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TODAY: U.S. military members to participate in SDSU's annual rainbow flag raising ceremony

SAN DIEGO -- Members of the U.S. military will raise the rainbow flag today at San Diego State University's (SDSU) annual rainbow flag ceremony, beginning at 11:30 am. The event, which is a public campus celebration in recognition of diversity and inclusion, will kick off LGBT Pride week in San Diego.

In the aftermath of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," military personnel will participate for the first time in the event's five-year history.

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COMMENTARY: The newest group of military spouses is stuck outside the gates

Let’s all celebrate! Not so fast.

Military Spouse Day has been observed since May 23, 1984, when a proclamation by President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members. The US Secretary of Defense standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day.

VIDEO: Sean Sala launches "It Is Time" podcast

SAN DIEGO -- Community activist Sean Sala has created a new podcast called "It Is Time," which he plans to feature on his blog

In his initial podcast, which can be heard via YouTube, Sala discusses his involvement with last summer's "Military March" at the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade.

SDSU to launch LGBT lecture series Monday with inaugural discussion on DADT

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State University will launch its FLUID Lecture Series on Monday, Feb. 20, with a presentation on the repeal of LGBT identity in the U.S. military following the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

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Year-end review: Lambda Legal reflects on progress of LGBT movement in 2011

NEW YORK -- Reflecting back on what has been a banner year for the LGBT community, Lambda Legal has released its "State of the Law 2011," the organization's annual wrap-up of progress in LGBT rights.

The publication also includes a tip sheet of what is likely to come for the movement in 2012.

Highlights for the year include:

- Passage of marriage equality legislation in New York, the sixth state - plus the District of Columbia - to allow same-sex couples to legally marry

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COMMENTARY: Money talks for LGBT groups

I repeatedly hear and see criticism of LGBT organizations and their leaders. The chatter machine gripes about why the Defense of Marriage Act hasn’t been repealed yet, why transgender persons are not always included in proposed legislation, and even why there is a glut of gay charity summer pool parties.

LGBT people sure like to talk about the work of gay social justice groups; but far too often, they criticize without doing much to help.

Sailor discharged under DADT is reinstated

WASHINGTON -- Petty Officer 2nd Class Jase Daniels, discharged from the U.S. Navy in April 2005 and again in March 2007 because of the military's former "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, has been reinstated and will return to active as a linguist, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) says.

Daniels was sworn in today.

VIDEO: North County LGBTQ Resource Center opens

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – After months of planning, fundraising and gathering community input, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center held its grand opening celebration on Sunday, Dec. 4.

Event organizers report that nearly 200 people attended the gathering, which included a VIP cocktail reception for the center’s board and supporters followed by an open house and holiday bazaar fundraiser in the space.

Servicemembers United accepting donations for military care packages

SAN DIEGO -- As part of its commitment to provide care packages for active duty military personnel, Servicemembers United (SU) operates the "SU Gives Back" program.

The organization's next care package drive will take place on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 7:30 to 9 pm at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill.

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VIDEO: Rich's and SDPIX to host popular Active Duty party Saturday night

SAN DIEGO – The four-day holiday weekend means that it is time for one of the most popular events hosted by SDPIX and Rich’s: The Active Duty Military Party, to be held Saturday, Nov. 26.

Held quarterly, Active Duty parties typically attract a packed house at the Hillcrest nightclub, filled with hundreds of patrons clad in military-themed attire and costumes.