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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: August 31 - September 6, 2019

Here is everything we covered in SDGLN this week.

Although it was a short week for some, there was no shortage on the LGBT news front. First we got the exclusive interview with the drag queens reading at the controversial Drag Queen Storytime in Chula Vista, then we got word that Congresswoman Susan A. Davis is retiring after this term. 

Ellen Holzman tells us a story about two refugees at the Otay Mesa Detention Center and her wife also contributed another story about Emilia, a transgender woman from Guatemala. 

"Out & About" is filled with fun things to do in the upcoming week, including a couples therapy getaway that focuses on communication. 

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

NEWS

In drag terms, reading is something you do when you want to playfully tear someone down. But events such as the upcoming Drag Queen Storytime in Chula Vista reading is about encouragement, engaging kids to enjoy real books away from their iPads with a pinch of diversity and acceptance thrown in. San Diego Gay and Lesbian News talked to the queens who are at the center of the controversy. 

Law enforcement officials in Newport Oregon have arrested a man who reportedly beat up a trans woman, leaving her with a broken jaw. It happened on August 24, the victim, Lauren Jackson, was at Agate Beach State Park and needed to use the bathroom. 

The not-so-highly-anticipated Boston Straight Pride marched into infamy this past Saturday as more counterprotesters attended the event than actual supporters. According to Out, only about 100 to 200 people cared to participate in the rally and parade, including alt-right and openly gay internet reactionary Milo Yiannopoulus. 

The Las Vegas LGBTQ center in downtown Las Vegas was vandalized with a homophobic epithet this week, the incident comes just three months after a tree outside the building was set ablaze by an arsonist.

COMMENTARY

Ellen Holzman talks about two LGBT refugees and their journeys, both with very different outcomes, "I met Juan I and Juan II while they were detained in Otay Mesa Detention Center, a San Diego immigration prison. Both are 20 years old, both are gay. Juan I is from Venezuela. Juan II began his journey north in El Salvador."

In a personal letter to her constituents, Congresswoman Susan A. Davis announced on Tuesday that this is her final term in Congress.

CAUSES

After spending months in confinement at Otay Mesa Detention Center, Emilia, a transgender woman from Guatemala, was undoubtedly thrilled to be out of prison. People who met her after her release said she never stopped smiling.

Drag Queen Storytime happens in just under a week in Chula Vista and Interfaith leaders are offering their support to the City of Chula Vista, the Chula Vista Public Library, and Chula Vista Councilmember Stephen Padilla. 

ENTERTAINMENT

It's not very often that a mononymous pop icon's birthday seems like a national holiday, but Queen Bey herself turns 38 today and the world is throwing her a party. The Ellen Show darling Kalen Allen is one of the happy party-goers and he's giving Beyoncé realness in a special video birthday present. 

SOCIAL

Summer may have come to an end, but the neighborhood is still sizzling with great events. Aside from your weekly dose of Thirsty Thursdays and Finger Me Fridays, there are some special things you might want to check out in the coming week

HEALTH, WELLNESS & SPORTS

A once highly ranked advocate and founder of Hope for Wholeness, conversion therapy program, has come out as gay and against the practice in a new interview by The Post and Courier. 

Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) recently received the largest quality award in the nation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for their work in providing quality care to their patients.

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

Finger Me Friday at Gossip Grill 

Vancie and Vixen's Bubbles for Breakfast Drag Brunch at Urban Mo's

Tequila Tasting Club at Baja Betty's

Hold Me Tight: Workshop for LGBTQ Couples at the Coronado Community Center

Sunday Dragalicious Gospel Brunch at Lips

Half Off Menu Mondays at Baja Betty's

Tickle My Taco Tuesday at Gossip Grill

Opening Night: Victor Victoria at the Moonlight Amphitheatre

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