

SAN DIEGO -- The Imperial Court de San Diego's annual winter blanket drive will kick off tonight with the "Fuzzy Floozie Show" at Urban Mo's.

The event will begin at 7 pm and include entertainment and the opportunity to support the blanket drive, which has provided blankets and warm clothing to homeless persons and families in need throughout the San Diego and Tijuana region.

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VIDEO: Meet Uganda activist Frank Mugisha, winner of 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

Living in Uganda, where homosexuality is a crime, Frank Mugisha advocated for LGBT rights and consequently lost his job, friends and family. He speaks with NPR host Michel Martin about his precarious life there, and what it means to earn the 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.

Here is a snippet of the interview:

TODAY: North County LGBTQ Resource Center seeks community support through holiday fundraisers

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – With the holiday season approaching, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center (LGBTQRC) has created opportunities for community members to support its work through a poinsettia sale and holiday bazaar.

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