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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: May 13 - May 19, 2017

Here's all the news we followed this week in San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.
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Jim Winsor/SDPIX

NEWS

In Hillcrest, extreme pruning on the 1000 block of University Ave. was not approved by the City, leaving many to wonder who left a tree nearly branchless, and why. And Chris Ward will chair special committee to work on homelessness issues in his districts including Hillcrest. 

The San Diego Pride Board appoints new executive director Eric Heinritz, formerly of Milwaukee Pride. 

Rady's Children's Hospital reports that dog bites are on the rise against children they know.

Chelsea Manning is released from prison on Wednesday, a group hangs banner underneath Hillcrest sign, calling her a patriot.   The next day Manning reveals her new look on Instagram.

In Nevada, conversion therapy is now illegal after Governor signs bill into law.

Closer to home, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's office enacts new policy to protect transgender suspects and witnesses.  

The security guard who was caught pleasuring himself in front of the Charger Girls during a game last December pleads guilty and gets a three-year probation.

COMMENTARY

San Diego's own Nicole Murray-Ramirez will be among other activists as they are Grand Marshals for Capital Pride.   

CAUSES

Former councilmember and current radio show host of The DeMaio Report headed to Orange County last weekend and successfully gathered over 6,000 signatures for a petition to recall California State Senator Josh Newman.

ENTERTAINMENT

In Jim Winsor's "Out & About" he celebrates the fact that University Ave. has no more vacant business fronts for the first time in 17 years, adding to the fun for the week. 

"Overdrive" is always an exciting night filled with music and dance. This Saturday is no different with special guest, DJ Nina Flowers. 

The SDCCU Festival of Arts takes over North Park and it's fun for the whole family with food, music and art. 

Fabhats are the one of the biggest trends in Hillcrest right now, meet Lorena Levinson who makes them all by hand. 

Across the pond, Caitlyn Jenner was subject to transphobic harassment at a UK awards show.

"The Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons married his longtime partner at the Rainbow Room in New York City. 

"Will & Grace" make it official with a new musical trailer announcing their return to NBC for 12 episodes.  

A young lad in the UK won the support of classmates to perform "I Will Survive" in drag on the last day of school. 

Our own Jean Lowerison gives her review of the stage play "Ballast" from director Matt. M. Morrow. And Cher talks about her life, music and Trump in latest interview

SOCIAL

Sarafina Scapicchio will no longer be San Diego Pride's Director of Development as she takes a new position at The Girl Scouts of America. Speaking of Pride, the organization announced two more musical headliners for the Music Fest: Estelle and Tinashe.

The Hillcrest Town Council welcomes new board member Jae Mohr into their ranks.

Hallmark is taking a step towards unity as they release a "Transgender/Transitioning” greeting card to congratulate people on their transition. 

HEALTH, WELLNESS & SPORTS

A Toronto Blue Jays player has been suspended for using a gay slur aimed at  Atlanta Braves pitcher Jason Motte during a game. 

UPCOMING FEATURED EVENTS

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? See our list of featured events below, and click HERE for a complete list of events.

SDPIX presents Top of the Bay at the Porto Vista Hotel

Divas at Rich’s benefiting Trans Family Support Services.

21st Annual SDCCU Festival of Arts in North Park

Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride 2017

NO H8 Campaign Open Photo Shoot at Hotel Palomar

Baby's Birthday Bash at Babycakes

Overdrive: Nina Flowers, Drew G, Mateo Segade, at Spin Nightclub

San Diego Pride Military Contingent Fundraiser at Uptown Tavern

Mexican Brunch at Baja Betty's

Ty Herndon in an Evening of Love and Acceptance at Martinis Above Fourth 

Jackie Beat in The Very Worst of Jackie Beat at Martinis Above Fourth

Amy and Freddy in Showstoppers! Show tune Favorites at Martinis Above Fourth

Lez Memorial Day Kick-off at Rich's

SDPIX presents Top of the Bay at the Porto Vista Hotel

Divas Welcomes Chi Chi DeVayne at Rich's 

SDPIX Presents Euphoria with Neon Hitch at Rich's

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