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EQCA celebrates passage of most comprehensive legislative agenda in its history

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- During the 2011 California Legislative session, which ended Sept. 9, Equality California (EQCA) reported that it sponsored 12 bills which successfully passed.

The organization says that this year's legislative program passed more bills than in any other single year since EQCA's founding in 1998.

Legislation passed this year covered a number of issues, including domestic partnership and family protections, safe schools, transgender anti-discrimination and inclusive education.

ACTION ALERT: Call Oklahoma lawmakers and denounce Sally Kern’s anti-gay remarks

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is calling on Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and the state’s top lawmakers to denounce dangerous anti-gay remarks state Sen. Sally Kern (pictured on the left) recently made while promoting her new book.

In an interview, Kern said young people learn that homosexuality is “normal and natural” because they’re “bombarded” with it every day. As a result, Kern claims, homosexuality presents a bigger threat to the United States than terrorism.

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VIDEO: Courage Campaign invites community members to "re-join the movement"

LOS ANGELES -- The Courage Campaign wants people in the LGBT and progressive communities to "re-join the movement."

Fashion show to raise money for women living in poverty in Ghana

POWAY, Calif. -- To raise money for women living in poverty in Ghana, the San Diego Women's History Museum will present a fashion on Sunday, Sept. 18, called "A Century of San Diego Fashions."

The show is being produced by the museum with the support of the North County Giving Circle of Women's Empowerment International (WE), whose members will model the outfits displayed.

Enjoy "famous tamales" at Spirit of the Barrio Luncheon sponsored by Family Health Centers of San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- To increase awareness about its programs, services and role in the San Diego region, Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) has presented its Spirit of the Barrio Luncheon series for the past 25 years.

The next luncheon will be held on Friday, Sept. 16.

Dr. Mary Hurley will share her inspirational life journey from being a homeless teen on the streets of San Diego to becoming a successful orthopedic surgeon.

VIDEO: Blues festival to benefit San Diego Food Bank

SAN DIEGO -- Music lovers and others who wish to help the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank can support the organization by attending the first-ever AimLoan.com San Diego Blues Festival fundraiser.

The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11 am to 8 pm on the waterfront at Embarcadero Marina Park North and include 10 local and national blues acts who will perform on two stages.

People of all ages are welcome to the family-friendly event, which will also include international food booths, local craft beer and wine vendors, along with arts and crafts vendors.

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San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality to discuss threats to LGBT community

SAN DIEGO -- As threats to equality for the LGBT community continue to mount, the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME) is working on plans to respond and fight back.

The group will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and will discuss the Proposition 8 case as it moves through the California Supreme Court; the FAIR Education Act; and the "Equality 9" situation.

ACTION ALERT: San Diegans to raise money for Storefront Emergency Shelter

SAN DIEGO -- Canvass For A Cause and other advocates to help homeless youth will raise money for the Storefront Emergency Shelter on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Storefront is San Diego’s only emergency shelter program for homeless, runaway and “street” youth and provides vital services to these vulnerable kids who are at risk for disease, predation, drugs and other threats that can befall young people who have no place to go.

White House honors GLSEN with Champion of Change award

WASHINGTON -- The White House has named GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, a Champion of Change for the organization’s two decades of pioneering work to fight bullying, violence and stigma directed at LGBT people in K-12 schools, and its contributions to efforts to prevent suicide among at-risk youth.

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Mama's Kitchen's new facility with expanded services opens today

SAN DIEGO -- Starting today, Mama's Kitchen officially opens the doors to its new facility, increasing the organization's ability to serve San Diegans living with HIV/AIDS and cancer.

The organization's operations have been moved from a leased space in a church basement to an 11,000-square-foot, warehouse-style facility on Home Avenue. This a major step forward for Mama's Kitchen, which has been serving three hot meals a day to its clients, 365 days a year, since its founding in 1990.

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