Happy Thanksgiving!

SAN DIEGO -- The staff members of Hale Media -- San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and SD PIX -- wish you a very happy Thanksgiving weekend.

We will not be publishing Thanksgiving Day through Sunday to allow our staff members to spend quality time with their families and loved ones.

We give thanks to you for supporting us and making our media organization the most-read LGBT news source in San Diego and beyond -- with a global readership reaching 200 countries and territories.

San Diego State University offers name-change option for students

SAN DIEGO, California -- San Diego State’s Office of the Registrar announced in an email a new preferred name option to students earlier this month.

The option was put in place primarily to accommodate students who are gender non-conforming or students who identify with a name that differs from his or her birth name.

“Students who have enrolled at San Diego State University under their legal names may change their first name to a preferred first name which may differ from the sex assigned to them at birth,” according to the Office of the Registrar email.

Michael Dudley steps down as head of Auntie Helen's

SAN DIEGO, California -- Less than a year ago, Auntie Helen’s Fluff & Fold had almost $80,000 in its checking account.

The nonprofit laundry service for North Park area AIDS patients closed out last month with almost all of it gone, and now charity officials are scrambling to keep their 30th Street thrift store open.

Michael Dudley, who was the executive director until earlier this month, spent thousands of dollars in charity assets on restaurant meals, clothing, an eye exam and glasses and even a clothing-optional resort near Palm Springs.

Local drag entertainer Louis "Lady O" Orozco dies at 43

SAN DIEGO, California -- Louis Orozco, a beloved drag personality in San Diego's LGBT community known as Lady O, died late Sunday night after collapsing at a Hillcrest nightclub, according to his longtime partner Mario "Luscious" Rodriguez. Orozco was 43 years old.

A San Diego local, Orozco attended Mar Vista High School and Southwestern College and had worked for MAC Cosmetics. Orozco and Rodriguez celebrated their 14th anniversary in May. Orozco was the father of two daughters.

SDGLN Poll: Yea or nay on Zachary Quinto's comments on HIV?

SAN DIEGO, California – Readers of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News who took our poll weigh in on Zachary Quinto’s comments about HIV/AIDS and PrEP.

The actor worried that gay men have become complacent in the fight against HIV and AIDS, and that PrEP is being used as an excuse for unprotected sex.

Our poll question was: Is Zachary Quinto right about HIV/AIDS and PrEP?

The results, which are not scientific, reveal that 75% of readers agree with Quinto, saying that he spoke from the heart. Another 16% were unsure, and 9% said Quinto was being judgmental.

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Tom Reise, unsung hero of San Diego's LGBT community

SAN DIEGO, California -- Some LGBT San Diegans might not know about Tom Reise, but after learning what he does for the community, one might wonder why they don’t.

Reise is a local philanthropist who as co-trustee of the estate of Dr. Fritz Klein helps fund many important LGBT programs in San Diego. From the arts to drug treatment, Reise's largesse benefits the community, but he seems happy to fly under the radar.

For sale: The heart of Hillcrest faces an unknown future

SAN DIEGO, California – Two prominent blocks in Hillcrest are up for sale to the highest bidders, and the purchasers will have the ability to transform the heart of the gayborhood.

In September, a 25,000-square-foot property that includes the shuttered Pernicano’s and Casa de Baffi restaurants went on sale for $12 million. The site is on the west side of Sixth Avenue between University and Robinson avenues.

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On 25th anniversary, "Longtime Companion" returns to the silver screen

SAN DIEGO, California – FilmOut San Diego will celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Longtime Companion” with a special screening tomorrow, co-sponsored by Being Alive.

“Longtime Companion” will be shown at 7 pm Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Landmark Hillcrest.

SDGLN Poll: Will readers attend 25th anniversary screening of "Longtime Companion" at FilmOut?

SAN DIEGO, California – Readers of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News who took our poll answer whether they will attend FilmOut San Diego’s screening of “Longtime Companion” on Wednesday, Nov. 19. It’s been 25 years since the film premiered to great acclaim.

Our poll question was: Will you go to FilmOut screening of "Longtime Companion" on Nov. 19?

The results, which are not scientific, reveal that 44% of readers plan to attend the screening and 56% have other plans.

Man arrested for DUI after striking half-a-dozen cars in Hillcrest

SAN DIEGO, California -- At least six parked cars were damaged just after midnight on Monday by a man who has been arrested on suspicion of driving drunk.

The trail of destruction apparently began on University Avenue in Hillcrest, when two woman called 911 to report that their car was struck by a man driving a red Lincoln. The women were able to follow the man's car as the red Lincoln crashed into at least five more cars before it lost a wheel and finally stopped in the 1500 block of Robinson Avenue.

Police arrested the man on the scene after he apparently failed a sobriety check.

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