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Halloween: Our American LGBTQ holiday

As Halloween flourishes as a gay cultural phenomenon, so too flourished a backlash by the fundamentalist Christians with their "Hell Houses."

In the words of the lesbian poet and scholar Judy Grahn, Halloween is "the great gay holiday."

And this weekend of lavish costumed theatricality will attract everyone, but especially lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) revelers.

What if society pretended you didn't exist?

Giselle Chacón: "I know personally that gender dysphoria and transgender identities are real, and yet nobody is listening on the other side of the conversation."

"The mission of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans, by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services." 

Earlier this week, an internal HHS memo leaked to the NY Times states:

Introducing OUR PRIDE Video Fest

Students from middle school through college have the unique opportunity to creativity use digital media to help document the often-untold stories of the LGBTQ+ community and their history, culture and contributions.

A message about voter participation from SD Pride

Whether you engage with our GOTV efforts or another, we hope you will stay active in the democratic process.

Ten years ago the LGBTQ community in California was deep in the fight to preserve our right to legally marry. Those of us who had been in that fight for years can recall an odd dichotomy.

A message from SD Pride on National Coming Out Day

On this Coming Out Day, please continue to be a bright shining out and proud role model for our next generation.

Our community has long known that when we are out and visible we are able to deconstruct the discriminatory prejudices that exist to oppress us.

The Matthew Shepard murder revisited

The anointing of Matthew Shepard as an iconic image for LGBTQ rights not only concealed from the American public the real person but also it hid the other varied faces of hate crimes in 1998. 

With October being LGBTQ History Month it allows the LGBTQ community to look back at historical events.  And Matthew Shepard’s murder is one of them. 

Construction update: Georgia Street Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Project update for Georgia Street Bridge in North Park.

Night work will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 9 pm to 5 am.

This work is expected to take one night.

The project crew will be upgrading signals on Park Blvd. and University Ave., which will be open for traffic with 4-way stop during the work. 

See the map below for more details.

Project Overview:

Pence to speak at anti-LGBT extremists event on Saturday

The event’s sponsors include the American Conservative Union, the NRA, the SPLC-designated hate group Family Research Council, and the John Birch Society.

Vice President Mike Pence is speaking at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. He will join numerous anti-LGBTQ extremists, including Elizabeth Johnston, Dr. Paul McHugh, and Dr. Sebastian “Seb” Gorka, all known for their extremist advocacy against LGBTQ people.