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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: New event Euphoria launches at Rich’s on Saturday

Get ready for something new and exciting at Rich’s this Saturday. The previously scheduled (and oft recurring) Active Duty party has been replaced; instead there will be the launch of a new night, Euphoria, featuring “hard, dark and uplifting beats” by DJ K-Swift, DJ Ed Bailey and DJ Nikno, as well as a live performance by the Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and producer Mýa.

Euphoria will feature “hard, dark and uplifting beats” by DJ K-Swift, DJ Ed Bailey and DJ Nikno, as well as a live performance by the Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and producer Mya.

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Twenty-Seventh Man”

THEATER REVIEW: “The Twenty-Seventh Man”
I guess the event shouldn’t surprise us; it’s just that so few people know about it. In Stalin’s last purge, Soviet Jewish writers, editors and academics were rounded up and killed. The writers were poets, novelists, playwrights and journalists, arguably the best who ever wrote in Yiddish.
The roundup started in 1948; the last were murdered in 1952, just a few months before Stalin’s own death. It has been called the Night of the Murdered Poets. What died there was Yiddish literature.

“The Twenty-Seventh Man” plays through March 22 at The Old Globe’s Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park in San Diego, California.

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Alan Cumming stars in hilarious GLAAD and GMHC #CelibacyChallenge campaign

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A coalition of organization’s, including GLAAD and Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), launched a new PSA and social media campaign starring openly bisexual actor Alan Cumming to raise awareness about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) blood donor deferral policy for gay and bisexual men.
Created by Saatchi & Saatchi NY and Bullitt, #CelibacyChallenge urges the FDA to implement a blood donation system that screens all donors based on risk for HIV transmission, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

To call attention to the FDA’s blood donor deferral policy, GLAAD and GMHC’s campaign illustrates how unrealistic it is to ask someone to remain celibate for a year in order to donate blood by offering “approved alternatives” to sex.

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Bingham Cup is first gay event to win top honor at sports awards

SYDNEY, NSW, Australia — The success of last year’s Bingham Cup gay rugby union tournament, held in Sydney, has been officially recognized with the organizers last night taking home the trophy for NSW’s sports event of the year.
The award comes as Australia’a home-grown Bingham Cup champions – the Sydney Convicts – announce they will be holding an open day for new players this weekend.

The success of last year’s Bingham Cup gay rugby union tournament, held in Sydney, has been officially recognized with the organizers last night taking home the trophy for NSW’s sports event of the year.

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Michigan: Religious objection bills re-emerge in legislature

LANSING, Michigan — As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to decide this spring if same-sex marriage should be legal in Michigan and other states across the country, legislation aimed at protecting businesses and agencies from providing services that conflict with their religious beliefs is making its way through the state Capitol.

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to decide this spring if same-sex marriage should be legal in Michigan and other states across the country, legislation aimed at protecting businesses and agencies from providing services that conflict with their religious beliefs is making its way through the state Capitol.

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Michigan: Feds support transgender teen in school lawsuit

WYANDOTTE, Michigan — The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who accuses several schools of discriminating against him because he’s transgender.
In a court filing last week, the U.S. Justice Department urged a judge to deny a request to dismiss the lawsuit at an early stage. The government says the boy so far has stated a “plausible claim” under federal law.

The federal government is supporting a Detroit-area teenager who accuses several schools of discriminating against him because he’s transgender.

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Texas: Gay cops, firefighters in Dallas get partner pension benefits

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DALLAS, Texas — By a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System board of directors voted to extend survivor benefits to same-sex couples, a move met with hugs of joy and applause by those who had fought so hard for it.
In the end, it was the addition of just four words: “And any other state.”
With those words, gay Dallas police officers and firefighters gained the right to same-sex survivor benefits. It applies to couples legally married in other states.

“For us, this was a huge deal, because we wanted the peace of mind that any other officers have that their families are taken care of,” said Dallas police Officer Monica Cordova.

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Northern Ireland: Anti-gay amendment branded as “license to discriminate”

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — The Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland (DUP) is seeking to add an anti-gay clause to equality laws that would allow businesses to refuse service to LGBT people. Feedback on the anti-gay amendment takes place on Friday, Feb. 27.
Paul Givan, DUP minister, has tabled a bill in the Northern Ireland Assembly that would effectively exempt people with “strongly held'” religious convictions from equality laws – allowing them to discriminate against gay people.

The Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland’s anti-gay clause is attacked by Sinn Fein and Equality Commission.

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VICE tackles “Gay Conversion Therapy”

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VICE.com today releases Part One from its special three-part episode of Profiles By VICE. In the episode, VICE investigates conversion therapy — the controversial practice of “curing” gay people by attempting to turn them straight through counseling, sexual orientation change efforts, and lifestyle restrictions.

Watch Part One of VICE.com three-part series on “ex-gay” therapy. It’s shocking.

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Trans Lifeline needs help to continue saving lives

Another youth suicide has occurred in the transgender community. On Sunday, February 15th, Zander Nicholas Mahaffey took his own life, leaving behind a suicide note published on his Tumblr. In his note, he says, “…even if the world doesn’t see me as one…I know in my heart I am a boy.” The family has ignored his request to be memorialized using his preferred pronouns and name.

One hotline, Trans Lifeline, is the first of its kind, staffed entirely by trans people for trans people.

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Family Health Centers of San Diego wins national “Million Hearts” award

SAN DIEGO, California — Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) was named a recipient of the prestigious Million Hearts award today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for its ability to achieve hypertension control rates of 70% or more among patients.
Only 30 organizations nationwide were selected as “champions” for this Hypertension Control Challenge and only eight of the winners, including FHCSD, are Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Only 30 organizations nationwide were selected as “champions” for this Hypertension Control Challenge and only eight of the winners, including FHCSD, are Federally Qualified Health Centers.

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