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DJ Will Z makes "Out at the Fair" official

SAN DIEGO -- The last time Will Zakrajshek was featured by San Diego Gay & Lesbian News, he was discussing his performances as DJ Will Z at local hot spots around town. Yet spinning top 40s and electronic dance music is just one aspect of Will’s fascinating résumé. He is also, along with his partner, the founder of “Out at the Fair” which will take place Saturday, June 14 at Del Mar Fairgrounds.

San Diego Opera puts general director Ian Campbell on leave

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Opera has placed its longtime general and artistic director Ian Campbell on paid leave after a three-decade tenure that has been rocked in recent weeks by public and internal criticism over his role in the decision to close the company.

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Community Profile: HRC is needed more than ever, local activists say

SAN DIEGO – As a local branch of the nation's largest LGBT civil-rights organization, HRC San Diego is a diverse congregation of volunteers who dedicate their time to amplify the presence of Human Rights Campaign and drive change in our community.

They are a force for positive action – working toward a society wherein LGBT Americans are able to secure equality and find a welcoming embrace at home and in the community.

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Community Profile: Paintings and perspectives of Clarione Gutierrez | VIDEO

SAN DIEGO -- Versatile, multi-medium artist Clarione Gutierrez impresses audiences and buyers alike, showing prowess in graphic design, caricatures, fashion and his Launch Live Art, a local booking and contracting agency.

Born and raised in sunny San Diego, Gutierrez has a seemingly inherent knack for the visual arts, part of which he jokingly attributes to a trip to the renowned San Diego Zoo. But his versatility transcends the title of “artist,” as his talent is as engaging live as it is in a studio.

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Community Profile: Women's chorus president giddy about Indigo Girls collaboration

SAN DIEGO -- Carin Scheinin, the president of the San Diego Women’s Chorus (SDWC), isn’t joking when she says the group has a BIG show coming up.

The SDWC will perform alongside the Indigo Girls next month in the "Songs of Protest, Songs of Peace" concert, and they plan to raise money for a great cause: the Lesbian Health Initiative Fund of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation.

San Diego bids for 2024 Summer Olympics

SAN DIEGO -- America’s Finest City submitted an 80-page bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics and Paralympics, and is now waiting to hear back from the U. S. Olympic Committee (USOC).

The USOC will wade through the many submissions and narrow them down to three, which will be announced next month.

The Center, SDSU celebrating local transgender community

SAN DIEGO -- The Transgender Day of Empowerment is held every spring to celebrate the diverse individuals within the transgender community. This year, two pillars of San Diego's LGBT community will help observe the holiday, with The Center hosting Transgender Day of Empowerment today, and SDSU hosting its first-ever Trans Week of Empowerment.

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Still no word from missing Sacramento man who vanished in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- The whereabouts of the missing man from Sacramento, Calif., the object of an intensive search by friends and relatives from around the country, remains a mystery.

Brandon Parr, 32, vanished in mid-February just days after he took a train from Sacramento to San Diego on Feb. 8 to hook up with an old friend, Larry Kirk Christiansen, who goes by Kirk.

“Miss Gulch Returns” to Martinis Above Fourth

SAN DIEGO -- You thought you knew everything about "The Wizard of Oz," right? Think again, Dorothy!

“Miss Gulch Returns” puts a fantastic twist on the legendary Land of Oz, and points audiences to the truth behind the archenemy of Dorothy. The cabaret act subverts stereotypes with its gay performer swapping identities with the notoriously disagreeable Miss Gulch, letting loose from her “sepia-toned moorings of the screen.” What follows is an entertaining musical comedy that roots for the cantankerous underdog, Miss Gulch.

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Community Profile: Kath Rogers brings fervor to Hillcrest Town Council

SAN DIEGO -- Kath Rogers, who recently joined the Hillcrest Town Council (HTC) board of directors, didn’t have a difficult time falling in love with San Diego. After moving here from Chicago in 2004, she found the climate and cultural richness that have become the city’s trademarks.

Chicago’s loss is San Diego's gain.

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