lgbtq community events

by jay jones


ingle and mingle at this special night of food and drink, raffles, prizes and fellowship at the South Bay LGBTQ Center in Torrance. Invite a friend, bring your favorite dish and celebrate the organization’s 30th

anniversary and a kickoff to the holiday seasononFriday, December 6. The South Bay LGBTQ

Center provides a focal point for community members for education, social interaction, personal growth and political power as well as to foster public understanding of the LGBTQ community. Programs and activities include an LGBTQ+/Queer young adult group, transgender support, game nights, and a queer book club.

NICKY AWARDS 44th ANNUAL Perry Como reminds us every year that “there’s

no place like home for the holidays.” OnSaturday, December 7 your friends at the San Diego LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest invite you to “come home” to celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions within the local LGBTQ community. Meet your neighbors during this joyful night of holiday cheer, which will include a deejay and dancing. Holiday refreshments will be provided by community host organizations. The Center’s Come Home for the Holidays is a family-friendly event that’s free to

And the winner is … We all are, really, because the annual Nicky Awards is here! The event is one of the oldest and most prestigious LGBTQ community-awards showcase in the country. First held in 1975, the “Gay Academy Awards of San Diego” annually recognizes outstanding achievement in the San Diego community in more than 40

categories, including outstanding activist and volunteer, best bar, restaurant, business and LGBTQ publication. This year’s ceremony takes place on Sunday, December 8 at Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport/ Liberty Station in San Diego. The idea behind this one-day food-tastic event is simple and effective: Dine out; fight

AIDS.CARE to Dine 2019 will be held onGiving Tuesday, December 3. On that day only, at least 20% of your dining tab will benefit comprehensive HIV services offered to thousands of impacted clients at theComprehensive Aids Research Education (CARE) Center at Dignity Health - St. Mary Medical Center. This annual community collaboration between the CARE Center and various restaurants across greater Long Beach will raise essential funds to help CARE in the fight to end AIDS and get to zero. The program was founded at the rise of the AIDS crisis in 1986. CARE now provides comprehensive HIV treatment, PrEP and PEP, social services, and dental care to our community, regardless of ability to


Tony Award winner Levi Kreis infuses gospel,

country, rockabilly and jazz into a fresh and flawless collection of Christmas classics and holiday favorites at this special evening of music event to benefit the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Homeless Youth Program. The concert takes place Saturday, December 7 at The Center’s Renberg Theatre. When Kreis last appeared at the Renberg, he was hailed as having “a voice to make angels weep and audiences scream … those lucky enough to hold tickets can count themselves fortunate indeed.” Before this show, onFriday, December 6, Kreis will perform his holiday show at the Purple Room in Palm Springs.

The TransFamily Support Services

(TFSS) mission is to save lives by shaping a gender-affirming community. TFSS helps people and their families make the gender-transitioning process the most positive experience possible. TFSS provides services such as family coaching, assistance with healthcare and insurance issues, navigating the legal system, and advocating for resources and support at schools. Spread the holiday spirit of giving and join the San Diego Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for this night of raffles, mystery boxes and fabulous drag on Wednesday, December 11 during Chad Michaels and the Dreamgirls revue at MO’s Bar & Grill in Hillcrest.


RAGE monthly | December 2019


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