Leather Foundation launches sex-positive community space

SAN DIEGO, California -- On March 7, The Leather Foundation, a local 501(c)(3), launched the Stomping Ground San Diego (TSGSD), a safe, legal, membership-based, BDSM sex-positive space to be used for educational workshops and alternative sexuality play.

Led by interim board president Tina Maravilla, aka “Sarge,” who is also Ms. San Diego Leather 2015-16, TSGSD is supported by a dedicated group of proponents from the leather, kinky and sex-positive communities who have worked together to establish a space with the shared philosophy of having a safe and welcoming space for all.

The plight of gays in paradise

MIAMI, Florida -- “Boom bye-bye ina batty bwoy head. Rude boy naw promote di nasty man. Dem haffi dead.” The year was 1992. Dancehalls and nightclubs worldwide were packed with men and women winding and grinding to reggae superstar Buju Banton’s homophobic hit that loosely translates to: Shoot the homosexual men. Rude (or Gangster) boys won’t promote their behavior, so homosexual men have to die. Twenty-three years later, Jamaica’s boom bye bye mantra still threatens its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (or LGBT) community.

GSDBA seeks nominations for annual awards

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) is requesting nominations from the community to recognize business and community leaders at its annual business awards dinner and silent auction, which will take place in June.

Submissions, which are due by April 5, are requested in the following categories: business of the year; nonprofit of the year; community leadership award; emerging business of the year; and corporate partner of the year.

Gays & lesbians in American religion: Data surprises

One of the most contentious issues in American religion is the question of sexuality and LGBT rights. It divides denominations. It causes churches to split. For many, the issue is a litmus test for orthodoxy.

But how many people in churches are gay, lesbian, or bisexual? Way more than many would think. Even among conservative religious groups, more than five percent of religious people have had a homosexual relationship.

Transgender activist Blake Brockington, 18, mourned

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Friends and community members are mourning the passing of a local transgender youth activist, Blake Brockington, who died as the result of suicide on Monday night.

Brockington, 18, was a 2014 graduate of East Mecklenburg High School where, last year, he was nominated and later crowned homecoming king as an openly transgender student after winning a fundraising competition and drawing in $2,335.55 for a charity chosen by the school. Brockington’s homecoming win is believed to be the first for an openly transgender student in Charlotte.

Major gamer convention could leave Indiana over religious freedom bill

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- A major gaming convention, Gen Con, threatened on Tuesday to move its annual event out of Indiana if Gov. Mike Pence signs into law a controversial bill that would allow private businesses to deny service to homosexuals on religious grounds.

Pence has signaled he will sign the bill, possibly this week, after the Republican-controlled Indiana Senate overwhelmingly approved on Tuesday a lower-house version of the bill and moved it to the Republican governor's desk.

Opponents say the legislation is discriminatory.

San Diego County Bike Coalition backs Uptown Bike Corridor project

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego County Bike Coalition says it will recommend that the Uptown Bike Corridor project move forward.

The group said it will endorse the SANDAG plan, which will be the topic of an Uptown Planners community forum from 6 to 7:30 pm tonight (Tuesday, March 24) at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave. in Hillcrest.

According to the Bike Coalition, the project will benefit all San Diegans by providing safe and accessible transportation options for some of the city’s core communities.

Georgia school superintendent comes out after allegations surface of Grindr use

A Monroe County, Georgia school superintendent released a statement this week confirming he is gay after reports that he used the gay app Grindr made headlines in local media.

Anthony Pack, the superintendent of Monroe County Schools since 2008, released a statement through his attorney, David Doer, on Thursday, March 19. Doer could not be immediately reached for comment.

In the statement, Doer and Pack accuse local reporter, Will Davis of the Monroe County Reporter, of bullying Pack into coming out. Monroe County is a suburb of Macon, Georgia.

Cardinal who groped male priests while comparing gay marriage to child abuse resigns

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien from Scotland has officially resigned today (March 20).

Pope Francis accepted the cleric's resignation of the rights and privileges of a cardinal after he admitted to "inappropriate sexual misconduct" with four priests.

Prior to the revelation, he had launched a 'war' on same-sex marriage in the UK. He likened it to slavery, child abuse and moral degradation.

San Diego Pride to host legal clinic on Tuesday

SAN DIEGO, California -- San Diego LGBT Pride and Tom Homann LGBT Law Association have teamed up again to provide a legal resource clinic that will hear legal concerns from members of the LGBT community on Tuesday, March 24 from 5:30-7:30 pm.

The clinic provides walk-in services with attorneys that can assess legal questions and refer individuals to appropriate resources to aid them in obtaining assistance with their legal needs.