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.

ACTION ALERT: Fight Nigeria's draconian anti-gay bill

Our esteemed friends and colleagues,

Many of you have been asking us how you can support our struggle against the Same Gender Marriage Prohibition bill, 2011, under consideration in the Nigerian Parliament, which we learned yesterday from the Senate's voting has allegedly some new criminal provisions as opposed to the first version.

The Coalition for the Defense of Sexual Rights (CDSR) has been making a number of efforts with the support foreign missions, embassies and

It's JUST Art! showcase on Dec. 2 to benefit local diversity arts group

SAN MARCOS, Calif. – Art lovers in North County will have the opportunity to enjoy the work of several local artists, performers and craftsfolk at Diversity Arts’ first-ever It’s JUST Art benefit art showcase on Friday, Dec. 2.

GayCountry Russia denounces St. Petersburg's anti-gay bill, produces powerful VIDEO

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- St. Petersburg parliament adopted in first reading a draft law on administrative responsibility for the promotion of "sodomy, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgender."

The bill introduced by PM Vitali Milonov, who explained that children should be protected from "destructive information."

JONAH rabbi circulates anti-LGBT "Torah Declaration"

(This post was originally published on the GLAAD Blog).