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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: Oct. 20 - Oct. 26, 2018

Here is everything we covered in SDGLN this week.

NEWS

In support of San Diego's transgender community, the Hillcrest Business Association, at the behest of the community, raised the trans flag in Hillcrest this week. 

A University Heights gay pastoral associate says he is resigning after being severely harassed over the past two years. Aaron Bianco took the pew at St. John The Evangelist's on Sunday night to deliver the news. 

Libraries across the country have made storytime more fun by having local drag queens read to kids. But this program is not something conservative Christians find enlightening and they have fought to have them discontinued. And a Texas group is suing to get them stopped.

A straight pride flag that was raised in a small Canadian village was taken down after citizens complained about it this past Sunday. 

In a recent story reported by Women's Wear Daily (WWD) titled "Out Magazine, Pride Media Rife With Challenges for New Editor," Author Kali Hays accuses the new owners of Out and The Advocate magazines of donating to anti-LGBT politicians. We talked to co-owner Adam Levin about the accusations. 

It what looks like something Maverick from Top Gun would do, the Marine pilot(s) of a T-34C aircraft left something to be desired during a flight pattern this week.

A first-grade teacher at Walcott Elementary in Iowa is under investigation by the Davenport school district after she showed up to a Halloween party in blackface.

A teacher at a San Antonio, Texas high school is being accused by a parent for saying his son is gay and that his girlfriend is a "cover" to a classroom full of students

COMMENTARY

On Oct. 21, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration is considering directing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to narrowly define sex as either male or female, unchangeable and determined by the genitals a person is born with. San Diego Pride gives a special statement on the issue. 

Local trans writer, musician, and activist Giselle Chacón weighed in on the controversy surrounding the New York Times article about gender definition: "Unfortunately, the proposed policy disregards the consensus of the greater scientific and medical communities. It would eliminate established legal and medical definitions necessary to treat nearly 2 million transgender and intersex Americans humanely and fairly in healthcare and law."

CAUSES

A selfie social media movement has been started in which people take a photo of themselves and caption it using #WontBeErased.

The founder of San Diego LGBT Visitor's Center, Eddie Reynoso announced this week he needs volunteers for a new project coming to Hillcrest; the creation of Equality Business Alliance’s San Diego LGBTQ Legacy Walk. 

ENTERTAINMENT

Hal Sparks knows a lot of things and he's not afraid to talk to you about them. Which is a good thing because he was sitting in L.A. traffic when he called me for our interview so I learned a few things about him. Hal is one of those people that makes life's biggest problems sound so easy to figure out. You ask him a question and he has an answer and suddenly you think, "I'd drink his Kool-Aid." 

One of the biggest musical stars to ever grace the stage, Paula Abdul, is coming to San Diego on November 13, and you could win a pair of tickets from SDPIX and SDGLN to see her if you attend Nightmare on Normal or Rich's Halloween Massive. 

Gay singer Ty Herndon is hoping his signature country sound crosses over to the dance floor in a series of four new releases including a cover of Whitney Houston's, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody." Ty has been traveling recently to headline at Pride festivals across America and as a gift to his fans, he's put together some dance-worthy covers.

SOCIAL

When an article was published by the New York Times over the weekend the LGBT community was initially in shock, but as usual, that shock turned to activism and they quickly mobilized in protest. San Diego's biggest activists give their thoughts

Just in time for Halloween, the Porto Vista Hotel and Top of the Bay has released the town crier into the community with this special event message that invites you to join the community for their Royal Halloween Party. 

A very lucky San Diego winner is about to see one of the most anticipated concerts of the year thanks to SDPIX and San Diego Gay and Lesbian News. Congratulations to Deeon Winters who to see Troye Sivan perform at SDSU. 

HEALTH WELLNESS AND SPORTS

Recent public discussions about sexual assault also influenced views on how many victims report their sexual assaults to police or friends and family—with 29 percent responding that fewer victims report their experience than they previously thought.

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

Divas at Rich's

Top of the Bay Royal Halloween Party at the Porto Vista Hotel

Nightmare on Normal Street

Halloween Massive at Rich's

Won't Be Erased March And Rally - San Diego at Waterfront Park

HalloQueen at San Diego Youth Services Golden Hill

Day Of The Dead Celebration at Stepping Stone

Glitz & Glam at Lips

The Underwear Show at Flicks

Saturdays at the San Diego Eagle

Taboo - The Forbidden Show at Lips

Palm Springs Pride

Halloween Costume Contest at Martinis Above Fourth

Bitchy Bingo at Lips

Pictionary Night at #1 Fifth Ave.

Dragons Den at Flicks

Rich's Horror Story

Alec Mapa's Holiday Cocktail Party at Martinis Above Fourth

LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor 2018 Induction Ceremony at the LGBT Community Center

Bonnie Kilroe in 'The Cher Show' at Martinis Above Fourth

Linda Lavin in 'Linda Lavin Sings' at Martinis Above Fourth

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