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Hillcrest chosen as first travel profile in OutServe Magazine

SAN DIEGO -- Hillcrest, the popular LGBT enclave of San Diego, is being featured as the first subject in a newly added Travel Section in OutServe Magazine.

OutServe, a monthly magazine for actively serving LGBT military servicemembers, launched in September to coincide with the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) and has just released its third issue.

Although its first two issues focused entirely on DADT and the publishers are still committed to this target audience, they immediately recognized that in order to stay relevant in this post-DADT time, they would need to expand.

One way they decided to begin doing this was to add a travel section, called "Let's Go," with a profile on Hillcrest in the November issue. Future issues "will continue to evolve to include broader features that expand beyond a military-only focus," Managing Editor Ed Sweeney said in his November column.

As San Diego has been a focal point for change and even a hotspot for many things related to DADT in the past two years, this is not a surprise.

In the four-page, full-color spread, "Let's Go" author "N" goes into great detail about San Diego's local hip and upbeat LGBT community, offering readers a little history, a talking street guide with reference points, a summary of some of the favorite places to drink, eat and play, and of course information about The San Diego LGBT Center.

The article is also adorned with at least a dozen photos to further entice readers to visit the area.

The 40-page November issue has a second tie to San Diego, within its ongoing series of Proud to Serve profiles.

Proud to Serve is a photo essay of LGBT veterans compiled and published in 2010 by Austin-based photojournalist JoAnn Santangelo.

In the November issue of OutServe, San Diego LGBT activist Lisa Kove is one of the four veterans featured in the Proud to Serve section. Kove is CEO of DoDFEDGLOBE.

OutServe Magazine is available for download in both digital and print formats from HP's Magcloud website and is also available on some military bases. Once purchased, print copies will be downloaded by Magcloud, assembled and shipped to your door. Digital copies will be made available to you in a self-downloadable PDF format.

To get your own copy of the latest OutServe Magazine, visit its portal on the Magcloud website. Print copies vary in price (back issues of the first two issues are also available) and digital copies are free. You automatically get a free digital copy if you purchase a print version.

You can follow the magazine's Facebook page and get monthly updates about each issue, HERE.

OutServe Magazine is a product of the OutServe organization, a worldwide support network, subtitled the "Association for Actively Serving LGBT Military Personnel." OutServe.org has more than 4,400 members and 40+ chapters worldwide, making it one of the largest LGBT employee resource groups in the world, with a mission to create an environment of respect in the military with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity.

You can follow the OutServe organization on Facebook or learn more about the network and how to get involved with it, HERE