San Diego Human Dignity Foundation grants $400,000 to LGBT groups in 2011

SAN DIEGO -- As the year winds down, the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) officials say they are proud of the thousands of dollars that organization has made as grants to benefit the local LGBT community.

Through its various programs and funding sources, SDHDF was able to grant more than $417,500 this year to support LGBT students and youth, seniors and people living with HIV/AIDS.

Grants distributed this year include:

Camp Courage empowers LGBT youth, needs your help to win $50,000 grant

LGBT students, according to the most recent figures from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), are more likely to experience harassment in school based on their sexual orientation, gender expression, or gender identity. The Courage Campaign, a California-based advocacy organization, wants to do something about these shocking statistics, but they need your help.

HRC releases equality shopping guide in time for holidays

Just in time for your holiday shopping, the HRC Foundation releases its 2012 Buyer’s Guide.

This is the seventh year the HRC Foundation has published the Buying for Workplace Equality guide, which helps consumers harness their buying power to send a message to businesses that they are watching. The LGBT consumer market has proven both savvy and loyal – looking to support businesses that support workplace equality with their $734 billion buying power.

ACTION ALERT: Demand Cameroon to release young men imprisoned for simply being gay

Jonas is 19 years old. Francky is 20. And a judge in Cameroon just sentenced them both to five years in prison for being gay.

Cameroon has several laws that criminalize homosexuality -- at least 10 people have been arrested this year alone. Last July, Jonas and Francky were arrested outside a club on suspicion of violating these discriminatory anti-gay laws.

ACTION ALERT: Fight Nigeria's draconian anti-gay bill

Our esteemed friends and colleagues,

Many of you have been asking us how you can support our struggle against the Same Gender Marriage Prohibition bill, 2011, under consideration in the Nigerian Parliament, which we learned yesterday from the Senate's voting has allegedly some new criminal provisions as opposed to the first version.

The Coalition for the Defense of Sexual Rights (CDSR) has been making a number of efforts with the support foreign missions, embassies and

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.