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SUNDAY: Gay For Good seeks volunteers for native garden restoration project

SAN DIEGO -- Gay for Good San Diego (G4G) is looking for volunteers to participate in its next community service project to take place Sunday, Dec. 18, at 9 am.

Volunteers will work with the San Diego River Park Foundation to help them replant the Point Loma Native Plant Garden, which houses many rare and endangered native plants. The foundation says that some plants in the collection are unique to the region, and are not found naturally anywhere else in the world.

VIDEO: San Diegans to rally for release of accused WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning

SAN DIEGO -- A rally will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, from 3 to 5 pm in support of the release of openly gay Bradley Manning, who was imprisoned on July 29, 2010, after being accused of releasing classified documents to WikiLeaks.

The documents consist of video of U.S. Apache helicopter crew in New Baghdad opening fire on innocent people, including two employees of Reuters and two children. It caused an international backlash against America’s foreign wars.

Federal agency to support Lambda Legal/CWLA guidelines for LGBTQ youth in foster care

NEW YORK -- To ensure that all children in foster care are provided safe treatment, Lambda Legal and the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) released "Recommended Practice Guidelines to Promote the Safety and Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth and Youth at Risk of or Living with HIV in Child Welfare Settings."

The guide includes national practice guidelines for state and local child welfare agencies to ensure safe and proper care consistent with the best interests LGBTQ children in the child welfare system.

NCLR applauds California ruling recognizing same-sex parent of adopted children as a legal parent

SAN FRANCISCO — The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) applauds the California Court of Appeal decision confirming that when a same-sex couple raises a child together who was legally adopted by only one of the partners, both parents should be recognized under California law. NCLR submitted an amicus brief to the Court of Appeal in the case supporting recognition of both parents.

San Diegans asked to "giveBIG" this week

SAN DIEGO -- Nonprofit organizations across San Diego County are gearing up to participate in the San Diego Foundation's first-ever "giveBIG San Diego" match day initiative starting today.

Over the course of a 36-hour period, community members will have the opportunity to make online donations to any of nearly 400 nonprofits in the county and the foundation will match organization donation totals in a pro-rated amount.

VIDEO: WWE stars speak out against bullying in new GLAAD PSA debuting tonight on USA Network

NEW YORK -- A new anti-bullying PSA featuring WWE Superstars and Divas Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox, Sheamus and Kofi Kingston will debut tonight on USA Network as part of the WWE's "Tribute to the Troops" special.

The PSA was produced with the support of the American Federation of Teachers and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

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.