Stepping Stone board members hope community will rally for the organization

SAN DIEGO, California -- Stepping Stone of San Diego, Inc., a drug rehabilitation facility founded in 1976 and geared toward San Diego’s LGBT community, is desperately trying to raise substantial funds within the next 30 to 45 days so they won’t be forced to shut their doors.

This issue isn’t new, but it is becoming urgent. In 2005, much government funding, including money allocated for Stepping Stone’s HIV/AIDS program, was cut.

Stepping Stone of San Diego faces severe budget woes

SAN DIEGO, California -- A nearly 40-year-old treatment center for alcoholism and drug addiction among LGBT community members may close if new donors do not step forward in coming months.

Stepping Stone of San Diego, which provides treatment for 53 people at its City Heights center and two sober-living homes, is suffering from reduced federal and state funding and fewer contributions from community members in the wake of the 2008 recession.

Special Delivery receives major grants

SAN DIEGO, California -- Special Delivery San Diego has received grants totaling $55,000 from Bank of America Foundation, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Domanica Foundation and Kaiser Permanente to fund its Diabetes Nutrition Program.

“We are honored and so very pleased to receive this support from such prestigious organizations to fund the newest addition to our family of nutrition programs serving San Diegans in need,” said Ruth Henricks, executive director.

SDSU's 6th annual Lavender Graduation ceremony is Wednesday

SAN DIEGO, California -- The sixth annual Lavender Graduation at San Diego State University (SDSU) will take place on Wednesday, May 6 at 2pm.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate the achievements of graduating members of SDSU's LGBTQA community and is open to all students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allies.

More than 30 graduates will be honored during the ceremony. Each graduate will have the opportunity to address the audience and will receive a rainbow honor cord, graduation certificate and an invitation to join the SDSU LGBT Alumni Chapter.

Annual South Park Yard Sale benefiting Stepping Stone is this weekend

SAN DIEGO, California -- Mahogany Run Delivery will host its next Spring Yard Sale this weekend, benefiting Stepping Stone of San Diego.

At the event, the company will sell merchandise from its inventory and donate 20% of the proceeds directly to Stepping Stone's general fund.

"Out in the Night" to be screened tonight at Malcolm X Library

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego Public Library/Malcolm X Branch will present a screening and discussion of the film "Out in the Night" this evening at 6 pm.

"Out in the Night" is a new documentary that examines a 2006 case through the lives of four young women. The film reveals how their race, gender identity, and sexuality become criminalized in the mainstream news media and criminal legal system.

Director/producer blair dorosh-walther, producer Giovanna Chesler, and the women featured in the film will be present for the discussion following the film.

Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Youth Essay Contest entries due Friday

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s is now seeking entries for the annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Youth Essay Contest, sponsored by Cox Communications and the Imperial Court de San Diego.

The competition is open to all high school students ages 14-18 in San Diego County schools.

This year's essay topic is below.

UC San Diego's LGBT Resource Center celebrates 15 years

In the early 1990s, concerned staff, faculty and student activists sought to establish a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center at the University of California, San Diego. In 1999, UC San Diego finally opened the LGBT Resource Office—the last campus to do so in the UC system.

HRC warns high-tech industry: Dangerous anti-gay legislation looming in Arkansas

WASHINGTON DC – As Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson pitches Silicon Valley on investment opportunities in his state, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president and Arkansas native Chad Griffin announced that the organization will run a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News, the largest paper in Silicon Valley and the high-tech industry’s paper of record.

U.S. Ambassador: Coming out is the "single most important thing" gays can do

SYDNEY, Australia -- The U.S. Ambassador to Australia has made an impassioned plea for gay people to come out of the closet, saying it is only by being honest that positive change for LGBTI people will occur.

In an, at times, emotional speech to LGBTI business people in Sydney recently, John Berry discussed his father’s struggle to accept him as gay, his prediction that same-sex marriage would be legalised across the US and that his country had now “overtaken” Australia on marriage equality.