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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: Sept. 14 - Sept. 20, 2019

SDGLN Weekly Wrap: Sept. 14 - Sept. 20, 2019
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This week there was some troubling news stories from around the country. One involved a young man whose church allegedly held him down and tried to "pray the gay away." Arizona also sided with a Christian-owned company who can now refuse service to LGBT people because of their religious beliefs. 

In entertainment news, our theater critic Jean Lowerison caught the latest Moonlight Amphitheater production of "Victor/Victoria," and she tells us what she thought and Timothy Rawles reviewed the scintillating "Steam Room Stories: The Movie."

Socially, there is plenty to do this week including a season-end pool party and another edition of Techniche and Overdrive. 

All of this and much more in this edition of the Weekly Wrap. 

NEWS

A gay Oklahoma man says he was literally called on the carpet for being gay at a church gathering on September 8. 

You've heard of Magic Mike, how about Magic Morning Joe? That seems to be the concept behind Seattle's latest coffee innovation; a walk-up coffee hut with a sign out front which reads: "Hot Guys Serving Hot Coffee."

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that Phoenix's anti-discrimination ordinance which was supposed to protect LGBT people is not valid in the case of Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski who own Brush & Nib Studio, an event invitation design company. 

Although same-sex marriage isn't legal in Japan, the Mooka branch of the Utsunomiya District Court in Tochigi Prefecture awarded a woman damages who broke up with her common-law partner over infidelity. 

Students who were not happy with a trans-inclusive bathroom policy walked out of their classrooms at North Carolina's North Buncombe High School on Monday. 

COMMENTARY

Fans of Stephen King have been lining up for over a week now to see IT: Chapter Two, the second half of Andy Muschietti and Gary Dauberman’s adaptation of King’s iconic novel. But there are some concerns with how the film approached its gay characters according to Waylon Jordan

CAUSES

Fernando Zweifach López of San Diego Pride discusses the importance of trans awareness: "Black trans artist Mila Jam opened up the event by singing the national anthem, while an honor guard comprised only of trans service members and veterans presented the colors. In front of the stage, transgender community members sat facing the audience holding signs with the names, faces, and ages of each of the trans people that had been murdered this year." Read the rest of this commentary HERE

ENTERTAINMENT

FilmOut presented a special showing of "Steam Room Stories: The Movie" on Wednesday, we review the film

Comedian Shane Gillis won't be proud as a peacock after all. NBC has fired the jokester soon after announcing his hiring as a cast member for the 45th season of Saturday Night Live. Gillis was set to join two other new hires, including its first-ever Asian-American cast member, Bowen Yang, who also happens to be openly gay. 

Our theater critic Jean Lowerison reviews the Moonlight Amphitheater's "Victor/Victoria."

SOCIAL

September is already half over and as the fall weather begins to creep in there are still plenty of parties to enjoy before the big Nightmare on Normal Street event taking place in Hillcrest on October 26. Here is your event guide for the week in "Out & About."

SOAKED is Impulse San Diego's final event: a music festival style pool party at the DoubleTree by Hilton Mission Valley. They are transforming the pool into a desert oasis.

OVERDRIVE and Techniche are not only two of the biggest and most colorful events in San Diego, they are also two of the most anticipated.

Miss Gay America, happening from Oct. 2 to Oct. 5 in St. Louis, is the world’s biggest, longest-running and most prestigious drag pageant. Nearly 50 contestants from across the country will compete for the 2020 crown in this the 48th annual Miss Gay America pageant.

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 

36th Anniversary Party at Flicks

Natural Selection Speed Dating Event at insideOUT

Techniche and Overdrive at Spin Nightclub

Cabaret Brunch - Hollywood Cabaret at Gossip Grill

Impulse Soaked Pool Party.

Also on Sunday:

Kegs with Eggs Sunday at Hillcrest Brewing Company

Weekend Saturday and Sunday Bottomless Brunch at Baja Betty's

Sunday Brunch at Urban Mo's

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

MemeBox at Urban Mo's

Blue Agave Light Specials at Baja Betty's

Showstopper Sunday at Lips

Karaoke at Flicks

DiscoTeka at Rich's

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