Why language matters: An ongoing public dialogue with Roland Martin

Last year, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs reported the following staggering realities:

UCSD research study seeks older adult participants

SAN DIEGO -- The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at University of California San Diego (UCSD) is seeking participants for a new study for older adults.

An informational session will be hosted on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 11:30 am to 1 pm at The San Diego LGBT Community Center.

Jacqueline Kerr, PhD, is the principal investigator for the study and will give more information about the study and answer questions during the presentation. Those who wish to sign-up for the study may do so following the session.

Faith leaders to MSNBC: Take hate group off the air | VIDEO

NEW YORK -- Earlier this week, nationally prominent Christian leader The Right Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, along with clergy from New York City, called on MSNBC to stop inviting Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council (FRC), to appear on their programming. FRC has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for using dishonest, incendiary rhetoric about gay and lesbian Americans.

URGENT APPEAL: Friends of Allan Spyere create petition, hoping to prevent deportation

(Editor's note: The petition signing has been closed.)

SAN DIEGO -- A petition has been created on Change.org to support Allan Spyere's case to stay in the United States. He faces an immigration hearing on Friday, Feb. 17.

The petition was created by a friend of Spyere's boyfriend, Christopher Pfeil, who said that "Allan desperately needs your urgent help to keep him from being deported to Brazil."

Director Brett Ratner, GLAAD plan videos to rally support for LGBT Americans

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood director Brett Ratner, who got into hot water last year for homophobic tweets, is paying his penance to the gay community by pairing up with GLAAD to produce and direct a series of celebrity videos that will show support for LGBT Americans.

Over the weekend, Ratner met with GLAAD officials along with other Hollywood figures such as Brian Glazer, who is producing the 84th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26, and directors Adam Shankman and Bryan Singer.

Hillcrest Town Council to show neighborly love at meeting TONIGHT

SAN DIEGO -- The Hillcrest Town Council invites those who love Hillcrest to attend its monthly meeting tonight - Valentine's Day - at 6:30 pm.

The meeting will start off with a discussion on: "What makes our neighborhood so loved?"

Meeting participants are encouraged to speak up and share reasons why they love Hillcrest with the group.

Following the discussion, the residents group will hear updates from local elected officials about community issues and time will be allotted for public comment.

Drawing offers chance to have lunch with Max Adler, the closeted bully on “Glee”

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Max Adler, who plays the closeted gay bully jock Dave Karofsky on “Glee,” is trying to raise money for his anti-bullying campaign “Max’s ABC: Anti-Bullying through City Hearts.”

Fans are invited to make a $7 gift before midnight Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, for a chance to have lunch with Adler.

He has raised more than $7,000 in his e-campaign, and hopes to double that by Valentine’s Day. To do so, Adler is reaching out to his 73,000+ Twitter followers and 2,400+ Facebook friends to "Share the Love" and enter his Valentine's "Lunch with Max" drawing.

San Diego Pride to host volunteer information session to share year-round opportunities

SAN DIEGO -- Those looking to get involved with San Diego Pride's year-round volunteer programs are encouraged to attend an information session on Saturday, Feb. 11.

San Diego Pride, which produces the annual San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival, has a host of volunteer opportunities available year-round in a number of different areas. Not only does the organization need assistance organizing its annual signature events, but it participates in numerous civic engagement and human rights projects throughout the year.

National Center for Lesbian Rights hires leading civil rights attorney as deputy director

SAN FRANCISCO -- The National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) announced that Arcelia Hurtado, one of the nation’s leading civil rights attorneys, will be joining its staff as the new deputy director, responsible for overseeing the organization’s day-to-day operations, and helping lead future planning, strategy and development initiatives.

For the last two years, Hurtado has served as the executive director of Equal Rights Advocates (ERA), a San Francisco-based civil rights organization dedicated to advancing equal opportunity for women and girls through impact litigation and advocacy.

ACTION ALERT: Advocates of anti-gay violence have no place at CNN or Time Warner

(This post was originally published at GLAAD Blog.)

Following retailer H&M's Super Bowl commercial featuring soccer player David Beckham, CNN's Roland Martin tweeted to almost 95,000 followers:

"If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl"