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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: Oct. 15 - 21, 2016

NEWS

Troubles still abound this week with San Diego Pride, the organization that produces San Diego's annual LGBT Pride Parade and Music Festival. After a community organized committee attempted to negotiate with the organization's board of directors, the group reported that they felt no progress was made. Later in the week, a former member of the community committee, along with a high level Pride volunteer both told SDGLN that they want to distance themselves from the group of community members who have organized as the "Pride Accountability Action Committee" (PCAC). We'll continue to report on developments over at San Diego Pride as we hear them.

Other local news includes a North Park man being pistol-whipped and robbed; and San Diego scores 100-plus points on HRC's Municipal Equality Index.

With the Presidential Election just 18 days away, there's lots of stories focused on supporters of both major candidates. This week, we had two stories related to Trump: A gay couple say they've received death threats for supporting Trump; and a 'Gays for Trump' supporter puts anti-Trump protestor in headlock at rally.

Finally, Shepard Smith of Fox News officially came out this week; and the first gay Aboriginal MP advocates for LGBT, indigenous rights in Australia.

COMMENTARY

The PCAC shared a copy of their open letter to the San Diego Pride board with SDGLN. Read it HERE.

CAUSES

In our Causes section, we continued our profiles of Equality Forum's LGBT History Month icons. This week we featured Essex Hemphill; Ashok Row Kavi; Frances Kellor; Jim Kepner; Kay Lahusen; Terrence McNally; and Janet Mock.

Remember Highlights magazine? The issued an apology after printing an eyebrow-raising response on LGBT families. Also, Tony the Tiger is against bullying LGBTQ youth.

ENTERTAINMENT

Weekends are San Diego are always fun, and our Jim Winsor has the lowdown on everything going on in the nightlife scene in his Out & About column. One highlight of the weekend will be the SDPIX's 'Dream Machine' party returning to Rich's on Saturday night, featuring Grammy-winning Dave Aude.

Our theater critic Jean Lowerison reviewd a couple shows this week: "The Lion;" "Lizard Boy: The Musical;" "Seven Guitars;" and "King Hedley II."

Other items include: Decal depicts Confederate battle flag kicking pride-colors for 'Trump 2016;' Sarah Jessica Parker talks 'Sex and the City 3;' and Gaga's new 'A-Yo' album released on YouTube.

SOCIAL

The Hillcrest Business Association elects new board members.

Weekend passes still available for 'Desert Heat' in Palm Springs.

HEALTH, WELLNESS & SPORTS

We learned this week that Norway plans to prescribe PrEP free-of-charge to at risk groups. Closer to home, a Betty Ford outpatient facility will open in Del Mar Heights.

Looking forward some easy ways to jump-start your Fall calorie burn? Check out our Fitness Expert Grant Foreman's latest column.

UPCOMING FEATURED EVENTS

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

Saturday Brunch at Uptown Tavern

HomeStart's 9th Annual Hallo-Wine Fall Festival

Havana Nights at #1 Fifth Avenue

SDPIX Presents Dream Machine Featuring Dave Aude at Rich's

Underwear Party and Contest at the San Diego Eagle

Football Sundays at Uptown Tavern

#BeTheGeneration Fall Bar Crawl at Babycakes

Halloween Baking Championship Viewing Party Hosted by Veronica Von Borstel at Uptown Tavern

FilmOut San Diego's OMEN Double Feature at the Landmark Hillcrest Cinemas

MARYAH's 11th Annual Harvest Howl at the San Diego Central Library

SDPIX Presents Uptown Outlaw with DJ Rick Betta and Erica Foxx

SDPIX Presents Scream Queens Divas at Rich's

Enter The Dragon's Den at Flicks

Official Atlantis Halloween Cruise Sailaway Party at Rich's

Saturday Brunch at Uptown Tavern

Hillcrest's First Costume Contest of the Night at Baja Betty's

Nightmare on Normal Street

Halloween Costume Contest at Flicks

Halloween Costume Contest at Uptown Tavern

Carnevil at Gossip Grill