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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: August 24 - August 30, 2019

This week Chula Vista was in the headlines as protesters and supporters clashed about a local event called "Drag Queen Story Hour." Some residents and religious leaders feel the literacy program, where drag queens read to kids, should not be held in their Otay Ranch library branch while others, including openly gay and former mayor Steve Padilla, think banning the event is discrimination. 

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News also made a rare endorsement for Stephen Whitburn who is running for City Council. 

On the social scene, our "Out & About" section is packed with events including Euphoria at Rich's which is rounding out the summer dance season with special guest Frenchie Davis. 

Read more about all of this and everything else we covered in this week's "Weekly Wrap."

NEWS

Drag queens across the country are going to the library to read to young children in a program called "Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH)," while some San Diegans think this type of community event is overdue others in Chula Vista are calling foul and have no interest in allowing their children to check it out when it debuts at their local branch next month. 

Former Chula Vista mayor and out councilmember Steve Padilla released a statement about the current controversy

The city of the Modesto means "modest," and that description held true this past weekend when describing the amount of people who showed up in support of the highly-publicized "Straight Pride."

What was supposed to be a celebration among queer friends for Downtown L.A.’s Proud Fest turned ugly this past Friday when a group was ejected from a local bar prompting speculation of a hate crime. 

A Russian bakery located in Siberia was ordered to pay $150 (US) for hanging a sign in the shop which read "Fa**ots are not allowed." The bakery is owned by the Ipakov Brothers and opened back in February when they also hung the sign. 

A Colorado comic book store owner came under fire from noisy militant protestors after he started a monthly family-friendly drag show, but supporters reigned supreme with a colorful wall of umbrellas. 

Peter Meijer, the owner of the Tanglefoot Building in Grand Rapids, Michigan canceled a drag show because it features entertainers with Down syndrome

COMMENTARY

Long-time readers of San Diego Gay and Lesbian News know that we almost never issue endorsements for political offices. SDGLN feels compelled to endorse a candidate in this race because of the importance of this seat to the LGBT community as well as the unique qualifications and character of one candidate in particular.

San Diego Pride Executive Director Fernando Lopez reminds us that there are still some nearby Pride events happening in 2019, and hopes the community will support them as much as they did San Diego Pride. 

CAUSES

On Thursday, September 12, San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) in Balboa Park will offer Art as Health: A Day of Art and HIV Testing between noon and 6 pm.

ENTERTAINMENT

Stephen King's novel "It" is filled with terrifying scenes, one so intense it wasn't included in the 1990 television movie. mIn the novel, published in 1986, a gay character named Adrian Mellon meets a horrifying end at the hands of the clown menace Pennywise after he is subject to a homophobic attack and thrown from a bridge and into the water below. 

Our theater critic Jean Lowerison reviews the Elvis-inspired musical "All Shook Up."

SOCIAL

Just because summer is coming to a close doesn't mean your fun has to. In fact, Labor Day Weekend is coming up and as you can see in our Out & About calendar, there is plenty to do. 

Euphoria at Rich's is about to get what's left of summer sizzling with so much entertainment it has to go into afterhours. This eye-popping event presented by SDPIX always has the best sounds, the most dynamic musical guests and a great line-up of local DJs to keep you moving through the night and into the morning. 

HEALTH, WELLNESS & SPORTS

Former New England Patriots footballer Ryan O’Callaghan is now a published author and in his new autobiography, he talks about coming out as an NFL star and suggests there are many other gay players in the sport; more than you might think. 

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

Viernes Sabroso at Urban Mo's

Euphoria at Rich's

August iO Wine Club at insideOUT

Mr Bear San Diego's Big Bear BBQ at the Loft

Guys Like Us Farewell Pool Party

Labor Day Brunch at insideOUT

Labor Day Monday at Gossip Grill

Celebrate Labor Day at Hillcrest Brewing Company

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