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VIDEO: Equality Forum to celebrate LGBT History Month in October with 31 icons

PHILADELPHIA -- To celebrate the accomplishments of LGBT individuals throughout history, the Equality Forum releases a list of 31 icons to spotlight each year during the month of October.

The organization recently released its 2011 list and will begin featuring one icon per day through a video, biography and images starting Oct. 1, which kicks off LGBT History Month.

Tickets on sale for Victory Fund's annual champagne brunch fundraiser

SAN DIEGO -- As the country gears up for the major election year that 2012 will be, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund is ramping up its efforts to help LGBT candidates win election in local, state and federal races.

To raise money for its work, the national organization will host its annual San Diego Champagne Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 26.

Tickets to the event are now available and the organization hopes that community members will help "kick off the race to victory" at the brunch.

TODAY: Guide Dogs of the Desert seeks support for National Guide Dog Month

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Every seven minutes someone in America becomes blind or visually impaired, officials with Guide Dogs of Desert say.

Guide dogs provide mobility, companionship and confidence to their handlers.

To raise money for National Guide Dog Month, celebrated each year in September, Guide Dogs of the Desert and Johnny Costa's Restaurant will host a fundraising event at the popular dining establishment on Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Oct. 2 Garden Party to benefit Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing in LA

LOS ANGELES -- The 2011 Garden Party to benefit Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing will be held from 1 to 5 pm Sunday, Oct. 2, at the W Hotel-Drais Hollywood.

This year's event will feature these special celebrity honorees:

VIDEO: Lady Gaga sings emotional tribute to "little monster" Jamey Rodemeyer, who was bullied to death

LAS VEGAS -- Pop superstar Lady Gaga dedicated her rendition of "Hair" at the iHeartRadio Music Festival to 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer of Buffalo, N.Y., who killed himself on Sept. 18 after enduring endless anti-gay bullying online and at school.

An emotional Lady Gaga told the huge audience: "I just wanted to take a moment because we lost a little monster this week. Jamey, I know you're looking down on use and you're not a victim, you're a lesson to all of us."

Jamey sent a "thank you" message to Lady Gaga just before taking his own life.

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Comedian Bruce Vilanch to be featured guest on Stepping Stone's annual cruise fundraiser

SAN DIEGO -- Stepping Stone San Diego's third annual Mission Bay Cruise will now include a little extra flair, as gay jokesmith Bruce Vilanch, known for his eclectic eyewear and collection of unique T-shirts, will join the fundraiser.

The six-time Emmy Award winning comedy writer, songwriter and actor will lend his talent to the fundraiser, which will be held Sunday, Oct. 2, from 4-8 pm aboard the William D. Evans sternwheeler boat.

Vilanch, whose large build and long hair have become remarkably recognizable, has a diverse background in entertainment, dating to his childhood.

SDSU to offer extended studies course on LGBT political movements

SAN DIEGO -- The LGBT community has a rich history of activism and the struggle for equality has become recognized as one of the biggest civil rights movements of modern time.

A number of academic programs have popped up across the nation to study the LGBT community, including at San Diego State University (SDSU), which allows students the option to minor in LGBT studies and will soon launch a major in the same discipline.

Through the university's College of Extended Studies, members of the public will have the opportunity to take a short course to study LGBT political movements.

VIDEO: “Bullying Is Violence” campaign launched on anniversary of Tyler Clementi’s death

NEW YORK -- Bullying is any form of repeated violence.

It can involve verbal or physical attacks, sexual violence, intimidation or cyber bullying to make someone feel powerless.

It can be based on a person’s actual or perceived identity including sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or HIV status. Bullying can happen to anyone.

VIDEO: San Diego Ambassadors of the Trevor Project to host pep rally Thursday

SAN DIEGO -- With school back in session and football season on, it's time for a pep rally!

The San Diego Ambassadors of The Trevor Project will host a "Pep Rally for Trevor!" on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 10 pm at Eden to celebrate the organization's life-saving efforts.

Event organizers are hoping that community members will come out and support their group, which works year round to raise support, funding and awareness of The Trevor Project.

Foo Fighters Sing About Tolerance Before Westboro Protesters

The Foo Fighters warmed up for a concert in Kansas City, Missouri last Friday by performing on a rolling rig before a group of Westboro Baptist Church picketers, who at first seemed unaware of the band was making fun of them, reports Huffington Post.

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