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The Center's Young Professionals Council to host evening at Lambda Archives

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Center's Young Professionals Council will host its next 1st Tuesday Series event on Tuesday, Oct. 6 from 6:30-8 pm at the Lambda Archives of San Diego. This month’s series will focus on San Diego’s vibrant LGBT history, and participants will get a first-hand look at the organization that has been collecting this history since 1987.

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Historic Bud Kearns pool re-opens in Balboa Park

The Bud Kearns Memorial swimming pool is once again open in Balboa Park. The historic community gathering has been closed since February to repair an 83-year-old drainage system, but on Monday swimmers were able to dive in once again.

The busy social landmark has been cooling down San Diego residents since 1933, and unfortunately has been closed throughout the summer.

The Center's Young Professionals Council to host 1st Tuesday Series on networking

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Young Professionals Council (YPC) of the San Diego LGBT Community Center will host their next 1st Tuesday Series event on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at Uptown Tavern.

On the first Tuesday of each month, all YPC members, friends, and those interested in learning more about YPC are welcome to attend for brief updates, followed by a program focusing on helpful skills for young leaders and professionals.

Back Out With Benny: #TalkingSex

I talk about sex. A lot. Much of that is because of my job at the San Diego LGBT Community Center, working with our #BeTheGeneration [to end new transmissions of HIV] campaign. Through the campaign, which I discussed several months ago in this column, we are working hard to end much of the stigma that has surrounded HIV/AIDS since the disease first came to light in the early 1980s. The heart of the campaign is to simply help people get to a place where they can live out, live long, live healthy, and live unafraid.

Back out With Benny: A very wet but very memorable Pride

Rain is not something we think of when we think about the annual San Diego LGBT Pride celebration. In fact, Pride organizers moved San Diego’s Pride events to July many years ago to ensure good weather (among other reasons).

In the 19 years I’ve participated in Pride here, never have I seen anything like we witnessed last weekend — a parade drenched by a rainstorm accompanied by thunder and lightning, followed by grey skies and showers all weekend. It was bizarre, it was uncomfortable, it was wet, but the party sure went on!

Sarah Merk-Benitez takes on volunteer coordinator role at The Center

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center has announced that Sarah Merk-Benitez has taken the position as the organization’s Coordinator of Volunteer Resources.

Merk-Benitez replaces Jerry Tomaszewicz, Jr. who has joined The Center’s accounting team. In her new role, Merk-Benitez is responsible for recruiting, training and coordinating The Center’s more than 1,000 volunteers.

North County bus to San Diego Pride will be available

OCEANSIDE, California -- The North County LGBTQ Resource Center has announced a bus service to San Diego Pride’s parade and festival, July 18.

The round-trip service will be only $10 and riders may choose their departure and return times when they purchase their tickets. Morning trips are scheduled for 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. and will leave from the Resource Center, located at 510 N. Coast Hwy, Suite C. Riders are asked to park on the street, not in the Center’s parking lot.

Those riding are also invited to march along with the NC Resource Center in the parade.

Back Out With Benny: Toasting anniversaries and Pride

When I started writing this column earlier this year, we titled it “Back Out With Benny” as a nod to the “Out With Benny” column series I wrote for Update newspaper a decade ago.

This issue’s column marks the 10 years that have passed since I wrote my first-ever column, which was published on June 29, 2005. In a front-page teaser, the editors previewed that first column by saying “Ben Cartwright … has all the dish on everything that’s going around in San Diego. Entertaining, informative, and fun, Ben’s unique perspective will be a welcomed addition to Update.”

Contestants wanted for San Diego Gay Pride contest

SAN DIEGO, California -- M3 Productions will present the annual San Diego Gay Pride Contest on Sunday, July 12. Contestants are currently being sought.

The contest will include entries for Mr. Gay Pride (men); Ms. Gay Pride (women); and Miss Gay Pride (drag).

Winners of the contest, which takes place just a week before the annual San Diego Pride celebration, will have the opportunity to represent the San Diego LGBTQ community in a number of ways and participate in charitable service projects to benefit those in need.

Equality Professionals Network to host career fair for LGBT community and allies

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Equality Professionals Network (EPN), a coalition that represents LGBT business professionals and their allies, will hold their third annual LGBT & Allies Career Event on Tuesday, June 30, 4:30 pm, at the San Diego LGBT Community Center.

This free event is open to all LGBT community members and allies, and includes a job fair, professional development workshops, and networking.

The event will feature a variety of San Diego employers, including, but not limited to the following.

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