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SDGLN Weekly Wrap: August 10 - August 16, 2019

Here is everything we covered in SDGLN this week.

This week saw the prevention of two possible crimes. One in Palm Springs when a man walked into a barbershop with a knife. He was later shot by police. The other on a much grander scale in which the FBI arrested a potential domestic terrorist who according to them, had the makings of bombs in his home. In both cases, the suspects seemed to be directing their violence toward the LGBT community. 

In lighter news, there's a bargain hunt going on for the Red Dress Party on Friday and Nina Flowers returns to Spin Nightclub this weekend. 

Our theater critic is back with three new reviews and we feature the head of San Diego's B2 Creative Productions Inc, Zachary Renfro. 

These stories and so much more in this edition of the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News Weekly Wrap. 


Authorities may have thwarted a plan by 23-year-old Conor Climo to firebomb a Las Vegas synagogue and LGBT bar. Climo was arrested this past Wednesday and U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Koppe ordered him to remain in federal custody until his court hearing scheduled for August 23. 

The Palm Springs Police Department shot a man who was shouting anti-gay slurs and wielding a knife outside a barbershop this past Thursday.

Organizers of a Straight Pride parade in Modesto, CA were denied approval of their event by the City Council this past Friday. Due to the lack of proof of insurance by coordinators, the council denied their request for safety reasons.

But the organizer says the event will happen despite the City Council denying the request due to lack of liability insurance. Don Grundmann is heading the charge to have the event and says it's not dead even after the Council's decision. 

Ron Gould (R) is an Arizona County Supervisor and former state senator. He believes that gay people have a life expectancy of 42-years

Passengers using the Norwich England public transit system were delayed getting to their destinations after their driver refused to operate a bus he felt encouraged homosexuality. The driver who has not been named turned off the vehicle's engine mid-route and addressed the riders about his decision, “This bus promotes homosexuality and I refuse to drive it!”


Fernando Z. López talks about how accessible San Diego Pride is for everyone: "Our Accessibility Department first began by examining the rally, parade, and festival bringing in ramps, more seating, better signage, and ASL interpreters."


The Red Dress Party San Diego team presents The Red Dress Swap, inviting you to bring last year's little red number and swap it out for a fab new frock. Red dresses will be available for purchase starting at $25 and up. If you donate a wearable red dress, then you'll get $10 off a new dress! Discounted tickets to the main event will also be available.


Our theater critic Jean Lowerison reviews: "An Experiment With an Air Pump," "33 1/3 House of Dreams” and "A Weekend with Pablo Picasso.”


This week there is plenty to do in "Out & About" as summer begins to simmer. First, get yourself to the Porto Vista Hotel on Thursday and Friday for some harbor-view socializing, then catch Kenny Ard under the stars at insideOUT for some classic cabaret. Then ahead of the fundraiser on September 24, you are going to need a Red Dress. Get to Urban Mo's on Friday for dresses as low as $25. 

One of the biggest monthly dance parties in San Diego is making its way back to Spin Nightclub on Saturday, August 17.

Any social worker will tell you that brothers and sisters in foster care who are up for adoption do better when they go to their forever homes together. But Steve and Rob Anderson-McLean didn't need anyone to tell them that, they knew adopting six siblings all at once was the right thing to do. 

Take a look at Zachary Renfro's photos on his personal Facebook page and you'll discover someone who has a great smile, seems fun-loving and sports some seriously amazing eyelashes. But he is also a man of the people, someone who, when he's not working as a Petty Officer in the US Navy, heads B2 Creative Productions Inc. which embraces San Diego's burgeoning artist community. 


The "Gender Unicorn" is a basic infographic explaining how gender identities and sexual preferences are not the same and one California queer science teacher is facing reprimand after they used it in the first day of class The Modesto B

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

Cabaret Under the Stars at insideOUT

The Red Dress Swap at Urban Mo's

Finger Me Friday Drag Show - The Family Jewels at Gossip Grill

Vanity Jones and the Glamazons at Gossip Grill

Overdrive presents Techniche at Spin Nightclub

Mr Cub San Diego 2019 Meet & Greet at the San Diego Eagle

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

Mr San Diego Cub 2019 Contest at the San Diego Eagle

Showstopper Sunday at Lips

Karaoke at Flicks

DiscoTeka at Rich's

All Gender Latin Dance Lessons at Urban Mo's

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