GSDBA forms bicycle club

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Greater San Diego Business Association (GSDBA) has launched a new way for members to network and socialize with their GSDBA Cycling Social Club.

The club, with the theme “pedal, network, prosper,” will have its kick off event on Saturday, Jan. 31. The first ride will start at Coronado’s Ferry Landing and follow the mostly flat bike path along the Strand.

Despite legalizing gay marriage these states forbid teaching about gay sex

This month the Supreme Court announced it would decide in the current term whether all 50 states must allow same-sex couples to marry. No doubt the justices are aware of how public opinion on the issue has evolved. But while legal gay marriage has spread rapidly over the last several years, sex education laws in many states remain in the Dark Ages — even in states where gay marriage is allowed.

Five more influenza deaths reported in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California -- Five more San Diegans died from complications from influenza, bringing the total to nine this season, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reported on Wednesday.

Their ages ranged from 68 to 95 years and all had underlying medical conditions.

Kurt Cunningham joins Mental Health America in LGBT outreach role

SAN DIEGO, California -- Local community member Kurt Cunningham has joined the staff at Mental Health America of San Diego County (MHASD) as LGBTQ Community Outreach Coordinator.

In this role, Cunningham will serve as a liaison working with the County of San Diego and the Breaking Down Barriers program, which works to increase access to mental health services for persons with mental illness who come from unserved and under-served, culturally-diverse populations.

10 confirmed measles cases reported in San Diego County

SAN DIEGO, California -- San Diego County now has 10 confirmed cases of measles among the growing number of California residents associated with the Disneyland outbreak first reported earlier this week.

Seven new cases were confirmed today and there are now several locations in the county where members of the public may have been exposed to the disease, the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced.

Below is a list of San Diego County locations and times of possible exposures to measles.

England: NHS staff told to stop helping patients get gay conversion therapy

LONDON, England -- NHS staff in England have been told that they should no longer help people access gay conversion therapy.

The treatment isn't offered on the NHS, but it's understood some staff have occasionally put patients in touch with organizations who provide it.

Experts say attempting so-called "gay cures" can be "dangerous" and "damaging."

Fourteen organizations, including NHS England, have signed an agreement to stop gay conversion therapy being offered to patients.

Texas: Billboard company vows to remove reparative therapy billboard

DALLAS, Texas -- David Pickup, a licensed marriage and family therapist in Dallas, Texas, recently advertised reparative "ex-gay" therapy on a billboard along U.S. Highway 75.

Conversion therapy is universally condemned as junk science that does extensive harm to its victims.

Terry Kafka, president of Impact Outdoor Advertising, told ThinkProgress that he thought the billboard promoted therapy for couples, and said he had never heard of reparative therapy.

Look Better Naked: Sugar-sweetened beverages cause memory problems

A study conducted at the University of Southern California showed that when rats consumed large amounts of liquid solutions with concentrations of sugar or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) comparable to popular sugar-sweetened beverages, they experienced memory problems, brain inflammation and became pre-diabetic.

A series of tests were performed on 76 rats whose daily calorie intake consisted of 35-40% sugar or HFCS, resulting in impaired learning and memory.

The Center to host Health & Wellness Forum ahead of Covered CA enrollment deadline

SAN DIEGO, California -- With the deadline to enroll in a 2015 health plan through Covered California just over a month away, The San Diego LGBT Community Center will present a Health & Wellness Forum on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 6 pm.

Anyone who has questions about health coverage or is still on the fence about whether or not they should sign-up is encouraged to attend. The forum will provide detailed information about Covered California health plans and enrollment, and also include a panel of community leaders and health professionals who will be able to answer questions from participants.

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Healing Within: Make lasting changes this year

New faces abound at the gyms this month. Some familiar people will resurface ... but more than likely they are the faces of last year’s resolutioners, who faded away by Valentine’s Day.

Same faces … same time of year … same old story. And yet, it happens again and again, year after year.

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