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San Diego Pride to form Community Advisory Council

SAN DIEGO -- To ensure that the community has a voice in San Diego LGBT Pride, the organization is creating a Community Advisory Council.

An information session will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, where those interested in participating will learn about the requirements for the selection process and commitment involved with serving on the council.

Imperial Court de San Diego to celebrate 40 years

SAN DIEGO -- Assemblymember Toni Atkins and San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria will join the Imperial Court de San Diego for its 40th anniversary celebrations, taking place Friday, Feb. 10, through Sunday, Feb. 12.

Over the weekend, reigning emperor of the San Diego court Allan Spyere will be joined by Empress Erika Odessa to crown the organization's 40th set of monarchs.

The weekend will also serve as a celebration of the court's 39th reign, which is coming to a close.

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Anti-gay groups protest SPLC with claims of hate and intolerance

About a dozen African American pastors joined anti-gay extremists today in condemning the Southern Poverty Law Center for using its “hate group” label to describe faith-based organizations that demonize the LGBT community, characterizing it as part of an orchestrated liberal plot.

Uptown parking board seeks members from Bankers Hill/Park West neighborhoods

SAN DIEGO -- To round out the recently reorganized Uptown Parking Advisory Board, residents and business owners from the Bankers Hill/Park West neighborhoods are being sought for seats on the board, which makes recommendations for parking improvements in the Uptown area.

Candidates who are interested in vying for one of the five seats are invited to introduce themselves at a meeting of the Bankers Hill Residents Group on Monday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 pm.

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.