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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: Feb. 15 - Feb. 21, 2020

SDGLN Weekly Wrap: Feb. 15 - Feb. 21, 2020.
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The new decade has just barely started and the partying has already begun. Mardi Gras takes over Hillcrest this weekend and there is no shortage of fun bead-getting activities. Our detailed Out & About has all the details.

In other news, an Indianapolis woman may have been killed for outing a man on social media. Researchers found a centuries-old diary that sheds a positive light on what people thought about homosexuality at the time. 

In the world of sports, an Olympic contender comes out in an inspirational essay and Fernando Lopez talks about LGBT sporting events that should be supported. 

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

NEWS

At first, it doesn't seem that an everyday farmer's diary from 1810 could possibly hold any insight into homosexuality and tolerance, but researchers from Oxford University studying one such book have discovered some people were making a case that being gay is a natural human trait.

Orlando's world-famous LGBT club Parliament House isn't going anywhere according to owner Don Granatstein. Rumors have been flying lately that the historic property is going to be auctioned off at the end of the month because of court documents that appeared on the Orange County Clerk of Courts website.

An Indianapolis woman has died on Tuesday after being shot just hours after going on Facebook Live to expose a man for being gay, having accidentally caught him in a sexual act. There is no proof that the two incidents are connected.

CAUSES

San Diego has a long history as a thriving community for LGBTQ adults interested in sports with groups like the America’s Finest City Softball League who've been longtime partners for OUT at the Park), Front Runners & Walkers who donate proceeds from the Pride 5K back to Pride’s community grant program and the Sunburst Youth Housing Project, and 18 other local LGBTQ sports groups. Read the full commentary HERE

ENTERTAINMENT

RuPaul is becoming the drag queen of all media, next stop: Showtime. The Emmy winning reality star is getting ready to judge a whole new set of queens on Drag Race 12 for VH1 in just a few days, but sister show All-Stars is moving to the premium cable channel Showtime.

Connor Jessup is seeing great success both in his professional life and personal life. Not only is his Netflix original show Locke and Key getting great reviews, but he confirmed over the weekend that he and fellow actor Miles Heizer of 13 Reasons Why are an item.

In Sylvan Oswald’s “A Kind of Weather,” a 30-something writer called Kid (August Forman) is a trans male in the process of writing his memoir about the transition for editor Rose (Andréa Agosto), who’s getting antsy about that manuscript.

In a new HBO series called We’re Here famous drag queens Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen, and Eureka embark on road trips across the nation in order to makeover contestants living in rural America.

SOCIAL

Mardi Gras is coming to fabulous Hillcrest and this year it's going to be as exciting as ever! Also known as “Fat Tuesday,” this festive party is recognized around the world. This year Hillcrest Mardi Gras celebrates its 18th anniversary and takes place on Saturday, February 22.

Hold on to your masks and fasten your beads, SDPIX presents Mardi Gras Massive is coming to Rich's. The 2020 Mardi Gras festivities kick off at Rich's on Saturday, February 22 at 10 pm and goes until 4 am.

Are you ready to get some beads? It's Mardi Gras time and this weekend, in true Hillcrest fashion, the whole neighborhood is celebrating.

HEALTH WELLNESS & SPORTS

Canadian Olympian Markus Thormeyer wrote an inspiring essay to Outsports in which he documents his struggle with training and bonding with team members while still in the closet and what it took for him to finally come out.

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

30th Anniversary of Being Alive at Feast & Fairway

Divas Gotham at Rich's

Greenhorn at Urban Mo's

LGBTQ CoastKeeper CleanUP Challenge at Chula Vista Bayside Park

National Margarita Day at Baja Betty's

SDAFFL Rookie Party at Flicks

SDPIX presents Hillcrest Mardi Gras

SDPIX presents Mardi Gras Massive

California Classic Closing Party at Urban Mo's

Uncorked & Movie Under the Stars featuring Troop Beverly Hills at insideOUT

Other Great Upcoming SDPIX Presented Parties:

Mardi Gras Massive

Hillcrest Mardi Gras

Gay As F**k

Dream Machine with DJ Harry Romero