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GMSR to present a night of drag with "The Red Carpet Spectacle"

SAN DIEGO -- For the past 22 years, the Gay Men’s Spiritual Retreat has been dedicated to fostering spiritual growth by organizing retreats and activities, free of any sectarian, religious or judgmental affiliations.

On April 5, GMSR adds to its repertoire “The Red Carpet Spectacle,” promoting unity and service within the San Diego community in a safe, sober and upbeat environment.

Cpt. Tara Harre and her partner represent U.S. Army and San Diego at HRC gala

LOS ANGELES -- The HRC Gala Dinner was held in Los Angeles on Saturday, a black-tie affair centered around the groundbreaking work of the organization. Vice President Joe Biden provided a moving keynote speech, calling for the United States to be a champion for LGBT equality throughout the globe.

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Community Profile: Cheli Mohamed volunteers like it's her job

SAN DIEGO -- In speaking with Cheli Mohamed, one must reconsider what it truly means to "give back to the community." Volunteering seems to come naturally to Cheli. As the former resources director for San Diego LGBT Pride, she organized the recruitment and placement of some 1,000 volunteers annually, driven by the desire to promote awareness and encouragement throughout the community.

El Cajon Boulevard to celebrate 25th anniversary of gateway sign

SAN DIEGO -- El Cajon Boulevard, one of San Diego's most storied streets, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its gateway "The Boulevard" sign with a series of festivities starting on Friday, April 4.

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Community Profile: C. Anthony Keen heads up SDSU's new LGBT Pride Center

SAN DIEGO -- At a substantial college campus with 30,000 students, SDSU's new LGBT Pride Center helps to enrich, sustain and support an all-inclusive gathering space for persons of all sexual and gender identities as well as their allies.

San Diego Gay & Lesbian News speaks with C. Anthony Keen, the coordinator of the Pride Center, about the necessity for such groups on campus as well as his advocacy for embracing SDSU’s rich cultural and social diversity.

Age: 30

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Barbra Blake: Planning to take the GSDBA to new heights

SAN DIEGO -- Barbra Blake has some bold, innovative plans as the new CEO of the Greater San Diego Business Association, the area’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce.

She will be guiding the Hillcrest-based organization into its 35th year.

“In the life cycle of business, plateau happens,” she told the GSDBA board. “It’s a good thing. It just depends what you do with it. It’s not time to coast.”

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Community Profile: Sonya Stauffer, Hillcrest Business Association executive director

SAN DIEGO -- Sonya Stauffer has worn numerous “hats.” By the time she stumbled across a job listing for a position with Hillcrest Business Association, she had worked throughout the Southwest in banking, real estate and economic development.

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San Diego EarthFair 2014 date set

SAN DIEGO -- The 24th annual EarthFair will take place on April 27, and is now open for exhibitor and volunteer registration.

Billed as the world’s largest free annual environmental fair, EarthFair attracts approximately 60,000 visitors each year, and is centered around Earth Day on April 22.

The organizers, San Diego EarthWorks, have already planned for the 25th annual EarthFair for April 19, 2015 coinciding with the year of Balboa Park’s Centennial.

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Community Profile: RC Haus, the new face of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus

SAN DIEGO -- On the last day of December, the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus (SDGMC) introduced RC Haus as its interim artistic director, tasked immediately with conducting the chorus’ spring performance of "Wow! The Chorus Sings the '90s."

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