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The Center's Rebekah Hook to be honored by Speaker Toni G. Atkins

SAN DIEGO, California -- In honor of Women’s History Month, Speaker Toni G. Atkins will honor 11 local women for their generous contributions of time and effort, and one of those women is from of the LGBT community.

In the past, the speaker has chosen one woman from the 78th Assembly District as “Woman of the Year” — this year Betty Peabody from Point Loma — who will be honored March 9 in Sacramento for her achievements.

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RGOD2: LBT women are still globally invisible, even to other women

More than 1,000 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) will surround 3,000 women visitors from all over the world at the UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York from March 9-20.

Bruce Knotts, director of the Unitarian Universalist Office at the UN, describes this important gathering as “an annual report card on how the world is treating our women and girls.”

Business profile: Joey Kirkpatrick, Licensed Massage Therapist

SAN DIEGO, California -- There’s few things in life more relaxing than a professional massage. The dim lighting, peaceful environment, light music and gentle touch create a space for even the most stressed person forget their worries for an hour.

Joey Kirkpatrick, LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) strives to do just that for all of his clients through his massage therapy business. He says he has a passion for health and wellness, and for providing effective therapy to structural imbalances in the body, while decreasing stress and promoting relaxation.

Heart & Soul: The gift of forgiveness

If you’ve ever walked through a messy and hurtful relationship break-up, or if you have ever made a big mess in your own life and been able to get past it, then you know the importance, and the power, of forgiveness.

Uptown Planners board election scheduled for tonight

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Uptown Planners will hold their annual board election tonight from 6 to 6:30 pm, needing to fill seven seats.

The Uptown Planners Board is an advisory board to the City of San Diego regarding land use and development projects in the neighborhoods of Bankers Hill, Hillcrest, Mission Hills and University Heights. Review of projects by the board is a part of the approval process for discretionary projects and new development.

Remembering the Rev. Malcolm Boyd, overlooked gay rights activist who pushed boundaries

The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, who died on Friday (Feb. 27) at the age of 91, lived three lives — each extraordinary. More extraordinary still is how he gave each up for the next.

For the first third of Boyd’s life, he was an A-list producer in Hollywood’s golden age, most famously as a business partner of silent film actress Mary Pickford.

Hillcrest spring cleaning postponed due to rainy forecast

SAN DIEGO, California -- "The Great Spring Cleaning" scheduled for Saturday in Hillcrest has been postponed due to rain in the forecast.

The new date will be on Saturday, March 14.

Please join the Hillcrest Business Association, Hillcrest Clean T.E.A.M., Hillcrest Town Council and UCSD Medical Center at 8 am March 14 for the first clean-up of 2015.

Imperial Court de San Diego seeking donations for annual Easter Egg Hunt

SAN DIEGO, California -- The Imperial Court de San Diego will host the 12th annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 5 at Trolley Barn Park in University Heights.

At the event, volunteers will distribute over 600 Easter baskets filled with toys and over 7,000 Easter eggs. The Imperial Court is looking for donations to be able to provide the baskets and eggs to the many families in need who attend the event each year.

Those who wish to donate baskets, toys, or other items should contact Emperor Mikie Too at 619-501-6793 or Empress Toni Saunders at 619-517-9557.

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RGOD2: How Randy Berry can succeed as the new LGBT czar

By chance, I discovered a fairly unknown prospective bill coming before the Senate last year where the idea of creating an LGBT envoy to integrate the State Department’s interests with LGBT human rights first emerged. I unwittingly broke the story that the State Department was considering hiring a full-time senior diplomat to oversee the human rights of LGBT people globally.

Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors event to be held Friday at The Center

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center will host the Bayard Rustin Civil Rights Honors on Friday, Feb. 27 from 6-8 pm. The event recognizes the contributions of community leaders.

A $10 donation includes a soul food buffet which benefits The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir, The Bayard Rustin US Postage Stamp Campaign and The Center.

Awards recipients are listed below.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber
Stan Lewis
Phyllis Jackson

Civil Rights Honorees

LaRue Fields
Christopher Wilson