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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: June 23 - June 29, 2018

NEWS

The Alex Theatre in Glendale, California was evacuated due to a bomb threat on Saturday. The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles was performing at the theater but were moved to safety along with guest star Leslie Jordan just a little after the 2 pm curtain. 

An artist installed a bent drug spoon, one that resembles those used to heat up heroin, and placed it at the entrance to drugmaker Purdue Pharma in Connecticut on Friday. Weighing nearly 800 pounds and 11-feet long the piece is in protest to what the artist Domenic Esposito believes is an epidemic of opioid use. 

President Trump called out San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (R) in his speech about immigration on Friday, but he really meant to address the Mayor of Oakland. 

The Red Hen restaurant didn't want White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dining at their eatery so they asked her to leave, and they don't regret it one bit. 

Two San Diego police officers are recovering from gunshot wounds after responding to an apartment complex near SDSU on Saturday night. 

A woman who says she was annoyed with a mother/daughter team selling water on the sidewalk in Northern California made viral celebrityhood when a video of her calling police reached over 6 million people

A public Facebook group has many in the LGBT community wondering about a racist question on their member request form.

A 10-year-old boy died of suspicious circumstances last week and The Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services says they were aware of alleged abuse prior to his death. They also revealed that he “liked boys” in a statement.

video of an unidentified lady who verbally attacked a Latina woman and her son doing yard work went viral this week. In the confrontation, the woman called the two people “illegals” and “rapists.”

Conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, said on Wednesday that he will retire from the Supreme Court at the end of July.

On July 1, the San Diego Humane Society will increase its reach to six cities including San Diego when they expand their services to include pet adoptions and other commitments, something the City had previously taken care of for 47 years. 

One of the attackers who beat up a gay couple at Miami Beach Pride in April has a gay dad who says his son, Juan Carlos Lopez, could not have been a part of a hate crime because he was raised by same-sex parents for 15 years.

On Thursday five people were shot and killed at the Capital Gazette business office in Annapolis, Maryland. 

COMMENTARY

On Monday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation released the results of a survey of employees across the nation, revealing the persistent daily challenges that have led nearly half of LGBTQ people to remain closeted at their workplaces -- a rate largely unchanged over the past decade.

With the future of gay rights hanging in the balance as word came yesterday that Justice Anthony Kennedy will be retiring from the United States Supreme Court, Thursday marked the 49th anniversary of the day the LGBT community rose up to fight against discrimination. The riots at the Stonewall Inn began the LGBT liberation movement that we know today. It was actually six days of uprising in response to a police raid that happened in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969.

On Tuesday night, Sharon Brackett became the first trans woman to be elected to a public office in the State of Maryland. Sharon triumphed in a contested primary against 14 other candidates.

Executive Director of San Diego Pride, Fernando Z. López, writes a letter of hope in these uncertain times on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots. 

CAUSES

On Saturday, June 30, the San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center) will offer a free event centering on transgender, non-binary, two-spirit, questioning, agender, genderqueer, gender fluid, and flux youth

ENTERTAINMENT

"The King and I,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved musical based on Margaret Landon’s novel about the British teacher who goes to Siam (now called Thailand) to teach the king’s children. The king (Jose Llama) has decided to modernize his country. Part of that campaign involves the importation of a printing press; hiring Anna is another step. Jean Lowerison has the review of this touring revival at the Civic Theatre. 

Jean also reviews the plays "The Humans" and "Romeo, Romeo, and Juliet."

SOCIAL 

June is  "Adopt-a-Cat" month at the Humane Society, that means for all cats like Alexa finding forever families the adoption fees are waived.  

San Diego Pride weekend is almost here and there's one party that's going to blow all the others away. LE Parties' IMPACT – Rise of the Phoenix has pulled out all the stops to bring guests a star-studded night of unforgettable magic built from the ground up. This event is tailor-made for circuit Pride-goers and here's why. 

As San Diego Pride quickly approaches -- now less than a month away -- there are many people and groups that are organizing their place among the over 200 contingents scheduled to march this year including the Mormons Building Bridges. 

San Diego Pride and Dean Penny Bridges of St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, are inviting the public to participate in their interfaith events for San Diego Pride 2018.

HEALTH WELLNESS AND SPORTS

Pride night is coming to Banc of California Stadium when the Major League Soccer (MLS) team Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) takes on the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, June 30 at 5 pm. 

Starbucks will now offer its trans employees comprehensive healthcare for a variety of treatments. The coffee giant has been offering gender affirmation surgery since 2012 but will now include coverage such as breast reduction, augmentation, facial feminization, hair transplants, and other transition-related care reports New Now Next.

Collin Martin of the professional soccer team Minnesota United came out publicly on social media Friday. According to Towleroad this makes him the only out athlete in all five of the major sports leagues.

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

UPCOMING FEATURED EVENTS

SDPIX presents Last Friday of Pride Month at Top of the Bay

Glamazon at Rich's

Heat Freedom Pool Party at the DoubleTree Mission Valley 

Stripper Circus at Rich's

4th of July Rooftop Celebration at the Porto Vista Hotel

SDPIX Presents Top of the Bay with DJ Taj at the Porto Vista Hotel

Legends Takeover Divas at Rich's

Benny & Rick's 5th Annual SD Pride Kick-Off Happy Hour at #1 Fifth Avenue

Hillcrest Comedy Night with Jaleesa Johnson at Martinis Above Fourth

FilmOut 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas

San Diego Women's Chorus Pride Concert: A Million Dreams at Parq West

Drag Me to The Del Official Pride Opening Party at the Hotel del Coronado

Mile High Club: Impulse San Diego's Pre-Pride Party at Madison on Park

Kristine W in 'Bottoms Up' at Martinis Above Fourth

Splash Pre-Pride Pool Party at the DoubleTree Mission Valley

Pride of Hillcrest Block Party

SDPIX Presents Top of the Bay with DJ Taj at the Porto Vista Hotel

Noche Del Diablo Pride Party at the DoubleTree Mission Valley

San Diego Pride Spirit of Stonewall Rally at the Hillcrest Pride Flag

Unite Music Festival: Trade Noir at Spin Nightclub

Impact Pride Party at the DoubleTree Mission Valley

The San Diego Pride Parade

San Diego Pride Music Festival

Techniche Pride Pool Party at the DoubleTree Mission Valley

Pride on the Pier at Broadway Pier

The Red Pride Party at the DoubleTree Mission Valley

Unite Music Festival: Overdrive at Spin Nightclub

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