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ACLU to fight "religious freedom" movement

NEW YORK -- ACLU officials say the civil-rights group is tweaking and relaunching its #Out4Freedom campaign to fight "religious freedom" bills that are designed as licenses to discriminate.

The #Out4Freedom campaign has been used to build support for marriage equality nationwide, but will now be expanded to spread awareness of the discriminatory nature of the so-called "religious freedom" bills.

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Heat Bar & Kitchen's new mixologist is raising spirits

SAN DIEGO, California -- Tending bar doesn’t necessarily mean one is a bartender, and mixing drinks doesn't necessarily mean one is a mixologist. Ryan Andrews can tell you the difference because he considers himself both a bartender and a mixologist.

Recently nominated as the Most Appreciated Bartender in America, Andrews opens up about his life, his work and what it takes to create a signature cocktail in an interview with San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.

Johnathan Hale saves little dog from the pound

SAN DIEGO, California -- Hale Media Publisher Johnathan Hale saved a little dog from going to the pound on Wednesday, and her owner is very grateful.

Hale said he noticed a Yorkshire terrier named Sesame tied to a railing outside Baja Betty's, sitting in the light rain, just as a parking-enforcement officer was calling the pound to come and collect the pet. The officer was having a parked car with an expired registration towed.

Happy Thanksgiving!

SAN DIEGO -- The staff members of Hale Media -- San Diego Gay & Lesbian News and SD PIX -- wish you a very happy Thanksgiving weekend.

We will not be publishing Thanksgiving Day through Sunday to allow our staff members to spend quality time with their families and loved ones.

We give thanks to you for supporting us and making our media organization the most-read LGBT news source in San Diego and beyond -- with a global readership reaching 200 countries and territories.











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Tom Reise, unsung hero of San Diego's LGBT community

SAN DIEGO, California -- Some LGBT San Diegans might not know about Tom Reise, but after learning what he does for the community, one might wonder why they don’t.

Reise is a local philanthropist who as co-trustee of the estate of Dr. Fritz Klein helps fund many important LGBT programs in San Diego. From the arts to drug treatment, Reise's largesse benefits the community, but he seems happy to fly under the radar.

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On 25th anniversary, "Longtime Companion" returns to the silver screen

SAN DIEGO, California – FilmOut San Diego will celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Longtime Companion” with a special screening tomorrow, co-sponsored by Being Alive.

“Longtime Companion” will be shown at 7 pm Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Landmark Hillcrest.

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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.

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Green Scene: What's smarter, buying or leasing solar panels?

Energy costs seem to be steadily on the rise. Concurrently, due to increasing marketing and decreasing installation costs, photovoltaic (PV) systems, or solar panels, are becoming more popular nationwide.

Depending on the neighborhood, one can easily see more homes of all sizes with roof-top solar panels. The benefits of solar panels are clear. Free energy from the sun, lower utility bills, and less dependence on public utility providers make solar panels hard to argue against.

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.

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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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