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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Halloweening in Hillcrest

Halloween is not until next Thursday, but most bars and clubs in the Hillcrest area will be celebrating the bewitching holiday the weekend before, which means this weekend. That being the case, here is my annual guide to all of the gayborhood’s frightening festivities.

For events that will take place on the 31st, the actual night of Halloween, see my column next week for details!

Friday, Oct. 25

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Lessons Learned: “I am living proof” that domestic violence afflicts the LGBT community

(Editor’s note: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Many people aren’t aware that domestic violence afflicts the LGBT community. Here is the first of a two-part, first-person account by Jeff Gilson of San Diego, who tells of his two relationships that turned abusive. Part II runs tomorrow.)

TONIGHT: Hillcrest Brewing Company's 2nd annual Pumpkin Carving Contest | VIDEO

SAN DIEGO -- Celebrate the opening of the new film "Kill Your Darlings" at Hillcrest Brewing Company and carve into some killer giveaways during the second annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, today from 6-9 pm.

Customers are encouraged to bring in their best carved pumpkin, and the staff of Hillcrest Brewing Company will pick their favorites. First prize gets a half-gallon growler with $50 refill card, and second place gets half-gallon Growler with a $25 refill card.

Australian government asks high court to overturn marriage law in ACT

CANBERRA, Australia -- As expected, Australia's federal government has sued to overturn the same-gender marriage law approved Tuesday by the Parliament of the Australian Capital Territory, or ACT.

Australia's new Prime Minister Tony Abbott opposes marriage equality and he ordered the government to challenge the new law to the High Court of Australia.

No hearing date has been announced, but the government urged the high court to expediate the case. Skynews.com reported this:

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RGOD2: What I learned in The Gambia at human-rights conference

The Gambia is affectionately known as the “the smiling coast of Africa” as it sits on the western side of this huge continent - smiling out from sun-drenched beaches of the Atlantic. Fifty-thousand British holidaymakers flock here to escape their harsh winters in this former English colony, followed by thousands of Dutch and Germans.

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Meet LGBT History Month icon Bruce Nugent | 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.)

Report on San Diego's first-ever CicloSDias

For years I heard a restaurateur friend of mine talk about how we could shut down portions of the road to cars and make something cool. He’d mentioned how they did it in South America and Mexico City (turns out over 100 cities have done it). Many of my bike-riding friends have been part of the chorus over the last several years demanding some major changes.

ADOPT ME! Take Kit home!

Kit is a brown Tabby cat weighing 7.4 pounds. She is 8 years old and has been spayed.

Why I'd make a great companion

San Diego Symphony to tour overseas

SAN DIEGO -- This fall marks a lot of firsts for the San Diego Symphony. In November, the orchestra will tour overseas for the first time in its 102-year history. The musicians will also make their debut at New York City's storied Carnegie Hall, a dream concert for many musicians.

As the symphony steps onto these bigger stages, I decided to check in on its economic health and future well-being.

UFC partners with LGBT groups to promote HIV awareness

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

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