SAME Supports the Binational Rainbow Get-Together at Border Field State Park.

04/12/2014 - 12:00pm
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SAME Members and Friends! Want to meet new friends? LGBTQI folk' and allies from San Diego and Tijuana will meet and greet one another at the border fence at Border Field State Park/Playas de Tijuana 1500 Monument Road San Diego, CA 92154 on Sat April 12 at 12:00pm. Contact Dermot Rodgers or Mar Cárdenas Loutzenhiser on Facebook for more information. Bring snacks and something to drink -- the beach and the park are beautiful!

Binational gathering of LGBT community members and their allies.
Let's meet and get to know each other so that we can be more powerful in our effort to bring about positive changes that bring both countries a step closer to having equal rights. Will you join us?

SAME Endorses The Trans-Border Institute's "Border Film Week!"

03/24/2014 - 6:00pm
Border Film Week

SAME and the Trans-Border Institute say: Get ready for TBI's Border Film Week on March 24-28 at 6pm!  (Mon,Tues,Wed at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre. Wed, Thurs, Fri at the Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall. Both sites at the University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA. 92110 ) This is a free event!

Featuring the best of border cinema, the Trans-Border Institute’s annual Border Film Week will showcase documentary and fiction films offering attendees a broad vision of border culture. For the Full Schedule of the week's films please go to www.sandiego.edu/borderfilmweek

In particular, SAME is highlighting Mon,March 24th's Features dealing with "Cultural and Gender Identity." Here below is information on Monday's showings. SAME DOES recommend that everyone go to all the week's showings of course!

SAME goes to:San Diego Transgender Day of Empowerment 2014

04/04/2014 - 6:00pm
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SAME Sez: Join us for an evening of celebration, education, and entertainment on Friday, April 4th, 2014 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the 11th Annual Transgender Day of Empowerment. The night's festivities will include inspiring speakers, artwork, musical performances, community awards, and light refreshments. This event is FREE to ALL and ALL are welcome.  The event will be held at the San Diego LGBT Community Center (3909 Centre Street, San Diego, CA 92103) 

The 2014 Activist People's Ball: SAME is to be honored with the LGBTQ award for activism from "Activist San Diego" and KNSJ!

03/15/2014 - 6:30pm
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SAME has been contacted this past week by "Activist San Diego" and KNSJ to receive the wonderful news! SAME is to be honored and presented with the LGBTQ award for activism at "The 2014 Activist People’s Ball!" to be held on Saturday, March 15 @ 7 PM at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park. (2100 Park Blvd, SD) The extravaganza is a benefit for Activist San Diego and its newly-launched community radio station KNSJ 89.1 AM (Networking for Social Justice). COME AND JOIN US!

Featuring Liquid Blue, the World's Best Traveled Band!

The Prison-Industrial Complex and The Queer Experience.

02/17/2014 - 7:00pm
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Speaker Program 7pm Monday Feb 17th at The Joyce Beers Center (3900 Vermont St in San Diego.)

Why is the U.S. prison system called the "New Jim Crow"?

Why are private companies getting into the prison business, and how do they think it's going to benefit their bottom lines?

Why is there a higher incarceration rate in the U.S. than any country in the world?

What is the connection between the expanding U.S. prison population and the "War on Drugs?"

How do gender-variant people fare in U.S. prisons?

is abolishing the prison system a real possiblity?

Join SAME, CFAC, and Activist San Diego, as we host James Messer and Cathy Mendonca of Black and Pink San Diego, and Leo Lawrence of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition to find out the answers. See you there! (Image via Black and Pink San Diego)

SAME joins the Return of the Rally to Defend Trans* Rights!

01/11/2014 - 4:00pm
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Join SAME, Canvass for a Cause, and other allies at the corner of University Ave & 6Th Ave in the Hillcrest area of San Diego on Jan 11th, 2014 at 4pm!

WHY WE RALLY

Transgender students moved one step closer to justice with the passing of the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) this year. This brand new California bill guarantees transgender students safe access to necessary school facilities & activities in public schools. As you may know, this bill and these students are under attack by national transphobic organizations. Since the fall of 2013, they have been running a media smear campaign against trans* youth and lying to the public to get this issue on the ballot.

California officials have until Jan. 8th to complete a random verification sample of the signatures. Depending on the validity rate, they may either a) qualify the referendum b) fail to qualify the referendum or c) trigger a complete verification process which would take until March to complete. WHETHER THEY QUALIFY THE REFERENDUM OR NOT, WE WILL RALLY IN HILLCREST TO SUPPORT OUR YOUTH!

SAME's 5th Anniversary Holiday Social 2013- Dec 13th at the Bamboo Lounge!

12/13/2013 - 7:00pm
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The SAME 5th Anniversary holiday social will be held at the Bamboo Lounge (1475 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103) on Dec 13th at 7:00pm! YES, Folks! SAME has reached 5 years of fighting on behalf of LGBTQIA Justice issues.

We ask everyone to come on over for good times, and good food/drink as we send out this year, and look forward in hope and determination towards a new year filled with Love and Justice to all!. Join us!

"Two Spirits" Film Screening at Hillcrest's Joyce Beers Center

11/23/2013 - 7:00pm
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Join us on Sat, Nov 23rd, 2013, 7pm at the "Joyce Beers Community Center" (3900 Vermont St, San Diego, CA. 92103 - In Hillcrest) for this very Special Screening of "Two Spirits"

Fred Martinez was nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth—the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.

"Two Spirits" interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.

In Navajo culture, there are four genders; some indigenous cultures recognize more. Native activists working to renew their cultural heritage adopted the English term “two-spirit” as a useful shorthand to describe the entire spectrum of gender and sexual expression that is better and more completely described in their own languages. The film demonstrates how they are revitalizing two-spirit traditions and once again claiming their rightful place within their tribal communities.

http://twospirits.org/    Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=BUmYXI7k4y8

*Sponsored by SAME Alliance, Activist San Diego, & Canvass for a Cause.

(Image via Lydia Nibley/Riding The Tiger Productions)

Join SAME and CFAC at Pride @ The Beach 2013!

10/12/2013 - 11:00am
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Yes! SAME and Canvass For A Cause(CFAC) will again co-table at this year's event. Join us on Oct 12th, 2013 at 238 N The Strand. Oceanside, CA (Betty's Lot) from 11-am to 6pm.  

This year, Pride @ The Beach will be preforming a mass wedding ceremony on stage at 5:00pm.

For directions, go to this link http://www.northcountypride.com/?page_id=23  .

The North County LGBTQ Resource Center's goal; to reunite all LGBT organizations and groups in North County in order to give a voice to our presence, create more visibility, and improve our lives.

Each year the Pride @ The Beach event raises funding for their Annual GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) Awards. These awards go directly to North County Gay/Straight Alliance clubs in the middle schools and high schools. These clubs promote respect for diversity in their schools, play a critical role in stopping and prevent harassment and discrimination
against LGBTQ students, and help ensure that schools are safe for everybody. Our youth need our support. Join us!  (Image via North County LGBTQ Resource Center/North County Pride)

The SAME Alliance - Limp Wrist Picnic at Balboa Park!

09/01/2013 - 1:00pm
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Queeroes!

SAME SEZ: Join other radical queer activists & friends for a fun filled and delightful afternoon in the sun! Bring and share nibbles & fun things to do as we network, share laughs, and celebrate all of the trouble we've made this summer as well as rest up and prepare for a fall full of fabulousness! ♥

*The location is Balboa Park at the Cypress Grove Picnic Area near 6th & Laurel. Look for a rainbow flag. ♥

Prop 8 & DOMA: Day Of Decision: Win or Lose, We're Not Done Yet!

06/26/2013 - 5:00pm
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Regardless of the decision, DOMA or Prop 8, please meet at the Hillcrest Pride Flagpole (University Ave and Normal St. SD, CA. 92103) starting at 5pm.

 ***THE DECISION WILL COME DOWN ON WEDNESDAY JUNE 24***

The US Supreme Court is about to make its decision on the legality of CA's Prop 8 and the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The date is unknown at this time, so be prepared to mobilize and join us at the Hillcrest Pride Flag for a rally with speakers and a march on the day when they are announced. Then join us afterward at the SD LGBT Center at 7pm for more activities in response to the decision.

SAME supports the Northgate Market worker's right to organize. A letter to the Gonzalez Family.

Dear Gonzalez Family,

 My name is Jose Medina; I am a steering committee member of SAME Alliance, a grassroots, non-profit organization based in San Diego.  Our organization was founded in opposition to Proposition 8 and is a democratically-run organization committed to fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights including marriage equality. I am delivering this letter on behalf of the organization.

In pursuit of justice and solidarity for marriage equality, SAME Alliance has made outreach to other justice-seeking movements including immigrant rights and workers’ rights. We believe that an injustice to one is an injustice to all.

In 2009, SAME joined Unite Here Local 30 as a vocal and active member in the boycott of the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel to address the owner’s financial support of Proposition 8 and its unequal treatment of housekeeping staff.  SAME members were very aware that the hotel was taking advantage of the mostly Latino immigrants who were trying to support their families with the low pay and long hours working there.

VICTORY for the Equality 9! ALL Charges Dropped!

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This afternoon of Aug 24th, 2012, SAME has learned of the wonderfull news!  The prosecution has backed down and has DROPPED ALL CHARGES against the Equality Nine!  Thus ends a two year saga for the nine people who were wrongfully arrested as they engaged in a constitutionally protected peacefull protest at the SD County Administration Building against Prop 8 on Aug 19th, 2010.

As you recall, following Judge Walker's ruling of Prop 8 unconstitutional, the Equality 9 were arrested for engaging in a peaceful sit-in when the San Diego County Clerk would not issue Marriage Licenses to two same-sex couples who had appointments that day.

Click to see some statements from Equality 9 members and allies: