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Second arrest made in beating of transgender woman in Hollywood

LOS ANGELES -- A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the beating of a transgender woman in May on Hollywood Boulevard, police said Wednesday night.

The Los Angeles Police Department said that a male suspect had been taken into custody on suspicion of taking part in the early morning attack on May 31 near Vine Street.

Detectives have said four men were involved in the beating of the woman identified by authorities as Vivian.

The woman suffered broken bones and internal injuries and spent a week in the hospital, police said.

Liberty Tax Service will amend for free the tax returns of married same-gender couples

After the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the U.S. Department of Treasury announced this summer that they will treat same-gender couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, as married for federal tax purposes, Liberty Tax Service has offered to amend 2010 and 2011 federal tax returns for same-gender, married couples for free.

As of Sept. 16, the ruling stands even for those couples who do not reside in the jurisdiction where they were married.

SDPIX presents Halloween Massive on Saturday at Rich's

SAN DIEGO -- MASSIVE is back at Rich's for a special Halloween edition, presented by San Diego Pix, on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Halloween weekend revelers are invited to head to Rich's after Nightmare on Normal Street for Hillcrest's spookiest party.

San Diego Monster Bash to feature costume contest with $5K grand prize

SAN DIEGO -- This Saturday's San Diego Monster Bash is the city's biggest Halloween Block Party and this year, event organizers will be offering a cash prize bigger than ever for the best costume.

Known as San Diego's sexiest and wildest Halloween bash, this year's event will feature a costume contest with a $5,000 cash prize going to the winner. The event will also include some of the hottest international DJs who will rock the streets of downtown with electrifying mixes - 17 DJs in total.

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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. 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.)