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On a main drag in San Diego, Lips turns 15

SAN DIEGO, California -- The neon kiss that lights up historic El Cajon Boulevard at night is a monument to a drag entertainment institution that is 15 years in the making. Lips San Diego has an affectionate presence on the outside and the inside, and that is what makes its history and creation so important.

Lips, which also has locations in New York, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta, is not only an essential destination for San Diego drag entertainment, but its existence has improved the quality of life in North Park and the lives of the people who work there.

Seventh Circuit mandates gay marriage for Indiana

CHICAGO, Illinois -- The day after the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the gay-marriage ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the appellate court today issued the Baskin mandate ordering Indiana to legalize same-sex marriage. This is a mere formality, but a necessary legal move to ensure that the red state follows the law.

The mandate can be viewed below, courtesy of Lambda Legal, a litigant for plaintiffs in the Baskin case.

Homophobes stir up trouble against Russian documentary about gay teens

Homophobes in Vladivostok, Russia have stirred up trouble against a Russian documentary called "Children 404," which shows how the nation's "gay propaganda" law is putting LGBT teens in harm's way.

And the homophobes are trying to use the "gay propaganda" law to silence the filmmakers.

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The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle leaving California after 32 years of ministry

SAN DIEGO, California – The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle, a distinguished man of the cloth who has an international pulpit in his quest to further LGBT rights on a global scale and a pastor who is as comfortable caring for people with HIV in remote parts of Africa as hobnobbing with former President Bill Clinton, is leaving his post at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral for a new calling on the East Coast.

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Supreme Court ignores gay-marriage cases, for now

WASHINGTON DC -- Gay marriage will not immediately be on the docket at the U.S. Supreme Court this term after the nine justices failed to take up any of the five cases that have been appealed to the nation's high court.

The justices met Monday in closed session to choose which cases to deliberate in the term that begins next week. They could have picked one of the gay marriage cases, some of them, all of them or none of them.

The cases involved Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

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Crooner Jonathan Karrant set to woo audience at Martinis Above Fourth

SAN DIEGO, California -- Jonathan Karrant, born and raised in a small Arkansas town, has become a household name on the cabaret circuit. This week he brings his show One For My Baby-The Songs Of Johnny Mercer to Martinis Above Fourth in San Diego, California on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8 pm.

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Reese Witherspoon’s "Wild" to kick off San Diego Film Festival

SAN DIEGO, California – The 2014 San Diego Film Festival will launch on Sept. 24-28, with award-winning independent films, filmmakers, actors, panels and parties.

Reese Witherspoon's "Wild" will open the festival on Sept. 24, while Hilary Swank's "You're Not You" co-starring Emmy Rossum and Josh Duhamel will close the festival. Duhamel will definitely appear at the festival. Other celebs confirmed include Michelle Monaghan, Richard Dreyfuss, Alison Pill, Tom Berrenger and Alan Arkin.

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Sgt. Daniel Meyer ... more than just a cop

SAN DIEGO, California -- As the LGBT liaison, San Diego Police Sgt. Daniel Meyer brings 10 years of service on the force to Hillcrest and surrounding areas. Aside from protecting citizens, he is also determined to make sure people know that police officers are people, too.

Meyer grew up in Woodland, California and made his way to San Diego when he was 2 years old. Like most kids, he played sports and by his own admission says “I was a hyper kid who at times, as my parents described it, bounced off the walls as a child.”

Matt Alber: "My songs have never been written from the closet”

Matt Alber is a man made of music. His devotion to sound started at an early age and would eventually propel him into the music industry with his own unique style. Wanting to express his own feelings of love, the singer/songwriter gave his talent to a community that was eager to embrace it.

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Kristin Beck truly is "Lady Valor" and a transgender heroine

SAN DIEGO, California – A former Navy SEAL who spent many years based in San Diego, and who came out as a transgender woman two years after retiring from the military in 2011, is the subject of a compelling documentary, “Lady Valor: The Kristin Beck Story.”

The CNN documentary has been playing the film festival circuit and will be shown Wednesday night, Aug. 20, at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas as part of FilmOut San Diego’s monthly screenings. The documentary will have its television premiere on CNN in September.

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