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VIDEO: Promises2Kids seeks holiday toy drive collection bin hosts

SAN DIEGO -- As its gears up for its annual toy drive to benefit local children in foster care, Promise2Kids is looking for volunteers and community groups to support its efforts.

The 2011 Promises2Kids Give From Your Heart Holiday Gift Drive will kick off on Monday, Nov. 21, and run through Monday, Dec. 12. The organization hopes to place 300 collection bins at schools, businesses and community organizations throughout San Diego County, and is seeking hosts for the bins.

TODAY: SDSU to celebrate LGBT History Month with rainbow flag raising and Big Gay BBQ events

SAN DIEGO -- To celebrate LGBT History Month, San Diego State University (SDSU) will host a series of public events today on the campus.

The day will kick off with a rainbow flag raising ceremony at noon on Campanile Walkway near the school's Hepner Hall.

A replica of the original eight-color rainbow flag, owned by SDSU administrator Doug Case, will fly over the campus for the remainder of the day. Case's flag was autographed by Gilbert Baker who designed the rainbow flag in 1978.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Amanda Simpson

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

Amanda Simpson is the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology in the U.S. Department of Defense. She is the first openly transgender female presidential appointee.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Dan Savage

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

Dan Savage is an award-winning author, journalist, newspaper editor and political commentator. He launched the “It Gets Better” video project to combat bullying and prevent LGBT teen suicides.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Ryan Murphy

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

Ryan Murphy is an award-winning film and television director, writer and producer. He is best known for creating the television series "Glee."

Born in 1965, Murphy grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, in an Irish Catholic family. His mother was a writer and his father was a newspaper circulation director.

New North County LGBTQ Resource Center seeks volunteers

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- As preparations for the December opening of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center continue, the board of directors has announced a meeting for those interested in volunteering at the new space. The meeting will be held this Friday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 pm.

Earlier this month, the board of directors of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center (formerly the North County LGBT Coalition) announced that they had signed a lease for a permanent facility, located at 510 North Coast Highway in Oceanside.

Gay for Good San Diego seeks volunteers for food bank service project

SAN DIEGO -- After taking the summer off, Gay for Good San Diego is looking for volunteers to participate in its first community service project of the fall season on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6 pm.

Participants will head to the Feeding America San Diego Food Bank to help sort food packages that will be given to San Diegans in need.

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VIDEOS: Meet LGBT History Month icons Amelie Mauresmo and Constance McMillen

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

Amelie Mauresmo

Amélie Mauresmo was the World No. 1 tennis player. She won 25 career titles including two Grand Slams. In 2004, she received an Olympic Silver medal in tennis singles.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Ricky Martin

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

Ricky Martin is a Grammy Award-winning pop singer. A professional entertainer since childhood, Martin has sold more than 60 million albums.

He was born Dec. 24, 1971 as Enrique Martin Morales in San Juan, Puerto Rico into a Roman Catholic family. His mother is an accountant and his father is a psychologist.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Dave Kopay

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

Dave Kopay made headlines in 1975 when he became the first NFL payer and one of the first professional athletes to come out. His autobiography, now in its fifth printing, was a New York Times best seller.

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