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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.

Curing HIV gets tougher

BALTIMORE -- More than 34 million people in the world, including 1.2 million in the U.S., are living with HIV. After more than 30 years of study and research, scientists appear to be no closer to a cure despite numerous promising developments.

New research from Johns Hopkins tosses a wet blanket on hopes that a "shock and kill" cure strategy will work, according to a report published last week by the journal Cell online.

Parents rejoice as another kid-friendly bar opens in North Park

Waypoint Public, on 30th Street and North Park Way—the space that used to be The Linkery—had its “soft opening” on October 15th.

GLAAD's What To Watch On Tuesday

(Editor's note: This post was originally published by SDGLN content partner GLAAD.)

SANDAG eyes University Avenue for bike corridor

SAN DIEGO -- Mission Hills merchants were told University Avenue is the most likely of three prospective alternative routes the Uptown Regional Bike Corridors Project could take in ongoing efforts to make the community more bike-friendly.

Two other east-west routes being considered as the preferred alternative for a bike corridor through Uptown are Washington Street and Robinson Avenue.

That was revealed at a special meeting on proposed bike lanes hosted by the Mission Hills Business Improvement District (BID) Oct. 23 at Cinema Under The Stars at 4040 Goldfinch St.

Anthony Keen begins role as coordinator of SDSU's first Pride Center

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State University’s strong commitment to diversity has paved the way for a new haven to be added to the campus repertoire — the Pride Center.

The center is one of the goals identified in SDSU’s strategic plan under the initiative to “promote students success across the university.”

Anthony Keen, a former residence hall coordinator for University Towers, was chosen as the coordinator for the center, set to open in January 2014.

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Commentary: Halloween and happy birthday to the love of my life

Halloween is always a very special day for me. Yes, I am the type of person who loves to dress up for Halloween – and yes I do like all the candy. But in all honesty, I celebrate Halloween because it is my partner Susan’s birthday.

When I met her, I was this 28-year-old married girl running from everything in my life. I knew I was gay – and I ran from that. I knew I should not have been married – and I ran from that. I knew I loved her – and I ran from that.

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Senate plans vote on ENDA before Thanksgiving recess | UPDATED!

(Editor's update: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called for debate and a vote on ENDA for Monday, Nov. 4.)

WASHINGTON -- Gay-rights supporters are reacting positively to the news that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will allow a vote on the bi-partisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

The proposed law would ban job discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Two same-gender couples sue Texas for right to marry

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A gay couple and a lesbian couple filed a federal lawsuit on Monday for the right to marry in Texas, which bans marriage equality.

Mark Pharris and Vic Holmes, and Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetman, are the plaintiffs in the case filed in San Antonio by the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. According to

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