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ACTION ALERT: Canvass for a Cause to speak out Saturday in support of prison reform

SAN DIEGO -- Once a month, volunteers and staff of Canvass for a Cause (CFAC) fan out across San Diego County and other parts of the state to go door to door in neighborhoods that tended to vote in favor Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

Leaders of the organization say they have been very successful getting their message of equality out to the public so they wanted to use their momentum to speak out against another issue that is important to them: the conditions inside of California prisons.

Courage Campaign to Stop SB 48: Cease misinformation and fear tactics about FAIR Act

LOS ANGELES -- After the passage of the FAIR Education Act (SB 48) in California last month, some anti-gay conservative groups have launched a campaign to repeal the law which ensures that the history and contributions of the LGBT people is not left out of school curriculum in the state.

THURSDAY: San Diego Democratic Club meeting to discuss threats to FAIR Education Act

SAN DIEGO -- With the passage of SB 48 in July making headlines after anti-gay conservative groups launched a campaign to overturn the new law, the San Diego Democratic Club (SDDC) will discuss threats to the FAIR Education Act at its next monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 25.

Upon signing the act on July 13, Gov. Jerry Brown said, “History should be honest. This bill revises existing laws that prohibit discrimination in education and ensures that the important contributions of Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life are included in our history books.”

Tickets available for Stepping Stone's annual boat cruise fundraiser

SAN DIEGO -- To raise money needed for its work, Stepping Stone of San Diego will host its third annual Mission Bay Cruise on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 4 to 8 pm.

Tickets for the event, which organizers are calling a "spectacular dinner cruise," are now available. Proceeds from the event will help Stepping Stone continue its 35-year tradition of providing services related to alcohol and drug addiction for members of the LGBT community.

ACTION ALERT: UK officials urged to halt Thursday deportation of gay Ugandan Robert Segwanyi

LONDON, UK -- In less than 24 hours, more than 1,000 people have joined a petition campaign started on Change.org calling on the Home Office to halt the deportation of Robert Segwanyi to Uganda, where he was imprisoned and tortured for being gay.

Segwanyi is scheduled for deportation on Thursday, Aug. 18, on Kenya Airways KQ410, which leaves Heathrow Airport at 8 pm local time.

San Diego Humane Society hosts 25th annual Fur Ball to benefit animals in need

SAN DIEGO — America's Finest City has hundreds upon hundreds of stray animals that would, unfortunately and tragically, be euthanized if not for the wonderful work of the San Diego Humane Society.

Since 1880, the Humane Society has provided animal adoption services as well as “a wide range of programs and services that strengthen the human-animal bond, prevent cruelty/neglect, provide medical care and educate the community on the humane treatment of animals,” Kelli Herwehe said.

VIDEO: Barefoot runner to spread environmental awareness in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Professor Henry Sanchez, known as the Tacolist.com Barefoot Eco-Runner, has just run barefoot through 14 countries.

The mathematics and environmental engineering professor from Columbia, who will be crossing from Tijuana into San Diego on Thursday, Aug. 18, is running from Argentina to Alaska to bring awareness of protecting and reforesting the planet.

Upon entering each city, Sanchez works with local community organizations to plant trees, recycle and present educational talks.

ACTION ALERT: Tell NPR to stop parroting "ex-gay" propaganda and meet with "ex-gay" survivors

On Monday, Aug. 1, National Public Radio's Morning Edition aired a report from Alix Spiegel entitled "Can Therapy Help Change Sexual Orientation?" Instead of accurately representing "ex-gay therapy" as ineffective, dangerous, and condemned by every mainstream professional medical and mental health organization, NPR opted to misrepresent the facts, falsely framing the story as a debate between two equally legitimate sides that "has been raging in psychological circles for more than a decade."

Esurance donates $50,000 to The Trevor Project

SAN FRANCISCO -- Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal car insurance company, today donated $50,000 to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT youth.

VIDEO: Tickets available for Center Stage event benefiting The Center

SAN DIEGO -- To raise money and support for the programs of The Center, the Young Professionals Council (YPC) is hosting an evening of "theatrical delight" called Center Stage on Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Birch North Park Theatre.

Advance tickets are now available for the event, which will include live entertainment, food, drinks and a chance to connect with The Center, which is the third-largest organization of its type in the nation.

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