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Harvey Milk Remembered in San Francisco Today

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 27TH – Harvey and George were the brightest beacons of hope for San Francisco’s disenfranchised and displaced.  But more than that, they represented the spirit of San Francisco, a city ofr anyone and everyone, welcoming to all, affordable to all, with justice for all.  35 years later, the time has come again for us to gather, one and all, to remember Harvey and George.  More importantly, the time has come to make their vision of a city of hope come alive.  Now more than ever, we have to give each other hope.

The vigil will begin at Milk Plaza at 7pm followed by a candlelight march down Market Street to City Hall.  A performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus, words of inspiration from Dustin Lance Black, and a recorded message from Harvey Milk will conclude the evening.

ASL Interpretation and Spanish translation will be provided as well as accessible transportation from Milk Plaza to City Hall.

Also don’t miss the 25th Annual World AIDS Day mobilization on December 1st.  The Castro Theater is screening the award-winning We Were Here which will be followed by a silent vigil on Castro Street at 9pm.


November in Palm Springs

2 BIG EVENTS in NOVEMBER!    Leather Pride will once again be held the
2nd weekend
in November following the Greater
Palm Springs Pride Festival
so that
guests who
wish to may bookend their vacation to
Palm Springs and enjoy BOTH

GET A ROOM NOW  at  INNdulge
DesertLeatherPride  info
Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival


Best Gay Friendly City – Anaheim Unveils Amazing Packing House

The Anaheim Packing District is
targeting October of this year as the Grand Opening for The Anaheim Packing House, the final segment of a multi-faceted restoration project pioneered by the City of Anaheim more than 10 years ago.  This
historic landmark, commonly known as the Sunkist Packing House, will soon be home to approximately 20 local culinary artisans sharing a
communal eating and entertainment area, in the tradition of global food

A sampling of Anaheim Packing House gourmet eateries coming soon includes: The Kroft
(gourmet sandwiches and specialty fries), Popbar (gourmet popsicles),
Cafectio Organico (Guatemalan-style coffee), The Chippy (fish and
chips), ADYA (unique Indian cuisine), Iron Press (waffle sandwiches),
Ecco Pizza Shoppe (pizzeria), Wheat & Sons (local butcher), Orange
Tei (gourmet sushi and Ramen), Rolling Boil (hot pot restaurant),
revolutionary new bakery, Korean barbeque, surprisingly fresh juice bar,
artisan cheeses and grilled cheese sandwiches, and more to follow.

The Anaheim brewing tradition also continues within The Packing House with bars The Blind Rabbit (speakeasy) and The Tool Shed (featuring unique organic wines).

 The exterior warehouse loading docks have been transformed into dining porches and open top railroad cars have been parked on the original railroad tracks used to transport the citrus crops as additional outdoor

LAB Holding, LLC, known for the acclaimed community based projects such as
The LAB, The CAMP, The Casino San Clemente, SOLO and others, was engaged
by the City to revive the cultural aspects and design of the project.

“The Packing House, built in 1919, is an authentic icon of Orange County’s
agricultural past,” states the LAB. “We honor this tradition by hand
selecting food and beverage purveyors to repurpose this grand hall into a
community gathering place with live music and seasonal celebrations. We
were inspired by Anaheim’s rich history and culture and the photos of
Anaheim’s early immigrant farmers who settled on these very streets.”

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait summarizes The Anaheim Packing District project:  “The
Anaheim Packing House is a beautiful community asset that will serve
all of Anaheim’s residents and guests,” said Tait.  “My thanks go to a
multitude of community leaders who, over time, made the renovation of
this historic building and Packing District even greater than we could
have imagined.  The Packing District will be a neighborhood place for
the community to gather with family and friends, as well as giving us a
place to celebrate our agricultural and entrepreneurial heritage.  My
congratulations to all.”

 The Anaheim Packing District consists of three contingent parcels along Anaheim Blvd. near City Hall:  The Packard Showroom, Farmers Park, and soon to open Packing House.

First to be redeveloped was The Packard (Car) Showroom, built in 1925.  It now houses the Anaheim Brewery, a commercial brewer and tasting room, and the gourmet burger sensation, Umami Burger.  The outdoor patios of these two establishments face the second phase of the
project, Farmers Park, a greenbelt designed by award-winning landscape
architect, Ken Smith.  The Park opened on June 29th with a lively Farm Folk Festival and more than 1000 residents exploring the grassy knoll, redwood boardwalk, community gardens and olive grove.  A weekly Farmers Market opens at Farmers Park on Saturday, July 27th with many other community events to follow.



The Anaheim Packing District,
located at 400 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, a unique gathering place for
local food, drinks and music, includes the Packard Showroom, Farmers
Park and The Anaheim Packing House. Built
in 1919, the restored Packing House will serve as a culinary center
that brings together artisan food producers and purveyors in a public
market type setting. The Packard Showroom houses Anaheim Brewery and
Umami Burger, now open. Farmer’s Park, an outdoor marketplace, will soon
host an array of community activities such as outdoor concerts, movies,
and seasonal festivals. Contact to
keep abreast of Grand Opening details and upcoming events at the
Packing House, or follow us on Facebook at AnaheimPackingDistrict or on
Twitter @PackingDistrict.



Cool Deals from Palm Springs this Summer

Sure, it can get a little HOT  in the desert in the summertime. But so what? That’s why God made pools, right?!

Our fitness friend DAVEY WAVEY told, “Interestingly, the high temperatures bring in a different crowd. Instead of attracting the usual crowd from San Diego and Los Angeles,
many of the tourists were from Eastern Europe. For the international
visitors, discounted hotel rooms and hot weather are a huge draw—and
much of Europe closes down later in the summer. It’s why the Palm
Springs locals affectionately refer to the summer months as “Foreskin

This trip, I stayed at INNdulge—a clothing-optional resort for gay men.
Though there is no shortage of clothing-optional or gay hotels in Palm
Springs, INNdulge is different. The owners of INNdulge, Sandy and Jon,
go out of their way to build a real sense of community. Each evening,
for example, the owners hold a social hour to let the guests mix and
mingle. It’s a great way to connect with other visitors and to make new

BY THE WAY, INNdulge has a $99 Summer Special till September 15th, 2013

Davey continues, ”
Having said all of that, here are my best tips for visiting Palm Springs—and staying cool—during the summer months:

1. Bring a car. If you don’t drive to Palm Springs, be
sure to pick up a rental car at the airport. While walking is fine
during the cooler winter months, the summer heat is oppressive—and
dangerous. Get a car and take advantage of the air conditioning.

2. Prioritize the pool. Needless to say, the pool is
more important than the room. Stay at a hotel or resort with an amazing
pool. With temperatures as high as 120 degrees, you’ll want to spend
much of your downtime in the water.

3. Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. Every half
hour, a cable car departs for a mountain peak 6,000 feet above Palm
Springs. The views are stunning—and, it’s usually 30 degrees cooler at
the top. It’s generally 70 – 90 degrees at the summit—thereby providing
some much-needed natural A/C.

4. Shop at the Thursday street fair. Each Thursday—and
after the hot sun goes down—the city comes alive for a weekly street
fair. Packed with local arts and crafts, food and jewelry, it’s a great
way to spend the cooler evening hours.

5. Drink lots and lots of water. Because it’s so hot
and dry, sweat tends to evaporate very quickly—and you might not realize
how dehydrated you really are. Make sure you drink plenty of water—and
take extra bottle with you while you venture out (especially during the


Pools Parties and More in West Hollywood

Pick a party – any party!

Skybar Twilight Swim Parties at
Mondrian are back, every Wednesday throughout the summer, from 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Patrons will also enjoy the new art installation in Skybar created by local artist ThankYouX.

Throughout the summer
The Rooftop at The London West Hollywood
hosts Wednesdays at Sunset,
where guests can take in the panoramic views while enjoying specialty
priced cocktails and a light bites menu from the culinary team of Gordon
Ramsay. Summer also brings the relocation of Gordon Ramsay to the
rooftop with lunch and dinner being served alfresco.

Live @ Sunset Marquis, the hotel’s very popular acoustic music series, begins on June 28
with six
shows between June and September featuring all-new, up and coming
artists.  Shows will take place at the villa pool with music beginning
at 7 p.m. and concluding at 9:30 p.m. 

Desert Nights at
The Standard on Sunset Boulevard, a weekly event curated and hosted by KCRW DJ Valida, is held every Wednesday at the Cactus Lounge from 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. The Standard will also host
pool parties every Saturday and Sunday throughout the summer (with special host A Club Called Rhonda on July 4th and Labor Day). 

Heard @ Andaz,
the hotel’s summer DJ series, is held Saturdays 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
at the rooftop pool and sundeck, a great escape from the city fourteen
floors below. This series is only open to
hotel guests, providing a great excuse to stay and relax by booking a
room at the Andaz West Hollywood. Also open to hotel guests this summer
is a daily
rooftop happy hour with a featured drink at 50% off. And everyone is welcome to
WINEdown Wednesdays, when all bottles of wine are 50% off in RH Restaurant, every Wednesday, all day.

Visit West Hollywood for more info and hotel deals!


Gay Pride in Sacramento with EDEN PRIDE events

EDEN Pride Events
is committed to bringing quality events of every genre to California,
as well as to our regional, national and international constituencies. EDEN Pride Events
believes in the idea that art, in any form, makes our local and global
communities better places to live. We challenge ourselves into making
those ideas become realities for our team, our artists, our performers,
our DJs, our vendors and our communities. We are very excited to join
forces with One Night Stand, producers of The Lick,
to create a poppin’ evening of dancing, live performance, vendors,
food, go-gos and so much more. We are very excited to be the Official
Sacramento After Pride Party!
Two gorgeously appointed floors, two fully equipped bars, VIP Tables and
Beds, large stage, pool table and so much more, EDEN Sacramento is
excited to host this year’s EDEN Sacramento at Shenanigans, 705 J St.
walking distance from the Sacramento Festival grounds.  We are
programming from 6pm until 2am in the morning.  It is going to be a full
afternoon and evening of events so make sure you keep up to date!
EDEN Sacramento Pride   June  15th

Gay Travel to Palm Springs


San Francisco get’s a Light Show for their Bridge

San Francisco’s OTHER BRIDGE, gets a make-over.
The project is the brainchild of Ben Davis, chairman of the nonprofit group Illuminate the
Arts. Davis admitted a fondness for San Francisco’s often-overlooked
bridge — which opened six months earlier than its famous sister, the Golden Gate — and
said the span’s 75th anniversary provided a good opportunity to do something
It cost about $8 million and only costs $15 a night to run. 
But the city is hoping, over the next 2 years, the bridge lights will help generate $97 million to the local economy.  Read more and watch the video at LA Times

Laguna Beach Uncorked! An International Wine & Food Festival

Get your Laguna Beach Uncorked tickets for $40 OFF the full price! 

Ticket prices rise after January 31!

The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau is proud to announce the second annual Laguna Beach Uncorked! An International Wine & Food Fest to be held Saturday, March 9, 2013. The ever popular Laguna Beach Uncorked! features an afternoon of tastings from 20 renowned Laguna Beach restaurants and 30 top wineries from around the world.

Hundreds of food and wine
enthusiasts will converge at the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna
Beach from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, at a special
Early Bird price through Thursday, Jan. 31 of just $75. A portion of
ticket proceeds will benefit the CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange

Wine lovers may
opt for a limited number of VIP Tickets to the morning wine seminar with
Michael A. Jordan, MS, CWE, held at 9:30 a.m. Widely known as the
“Sommelier for the People,” Jordan is one of only 15 people in the world
to hold both the Master Sommelier and the Certified Wine Educator
Diplomas. VIP ticket holders will also get early access to the private
tasting portion of the event at 11:30 a.m., before the gates open to
general admission ticket holders (only 200 VIP tickets will be sold). 

               Commenting on Laguna Beach Uncorked!,
Karyn Philippsen, event chair said, “This is a special event that has
been gaining popularity as each year we strive to make it more memorable
and fun than the last. At this year’s event, on March 9, guests will
enjoy food tastings from twenty world-class Laguna Beach restaurants,
wines from 30 wineries globally to include Italy, Spain, New Zealand,
and of course the USA, as well as a fun mix of live music and
socializing with a friendly crowd of like-minded food and wine
aficionados. Devoted and aspiring wine connoisseurs will be able to
attend a special morning seminar with Michael A. Jordan, one of the
world’s foremost wine experts.”

“The Laguna Beach Festival of
Arts grounds is a terrific venue, and we expect a record turnout,”
Philippsen added, saying she encourages guests to purchase their tickets
early. “In addition to the large selection of gourmet food and wine
tastings, our guests’ hearts will be further warmed knowing a portion of
ticket sales will benefit the CHOC Children’s Hospital.”

Laguna Beach Uncorked! is the signature event of
Laguna Beach A La Carte – a four day wine and food experience filled
with special restaurant offers, daily events, cooking demonstrations,
prix fixe menus and more. Hotel packages are available at select hotels.
Visit for details on the four-day celebration.

Laguna Beach Uncorked! Details

What: Second Annual Laguna Beach Uncorked! An International Wine & Food Fest
When: Saturday, March 9, 2013
Where: Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts grounds
650 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 

Event Details:
To Purchase Tickets:
More about Laguna Beach A La Carte:


West Hollywood and Los Angeles Restaurant Deals

dineLA’s Restaurant Week is a 12-day dining event showcasing Los Angeles
as a premier dining destination, highlighting the diversity of culinary
experiences LA has to offer. Locals and visitors have the opportunity
to enjoy a selection of specially priced prix fixe lunch and dinner
menus from some of LA’s best restaurants.

Some of West Hollywood’s best restaurants are participating with specially priced prix-fixe menus. See the list of confirmed WeHo restaurants including Lucques, Gordon Ramsay at the London West Hollywood, Gorge, Comme Ca, Petrossian Paris, The Palm and many more.

see also  VISIT WEST HOLLYWOOD to see what else is happening!

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Atherton Twins in IRIS in Los Angeles

I first saw the Atherton Twins in Cirque du Soliels Varekai around 2003.  I knew they stayed with the show, a number of years. And while in California last week, discovered  they are now in Cirque show called  IRIS!

Andrew and Kevin were born in the UK, but now live in Los Angeles, California.

were members of the Great Britain gymnastics team until their
retirement from competition at the age of twenty-four years old.

2000 Andrew and Kevin joined the world renowned Cirque du Soleil to
develop and create an aerial straps number for their touring show Varekai. They went on to perform 3,034 shows with Varekai.  Never missing a single performance.

Andrew and Kevin left Varekai in August 2010 to begin working on IRIS.  A new resident show created by Cirque du Soleil, exclusively performing at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 

 IRIS, a Journey Through the World of Cinema. This large-scale production – created exclusively for its permanent home at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles – offers a new take on the art of cinema as only Cirque du Soleil could imagine it. IRIS is an inventive spectacle that combines acrobatics, dance, projections and live music. It takes the audience on a mesmerizing journey that blurs boundaries between live performance and moving images.

IRIS explores the different techniques of cinema, as it evolves from black and white to colour in a world of shadows and light. The story unfolds as our two young heroes venture through a universe that brings to life a succession of cinematic genres, reawakening the limitless potential of this art form.

 Join acclaimed Choreographer/Director Philippe Decouflé and Oscar-nominated Composer Danny Elfman on this fantastic voyage, breathtakingly unfurled with 72 performers, 200 costumes, 8,300 square feet of performance floor, 174 loudspeakers, 603 lighting features, 20 video projectors and 160,000 watts of sound.

The are some gorgeous images of the guys on their site! 
Look  under Promotional 1 & 2, headings.


Gay Days at Disneyland in Anaheim California Oct 5-7, 2012

MORE THAN 30,000 gays and lesbians from California and all over the country, many wearing red shirts! attend  Gay Days Anaheim will be held this year, October 5 through 7th, 2012.

Days Anaheim is a “mix-in” with straight park-goers. –  Gays and
lesbians are encouraged to wear red shirts to the parks to identify one
another and show strong numbers. Official T-shirts are available at the
official Gay Day at Disneyland Web site. –  or be creative and design your own!


Both days in the park will have
gathering times for specific groups including gay youth (sponsored by
The Trevor Project), families, women, singles, and bears. THERE IS
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! This is not just a bunch  of big dance parties featuring shirtless muscle boys. There will be scavenger hunts, lots of various entertainments and a group photo
inside the park. A complete schedule is available at the web site.

How to find out more about Gay Days?

Sign up for the private Gay Days email list. You will get updates
about everything from the parties and hotel rooms to T-shirts and other
Gay Day-related events.

There is still time to grab a plane and get a room!


Rainbow Streets will Stay in West Hollywood

LA’s  WEST HOLLYWOOD has decided it will permanently
keep this year’s Pride month rainbow crosswalks.

The walks span San Vicente
Boulevard at Santa Monica Boulevard,  and was voted by the West Hollywood City
Council earlier this week to keep them on permanently. Initially after Gay Pride month,  the bricks were to be restored the to their original red color,
but they have proved so popular, they will now be a permanent part of
the popular LGBT destination of the city, in the heart of WeHo  Boystown.

reported that Councilmember John Duran said the crosswalks, as well as
the rainbow flags along Santa Monica Boulevard, are important for the
soul of the city. He said while locals may take such things for granted,
visitors do not. “[The crosswalks] are critical to the tourists and
young gay and lesbian people and not-so-young gay and lesbian people who
are passing through … They cannot believe that they actually see a
municipality where the rainbow colors are on display all year long. It
tells them it is a sanctuary. It tells them there is a safe place in
America where the LGBT community is celebrated,” he said.


San Diego Gay Pride July 21

LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY: Carl DeMaio invites community to reception, march with him in San Diego Pride Parade

This November, San Diego has a strong chance of electing its first
LGBT mayor – an amazing development that reflects the diversity and
acceptance that we’re proud of in San Diego.

I’m hoping you will help Carl make history in America’s Finest City!

Yes, my friends, I have a personal interest in this mayoral election.
Carl is my partner, and we’ve been together for nearly four years. He
has been nothing but loving and supportive of me, encouraging me in my
business efforts as publisher of Hale Media, the parent company of San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and SDPIX magazine.

Carl has also supported me in the many causes that I care so deeply
about in our LGBT community. He shares in my financial commitment to
Hillcrest Pride Flag project, for example, which will be unveiled in a
public ceremony on Friday, July 20.

Carl has stood proudly with me at so many LGBT community events in
San Diego, so it puzzles me that some people in our community try to
label him unfairly.

Let me make this one point clear. My Letter to the Community today is
NOT an endorsement by SDGLN, … just me speaking from the heart about
the person closest to his heart: I know where Carl stands, and I stand
with him.

Let me share a few things you may not know about Carl:

— As the first openly gay man elected to City Council, he made representing the LGBT community a priority.

— He helped lead the City Council resolution to ask the Pentagon to repeal its discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

— He supported the City’s first Equal Benefits Ordinance, which will provide equality in benefits for domestic partners.

— He is on the record for supporting marriage equality.

— He supported the designation of Harvey Milk Street in our Hillcrest neighborhood.

— He supported the Pride Flag Project in Hillcrest.

— He has raised thousands of dollars to support LGBT organizations
that provide essential care to our community such as Stepping Stone,
Being Alive and Mama’s Kitchen.

— He helped to bring the Trevor Project to San Diego – to provide
support for LGBT youth in our schools, including the establishment of a
suicide hotline.

I’d be honored to have your support of Carl’s historic campaign for
San Diego mayor. I know that Carl will be proud to represent the LGBT
community as Mayor – and all San Diegans as well — but he needs the
help of the LGBT community to get elected.

Please join Carl and myself for a champagne reception right before
the San Diego Pride Parade! We’ll be gathering at 10 am Saturday, July
21, at the SDGLN office in Hillcrest, which is along the parade route.

Find out more details or RSVP to the champagne reception HERE.

Those who wish can join Carl and myself and other supporters as we march in the Pride Parade. See you Saturday!

 Johnathan Hale, PUBLISHER,



Star maps with Josh Flagg in Los Angeles

so I don’t know about this app……is it an invasion of privacy?
A new iPhone tool from “Million Dollar Listing’s” Josh Flagg includes a directory of hundreds of Los Angeles-area celebrity homes.

The Huffington Post got the scoop on this in  May,  and was quickly followed KEN WILLIAMS  (of SDGLN)  interview with Josh that was published on May 25.

Hollywood stars, take note: There’s now an easier way for gawkers and stalkers to figure out where you live.

Josh Flagg, the real estate agent made famous by Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing, has launched an iPhone app that includes a directory of hundreds of Los Angeles-area properties associated with celebrities. The app, called Star Maps, differentiates itself from its traditional paper brethren by using the phone’s GPS function to direct users to properties they’d like to see.

The stargazing gawkers reportedly add lots of $$$  to the  Los Angeles’ tourism business. It is estimated  millions of dollars in revenue annually are made off this sector.  Competition is tough.  Starline Tours and newer fly-by-night tour and map purveyors are all competing.

“It is cutthroat out there,” notes Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. “They yell at each other; they yell at tourists.

The app is 99 cents. = Create your own customized guided tour to see the homes of your favorite
Hollywood stars. Josh Flagg, star of Bravo’s hit TV series “Million
Dollar Listing,” takes the star maps sold on Los Angeles street corners
and brings them to your iPhone. Star Maps includes an extensive database
of stars’ homes, top-notch GPS technology, and tons of interesting
facts and photos. All information is backed by years of public records,
which guarantees that all the information is accurate.   Search by name – or most popular. More names added soon!


WeHo West Hollywood Los Angeles Gay Pride News for June 8 – 10, 2012

The City of West Hollywood and Christopher Street West will host the annual LA PRIDE celebration from
Friday, June 8, 2012 through Sunday, June 10, 2012. With this year’s
message, “…and Proud of it!”, celebration highlight’s include the WeHo
Dyke March and PRIDE Purple Party, a two-day Festival, and the 42nd
annual LA PRIDE Parade.

The Annual WeHo Dyke March will take place on Friday at 7:30
p.m. starting on San Vicente Boulevard, south of Santa Monica Boulevard.
The march will proceed east on Santa Monica Boulevard to La Cienega
Boulevard and then return to West Hollywood Park

The 2nd annual PRIDE Purple Party – A Celebration of Women runs Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Hosted
by Fortune Feimster and Jennie McNulty this event features live
entertainment, dancing, gourmet food trucks and community outreach
organizations booths. This event is free.

The two-day LA PRIDE Festival will take place on
Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in
West Hollywood Park. A highlight of the festival will be a one-hour
live performance on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. by rap artist Lil’ Kim as
well as other live entertainment on multiple stages. The festival
includes dance venues, a water park (a first for the festival) and
hundreds of exhibitors and food vendors. Admission is $20. Tickets can
be purchased online at and at the main entrance on San Vicente Boulevard or the new south entrance on Robertson Boulevard at El Tovar.

The LA PRIDE Parade is Sunday starting at 11 a.m. The parade
will travel west on Santa Monica Boulevard, starting at Crescent
Heights Boulevard and ending at Robertson Boulevard. The parade
generally lasts two to three hours.

Street closures, parking information and all that good stuff  is online at  LA PRIDE  and  WeHo  Patch


Mariela Castro to Visit San Francisco

Anticipation over a multiday San Francisco visit by the niece of
Fidel Castro has thrust The City into U.S. presidential election
politics while stirring up some classic fears of communist infiltration.

Sexologist and gay rights activist Mariela Castro — the daughter of
Cuban President Raúl Castro — was granted an exception to strict
international travel restrictions by U.S. officials and obtained a visa
for her trip. She plans to participate in panels on LGBT issues in
health and culture at San Francisco General Hospital and the downtown
Marriott Marquis, where the Latin American Studies Association is
holding a conference.

Castro is not expected to grant interviews during her visit, but she
will also appear at the LGBT Center on Market Street tonight for a
discussion slated to include audience questions. And while Cuba hasn’t
always been known for its support of gay rights — with the 1959
communist revolution leading to persecution of homosexuals with
imprisonment and “re-education camps” — local LGBT leaders are pointing
to Mariela Castro as
someone who is helping to change the legacy her family helped establish.

“She has a unique position as the president’s daughter, and she has a
lot of influence in the country,” said Jeff Cotter, the executive
director of the San Francisco-based Rainbow World Fund. “That sends a
really fantastic message to everybody that it’s time for change.”

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:


San Diego May Be First City to get Harvey Milk Street

Today, the San Diego City Planning Commission
approved a proposal to rename a street after LGBT civil rights leader Harvey
Milk.  The proposal will now be sent to
the full city council for approval.  If
approved, San Diego will become the first city in the nation to have a street
named for the LGBT rights pioneer.

The proposal is
particularly significant as Harvey Milk was stationed in San Diego while he
served in the US Navy as a diving instructor.

If successful,
Blaine Avenue, the street leading up to The San Diego LGBT Community Center
will be renamed Harvey Milk Street in time for the anniversary of his birthday;
May 22. – You would think San Francisco would have already done this!

To make a donation
supporting the Harvey Milk Street renaming project go to

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