Here is everything we covered this week in San Diego Gay and Lesbian News.
A lot happened in the religious sect this week. The United Methodist Church officially voted to exclude LGBT members and the ordainment of clergy inside that organization. Also, a gay marriage nearly 50 years old is finally federally recognized.
In entertainment news, SDPIX presents Dream Machine is returning to Rich's this weekend and the fun will go into after hours.
Here is everything else we covered:
Brides Anna Suhyda and Amanda Broadway were planning their wedding which included finding a videographer to capture the big event, so they hired Media Mansion, but the owner found out they were gay so he declined.
An entire neighborhood in Hull, England said no to hate and rallied together to combat homophobia after lesbian parents received a hateful flyer in their mail slot.
As one of the oldest gay bars still operating in Hillcrest, #1 Fifth Ave. holds a special place in the heart of the neighborhood. And that badge of honor should still shine even after the coming months when the club changes owners.
United Methodist Church leaders were at odds with each other over whether or not to keep tacit support of the LGBT community intact or abandon it altogether.
You may or may not have experienced a "porch pirate" over this past holiday season. They stalk neighborhood streets and look for deliveries left on porches then help themselves to the loot. Now a new bill proposes they serve jail time.
Rewind to 48 years ago when Richard John “Jack” Baker and Michael McConnell from Hennepin County, Minnesota applied for a marriage license in that state and were approved but never documented, until now.
In case you haven't noticed, Walmart has really upped their game in the ad world, and in a recent episode of their web series Love is in the aisle: A dating show at Walmart, they feature two men getting to know each other on blind date at the big box retailer.
Rev Irene Monroe weighs in on the Jussie Smollett controversy in this Op-ed: "Smollett’s hoax dredges up the country’s horrors of lynching and gay bashing. For me, three hate crime incidents came to my mind immediately as an African American lesbian. Emmett Till, James Byrd, and Matthew Shepard."
San Diego Pride responds to the United Methodist Church's vote to ban LGBT members and clergy: "While many of us still carry the trauma of the bigotry and harm we experienced in the name faith, 65% of all LGBTQ people embrace their personal connection to faith."
The reclusive and private soul singer Jackie Shane was not only a music legend but also a transgender pioneer who gained success in the late 60s. According to her label Numero Group she passed away on February 22 at her home in Nashville, she was 78 years old.
Actor Ryan Sampson, star of The Frankenstein Chronicles and, more recently the britcom Plebs, wasn't about to be bullied by an online troll who wanted to snare him into an odious direct message conversation.
Matt Bomer is playing a queer superhero on the web TV series "Doom Patrol," currently streaming on DC Universe.
Katherine Helmond, the star of iconic sitcoms such as "Soap" and "Who's The Boss" has died, she was 89.
Out & About: Hillcrest is going to be masked in fun this week with two big events coming to the neighborhood. On Saturday the legendary Dream Machine returns to Rich's and then next Tuesday it's time for Hillcrest to transform into the French Quarter as Mardi Gras takes over the nighttime streets.
Shy older girl Bizew has a lot of love to offer a family looking for a pet at the San Diego Humane Society. It may take me some time to adjust to new situations, but once you get to know her, you'll see what a big heart she has.
HEALTH WELLNESS AND SPORTS
As more and more mainstream companies frack into the LGBT dollar, more and more homophobes are committing themselves to stop using products on principle alone. The latest may not be the best staple to stop using. Toilet paper company Cottonelle has made an ad featuring a same-sex couple meeting the parents for the first time.
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? See our list of featured events below, and click HERE for a complete list of events.
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