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Uptown Planners board election scheduled for tonight

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Uptown Planners will hold their annual board election tonight from 6 to 6:30 pm, needing to fill seven seats.

The Uptown Planners Board is an advisory board to the City of San Diego regarding land use and development projects in the neighborhoods of Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, Mission Hills and University Heights. Review of projects by the board is a part of the approval process for discretionary projects and new development.

Remembering the Rev. Malcolm Boyd, overlooked gay rights activist who pushed boundaries

The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, who died on Friday (Feb. 27) at the age of 91, lived three lives — each extraordinary. More extraordinary still is how he gave each up for the next.

For the first third of Boyd’s life, he was an A-list producer in Hollywood’s golden age, most famously as a business partner of silent film actress Mary Pickford.

Hillcrest spring cleaning postponed due to rainy forecast

SAN DIEGO, California -- "The Great Spring Cleaning" scheduled for Saturday in Hillcrest has been postponed due to rain in the forecast.

The new date will be on Saturday, March 14.

Please join the Hillcrest Business Association, Hillcrest Clean T.E.A.M., Hillcrest Town Council and UCSD Medical Center at 8 am March 14 for the first clean-up of 2015.

Imperial Court de San Diego seeking donations for annual Easter Egg Hunt

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Imperial Court de San Diego will host the 12th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 5 at Trolley Barn Park in University Heights.

At the event, volunteers will distribute over 600 Easter baskets filled with toys and over 7,000 Easter eggs. The Imperial Court is looking for donations to be able to provide the baskets and eggs to the many families in need who attend the event each year.

Those who wish to donate baskets, toys, or other items should contact Emperor Mikie Too at 619-501-6793 or Empress Toni Saunders at 619-517-9557.

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RGOD2: How Randy Berry can succeed as the new LGBT czar

By chance, I discovered a fairly unknown prospective bill coming before the Senate last year where the idea of creating an LGBT envoy to integrate the State Department’s interests with LGBT human rights first emerged. I unwittingly broke the story that the State Department was considering hiring a full-time senior diplomat to oversee the human rights of LGBT people globally.

Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors event to be held Friday at The Center

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center will host the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors on Friday, Feb. 27 from 6-8 pm. The event recognizes the contributions of community leaders.

A $10 donation includes a soul food buffet which benefits The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir, The Bayard Rustin US Postage Stamp Campaign and The Center.

Awards recipients are listed below.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber
Stan Lewis
Phyllis Jackson

Civil Rights Honorees

LaRue Fields
Christopher Wilson

County of San Diego offers free tax preparation help

SAN DIEGO, California -- Through April 15, the County will be helping low-income families and individuals file their income tax returns and increase the amount they get back.

More than 500 volunteers will help prepare and file taxes electronically at about 75 sites across the region, including one at the Westfield Mission Valley Mall. However, you have to be low income to qualify for the free service.

San Diego makes list of Sexiest Beaches in America, but location will surprise you

SAN DIEGO, California -- DatingAdvice.com has put together a list of the "16 Sexiest Beaches in America," and of course San Diego with more than 70 miles of pristine beaches is included.

But what's surprising is which San Diego "beach" made the list: Shelter Island, ranked No. 5 in the U.S.

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LGBT retirement anxiety high

An aging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population in the U.S. faces anxieties about retirement that are significantly greater than other Americans who are nearing retirement.

That is according to a survey by the Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE) that polled 1,857 LGBT Americans and 519 non-LGBT Americans and compared the responses between the two populations.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) likely to allow same-sex unions in its constitution

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), based in Louisville, Kentucky, is on track to rewrite the definition of marriage in its constitution by allowing it to include same-sex couples.

More than 40% of presbyteries, or regional governing bodies, have voted on the change as of Friday.

While there’s no official count yet, advocacy groups on both sides put the vote at 51 presbyteries in favor of allowing gay marriage and 23 against. Voting continues into the spring, with a majority of the 172 presbyteries needed for ratification.