The Center launches leadership academy for young professionals

SAN DIEGO -- As part of its efforts to help prepare the next generation of LGBT and allied equality leaders, The San Diego LGBT Community Center, through its Young Professionals Council (YPC), will launch the first YPC Academy this year.

Applications are now being accepted for the inaugural YPC Academy, which will consist of six leadership development courses, held on the weekend, over a three-month period this spring. Each course will be a full day of training and discussion and will focus on a specific area of leadership development.

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"Growing Pains" star Tracey Gold speaks out for equality after TV brother Kirk Cameron attacks LGBT community

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Dalai Lama Emissary to discuss compassion, meditation at SDSU

SAN DIEGO -- In advance of the Dalai Lama's much anticipated visit to three San Diego universities, San Diego State University (SDSU) will host a lecture on March 14 by The Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden, personal peace emissary for His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, on the meaning of Compassion Without Borders - the theme of the Dalai Lama’s two-day San Diego symposium in April.

LGBT community members to be represented at sustainability conference this weekend

SAN DIEGO -- A two-day conference focusing on sustainability will be held in San Diego this weekend and those within the LGBT community will notice many familiar faces participating in the event.

San Diego State University will play host to UnitedGREEN's second Forging a Sustainable Future symposium, which will feature a weekend of workshops, presentations and educational forums on living a more green lifestyle to protect communities for future generations.

Protests at Russian Embassies worldwide condemn anti-gay law

NEW YORK — Lawmakers in St. Petersburg today officially adopted a bill that would impose fines of up to $16,700 for the “promotion of homosexuality.”

The bill, if signed in to law by the City Governor in the next 14 days, will criminalize reading, writing, speaking or reporting on anything related to LGBT people.

Pride parades, literature, theater or NGOs that openly serve LGBT people will be criminalized, and pushed underground. Several ruling party's officials have also voiced their interest to push the law nationwide.

VIDEO: IHOP to serve free pancakes on National Pancake Day Tuesday

SAN DIEGO -- To raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities, IHOP restaurants will offer each guest a free stack of its buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday, Feb. 28 - National Pancake Day.

The company has set its most ambitious fundraising goal yet, hoping to raise at least $2.7 million for charity during its seventh annual free pancake event

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Filmmaker "disappointed, distressed" over R-rating for bullying documentary | VIDEO

LOS ANGELES — The Weinstein Company has lost an appeal of the “R” rating given to upcoming documentary “BULLY” by the Motion Picture Association of America — the film, an urgent and intimate look at America’s bullying crisis by award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch is scheduled for nationwide release this Spring.

White House hosts policy briefing for Black LGBT emerging leaders

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has partnered with the Obama Administration, the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in a White House policy briefing for black LGBT emerging leaders today.

“People of color face unique obstacles in the fight for LGBT equality,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said. “HRC is committed to working with LGBT leaders in the African-American community during Black History month and throughout the year in our fight for LGBT equality and social justice.”

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Daniel Radcliffe PSA for The Trevor Project debuts on "Glee"

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The Trevor Project’s new life-saving, life-affirming public service announcement (PSA) featuring Daniel Radcliffe premiered Tuesday night on Fox during the network’s hit series “Glee.”

The 30-second spot, which aired at no cost to the organization, empowers young people who are LGBTQ to call the Trevor Lifeline if they need support or are considering suicide. The spot will also run on Hulu in conjunction with this episode of “Glee.”

National Center for Lesbian Rights to celebrate 35 years at gala May 5

SAN FRANCISCO -- The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) is gearing up to celebrate its 35th year, and plans to honor seven heroes in the LGBT movement at a gala celebration on May 5 in San Francisco.

NCLR will honor out actress Jane Lynch, of “Glee” and “Julie & Julia," for using her fame as a platform to further LGBT equality, and for being an outspoken advocate for creating safer, welcoming schools for LGBT children.