“Out on the Mountain” LGBT Night Returns

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s annual “Out on the Mountain” LGBT Night returns this year on Friday, September 20, 2013. The entire park is closed to the general public for this private LGBT party from 6pm-1am. Over 6,000 people are expected to attend this year’s event.

“This is an exciting event to put on each year, where LGBT of all ages can enjoy an evening together with music, rides, and great fun,” says DJ Ray Rhodes.  “While I’ve been a DJ all over North America as well as a club promoter for many years, this event still holds a special place in my heart because of how it helps also so many worthwhile LGBT organizations and charities.”

Attendees will enjoy the Magic Mountain park with thrill rides including Six Flags Magic Mountain’s new ride Full Throttle, along with Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom, Green Lantern: First Flight, Superman: Escape from Krypton, Batman the Ride, Tatsu, Apocalypse, The Riddler’s Revenge, and X2.



Natalia Kills is a British pop provocateur with a sophomore album “Trouble” just released by Cherrytree Records. Since her critically acclaimed debut album “Perfectionist” in the summer of 2011, Natalia Kills has toured the world with Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Black Eyed Peas, that eventually included headlining her own jaunt in Europe. Two tracks from her debut album, “Free” feat. will.i.am and “Mirrors,” went Top 10 in Europe and sold over 750,000 copies. Natalia released her video for “Problem” in June to rave reviews and views surpassing 1 million on VEVO.


Shangela is a multi-talented artist that has performed all over the world, including being featured as one of OUT Magazine’s Most Compelling People of 2011 and the inaugural winner of the California Entertainer of the Year pageant in 2010.  She has been on multiple seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race seasons, as well as 2 Broke Girls, Community, Dance Moms, Detroit 1-8-7, The Mentalist, Toddlers and Tiaras, and Lady Gaga’s “Applause” lyrics music video, among others.  Her comedy act as LaQuifa has been seen on LOGO and at comedy events nationwide.


Jessica Sanchez, the runner up American Idol season 11, first started out on Showtime at the Apollo at age 10 and America’s Got Talent at age 11.  Her debut album from 19 Recordings/Interscope Records, “Me, You & The Music”, features songs including “Tonight” (featuring Ne-Yo) and “No One Compares” (featuring Prince Royce).  Earlier this year, she was a guest star on GLEE.


DJ Ray Rhodes has DJed at a number of high-profile events including TigerHeat (the largest weekly gay event in the Western US), Out on the Mountain, AIDS Project Los Angeles/APLA Summer Parties, West Hollywood Halloween Carnivale, Gay Days Anaheim, and The White Party. He has DJ’ed at events throughout North America.  He is a prior winner of the West Hollywood “Outstanding DJ” award and has been a top six finalist for the “Best Resident VJ” award by Club World Awards.


Kwanza Jones is a four-time Billboard charting indie artist.  Her album, “Supercharged”, has been described as a “feverish mix of high-energy dance music”. More than a singer and songwriter, Kwanza Jones is an outspoken advocate of equality and empowerment causes. Her song “#StopHate” has been called “a powerful anti-discrimination anthem.” It serves as a compelling call-to-action to promote human rights and acceptance for all.


In addition, AJ Stacy from RuPaul’s Drag U will be one of the featured comedians.  Special guest hosts include models/activists Colby Melvin and Brandon Brown of COLBRA Entertainment.


Tickets purchased in advanced re $39 and $50 at the gate. They include free parking.

You can also purchase tickets that include an all-you-eat-dinner buffet in the picnic area from 7-9pm for $52.

VIP tickets are available for $150 and include front-of-line ride access, all-you-can-eat dinner, beer/wine drink tickets for those 21+, $10 in Bugs Bunny bucks, and premium parking.


This year’s host hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn Valencia, stay for $99/night rate single/double occupancy also includes a hot breakfast buffet.


A portion of the proceeds from OutontheMountain.com sales are benefiting local gay charities and organizations, including It Gets Better, The Center Long Beach, The Center Orange County, USC LGBT Resource Center, UCLA LGBT Campus Resource Center, Santa Monica College GSA, and API Equality LA.  $39 advanced tickets are available for on-site purchase at LASC (8592 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood) and The Center Long Beach (2017 East 4th Street, Long Beach).

Media sponsors representing readership of over 200,000 include Adelante, Odyssey, Rage Monthly, and The Fight Magazine.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.OutontheMountain.com.

Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon

San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon 2013

San Diego was high in spirits and adrenaline on Sunday June 2, 2013 as Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon runners took over the city. The event brought in about 22,000 people from all 50 states and 30 nations according to organizers. The race began for marathoners at 6:15 a.m. and half marathoners at 6:45 a.m. near the historical Balboa Park.

The course included 45 bands from various genres such as Classic Rock, Blues, Salsa, Reggae to Dueling Pianos. Spectators enjoyed energetic sounds as they danced and cheered to encourage runners as they got closer and closer with each step to the finish line. Several runners donned the traditional Elvis costumes and tutus we love. Supporters also enjoyed and applauded for Princess Leia, a bumblebee, troops in uniform and a firefighter in full gear.

And the winners are… Simon Njoroge of Kenya won the marathon in 2:15:00 and Natalia Sergeeva of Russia won the women’s marathon in 2:35:05.

Bernard Koech of Kenya won the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon with a time of 58 minutes, 41 seconds, the fastest time ever run in America and the fastest in the world this year. Edna Kiplagat of Kenya won the women’s half-marathon in 1:08:57.

Proceeds from the race benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s San Diego chapter.

Food Truck Fierceness

The “Food Truck Fierceness” kick-off event to benefit Dining Out for Life San Diego featured San Diego’s hottest food trucks and wonderful performances by the Dining Out for Life Divas who gave a 100% of their tips to the cause on March 21. The Hillcrest Brewing Company sold beer inside the venue. Everyone had a good time catching up with friends, eating, and enjoying the performances.

Dining Out for Life will take place on April 25. Now in it’s 7th year, this annual fundraising event will have more than 100 participating restaurants, bars, coffee houses and night clubs. They will be donating a minimum of 25% of their sales to The Center’s HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. Where will you be Dining Out for Life this year?

For a list of participating venues go to:



HRC San Diego – A Rockin’ Black Tie Affair!

HRC San Diego - A Rockin' Black Tie Affair!

Many gathered on August 18, 2012 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego for HRC San Diego’s – A Rockin’ Black Tie Affair! first annual dinner. Mayor Jerry Sanders, Councilmember Todd Gloria and Congressman Bob Filner were in attendance.

Alex Newell, known as Unique on the hit show, Glee, kicked off the evening, singing his heart out for a good cause and on his birthday.

Special guest Eric Alva, a retired Marine Staff Sergeant, was one of the speakers. A hero on the field and in the courts, he was at the first hearing to discuss repealing the military’s, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy on July 23, 2008. There are still more barriers to tear down and we thank him for paving the way.

Mayor Jerry Sanders received an Equality Award for his dedication to the LGBT community. He was accompanied by his wife, Rana Sampson and daughter, Lisa Sanders.

Emmy nominated actress, Kellie Martin, recalled the heartbreaking moment that her dad didn’t send his usual newsletter to family and friends announcing her appearance on Army Wives’ because her character is a lesbian. At that moment she knew it was important for her to play the role for herself, her family, and all those struggling from discrimination.

To bring the inspirational night to an energetic close Niki Harris, Dance Diva, performed and encouraged audience members to get out of their seats and shake it. When there are struggles it’s always important to be thankful for the victories accomplished. There’s always time to dance!

To find out more about HRC and how you can donate, go to: http://www.hrc.org/steering-committees/san-diego/

About HRC

As the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, the Human Rights Campaign represents a force of more than one million members and supporters nationwide — all committed to making HRC’s vision a reality.

Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues.

Mama’s Kitchen Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Mama's Kitchen Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Bourbon Street in University Heights hosted the Mama’s Kitchen’s 17th Annual Wine Tasting Event, presented by Revivals, on Thursday, August 16, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Proceeds went directly to the daily operations of Mama’s Kitchen, the only non-profit in San Diego that prepares and delivers three meals a day, seven days a week, at no charge to men, women, and children affected by AIDS/HIV or cancer. Partygoers experienced eclectic wine tastings with pours throughout the evening, while enjoying a sumptuous selection of hors d’oeuvres.

“Given the continued increased demand for our services, our annual Wine Tasting is an important event for Mama’s Kitchen,” says Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “The proceeds allow us to continue to provide life-sustaining nutrition to our neighbors battling AIDS or cancer. We are grateful to everyone who supports this wonderful event, helping us to provide responsive and meaningful services to our community.”

To inquire about future events and opportunities in support of Mama’s Kitchen go to: http://www.mamaskitchen.org