lgbtq community events

by jay jones


COMMUNITY AWARDS Representing the local leather, fetish, bear, pup and country communities, the

San Diego Leather Community Awards were created by Sir Mike Russell to nurture community pride and to recognize community service. Presented by Beat Your Drum Productions, this year’s ceremony takes place at MO’s Bar and Grill in Hillcrest onSaturday, February 29. Awards will be given in several categories including Man of the Year, Woman of the Year, Trans-Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Company of the Year, Organization of the Year, Small Event of the Year, Large Event of the Year and Lifetime Achievement. Roxie Bleu will emcee the evening’s festivities.

Prepare for a magical evening with Radiant

Health Centers at its annual gala: Cirque Rouge, at what is expected to be a sold-out event. The celebration will take place onSaturday, February 15 at Yost Theater in Santa Ana. The circus-themed event will bring back memories of circuses’ golden age with a parade, fun games, and whimsical and colorful music performances. Cirque Rouge will celebrate diversity and raise money for Radiant Health Centers’ medical and social services focused on ending the HIV epidemic in Orange County. “This year’s gala will be a glamorous experience where you will be transported back to the heyday of the circus at the beginning of the 1900s,” said Larry Will, Radiant’s gala committee chair. “We can’t wait to celebrate and raise funds that will allow us to provide healthcare equity for all in our community.” Radi- ant Health Centers recently took a step to expand its services to marginalized groups of people, with a specialty in serving the LGBTQ+ community, by opening a clinic in Santa Ana, its third location in Orange County. “We will not stop until everyone in Orange

County has access to quality healthcare and we put an end to the HIV epidemic,” said Phil Yaeger, executive director and CEO, Radiant Health Centers. “To ensure everyone receives the care they need, we offer services on a sliding scale based on each patient’s income, as well as serve those who are uninsured or underinsured. We are creating an environment free of stigma that embraces the unique and diverse healthcare realities of each patient we serve.”

It’s become one of San Diego’s most outrageous and anticipated events!Tantrums & Tiaras: Battle of the

Bar Queens is back for an evening of high heels, huge wigs and hilarious hijinks in a knock-down, drag-out fight for the coveted tiara! The premise of the show is simple: Six Hillcrest San Diego bars volunteer one representative to compete. This event is not what you would see in a traditional “drag” show. Tantrums & Tiaras is a full-scale stage production. The magic of the event is watching some of San Diego’s finest bar personalities transform into drag divas for the first time! Contestants will strut the stage in swimwear, evening gowns and perform during the talent section. All proceeds go to the San Diego LGBT Community Center and its various services and programs. Back to host the show is San Diego drag legend Babette Schwartz. Who will take the crown this year? Find outSunday, February 16 at The Observatory North Park.

It’s time for the 18th annual Mini Gay Day at Disneyland Park in MINI GAY DAY

Anaheim. The smaller, simpler confluence of red shirts happens well before the big blowout in October. It’s created for those of you for whom one Gay Day a year isn’t quite enough (and we thank you very much). Save the date, Mini Gay Day returns to Disneyland onSaturday, March 7,a little early this year to avoid some of the spring-break crowds. Events include a group photo in front of the castle, lunch on Main Street, Disneyland’s all-new daytime parade, Magic Happens (with a score by Gay Days alum Todrick Hall) and anunofficial after-party at Hearthstone Lounge in Disney’s Grand Californian

14 RAGE monthly | February 2020

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