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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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THEATER REVIEW: “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood: A Tribute to the Life and Music of Nina Simone”

She started playing piano by ear at age 3, played regularly in church at 6 and made her concert debut and her first civil rights stand – at 12, when her parents were asked to vacate their front-row seats for white people. She refused to play until they were re-seated in the front.

Her mother was a busy preacher; her father, a mostly absent handyman. Her older sister Lucille was the one person in the family who was “strong, funny and always there to pick up the pieces.”

Artist spotlight: Jeffery Straker | VIDEO

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SDGLN Poll: Readers share whether they will dress up for Halloween

SAN DIEGO – Readers of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News who took our poll indicate that they will not be dressing up in a costume for Halloween, which is practically a gay holiday.

Our poll question was: Will you dress up in a costume this year for Halloween?

The results, which are not scientific, reveal that 67% of readers say that they will forgo costumes this year, 27% will dress up, and 7% are undecided.

ADOPT ME! Take Annie home!

Annie is a white and torbie-colored cat. She is 8 years old and has been spayed.

Why I'd make a great companion

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