Johnathan Hale and Carl DeMaio wed in Oceanside

On Saturday April 25, surrounded by their immediate family, SDGLN publisher Johnathan Hale married his longtime partner Carl DeMaio near the Oceanside pier, in Oceanside California. The date has a special place in their hearts, as it is also the sixth anniversary of their meeting.

The ceremony was officiated by Senior Pastor Richard McCullen of Mission Gathering Church.

Johnathan and Carl will host their reception at Wang’s in North Park on May 9th for friends and colleagues.

San Diego makes it to the head of the class

National Geographic Channel makes San Diego one of its “smart” cities in a documentary that showcases the places that influence America and the world.

San Diego is the eighth largest city in the U.S. and its contributions to technology, scientific advancements and creativity will make it one of the leading cities heading into the 21st century.

Balboa Park's central square explodes with color

SAN DIEGO, California - San Diego Union Tribune reports that Balboa Park’s central square has received a make-over. What was once a parking lot is now a pedestrian walkway filled with color and panache.

The $109,000 Southwest Airlines funded project injects some colorful scenery into the historic Plaza de Panama, where the public can relax after hitting all of the park’s museums.

After unveiling the new décor Mayor Faulconer asked, “Does this look a whole lot better?”

San Diego County Supervisor created “Hostile, Politicized” office says former chief of staff

SAN DIEGO, California - A former chief of staff for San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts claims the supervisor created a "hostile, politicized work environment" in his office.

Roberts is at the center of a political firestorm; at least seven of his 11 staffers have quit in just four months.

Several top county officials told NBC 7 one of those former staffers, Chief of Staff Glynnis Vaughan, was expected to receive a $75,000 settlement.

SDGLN Poll: Do you avoid traveling to anti-gay countries?

SAN DIEGO, California – Readers of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News who took our poll last week shared their thoughts on visiting countries that do not support LGBT rights.

Our poll question was: Do you avoid traveling to anti-gay countries?

The results, which are not scientific, show that 75% of the poll participants try to avoid traveling to anti-gay countries, 17% whenever possible, and 8% don’t avoid visiting anti-gay countries.

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FilmOut San Diego LGBT Film Festival: Tab Hunter, Zachary Quinto, James Franco and much more

SAN DIEGO, California — Movies featuring Tab Hunter, Zachary Quinto and James Franco are among the highlights of FilmOut San Diego’s 17th annual LGBT Film Festival, scheduled May 29-31 at the historic Observatory North Park Theatre.

More 30 films will be shown during the three days of screenings at San Diego’s only LGBT film festival.

Eighteen films will have their premiere at FilmOut San Diego along with award-winning movies from the prestigious Sundance and Berlin festivals, independent features and a variety of short films.

Florence Elementary name-change effort put on hold

SAN DIEGO, California -- After a contentious six-month effort that began last fall to rename Hillcrest’s Florence Elementary in honor of former state Sen. Christine Kehoe, local leaders behind the movement said the initiative is now on hold to allow for more community outreach and volunteerism to benefit the school.

The name-change campaign has been led by the GLBT Historic Task Force, which advocates for renaming entities after trailblazing LGBT leaders, such as San Diego’s Harvey Milk Street.

Transgender teen from Fallbrook dies in apparent suicide

FALLBROOK, California -- A transgender Fallbrook teen who was reportedly having problems with bullying has died in an apparent suicide, reports 10 News.

The 16-year old was identified as Taylor Alesana.

The teen's death happened on April 3 according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office. A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Thursday night at 6 pm at the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in Oceanside.

SANDAG to present bike plan for North Park neighborhood

SAN DIEGO, California -- America's Finest City wants to be a bicycle-friendly neighborhood, and traffic planners are proposing ways to make our streets friendly to bikers.

The plan for the Mission Hills-Hillcrest communities has run into controversy, but so far not a lot of heat has been generated over the plan for North Park, often called one of America's hippest neighborhoods.

Jacquie Atkinson declares run for Congress, calls out Rep. Scott Peters

SAN DIEGO, California -- Jacquie Atkinson made it official today: The Republican is running for Congress in the 52nd District against incumbent Scott Peters, a Democrat.

"I have served my country in combat and I am prepared to serve my country in Congress," Atkinson said in a statement. "Whether it is wasting our money, failing to provide for our security or ignoring the struggles of working families, Congress is completely broken and career politician Scott Peters is the epitome of what is wrong with our Congress."