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It's JUST Art! showcase on Dec. 2 to benefit local diversity arts group

SAN MARCOS, Calif. – Art lovers in North County will have the opportunity to enjoy the work of several local artists, performers and craftsfolk at Diversity Arts’ first-ever It’s JUST Art benefit art showcase on Friday, Dec. 2.

GayCountry Russia denounces St. Petersburg's anti-gay bill, produces powerful VIDEO

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- St. Petersburg parliament adopted in first reading a draft law on administrative responsibility for the promotion of "sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgender."

The bill introduced by PM Vitali Milonov, who explained that children should be protected from "destructive information."

JONAH rabbi circulates anti-LGBT "Torah Declaration"

(This post was originally published on the GLAAD Blog).

Anti-gay bullying: Did school district miss student's cries for help?

FISHERS, Ind. -- Didn't anyone notice what was happening to Jamarcus Bell?

Didn't any students, teachers or administrators see pieces of metal thrown at the 14-year-old during a welding class? Didn't they hear the painful anti-gay slurs thrown at him in the hallways?

Wasn't his suicide attempt in the seventh grade -- when he was found alive, hanging from a noose in a janitor's closet -- a clear sign to educators or fellow students that this kid was having problems?

VIDEO: Palm Springs rummage sale to help rebuild LGBT church destroyed in Joplin, Mo., tornado

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- To support the re-building of an LGBT-affirming church building in Joplin, Mo., that was destroyed by a tornado last May, a coalition of five desert-area churches are holding a "mega" rummage sale on Saturday, Dec. 3.

According to ABC News, more than 116 people died in the tornado that swept through Missouri, making it the single deadliest in nearly 60-years.

Opportunities for college students available through HRC

WASHINGTON -- The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has relaunched its LGBT student scholarship database, providing college students in the U.S. with hundreds of opportunities to apply for funding to support their education.

The database lists hundreds of opportunities sorted by those that are available nationwide, followed by state-specific and school-specific scholarships. Opportunities listed include scholarships, fellowships and grants for LGBT and allied students at both the undergraduate and graduate-level.

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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.