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Profiles in Advocacy: Sabbaticals, shadow cities and San Diego

The summer is over, and so is my “sabbatical,” if my three months away can be termed as such. It’s been a change-filled summer and I’d like to think I’m coming back as a changed man.

I hit the big “4-0” in August and have embraced my silver hair (see my new headshot). I’m shifting career focus and timidly stepping back into school. I can now also cross off my bucket list the item of playing Tom Collins in “Rent.”

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Crooner Jonathan Karrant set to woo audience at Martinis Above Fourth

SAN DIEGO, California -- Jonathan Karrant, born and raised in a small Arkansas town, has become a household name on the cabaret circuit. This week he brings his show One For My Baby-The Songs Of Johnny Mercer to Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego, California on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8 pm.

San Diego promotes Waste No Water Wednesdays

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Water Conservation Team at the city of San Diego hopes to reduce local water use by capitalizing on the viral nature of social media.

The team encourages all San Diegans to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other online platforms to spread awareness of the need for water conservation by sharing water-saving tips and using the hashtag #WNWwednesday, every Wednesday.

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Reese Witherspoon’s "Wild" to kick off San Diego Film Festival

SAN DIEGO, California – The 2014 San Diego Film Festival will launch on Sept. 24-28, with award-winning independent films, filmmakers, actors, panels and parties.

Reese Witherspoon's "Wild" will open the festival on Sept. 24, while Hilary Swank's "You're Not You" co-starring Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel will close the festival. Duhamel will definitely appear at the festival. Other celebs confirmed include Michelle Monaghan, Richard Dreyfuss, Alison Pill, Tom Berrenger and Alan Arkin.

Matt Alber: "My songs have never been written from the closet”

Matt Alber is a man made of music. His devotion to sound started at an early age and would eventually propel him into the music industry with his own unique style. Wanting to express his own feelings of love, the singer/songwriter gave his talent to a community that was eager to embrace it.

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SDGLN exclusive: Accuser in HIV-infection case speaks out for the first time

SAN DIEGO, California — In an exclusive interview with San Diego Gay and Lesbian News (, the original accuser in a case alleging that Thomas Guerra intentionally infected him with HIV has come forward for his first on-the-record interview. In it, he sheds light on the facts of the case and gives media covering the story a much-deserved reprimand.

When the accuser isn’t the accuser

Commentary: Who's telling the truth at LGBT Weekly?

SAN DIEGO, California -- A casual reader of LGBT Weekly this week would get two starkly contrasting views on congressional candidate Carl DeMaio.

Publisher Stampp Corbin portends to climb into "DeMaio's political mind" and concocts a fantasy of a candidate who would do anything to "win at any cost." Corbin makes some outrageous allegations against DeMaio, none of which are sourced or referenced or proven by the facts.

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Kristin Beck truly is "Lady Valor" and a transgender heroine

SAN DIEGO, California – A former Navy SEAL who spent many years based in San Diego, and who came out as a transgender woman two years after retiring from the military in 2011, is the subject of a compelling documentary, “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story.”

The CNN documentary has been playing the film festival circuit and will be shown Wednesday night, Aug. 20, at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas as part of FilmOut San Diego’s monthly screenings. The documentary will have its television premiere on CNN in September.

Woman attacked, mugged in University Heights

SAN DIEGO, California -- Police are searching for a man who violently mugged a woman in University Heights early Tuesday morning.

The attack occurred before 2:15 am in the 4300 block of Mississippi Street. San Diego police say the suspect struck the woman and took her property before fleeing.

She was treated at the scene by paramedics, but did not require hospitalization.

Read the full story on 10News HERE.

Gay For Good seeking volunteers for August community service project

SAN DIEGO, California -- The local chapter of Gay for Good is seeking volunteers to assist at a water station during the America's Finest City Marathon and 5K on Sunday, Aug. 17.

Volunteers will need to be available to participate starting at 6:45 am, and will help set-up, pass out water, gather discarded cups, and cheer on runners. Gay for Good is teaming up with Front Runners & Walkers San Diego for this project.

Everyone who volunteers will receive an event t-shirt, coffee and snacks.