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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: June 8 - June 14, 2019

Here is everything we covered in SDGLN this week.

It was a week of remembrance and reflection as San Diego honored the 49 innocent lives lost at Pulse Nightclub 3 years ago. The Center invited guests to visit their altar which displayed the names and faces of the 49 lost lives. The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus also lent their voices to an event honoring Pulse at Flicks which raised money for the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

In lighter news, a dad decided to give out hugs at Pittsburg Pride and people were happy to get and give them. Ecuador legalized same-sex marriage.

Also, there is plenty on the calendar this week in "Out & About." 

Here is this week's San Diego Gay and Lesbian News Wrap:

NEWS

Swastikas were blended among the rainbow flags as police escorted an armed hate group known as the National Socialist Movement (NSM) during Motor City Pride on Saturday. 

In order for U.S. embassies to fly rainbow flags on official flagpoles to celebrate Pride month, they must get approval from the White House. That permission was denied according to The Advocate, but the embassies found a way to do it anyway. 

A new $30,000 rainbow crosswalk unveiled in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Monday, June 3 was quickly defaced when about a dozen motorcyclists took the opportunity to burn rubber and leave tire marks across it.

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has a chapter in Portland and in an open letter are asking Pride Northwest to "demand an end to their collaborations with major corporations and the Portland Police, and instead focus on empowering the Que

Same-sex couples in Ecuador have a reason to celebrate this week as the country's highest court legalized same-sex marriage on Wednesday

A consortium of Baptist religious figures is holding a conference called “Make America Straight Again” in Orlando this weekend. This meeting comes three years after the Pulse nightclub shooting which took the lives of 49 innocent LGBT people and their allies. 

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is departing the White House and her job as press secretary, President Donald said on Thursday. 

COMMENTARY

On the first day of Pride month, yet another transgender asylum seeker died after neglect in ICE custody. Her name was Johana Medina Leon writes Pride Executive Director Fernando Zweifach López. Read his commentary HERE

CAUSES

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has introduced the LASD Pride Patch to honor LGBTQ Pride Month. Law enforcement agencies across America wear the shoulder patches to represent the department and the people who wear the uniform. 

If you were at the massive vigil held in memory of the innocent lives lost at Pulse nightclub in 2016, you probably remember the moving public performance by the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus. They raised their voices once again on Wednesday night

SOCIAL

San Diego Pride weekend begins with the Spirit of Stonewall Rally at The Hillcrest Pride Flag on Friday, July 12, 6 - 7 pm.

To mark the three years that have passed since the shooting massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12, Latino Services at The San Diego LGBT Community Center hosted an altar honoring the victims. The public was welcome to visit the altar on Wednesday. 

Out & About this week: The month is half-over and already the kick-off celebrations are starting for San Diego Pride. From camping to Overdrive, to Top of the Bay, the energy is building up which will lead us into July. Until then, take a look at what there is to do in the community this week. There is something for everyone. 

ENTERTAINMENT

Our theater critic Jean Lowerison reviews "What You Are."

Tylor Swift has given the world a new song which she dropped last night. Called “You Need To Calm Down” the bop has already circulated some buzz for essentially telling anti-LGBT trolls to zip it and get on this side of history. 

Countess Luann from The Real Housewives of New York is bringing her cabaret show to San Diego this fall. 

HEALTH WELLNESS AND SPORTS

The world could use some more hugs and support, Scott Dittman is happy to oblige. To many, Mr. Dittman is known by his nickname Howie and according to BuzzFeed the 44-year-old wasn't planning on becoming an LGBT ally but that's what happened over the weekend. 

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

SDPIX Presents Top of the Bay at the Porto Vista Hotel

Divas at Rich's

Into The Woods: A Lake Jennings Camping Experience

San Diego Equality Awards at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay

Imperial Court Charity Kickball Tournament at North Park Community Park

San Diego LGBTQ POC Coalition at AD Libitum

Rainbow Prom: Haunted Fairy-tale at the LGBT Community Center

Overdrive at Spin Nightclub

LGBT Community Center Baja Wine Tour for a Cause

Flow with PRIDE at the LGBT Community Center

Imperial Court Charity Kickball Tournament at North Park Community Park

Hillcrest Classic Car Show

San Diego LGBTQ POC Coalition Mixer at AD Libitum

2019 Rainbow Prom: Haunted Fairy-tale at the LGBT Community Center

Glitz & Glam at Lips

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