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Volunteers needed to help foster children

SAN DIEGO, California -- Voices for Children is looking for volunteers who can dedicate 10 –15 hours a month for 18 months as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care.

CASA volunteers spend time with abused and neglected children as they navigate the Juvenile Court system. The volunteer becomes one of the few consistent adult presences in the child’s life during this trying time. When social workers and attorneys are overburdened with large caseloads, the court relies on the CASA volunteer to serve as the court’s eyes and ears in the life of a foster child.

What got porn star Jessie Colter tossed out of a water park?

Porn star Jessie Colter, who calls himself a "plant nerd from Kentucky turned sex icon," took to Twitter after being threatened with arrest this week if he did not leave a Kentucky water park.

Colter also accused a police officer of calling him a "queer."

San Diego Gay Men's Chorus reaches out to area youth

SAN DIEGO, California -- Outside of the Hillcrest Youth Center (HYC) across the asphalt parking lot, San Diego Gay Men's Chorus (SDGMC) president Bob Lehman is greeted with cheers of “Madonna, Madonna!” Two teen boys shout their approval as Lehman carries in one hand the telltale hot-pink poster announcing SDGMC's "LUV Madonna" show and, in the other, a stack of free tickets.

“I guess that answered the question of whether kids still love Madonna,” Lehman said, laughing. “Obviously, Madonna has entered into that rare stratosphere of a gay icon.”

Next HRC Connect event to discuss preparing LGBT youth for public leadership

SAN DIEGO, California -- HRC San Diego's next monthly social on Wednesday, July 9 - HRC Connect - will feature a presentation titled "Building the Bench: preparing LGBT youth for public leadership roles and elective office."

The presentation will be presented Chris Ward who serves as chief of staff to Senator Marty Block (SD-39); and Rebekah Hook, director of public affairs at the San Diego LGBT Community Center.

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Transgender teen writes children's book to help others

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida -- For as long as she can remember, Jazz says she felt different. The 13-year-old was born a boy, but loved all things mermaid, pink and princesses.

"I felt like a girl and I felt uncomfortable in my body," Jazz said.

Jazz, who goes only by her first name out of fear of threats, told her parents the moment she could speak she was not a boy.

According to Jazz, the journey has been difficult, but in an effort to help others understand what being transgender means, the teen co-authored a children's book.

Gay rights in the 1970s: News clips capture glimpse of rousing decade

SuchIsLifeVideos channel on YouTube has compiled more than one hour of news clips from the 1970s that show a remarkable media bias against gay rights as well as documents the progress being made during that remarkable decade in U.S. history.

Following the sexual liberation movement that began in the 1960s in the U.S., the LGBT community began busting down the closet doors and demanding to be treated fairly and equally.

Children’s Holiday Magic Project: Founder’s Day Birthday Bash at Harvey Milk's American Diner

SAN DIEGO -- Harvey Milk’s American Diner will be the site for the Children’s Holiday Magic Project — Founder’s Day Birthday Bash on Saturday, June 7 from 4-8 pm.

The event will feature entertainment and a special birthday celebration for founder, Jeff Gelder, who will lead the organization into its 12th anniversary year.

Joining Gelder will be Broadway actress Ashley Fox Linton, radio personalities Dawne Davis from Easy 98.1 and Sam Bass from 96.5 KyXy along with Magic Mike the magician and mystic intuitive Heather Renee.

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LGBT workers continue to face unfair discrimination

A newly released report paints a sobering portrait of the widespread discrimination LGBT people face in the workplace.

“A Broken Bargain: Unchecked Discrimination Against LGBT Workers” documents how LGBT workers continue to face unfair treatment, harassment and discrimination, yet no federal law provides them with explicit legal protections.

The report is available online or below.

LGBT workers face discrimination that makes it harder for them to find and keep good jobs, earn a living, and provide for both themselves and their families. This discrimination includes:

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Fundraiser planned to support San Diego Pride military contingent

SAN DIEGO -- As preparations are being made for the annual military contingent in the San Diego LGBT Pride Parade, organizers are hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, May 29 at Harvey Milk's American Diner in Hillcrest.

The military contingent leads the parade, and since launching in 2011, has become a tradition in that the community looks forward to. It has made international headlines as it was one of the first such active duty military contingents in an LGBT parade.

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Action alert! Help gay teen get out of ICE detention

SAN DIEGO, California -- Yordy Cancino is the kind of kid you root for. Brilliant student who graduated as salutatorian of his high school class. Active in student organizations. Eager to go to college. So why is he being detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in San Diego?

Immigration officials want to deport Yordy to Mexico, where as an openly gay teenager he would likely face discrimination or worse.

How did this Gay-Straight Alliance leader in Los Angeles end up in such dire circumstances, and what can you do to help him?

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