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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: Sept 8 - Sept 14, 2018

Here's everything we covered in SDGLN this week.
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NEWS

A large section of freeway in Mission Valley on State Route 163, between Genesee Avenue and Interstate 8 will close next week in order to do work on a Friars Road bridge project.

You may have noticed that the Poké Go restaurant is no longer open in Hillcrest. The spot located at 3614 Fifth Ave which served hungry locals raw fish entrees since 2015, closed on August 31.

In the early morning hours of Friday, September 7 a Florida sheriff's deputy woke the residents of a Newberry Oaks home to inform them of hate speech he found painted on the side of their home during a routine patrol

A gay reality show contestant is believed to have died after reportedly jumping from the deck of a cruise ship and into the ocean over the weekend. 

San Diego has been overtaken by a variety of dockless scooters on its city streets and sidewalks. However, some people are worried that they are a tragedy waiting to happen

Captain Justin Rose had his day in court two years ago, sitting on the stand to give testimony on his experience being sexually assaulted by another male Marine while stationed on Horn of Africa in 2006. Rose reported the incident just after it occurred but no one believed him. In an essay for the New York Times, he writes about the experience and finally feeling vindicated. 

This week, out gay candidate Chris Pappas was declared the winner of the Democratic primary in New Hampshire's 1st U.S. House district.

A French court has told a lesbian couple by the court that they cannot name their son "Ambre" (Amber) because it risks “confusing the child in a way that could be harmful” due to the fact that it is considered a girl’s name.

COMMENTARY

Seventeen years ago America changed forever as terrorists commandeered four commercial airliners and purposefully flew them into the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon. The fourth jet was headed to Washington D.C.but crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after the passengers were able to overtake the hijackers. 2,996 people were killed that day, many LGBT people among them. SDGLN remembers the men and women and their families who were forever affected by this national tragedy. 

In late August San Diego Gay and Lesbian News told you about the Caltrans work crew who stopped traffic to distribute campaign fliers opposed to Prop 6 gas tax repeal initiative. The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) launched an investigation into the No On 6 campaign.

CAUSES

Seth Owen wanted to go to Georgetown University, but his family kicked him out when they discovered he is gay. Ellen DeGeneres helped his newfound cause of creating a scholarship to help those who may have endured the same thing. 

ENTERTAINMENT

The Taste of Downtown happened in San Diego on Thursday, September 13, The event showcased the food, bustling nightlife, and diverse culture that has become the very definition of America’s Finest City.

Summer may be coming to an end, but the talent at Martinis Above fourth continues to heat up through September. From a jazz visionary to shady drag queens to a musical landscapist, Martinis is still the best place in Hillcrest to see live entertainment from all over the world.     

A new eatery has opened in Hillcrest on 5th Avenue called Common Stock. It takes over the space that was once home to Salt and Cleaver which closed in 2016. The new restaurant is an upscale casual dining experience that serves a variety of proteins from rotisserie chicken to cheeseburgers and spicy poke. 

Rapper Eminem addresses the use of a gay slur on his new album. 

They both have iconic hair and recognizable voices and now Dolly Parton And Sia are collaborating on a song together for a new movie that will stream on Netflix this year.

Project Pie has been resurrected in Hillcrest, they served their first customers on Tuesday. The "build your own" artisan pizzeria is back at its Fourth and University Avenue location. They also have stores in both Chula Vista and Carlsbad.       

SOCIAL 

There will be no time to sleep on Saturday, September 29 as SDPIX, Revive San Diego, and Rich's Nightclub bring back one of their most popular events; Dream Machine House Music Party.

You'll want to save the date for Friday, September 28, as the Porto Vista Hotel and SDPIX's Top of the Bay will host a fashion show by designer Oseas Villatoro, featuring his men's underwear line and other items in his "The Galaxy Within Me" collection.

Local automobile enthusiast and business owner Darren Farnesi thought he was buying the classic car of his dreams, but it turned into a nightmare when the seller sold him a stolen vehicle and absconded with the cash.

A.J. Ferguson is looking for a forever home. She is 1-year-old and currently available for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society.

There is only a little time left before the official launch of the 28th edition of the Black & Blue Festival, to be held from October 3 to October 9 in Montreal.

HEALTH WELLNESS & SPORTS

In a historic first for the sporting world, professional golfer Tadd Fujikawa is the first male professional to come out as gay.

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? See our list of featured events below, and click HERE for a complete list of events.

Grand Reopening at Swami's Cafe Hillcrest

SDPIX Presents Top of the Bay at the Porto Vista Hotel

Out at the Mountain at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Techniche + Overdrive with Leo Blanco at Spin Nightclub

Stripper Circus at Rich's

Flicks 35th Anniversary

Sobriety on the Sand at Marina Village

Vikki Barbolak in 'Trailer Park Trophy Wife' at Martinis Above Fourth

Red Dress Party San Diego at Broadway Pier

Miss Richfield 1981 in 'Born Again' at Martinis Above Fourth

Troye Sivan: The Bloom Tour with special guest Kim Petras

LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor 2018 Induction Ceremony at the LGBT Community Center

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