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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: June 15 - June 21, 2019

Here is everything we covered in SDGLN this week.

Pride month is in full swing and so are the celebrations. Many cities are enjoying Pride festivities and with that comes both the good and bad. The good are the many events that commemorate Stonewall, the genesis of the Gay Rights Movement.

Locally San Diego drag queens reach "legendary" status in a new exhibit at the San Diego History Center. 

Unfortunately, despite the many changes that have been made in accepting the LGBT community over the last 50 years, some people will still use violence as a way of intimidation. In Fresno, a man was arrested for threatening a gay bar by calling it the next Pulse, and in Utah high school teens burned a rainbow flag while chanting "all gays die."

All of this news and more are in this edition of the SDGLN Weekly Wrap.

NEWS

The County of San Diego announced on Friday that they will be sending out an alarm on June 27 to test out their earthquake early warning system. Much like an Amber Alert, all cellphones will receive the alarm at about 11 am in the morning. 

For the first time ever, the California State Capitol building raised the rainbow flag on its flagpole in celebration of National Gay Pride Month, At the request of California Governor Gavin Newsom the flag was elevated on Monday and will remain there until July 1. 

A 21--year-old man is recovering after he was allegedly beaten by a gang of more than a dozen people. Three teenagers and one adult have been arrested and charged with a hate crime, but a lot more are still on the street. 

The oldest LGBTQ organization in North America, The International Imperial Courts of the U.S.A, Canada and Mexico, established in 1965, and the oldest national LGBTQ advocacy organization, the National LGBTQ Task Force, founded in 1973, will be dedicating the National LGBTQ Wall of Honor at the historic Stonewall Inn on June 27, 2019. 

Jose Isabel Lechuga, 28, was arrested on Monday after he allegedly threated to shoot up a local gay bar in Fresno. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said the threat was made against the FAB Nightclub earlier this month. “We have prevented what could have been a mass shooting in our city."

Southern-style family restaurant Cracker Barrel says they will not host a church event put on by Grayson Fritts, a Tennessee preacher for All Scripture Baptist Church.

COMMENTARY

Fernando Zweifach López, Executive Director of San Diego Pride, urges you to contact "businesses, organizations, institutions of faith, and elected officials and ask them all to come out in support of the Equality Act."

CAUSES

Eugene Lee Yang of YouTube's The Try Guys has made perhaps the most important video of his life. Titled "I'm Gay," it chronicles his coming out and people are relating to it on a very personal and emotional level. 

ENTERTAINMENT

For those who watched the Tony Awards this year, they got the message from host James Cordon that while binging on TV is all well and good, there is still nothing like watching a live show in a theater full of people and it's okay to “put down the remote." He also aptly described stage entertainment as being "a different kind of show. Actual people in an actual place.” Nobody knows that sentiment better than the Moonlight Stage Productions which will produce five musicals as part of its 40th anniversary season in 2020. 

Long before the "Real Housewives" took over New York and Orange County there was Divine in "Polyester" which finally gets the Criterion collector's edition it deserves on September 17. 

It used to be that coming out in the entertainment field meant career suicide, but now it's a sign of power. Variety has gathered together some of Hollywood's biggest hitters in their "Power of Pride" issue

Jean Lowerison reviews stage productions of "A Walk in the Woods," "Put Your House In Order," and the movie "The Raft,"

Love her or dislike her, Taylor Swift knows how to generate press. Case in point the video for her latest song "You Need to Calm Down" which simultaneously works as a Pride Month anthem and an apology to longtime frenemy Katy Perry. 

Ever since Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet starred in the fictional romance Titanic in 1997, the ship's true stories about her passengers has become a bit muddled. For instance, James Cameron's movie didn't feature the story of lesbian survivor Ella White and her life-saving lighted walking stick

Only in their dreams could Darren Davis and Daniel Sene have imagined that a pop icon would be joining them in their wedding procession, but that is exactly what happened when Debbie Gibson showed up to walk them down the aisle earlier this month. 

SOCIAL

The variety of events for LGBT people and their allies in San Diego seems to grow each week especially during June and July when the city prepares for its Pride festivities. This week in "Out & About"  it's time to celebrate the limitless talent of local drag queens who have entertained San Diego for decades.

HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND SPORTS

A Snapchat video depicting two football team members from Kearns High School in Salt Lake City burning a Pride flag has resulted in the students being indefinitely suspended. In the video, you can hear someone yelling "all gays die."

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 

Opening Reception: Legendary Drag Queens of San Diego at the San Diego History Center

History Talk: Stonewall 50 at the San Diego Central Library

12th Annual Pachanga de Frida at the LGBT Community Center

Goldilocks 2019 Contest at the Merrow

Sunday Dragalicious Gospel Brunch at Lips

Sundays at The San Diego Eagle

BINGO for RDPSD 2019 at Gossip Grill

Absolutely Sunday Funday at #1 Fifth Avenue

Goldilocks 2019 Contest at the Merrow

Burgers and Beer Bust at the San Diego Eagle

Showstopper Sunday at Lips

Karaoke at Flicks

DiscoTeka at Rich's

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