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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.

New comic book examines fate of gays in Nazi Europe

French graphic artists Michel Dufranne and Milorad Vicanovic-Maza with Christian Lerolle have produced the first comic book about the gay experience of the Holocaust.

It tells the story of "discreet, cheerful and romantic" designer and advertising art teacher, Andreas from the early 1930s in Berlin.

UN, Freedom Now, Thomson Reuters establish legal database on human rights cases

PARIS – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Thomson Reuters and Freedom Now, which advocates on behalf of illegally detained prisoners of conscience, have joined forces to establish a database containing publicly available opinions of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on cases of arbitrary detention worldwide.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Gov. Jerry Brown to tax the 1% and save California

As Thanksgiving approaches, even with 12% unemployment, crumbling city streets and schools with 51 kids to a class, Californians can find reasons to give thanks. But it's about to get even worse.

$2 billion in additional state budget cuts will be "triggered" in December. Working Californians -- who already subsidize corporations and the wealthy through an unfair tax code -- will bear the burden once again. The ax will fall on everything from public school budgets (California already ranks 47th in per pupil spending¹) to in-home health care for the elderly and infirm.

85,000 demand Ecuador close “ex-gay” clinics accused of torture

WASHINGTON – More than 85,000 people from over 124 countries have signed a Change.org petition calling on Ecuador’s Minister of Health to investigate and close more than 200 “ex-gay clinics” that allegedly use torture techniques turn homosexuals straight.