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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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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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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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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: San Diego gay nightlife in coming weeks

This column will be on hiatus for a couple weeks, as today I am leaving on a trip to Europe for the Atlantis Mediterranean Cruise, followed by a visit to Spain for the Circuit Festival in Barcelona.

That being the case, here’s a few big events in San Diego to look out for in coming weeks while I’m away:

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