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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: August 3 - August 9, 2019

Here is everything we covered in SDGLN this week.

The biggest news this week was the two consecutive mass shootings that took place in Texas and Ohio. One conservative lawmaker decided to blame the LGBT community for the tragedy. 

Locally there was good news Babycakes, a popular bakery announced they are permanently moving back to Hillcrest after being gone for over a year.

Also in entertainment news, Real Housewife of New York "Countess" Luann is bringing her cabaret show to the Magnolia Theatre next month and tickets are going fast. 

All of this and more in this week's Weekly Wrap. 

NEWS

For those of you who miss getting together every week in Hillcrest at Babycakes, there is good news as the popular bakery says they are headed back to the neighborhood with a whole new store.

The co-organizer of a Straight Pride event being proposed in California elicited laughter among the City Council chamber and its members on Thursday after he claimed his organization is "a totally peaceful racist group."

Ohio State Representative Candice Keller made her opinion known as to why two deadly mass shootings, which killed 29 people, happened over the weekend. In a now-deleted Facebook update she wrote “After every mass shooting, the liberals start the blame game. Why not place the blame where it belongs?”

A Florida man was apparently not happy that his server was gay and in lieu of a tip decided to write an anti-gay message in the gratuity part of his bill. The server noticed the note which read “[Zero] if he wasn’t gay” and alerted his manager who then confronted the man, Frederic Sterry Smith, 62, outside. 

COMMENTARY

In the race for San Diego City Council District 3, Stephen Whitburn reports the strongest total cash contributions for the first reporting period from January 1 - June 30, 2019. The fundraising report filed with the San Diego City Clerk’s office shows Whitburn’s total exceeding $60,000.

Ellen Holzman makes another visit to the Otay Mesa Detention Center to console a gay detainee: "I was sitting in the mid-size meeting room with 3-foot square tables and plastic yellow and red chairs, talking with Oussama, a 28-year-old gay immigration detainee, when a tall-ish, blonde woman in a nice dress and high heels sashayed over to us."

ENTERTAINMENT

 Toni Morrison, best known for her novel "Beloved" passed away on Monday in New York after a short illness says her family. 

The star of Disney's Andi Mack, Joshua Rush, published a Tweet this week: "first to respond to this tweet is bi lol" to which he promptly answered himself: "first! i win! it's me. i'm bi. And now that I've said that, I have a few things to rant about.

Late in 2018, Victoria's Secret's President and chief marketing officer Ed Razek was in the news for comments he made about not wanting trans women to model lingerie during runway shows. He is stepping down from his position just as the publication hired its first trans model.

Original director and choreographer Jerome Robbins conceived the idea for “West Side Story” basing it on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” This revered musical tells the tragic love story of Tony and Maria as they seek “a somewhere” where their love can survive in the midst of chaos of two warring gangs who clash in a turf war on the gritty streets of New York City of the 1950s. This timely story is coming to the Moonlight Amphitheater in an all-new stage production. 

Life may have imitated art as American DJ, songwriter, and producer Diplo made a revelation about his sexuality just as he thought his private plane was going to crash.

For those who watch the Bravo reality series The Real Housewives of New York (RHNY), you know that Luann de Lesseps (a.k.a. Countess Luann) has been working on a self-titled live cabaret show for some time. It debuted in New York in early 2018. That show is making its way to San Diego, Get your tickets.

The culinary and cocktail event “San Diego Spirits Festival” is back on Aug. 24 and 25, for its eleventh year to give people a taste of the best food and drink the world has to offer. This social occasion is the major food and spirits event in San Diego, and this year there are even more things to sample than ever before.

SOCIAL

This week it's all about Hillcrest and CityFest. From music to food to drinks this event has always been the perfect way to celebrate San Diego post-Pride. CityFest will take over the heart of the neighborhood with plenty of things to do including arts, crafts, and food.

It was a sad day inside the office of San Diego Pride this week. Executive Director Fernando López broke the news on social media that their furry office mascot, Max, passed away on Thursday

LGBT Event at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom returns August 10 with Soju from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 and Sister Roma It’s time for the return of the LGBT night at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo (just north of San Francisco).

Over 5,000 are expected at Out on the Mountain, the LGBTQ night at Six Flags Magic Mountain, on Friday, September 13, 2019 from 6 pm-1 am.

HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND SPORTS

Some big assertions were made by President Trump at a rally in Cincinnati last Thursday. He told a cheering crowd that if he gets re-elected he will end AIDS and childhood cancer.  

​The Hold Me Tight workshop is designed as an LGBTQ+ focused program for couples in San Diego. The retreat will create a space to help you and your partner understand your relationship on a deeper level and learn to overcome the ongoing conflicts. You will walk away from the experience having an in-depth understanding of effective communication and revive your connection. This allows you to learn the steps to restructure your relationship by simply doing a communication tune-up.

Looking for something fun to do this Pride 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

PREP Social at Good to Go San Diego

8th Annual HRC San Diego Gala Dinner & Auction at the Hotel del Coronado

CityFest Art & Music Festival

Sunday Dragalicious Gospel Brunch at Lips

Sundays at The San Diego Eagle

Absolutely Sunday Funday at #1 Fifth Avenue

Burgers and Beer Bust at the San Diego Eagle

Showstopper Sunday at Lips

Karaoke at Flicks

DiscoTeka at Rich's

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