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Legal Ease: Same-sex partnership equality - a slow but steady process

Editor's Note: SDGLN is pleased to welcome Rivka Israel to our team with a new legal column that will focus on LGBT Family Law. Feel free to suggest topics for future discussion.

As the recognition of the rights of same-sex partnerships have increased over the past seven years, we have also watched as changes have taken place in state and federal laws

At times, this piecemeal process has resulted in some strange scenarios.

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San Francisco's gay mayoral candidate Bevan Dufty to visit San Diego on June 5

SAN DIEGO -- Folks in the Castro in San Francisco are buzzing with the possibility of electing their first gay mayor.

Former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty is considered a top candidate and many voters in the city believe November will be an historic election.

Dufty served two terms as supervisor in District 8, the same seat held by LGBT hero Harvey Milk, long considered the “Mayor of Castro Street.” Milk and Mayor George Moscone were assassinated in November 1978.

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Becoming Chaz: A Bono of another name - and still advocating

Unless you have been living under a rock lately, you've seen publicity about Chaz Bono's gender transition - lots of it.

All the attention was organized to promote the premiere of "Becoming Chaz," a documentary by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World of Wonder productions, which debuted this month on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), as well as Chaz's new book, "Transition - The story of how I became a man," released by Dutton Books (Penguin) at the same time.

Green Tip of the Week: Do the splits!

Here’s a quick and easy way to reduce your impact while traveling: Split a taxi!

While you’re standing in the cab line at the airport, ask your fellow travelers if any of them are going to the same part of town as you. If they are, tell the driver you need to make two stops and off you go.

Carpooling saves gas and emissions and, in this case, will save you money too.

You should use your best judgment when deciding to share a cab -- safety first! -- but if the coast is clear, give it a whirl! All you’ve got to lose is a full cab fare.

Green Tip of the Week: How to rid yourself of uninvited guests

Tiny flies buzzing around the kitchen are annoying. You can buy sprays, traps and serums full of chemicals to help you rid yourself of the problem, but non-chemical traps are just as effective -- and free!

If the summer heat has turned your kitchen into a fruit-fly playground, help is here! Rid yourself of pesky kitchen flies with a homemade trap using natural ingredients.

How to make eco-friendly trap

TONIGHT: City College LGBT group to host fundraiser at Gossip Grill

SAN DIEGO -- All Out At City, San Diego City College's organization for LGBT students and their allies, will host a fundraiser tonight to celebrate the end of the semester and raise money for the group's programs and activities.

The event will take place from 7 to 9:30 pm at Gossip Grill, 1440 University Ave., and include Jell-o shots and a raffle.

VIDEO: Lady Gaga heads to the farm, as in FarmVille, or GagaVille

Lady Gaga has teamed up with Zynga, the makers of FarmVille, to promote her Born this Way album, introducing 'GagaVille' to the social media game. In GagaVille, which is played within FarmVille, you can grow your own jewels and buy Gaga songs from the album with Zynga game cards before it hits stores on May 23.

This promotional YouTube video by Evolution Bureau imagines Gaga's transformative effect on a farming town. Watch out for glitter balls growing on trees, farmers in drag and a horse with a pink mane.

New IGLTA partnership offers LGBT travelers safer exploits through cultural exchange network

On the heels of its annual convention last week in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) announced a new partnership with Tripping.com.

Tripping is a social network site that connects travelers all over the world, with current memberships from over 100 countries.

Green Tip of the Week: Eat your greens!

You may drink green one day out of the year, but what about eating green?

Consider going vegetarian for one day per week to up your green and reduce your impact on the environment.

One-third of all fossil fuels produced in the United States go toward animal agriculture, so switching to a meat-free diet can help reduce the load, even if only for the day.

Still not convinced? Eating vegetables can also reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer while helping you lose weight.

San Diego Kings "Drag it Out" for the Trevor Project on Sunday

This Sunday, May 8th, the San Diego Kings Club (SDKC) will be burning up The Flame.

The popular male impersonation troupe will not only perform some of their own finely-tuned acts, but also give fans (and other aspiring drag kings) an opportunity to strut their stuff on stage right along with with them.

Regina Styles will be your host for the night's 70's and 80's theme and the best part - The Trevor Project will be the night's beneficiary.