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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VIDEO: Courage Campaign invites community members to "re-join the movement"

LOS ANGELES -- The Courage Campaign wants people in the LGBT and progressive communities to "re-join the movement."

Fashion show to raise money for women living in poverty in Ghana

POWAY, Calif. -- To raise money for women living in poverty in Ghana, the San Diego Women's History Museum will present a fashion on Sunday, Sept. 18, called "A Century of San Diego Fashions."

The show is being produced by the museum with the support of the North County Giving Circle of Women's Empowerment International (WE), whose members will model the outfits displayed.

Enjoy "famous tamales" at Spirit of the Barrio Luncheon sponsored by Family Health Centers of San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- To increase awareness about its programs, services and role in the San Diego region, Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) has presented its Spirit of the Barrio Luncheon series for the past 25 years.

The next luncheon will be held on Friday, Sept. 16.

Dr. Mary Hurley will share her inspirational life journey from being a homeless teen on the streets of San Diego to becoming a successful orthopedic surgeon.

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