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TONIGHT: Gay for Good San Diego to host mixer to kick off fall service projects

SAN DIEGO -- Gay for Good San Diego will launch its fall season of community service projects with a mixer this evening at 6:30 pm at Babycakes in Hillcrest.

The group, which aims to energize and mobilize the LGBT community to interact with outside communities, organizes an open volunteer project each month and invites community members to take part.

Gay for Good, which is based in Los Angeles, has chapters in five cities across the United States, with the San Diego chapter being formed in July 2010.

HRC launches search for new president

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign announces the beginning of the search process that will culminate in the appointment of a new president for the organization early next year.

Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA), an executive recruitment firm, has been retained by the HRC board of directors to assist them in the search.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon John Berry

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story in the Causes section.

As director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), John Berry is the highest-ranking openly gay federal employee in U.S. history.

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VIDEOS: Meet LGBT History Month icons John Ashbery and Alison Bechdel

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story on the Causes page.

John Ashbery

Known as one of the most successful 20th century poets, John Ashbery has won almost every major American literary award, including the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

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VIDEO: Meet LGBT History Month icon Kye Allums

Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story on the Causes page.

Kye Allums is the first openly transgender athlete to play NCAA Division I college basketball. Allums was a star shooting guard on the George Washington University (GWU) women’s basketball team.

Born Kyler Kelcian Allums in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Oct. 23, 1989, he was the oldest of four children.

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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