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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.

Town hall forum scheduled Sept. 30 to discuss plans for LGBT center in North County

OCEANSIDE, Calif. -- As members of the LGBT community in the northern part of San Diego County move from "dream" to "reality" in their quest to build an LGBTQ Resource Center in the area, the North County LGBT Coalition will host a town hall meeting to discuss plans for the new space.

The public event, which will be held Friday, Sept. 30, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, will provide a forum for community members to ask questions, and give feedback to the coalition board members, who are spearheading the effort.

EQCA celebrates passage of most comprehensive legislative agenda in its history

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- During the 2011 California Legislative session, which ended Sept. 9, Equality California (EQCA) reported that it sponsored 12 bills which successfully passed.

The organization says that this year's legislative program passed more bills than in any other single year since EQCA's founding in 1998.

Legislation passed this year covered a number of issues, including domestic partnership and family protections, safe schools, transgender anti-discrimination and inclusive education.

ACTION ALERT: Call Oklahoma lawmakers and denounce Sally Kern’s anti-gay remarks

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is calling on Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and the state’s top lawmakers to denounce dangerous anti-gay remarks state Sen. Sally Kern (pictured on the left) recently made while promoting her new book.

In an interview, Kern said young people learn that homosexuality is “normal and natural” because they’re “bombarded” with it every day. As a result, Kern claims, homosexuality presents a bigger threat to the United States than terrorism.

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