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San Diego's Tree of Life vigil to be held on World AIDS Day

SAN DIEGO -- Mama’s Kitchen and Village Hillcrest will host the 22nd annual Tree of Life tree lighting ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 1 from 5-7 pm.

The ceremony, which is considered San Diego County’s premier events to commemorate World AIDS Day, honors those affected by AIDS and recognizes the ongoing leadership efforts made to end the worldwide epidemic. The event is free and open to the public.

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Meet LGBT History Month icon Jason Wu | VIDEO

(Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month, celebrated annually to recognize the notable achievements of LGBT people throughout time. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story here in the Causes section. View previous LGBT History Month icons HERE.)

West Hollywood: The perfect SoCal "staycation"

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Summer is over and you still haven’t taken a vacation? Can’t afford that first class seat to Paris? Can’t get the week off you need to really explore New York City? Well, we at WEHOville suggest you do what hundreds of thousands of people from around the world do every year. Visit West Hollywood!

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Meet the new honorees selected for Veterans Wall of Honor at The Center

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center will host the 2013 Benjamin F. Dillingham and Bridget Wilson Veterans Wall of Honor induction ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 5:30 pm.

The ceremony will honor 16 veterans who have been selected to be added to the wall, which was first unveiled in 2011. This year's honorees include:

Joseph Christopher Rocha, USN

April F. Heinze, USN

Stewart Bornhoft, USA

Kathleen A. Hansen, USN

Morgan M. Hurley, USN

Body found in Hillcrest ravine

SAN DIEGO -- A body of an apparent transient was found in a ravine near UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest midday Monday, authorities said.

Someone spotted the man in an area not far from a parking structure by the hospital about 12:30 pm, San Diego police officer Dan Lasher said.

Homicide investigators were not called to the scene. The Medical Examiner’s Office will handle the investigation into the death.

Read the full story on U-T San Diego HERE.

Gay Pride gaining acceptance, in an unlikely place

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Three hundred miles southeast of San Francisco, there’s a different kind of Gay Pride Parade taking place. Far from the wild party atmosphere of San Francisco, this parade celebrates LGBTQ communities in a manner that reflects the town of Bakersfield itself: low-key, family-friendly and conservative.

And that’s why it has been so successful, says local LGBTQ activist Whitney Weddell.

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Meet LGBT History Month icon George Takei | VIDEO

(Editor's note: October is LGBT History Month, celebrated annually to recognize the notable achievements of LGBT people throughout time. Each day this month, Equality Forum will feature one LGBT icon who has made notable contributions to society and SDGLN will publish the story here in the Causes section. View previous LGBT History Month icons HERE.)

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The making of the Ben Cohen 2013 calendar

The Ben Cohen Stand Up Foundation has released a video showing the making of the organization's 2013 calendar.

Proceeds from the calendar - which features sexy shots of Cohen - benefits the work of the foundation.

The Stand Up Foundation works to combat homophobia and bullying by raising awareness of its long-term, damaging effects.

Cohen is a former England rugby union player who retired from the sport in 2011 to focus on his activism work.

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