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San Diego Leadership Alliance to host informational session at The Center

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego Leadership Alliance (SDLA) will host an information session on Monday, Sept. 22 from 6-7 pm at The Center for those interested in applying for the upcoming 2015 SDLA Institute.

SDLA works to develop the next gen­er­a­tion of pro­gres­sive lead­ers by pro­vid­ing the skills, rela­tion­ships and oppor­tu­ni­ties to build a sus­tain­able pro­gres­sive infra­struc­ture in the San Diego region. The organization’s bench­mark pro­gram is its lead­er­ship insti­tute held each spring.

Surprise! Gay teen and mom come out to each other

Are you ready for this one?

This video is certainly a welcome experience, especially considering some of the horrific coming out stories we've seen as of late. Though this video isn't new, it's recently making the rounds on the Internet and generating a lot of attention for a very clear reason: after this gay teen comes out to his mother... she comes out to him as well.

Tiny Target store coming to South Park

SAN DIEGO, California -- Mega-retailer Target is hopping on the small-store bandwagon, and Monday announced plans to open its sixth TargetExpress store in South Park next July.

The store will be on the property currently occupied by the Gala Foods supermarket at Fern and Grape streets.

For years, retailers took pride in ever-bigger stores, but now with the rise of Internet shopping and showrooming, the trend is reversing.

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South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival is Saturday

CHULA VISTA, California -- Pride season in San Diego County isn’t over yet! The South Bay Pride Art & Music Festival is tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 13 from noon to 10 pm and organizers say this will be the biggest one yet.

While the main San Diego Pride celebration in July is long behind us (in fact, the organization that produces San Diego Pride is already hard at work on the 2015 festivities), there are two more Pride celebrations ahead of us -- South Bay Pride happening tomorrow and North County Pride by the Beach scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11.

Hillcrest groups to host forum on alternatives to University Avenue bike plan

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Hillcrest Business Association (HBA), Hillcrest Town Council (HTC), and Uptown Community Parking District (UCPD) have joined together to support alternatives to the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) planned Uptown Bike Corridor Project.

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"Grateful" returns to Burning Man and lets his freak fly

(Editor's note: San Diego residents JP Conly and Jeff Olson returned to Burning Man 2014 and write this account especially for San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. Facebook friends of Conly's know that he signs most his messages with "Grateful." Some people's surnames were not used at their request.)

What was once a small counterculture gathering of pranksters and punks “lost” in the wilds of northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, the Burning Man festival has continued to grow while firmly established itself in the zeitgeist of mainstream culture.

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RGOD2: The presence of absence, a reflection on 9/11 and lessons in shared heritage

(Editor's note: RGOD2 traditionally runs on Fridays, but this week's column is being published on 9/11.)

Sometimes when something is taken away from us or removed without our consent or approval, what is taken away takes on a more important function in our internal navigation. This came home to me several years ago while doing some research in Ohrid in Macedonia.

Mankind to host grand opening celebration Friday night

SAN DIEGO, California -- Mankind, which opened in its new Hillcrest location a few months ago, will host a grand opening celebration this Friday, Sept. 12 at the store and at Harvey Milk's American Diner.

The official Mankind grand opening will be at 8:30 pm at the new store location, located at 1295 University Ave. After the ribbon-cutting at the store, Harvey Milk’s American Diner will host a “Welcome to the heart of Hillcrest” party from 9-11 pm.

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Heart & Soul: Lessons for walking on fire

This past weekend I attended a retreat in the mountains near Valley Head, Alabama. One of the activities I participated in was a fire walk.
Yes, that’s right. And I did it. Twice.

Lambda Archives to host community mixer at Harvey Milk's

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Lambda Archives of San Diego (LASD) will host the “Get Social. Make History.” mixer on Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 6-8 pm at Harvey Milk’s American Diner.

LASD board members say they look forward to meeting with community members and sharing more about the work they are doing to preserve the future of San Diego’s LGBT history.

“You’ll get a chance to know who we are, what we do, and be the very first to hear about some incredible new projects we’ll be publicly announcing at this fabulous affair,” says an event page created by LASD.

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