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San Diego State University makes top 50 LGBT-friendly universities and colleges list

These 50 universities are making strides in providing a safe environment, especially for LGBT students.

Non-profit organization Campus Pride released a list of the most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities in the United States based on each school's ratings in LGBT student academic, housing and various other campus life factors.

Campus Pride used an index of research tools to assess each institution's policies, programs and practices that work toward an inclusive and safe environment for LGBT and heterosexual ally students.

Emerging Muslim movement embraces gay and interfaith marriages

Omar Akersim of Los Angeles, California prays regularly and observes the dawn-to-dusk Ramadan fast. He is also openly gay.

Akersim, 26, is part of a small but growing number of American Muslims challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents’ world. They believe that one can be gay and Muslim; that the sexes can pray shoulder-to-shoulder; that females can preach and that Muslim women can marry outside the faith — and they point to Quran passages to back them up.

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RGOD2: How a piggery in remote Uganda is changing LGBT lives trapped in poverty

As a result of donations raised from global LGBT activist Angeline Jackson’s recent visit to Southern California, $1,000 was sent to the Good Samaritan Consortium in Uganda.

JP Conly is a nurse from San Diego who worked with the Consortium last year and while he was there he visited a piggery run by a new organization called Youth on Rock Foundation. This is a wonderful grassroots network of young activists who are using the piggery project to help fellow LGBTQ people get out of poverty and help to prevent the spread of HIV among people under 30.

Stepping Stone to honor recovery program graduates twice yearly

SAN DIEGO, California -- In a break from tradition, starting this month the Alumni Club of Stepping Stone San Diego will begin holding graduation ceremonies twice a year.

In the past, the organization held one graduation a year, causing some graduates to have to wait up to a year to receive their diploma and much-deserved public recognition for completing Stepping Stone's residential program. This will no longer be the case with the twice yearly ceremonies.

The next graduation will be held on Friday, Aug. 22 at "The Stone," located at 3767 Central Ave. in City Heights.

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Heart & Soul: Change is good! You start!

This year’s San Diego LGBT Pride Parade and Festival was the 40th such weekend. It’s pretty amazing how far we in the LGBTQ community have come in that amount of time.

My first Pride parade was in 1986, and I remember a pretty large contingency of Fundamentalist Christians (not so fondly referred to as “Fundies”) led by anti-gay activist Dorman Owens from Santee, California. Although I did not see them personally, it was reported that only a handful of protestors attended the parade this year.

San Diego Remembers seeking community members for group photo

SAN DIEGO, California -- In advance of the sixth annual San Diego Remembers Matthew Shepard event on Tuesday, Oct. 14, the organizing committee is seeking community members to pose in a group photo that will be used in this year's promotional materials.

This year's event theme is "Bridging the Gap," focusing on bringing together the generations of people in the LGBT equality movement, from youth to seniors. The photo will be taken on the bridge at the foot of Park Boulevard in downtown San Diego that leads to the San Diego Bayfront.

Tickets available for San Diego Human Dignity Foundation's Reunion Party with Leslie Jordan

SAN DIEGO, California -- Tickets are still available for the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation's (SDHDF) Reunion Party, taking place tomorrow evening, Aug. 9, from 6-9 pm.

The event will celebrate the foundation's 18 years of philanthropy and raise money for the Senior Services Program at The San Diego LGBT Community Center, ongoing SDHDF programs and The Aging with Dignity Initiative at the foundation.

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RGOD2: Joseph – drag queen or a gay biblical archetype?

The Scripture lectionary used by most of mainstream Christian denominations this weekend tells the beginning of the Joseph story. I first heard the story of Joseph, a throwaway kid, while I was in Sunday school. He was an ancient hero to me -- given how his family disowned him and yet he rose to be the second most important person in Egyptian politics. He also reconciled bad experiences in his life with more positive ones and he never let the negative experiences dominate his life’s vision.

Meteorologist comes out in adorable Facebook baby announcement

A popular meteorologist just surprised everybody by coming out publicly -- in more ways than one.

Cocktails and Furrytails to benefit San Diego Animal Support Foundation

SAN DIEGO, California -- Local architect Ed Ruegg is the creator of Cocktails & Furrytails, a fun and fantastic event hosted by members of the LGBT community.

The first-ever Cocktails & Furrytails will bring together colleagues, friends and neighbors to make an impact on homeless and abused animals in need of loving homes from our local shelters and rescue agencies.

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