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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: June 30 - July 6, 2018

Here is everything we covered in SDGLN this week.

NEWS 

The second transgender woman to be killed in Cleveland in four months was reported on Sunday, making her the 14th killed in the U.S. since the beginning of 2108. 

Former Log Cabin Republican head R. Clarke Cooper has been nominated by Donald Trump to a top position at the State Department for political and military affairs.

Interstate 5/Genesee Avenue Interchange Project, which has been under construction for three years officially opened on June 29 with Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Assemblyman Todd Gloria and San Diego City Councilwoman Barbara Bry in attendance for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.  

Using the altar as a place to have sex with another man and then filming it, one priest at St Bartholomew’s Church, Kildorrery, in the Cloyne Diocese of North Cork has been put on "personal leave."

Although the Trump administration didn't officially recognize June as Pride Month, the number of Pride festivals around the country and the world seemed to be all the validation the community needed. But this year also brought with it plenty of detractors who challenged "LGBT Pride," suggesting also a "Straight Pride Mont" such as Vice Mayor Ted Hickman of Dixon, Calif.

Pride month came to a close in the Philippines with a message of hope and forgiveness this past weekend, the apology coming from a Christain group who attended a Pride parade near the capital city of Manila. 

San Diego shows its pride in many big and colorful ways and this year Rich’s Nightclub is taking that premise to a new level with a huge new “Pride” art installation that's not only a statement on its own but something the community is literally gathering around.  

Conservatives in Ohio are pushing for a bill that would make teachers and other school officials blow the whistle on students who want to be recognized outside of the gender they were assigned at birth. 

Jackson Sugrue, 19, of Framingham, Massachusetts is being charged with a hate crime after allegedly holding another man hostage for four days, beating and starving him.  

COMMENTARY

The San Diego Sheriff's office had a message for people celebrating the Fourth of July and getting behind the wheel while intoxicated

Rev. Irene Monroe talks about celebrating the July 4th, but does it mean the same for everyone

CAUSES

San Diego Pride is almost upon us and many people take this time to show their support and unity by celebrating in the many festivities going on around town. But what about the rest of the year? You can help by visiting Luna Grill; 10% of your bill will go to support the San Diego LGBT Center. 

ENTERTAINMENT

Panic! at the Disco's frontman, Brendon Urie comes out in new interview

The San Diego Pride Music Festival is loaded with talent this year, every stage filled with the best in the business including the iconic girl group TLC. On Saturday future pop icon Kim Petras will take the stage and she tells us that she can't wait to explore America's Finest City for Pride.

Social media has become a place for people who don't agree with you to report your page in hopes of taking it down. Whether the checks and balances are fair or not is yet to be determined, but Instagram has already apologized twice recently for removing content that someone reported as offensive.

It was announced this week that Scarlett Johansson would be making another controversial movie role decision just a year after she was criticised for starring in the movie "Ghost in the Shell" which was accused of  "whitewashing" and "gaybaiting." This time she's slated to star in the biopic Rub & Tug about an infamous Pennsylvania trans man named Dante “Tex” Gill.

Season 7 Drag Race contestant Trixie Mattel is being scrutinized for cracking a racist joke during a roast a few months ago. According to Queerty a video of the performance appeared online this week. 

Jean Lowerison reviews "The Squirrels

SOCIAL

Are you ready to shift your San Diego Pride nightlife experience into OVERDRIVE?!

Impulse San Diego is a non-profit organization raising awareness of safe-sex education among San Diego's gay community and they are now boarding passengers for Flight No. 69, with nonstop service to San Diego Pride 2018 as they present Mile High Club pre-Pride event.

Hillcrest is gearing up for Pride 2018 and the rainbow can be seen throughout the neighborhood. That includes the University Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) on Cleveland Avenue which has festooned its facade pillars with the colors of the rainbow. 

If this year’s San Diego Pride theme is “Persist with Pride” then Irene Meza-Herrig and more than 100 other women are doing it full throttle with the San Diego Women Motorcycle Riders (SDWMR) contingent. Each year this large caravan of bikes leads the parade with their bone-rattling pistons firing with pride, and it just keeps getting bigger.  

The Porto Vista Hotel had one of the best viewing spots to watch the Big Bay Boom firework display this past Wednesday.

Gay Wine Weekend is three full days of LGBT get-togethers in the gorgeous Sonoma Valley filled with world-class wine and culinary offerings, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch, wine auction and a pool party in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world. This week we announced the lucky winner of VIP passes

Dentley is a Golden Retriever/Spaniel  Male, 4-years-old and is looking for a home like yours

One of the finest moments in the San Diego Gay Pride Parade is seeing the representation of servicemembers from all branches of the military march down the street. It's a defining moment which honors not only the people in uniform but the years of activism and legislation that forged the way for a more tolerant armed forces we see today.

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.

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

Legends Takeover Divas at Rich's

Stripper Circus 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

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

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

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

Pride Drag Yourself to Brunch at the DoubleTree Mission Valley

San Diego Pride Music Festival

Heat Pride Pool Party at the DoubleTree Mission Valley

Unite Music Festival: Masterbeat at Spin Nightclub

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