SF Center Celebrates Eight Years with Soiree 8 Gala

While the number eight carries some baggage for California same-sex marriage advocates, the San Francisco LGBT Community Center is reclaiming the iconic number as it celebrates its eight year anniversary with Soiree 8, a gala benefit for the Center.

Guests are invited to indulge in decadent foods from San Francisco’s best restaurants and enjoy entertainment from leading queer artists in an evening of earthly delights, gods, goddesses and all things mythic.

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Senators Introduce Repeal Of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"Senator Joe Lieberman

A coalition of United States Senators has introduced legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and enhance our country’s military effectiveness.

The Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010 contains three main provisions: it will repeal the law that prevents gay Americans from openly serving in the military, prohibit discrimination against current and prospective service members on the basis of sexual orientation, and promote the ability of college students who wish to serve our country to join Reserve Officer Training Corps units at universities that currently prevent the establishment of ROTC units on campus.

Read more: DADT Repeal Bill Introduced in Senate


Jamie Foxx and Ludacris Join Fight Against HIV for African-American Young AdultsJamie Foxx

Award-winning actors and recording artists Jamie Foxx and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges are joining other celebrities and African-American leaders to promote "i know," a social media effort launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The "i know" effort will provide new channels for African-American young adults to talk openly and often about HIV, both online and off.
As a new element of CDC's Act Against AIDS campaign, "i know" will get the facts about HIV/AIDS out far and wide to this hard-hit population through social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, a new Web site, and text messages aimed at sparking conversation.

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Sacramento Pride Signs RuPaul Drag Race WinnerBebe Zahara Benet

Bebe Zahara Benet, the season one winner of Logo Network’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” will appear live onstage at the 2010 Sacramento Pride Festival, Saturday, June 19, at Capitol Mall.

Other Pride headline acts will include TWSS, or That’s What She Said, an L.A. musical comedy duo perhaps best known for their “U-Haul: The Music Video,” and Kaylah Marin, whose dance remix hit “On the Floor (Oh Baby Please)” currently is #4 on the Billboard Club Play Charts.

Read more: Sacramento Pride Signs RuPaul Drag Race Winner


California AIDS Funding Probably Won’t Be Restored
By Boyce Hinman

Actually, a lot more than AIDS funding probably won’t be restored. Hundreds of millions of dollars that had been appropriated by the state legislature, and then cut from the state budget by the Governor, will not be restored unless a recent decision by a California appeals court is overturned by the California Supreme Court.

Here is how this happened. In February of last year, the state legislature passed a budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 and the Governor signed it. However, it turned out the projections of state income, that that budget was based on, were too optimistic. Far less revenue was coming in and the state government was running up a large deficit.

Read more: California AIDS Funding Probably Won’t Be Restored


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