Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: Claire Elisan

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Age: 34

Hometown: San Diego, California

How you identify: Lesbian

What’s your sign: Taurus

Claire Elisan’s dedication to the LGBTQ community is clear from the moment you meet her.

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‘American Horror Story’ unveils season 7 title, new trailer

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Ryan Murphy announced “American Horror Story” season seven will be titled “American Horror Story: Cult” at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday.

Murphy has said the upcoming season will be themed around the 2016 election but President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will not be characters.

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Billy Bean teaching MLB teams about inclusion in clubhouse

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NEW YORK (AP) – Billy Bean has come full circle, throwing out the first pitch for the first Mets Pride Night Aug. 13 against his former San Diego team.

Bean came out as gay after he left the Padres in 1995. Now he’s Major League Baseball’s vice president for social responsibility and inclusion. In the past two years, he’s talked to all 30 MLB ownership groups, various teams and players about struggling with his sexuality during his career and gay and lesbian inclusion in the workplace.

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San Diego Padres receive criticism from Gay Men’s Choir

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San Diego (AP) – The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is criticizing the San Diego Padres for mishandling the group’s scheduled performance of the national anthem.

The chorus said on its Facebook page that 100 of its members gathered to perform the song before the game May 21 against the Los Angeles Dodgers when the Padres instead played the recorded voice of a woman singing the anthem. Their statement said no attempt was made to stop the recording and that the group received “homophobic taunts” while being escorted off the field.

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Same-sex couple shares ceremonial first kiss

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SAN DIEGO – A same-sex couple was chosen for the first time to share the ceremonial first kiss for the homecoming of the USS San Francisco submarine warship.

Thomas Sawicki and his boyfriend Shawn Brier were the lucky couple who shared the first smooch off the submarine when it returned to port at Naval Base Point Loma on Feb. 9. Sawicki was back from a seven-month deployment in the Western Pacific.

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Anti-gay group advises not to accept mail with Harvey Milk stamp

By : Christal Hayes
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The American Family Association, an anti-gay group promoting “traditional family values,” has asked its supporters to refuse mail with the Harvey Milk stamp attached.

In a post on its website May 27, the AFA said the stamp was disturbing, calling Milk a predator.

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San Diego PAC fined for ethics violations

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San Diego (AP) – A political action committee formed by opponents of a former San Diego city councilman has been fined $7,500 for violating campaign disclosure laws.

Conservatives for Gay Rights Supporting Carl DeMaio made calls and distributed leaflets stating that DeMaio is gay. The leaflets showed him standing near a man dressed in drag.

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San Diego clerk pulls back from fight for Prop 8

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San Diego (AP) – San Diego’s county clerk, the man charged with issuing marriage licenses there and the most prominent public figure to move against gay marriage in California since its recent resumption, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop the practice, saying he was ceding the fight to a group that already has a similar challenge pending.

Ernest Dronenburg Jr. said in a statement Aug. 5 that he was withdrawing his request for the state Supreme Court to halt gay weddings because the sponsors of a 2008 ballot measure to ban same-sex marriage have filed a similar petition.

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San Diego clerk requests halt to gay marriages

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San Francisco (AP) – The San Diego County clerk has asked the state Supreme Court to stop gay marriages.

Ernest Dronenburg Jr. urged the state high court to immediately halt same-sex weddings while it considers his legal arguments that gay marriages remain illegal in California despite a U.S. Supreme Court’s decision widely regarded as authorizing gay weddings.

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