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RGOD2: Why silence is golden for LGBT people in Tanzania and Zanzibar

(Editor's note: The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, author of the RGOD2 column, is on vacation. Today's column is written by Bryan Weiner, who recently finished his master's degree in International Policy Studies with a focus on Conflict Resolution from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. He spent his final semester at graduate school doing an internship with Search for Common Ground in Zanzibar, Tanzania working with local NGOs and media partners on promoting good governance and conflict sensitive approaches.

Gay Wedding Fair to precede Diversionary Theatre's Sept. 7 matinee

SAN DIEGO, California -- Paul Rudnick addresses marriage equality from the perspective of high society socialites in his hilarious and poignant play "Regrets Only."

To highlight this theme, Diversionary Theatre is hosting a Gay Wedding Fair on Sunday, Sept. 7 starting at noon and ending just before the 2 pm performance.

Check out VIDEO from this year's Hillcrest CityFest

SAN DIEGO, California -- Another Hillcrest CityFest has passed but thanks to local videographer GSO Productions, the 30th annual event can be re-lived on video.

The fun 3 ½ minute video is a compilation of clips taken throughout the day-long event on Sunday, Aug. 10, from set-up until the night time dance party that took over University Avenue.

Heart & Soul: Rules for public speaking — and for life

I was fortunate enough to have an amazing public-speaking teacher in high school. I had no idea at the time that I would spend so much time speaking in front of groups of people in later life, but much of what he taught me has been invaluable.

One of the most important lessons had to do with the three points of how to give a successful speech (or talk, or sermon, or whatever you want to call it): Stand up, speak up and shut up. Say what you came to say, without hesitation, and when you are finished, sit down.

Updated! SDGLN wins Outstanding Online Media at Nicky Awards

SAN DIEGO, California -- At the star-studded 39th annual Nicky Awards on Sunday night at the downtown Central Public Library, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News collected its fifth consecutive trophy for Outstanding Online Media.

SDGLN has been voted Outstanding Online Media in the public vote every year since debuting in 2009. SDGLN will celebrate its fifth anniversary in October 2014.

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RGOD2: Making sense (and cents) in the global AIDS epidemic

Two years ago, 26 international activists were invited by the St. Paul’s Foundation and our key partners to attend the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington DC. Reflecting back two years later, one leader was brutally murdered in Cameroon, another exiled as an expert in Ethiopia, and many of the challenges these wonderful people faced upon returning to their countries, are, in many cases, worse than in 2012.

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Hedy's Hints: How to protect your home during the summer

For many people, summer means pool parties, vacations, hanging out in the sun, going to the beach, and other outdoor activities. The days are longer and warmer, and doors and windows are frequently left open for a refreshing breeze. Unfortunately, however, these summer trends put homes at a higher risk for burglary than any other season, with home break-ins occurring on average once every 15 seconds during the summer months.

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Business profile: Willmore Law Firm in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, California – Anyone who has ever had a brush with the legal system knows how stressful these types of proceedings can be. Going to court and dealing with attorneys, discovery and depositions can be one of the most stressful and heart-wrenching things a person can endure.

If you foresee this type of battle on your horizon, it’s important to hire an experienced, honest legal representation, someone who can help navigate you through the rough waters and who can advise you along each step of the way.

That’s where the Willmore Law Firm comes in.

God (the Facebook diety) wants "God Loves Gays" billboard in Westboro's hometown

Even if you don't believe in a higher power, the Facebook diety known as "God" has a message that will put a smile on even the most jaded homosexual.

"God" is currently crowdfunding to put up a "God Loves Gays" billboard in Topeka, Kansas, home to the rabidly anti-gay hate group, the Westboro Baptist Church.

As of Wednesday morning, "God" has been pledged more than $49,000 via idiegogo with a goal of raising $50,000. Looks like there will be a billboard in Kansas that friends of Dorothy will love.

San Diego State University makes top 50 LGBT-friendly universities and colleges list

These 50 universities are making strides in providing a safe environment, especially for LGBT students.

Non-profit organization Campus Pride released a list of the most LGBT-friendly colleges and universities in the United States based on each school's ratings in LGBT student academic, housing and various other campus life factors.

Campus Pride used an index of research tools to assess each institution's policies, programs and practices that work toward an inclusive and safe environment for LGBT and heterosexual ally students.

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