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Back Out With Benny: The month of love

January is my least favorite month. It’s dark and cold, and the festive lights and cheer that hide the dark and cold in December mostly go away. Then of course there’s the pressure to start something new or change habits in the form of New Year’s resolutions, which in most cases, get pushed back with excuses as each day passes in January.

Back Out With Benny: To be 'young and gay'

I was thinking the other day about what it felt like to be young and gay. While I know at 35 years old, I’m still “young,” I’m certainly not 18 years old anymore. There was an innocence, excitement and curiosity that just can’t be matched.

Whenever possible, I try to have Monday date nights with myself, as I seem to have free time on that day more than any other. I typically take myself to another part of town, listen to relaxing music, and either take a long walk, sit in a cafe with tea, catch a movie, or just drive around.

The Center's Young Professionals Council to host mixer for those interested in 2016 YPC Academy program

The San Diego LGBT Community's Young Professionals Council (YPC) Academy program is currently accepting applications for the 2016 class through Thursday, Dec. 31.

The YPC Academy exists to help expand the ranks of young LGBT and ally leaders (age 21-40) who are ready to further equality for our community through board service for a variety of agencies, not-for-profit organizations and government commissions. Twenty candidates will be selected for the 2016 class, which consists of 6 Saturday workshop sessions between February and May.

Back Out With Benny: Mixing the holidays with community

I was really sick with a stomach infection (I’ll spare you the dirty details) at the end of October and first couple weeks of this month. While I’ve been lucky to have relatively good health — even a more severe illness like this one didn’t have me completely knocked down — I did find myself taking it much easier, staying in a lot more, and missing quite a few community events.

Diversionary Theatre "Flash Sale" offers huge ticket savings until Nov. 30

If you’re in the mood to get out and go somewhere other than the mall during this holiday season, why not head to the theatre?

San Diego’s own Diversionary Theatre has announced a huge savings on their latest stage performances of “A Civil War Christmas.”

Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel penned this musical tale of yule tide which takes place during one of the most tumultuous times in U.S. history.

The Center's Young Professionals Council to host November mixer at Gossip Grill

The Center's Young Professionals Council will host their next 1st Tuesday Series event on Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 6:30-8 pm at Gossip Grill.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event which will include a mixer and a special presentation on "privilege" by Carolina Ramos, The Center's Director of Training/Chief Diversity Officer. The presentation will be interactive and informative.

Gossip Grill offers $3 well drink specials all night on Tuesdays, and the full menu will also be available.

Job openings at San Diego Pride

San Diego LGBT Pride released the descriptions of two new job openings with the local nonprofit, which will allow them to not only improve their events but increase their financial support of the local LGBT community. The two positions include Director of Entertainment and an Office Manager.

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.