San Diego

Faulconer to host "Meet the Mayor" event at The Center in Hillcrest

SAN DIEGO -- As part of a series of "Meet the Mayor" forums, Mayor Kevin Faulconer will host an event at the San Diego LGBT Community Center on Tuesday, April 22 from 5-6:30 pm.

Mayor Faulconer, who was elected in February, plans to host a "Meet the Mayor" event in every city council district over the next couple of months. The April 22 event at The Center is for residents of council district 3.

At the forum, Mayor Faulconer will give an update on city issues and take questions from the crowd.

The Center is located at 3909 Centre St. in Hillcrest.

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Community Profile: Thomas Negron Jr., young activist at SDSU and beyond

SAN DIEGO -- Volunteer work and community involvement always bolster the quality of a résumé, and by that standard, Thomas Negron Jr. makes for a highly employable candidate.

Doubling as president of San Diego State University’s Queer Student Union and a board member of Lambda Archives, Negron stays involved around the clock with his passion projects.

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Aaron Borovoy to pass torch to Mr. Bear San Diego 2014

SAN DIEGO -- Bears San Diego is a nonprofit organization that shines a light on bears, cubs, otters and their admirers, rooted in a need for a wider definition of “attractiveness” against the often close-minded, limiting ideals gay men face.

On March 29, the group will present the “Mr. Bear San Diego 2014” contest at The Hole. Amid the festivities, Mr. Bear 2013 Aaron Borovoy will graciously step aside and crown a new bear of the year.

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Meet the new monarchs of the Imperial Court de San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- The 42nd Imperial Court de San Diego Coronation that took place in the ballroom at the Lafayette Hotel in North Park in February ushered in the newest monarchs, Emperor XLII Robert and Empress XLII Miss Pearl.

Joined by family, spouses and royalty from all over North America, Robert and Miss Pearl continued the humanitarian mission that four decades of predecessors have dedicated their lives to.

GMSR to present a night of drag with "The Red Carpet Spectacle"

SAN DIEGO -- For the past 22 years, the Gay Men’s Spiritual Retreat has been dedicated to fostering spiritual growth by organizing retreats and activities, free of any sectarian, religious or judgmental affiliations.

On April 5, GMSR adds to its repertoire “The Red Carpet Spectacle,” promoting unity and service within the San Diego community in a safe, sober and upbeat environment.

Cpt. Tara Harre and her partner represent U.S. Army and San Diego at HRC gala

LOS ANGELES -- The HRC Gala Dinner was held in Los Angeles on Saturday, a black-tie affair centered around the groundbreaking work of the organization. Vice President Joe Biden provided a moving keynote speech, calling for the United States to be a champion for LGBT equality throughout the globe.

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Community Profile: Cheli Mohamed volunteers like it's her job

SAN DIEGO -- In speaking with Cheli Mohamed, one must reconsider what it truly means to "give back to the community." Volunteering seems to come naturally to Cheli. As the former resources director for San Diego LGBT Pride, she organized the recruitment and placement of some 1,000 volunteers annually, driven by the desire to promote awareness and encouragement throughout the community.

El Cajon Boulevard to celebrate 25th anniversary of gateway sign

SAN DIEGO -- El Cajon Boulevard, one of San Diego's most storied streets, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its gateway "The Boulevard" sign with a series of festivities starting on Friday, April 4.

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Community Profile: C. Anthony Keen heads up SDSU's new LGBT Pride Center

SAN DIEGO -- At a substantial college campus with 30,000 students, SDSU's new LGBT Pride Center helps to enrich, sustain and support an all-inclusive gathering space for persons of all sexual and gender identities as well as their allies.

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News speaks with C. Anthony Keen, the coordinator of the Pride Center, about the necessity for such groups on campus as well as his advocacy for embracing SDSU’s rich cultural and social diversity.

Age: 30

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Barbra Blake: Planning to take the GSDBA to new heights

SAN DIEGO -- Barbra Blake has some bold, innovative plans as the new CEO of the Greater San Diego Business Association, the area’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

She will be guiding the Hillcrest-based organization into its 35th year.

“In the life cycle of business, plateau happens,” she told the GSDBA board. “It’s a good thing. It just depends what you do with it. It’s not time to coast.”

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