Spectator or Star Player—We can all Help End Bullying in Sports

Featuring professional hockey’s first player to come out as a gay man, former OHL player,

Brock McGillis


Thursday, April 25, 2019 

6:30 – 9 p.m.

(meet & greet at 6:30 ~ panel at 7 p.m. ~ audience Q&A about 8 p.m.) 

Gossip Grill
1220 University Avenue
San Diego, California 92103
RSVP by email with your name and number of guests, plus any special needs to info@lgbtsinthenews.com


Featuring professional hockey’s only player to come out as a gay man, former OHLplayer, Brock McGillis, the forum will be streamed online in front of a live audience via Facebook Live at LGBTs In The News Facebook page, also here at lgbtsinthenews.com (stay tuned for streaming window) and at mosuniverse.com, as well as via Twitter @lgbtsinthenewsThe audience-interactive conversation will focus on ways to end anti-LGBTQ bullying and all other types of bullying in sports where it begins: on playgrounds, in parks, at middle school and high school locker rooms, on athletic fields, on ice rinks, on soccer fields, basketball courts and anywhere young athletes and could-be athletes gather.

Co-headlining this important live event will be pro-golf and human-rights phenom, Maya Reddy.Also featured at the Thursday-evening panel at Gossip Grill in San Diego’s fabulous Hillcrest neighborhood as a prelude to a special game night with the San Diego Seals professional lacrosse team the following Saturday when LGBTQ fans are especially encouraged to attend, is celebrated trans-rights advocate and gifted gymnasts, Sam Moehlig. Don’t miss this very special engagement of LGBTs In The News, America’s best known LGBTQ live-forum panel series, this time presented by You Can Play, the SAG-AFTRA LGBT Actors Committee, and Dr. Bronner’s.

Visibility Partners: SAG-AFTRA LGBTQ Committee, You Can Play, Dr. Bronner’s
San Diego Diplomacy Council, San Diego Press Club, San Diego Gulls, The Lafayette Hotel, Top of the Bay and Trans Family Support Services

Media Partners:The Rage Monthly, The Blunt Post and WEHO Times

Simply email your name , number of guests and any special needs to

To PrEP or not to PrEP?

Live Audience + Nationwide Q&A with Experts on PrEP, the HIV-Preventive Pill 

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 2 p.m.  

Live from Urban Mo’s in the heart of Hillcrest, San Diego’s Famed LGBTQ Community ~ 308 University Ave, San Diego, 92103 


Highlights at WEHO TimesGay San Diego News and other media outlets.

Facebook Live Video and Selected Photos Below

(Photos by Vito Di Stefano)

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Ben Ryan

Headliner: Benjamin Ryan

Editor at Large, POZ Magazine

More people than ever are asking if, how and when they should take Gilead Sciences’ prescription-only prophylaxis, which is reportedly more than 99 percent effective at preventing new HIV infections.

That’s why LGBTs In The News has gathered a group of PrEP experts who are passionate, supremely informed, casually approachable—and eager to engage with you!

We’re proud to announce, from the worlds of journalism, sex-positivity, community organizing, medicine, HIV prevention and research—as well as peer advocacy, a lineup of panelists for the next engagement of America’s best-known, longest-touring LGBTQ live-discussion panel series… 

Just added: Timothy Ray Brown, “the Berlin Patient,” Lukas Volk, community organizer, Blossom Brown, transgender-health advocate and Los Angeles LGBT Center PrEP navigator, and Susan Little, M.D., professor of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine, Div. of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at UCSD.


About our Headliner

Benjamin Ryan is editor at large at POZ magazine and its sister publication Hep. Ben covers the science of HIV and hepatitis C. His work has appeared in The New York TimesNew YorkThe NationThe AtlanticThe Marshall ProjectThe Village VoiceQuartz, Out and The Advocate.

For his reporting on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which protects against HIV, Ben Ryan received the 2015 Excellence in HIV/AIDS Coverage Award and a silver medal for health and fitness coverage in 2016 from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association. Ben has written about PrEP more than any other American journalist, having penned nearly 275 articles on the topic. 

Ben is a sought-after guest for HIV-related panels, has spoken about PrEP on NPR and Sirius Satellite Radio, and has lectured about PrEP at Columbia University. He’s also conducted HIV-related research and written educational campaigns about HIV for Kaiser Family Foundation.

Benjamin Ryan’s personal investment in the HIV field began in 1995 with extensive volunteer work in the public policy department at the Northwest AIDS Foundation in Seattle. He has also volunteered as an HIV test counselor at Columbia University Health Services

He graduated cum laude from Columbia University in 2001, with departmental honors in English and an honors creative writing certificate. 

RSVP to this FREE event by emailing your name and number of guests to info@lgbtsinthenews.com. RSVP now. Seating is limited. Return to lgbtsinthenews.com for links, hashtags, live-streaming, and more information. Questions submitted from around the country via social media will be answered live during the event Sept. 22.

“I take something of an agnostic view, looking for data-driven facts over any kind of an activist agenda. It is not my job to promote PrEP, but to advance an up-to-date understanding of the science behind PrEP. That’s not just the science about how it works for the individual, but research about how it is winding its way into the health care system and how it works on a public-health level. People often ask me, simplistically, if I’m, “pro- or anti-PrEP.” I tell them they’re asking the wrong question.”

Benjamin Ryan

Made possible by the following LGBTs In The News visibility partners…



The SAG-AFTRA National LGBT Actors Committee has supported LGBTs In The News since 2014.   
Engagement Partner: Mo’s Universe Group
Community Partners:
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Email info@lgbtsinthenews.com to join our family of visibility partners who support equality and make vital dialogue happen in the LGBTQ community and beyond.

The Los Angeles Press Club, SAG-AFTRA and LGBTs In The News present…

Exploring New Frontiers in LGBTQ Media

in an Age of Resistance and Backlash




Thursday Evening, July 27, 2017


rsvp, request more information at info@lgbtsinthenews.com


Panel of West Coast’s Leading LGBTQ Journalists, Columnists Discuss Future of Queer Media

L.A. Press Club’s Finale Event at Historic Steve Allen Theater Before Venue’s Demolition

”Exploring New Frontiers in LGBTQ Media
in an Age of Resistance and Backlash’

LOS ANGELES—LGBTs In The News with Thom Senzee and The Los Angeles Press Club present a panel of America’s most interesting and influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media professionals gathering Thursday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Steve Allen Theater for a live discussion and Q&A session titled, “Exploring New Frontiers in LGBTQ Media in an Age of Resistance and Backlash.”

The live-discussion series is sponsored by the SAG-AFTRA LGBT Actors Committee; and this engagement is made possible by The Los Angeles Press Club, Dr. Bronner’s, The Rage Monthly, and All4U Apparel.

Panelists include:

Neal Broverman, executive editor of The Advocate, a newsmagazine and website recognized as America’s foremost authority in serious, LGBTQ-focused journalism. Broverman is also a regular contributor to Los Angeles magazine. His writing has appeared in Curbed, the Los Angeles Times, Angeleno, and USA Today. The Advocate just celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Ashlee Marie Preston, editor-in-chief of Wear Your Voice Magazine, is the first transgender person to be appointed editor-in-chief of a major publication. Preston has been featured by various media outlets including NBC, BuzzFeed, HuffPost, Vice, The Daily Dot, Mic, Upworthy, The Advocate/OUT Magazine(s), and PopSugar.

Karen Ocamb, veteran journalist and former CBS News producer. Ocamb was FrontiersLA’s news editor for many years and now works for the Los Angeles Blade.

Morgan M. Hurley, managing editor of San Diego Community News Network. Hurley is also editor of Gay San Diego and San Diego Downtown News newspapers. She helped launch the online-only San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (sdgln.com) site and served as its assistant editor. Hurley is a decorated veteran of the United States Navy and an inductee of the Benjamin F. Dillingham III LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor.

Vic Gerami, columnist for WeHo Times and manager of events for the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Formerly with the L.A. Weekly, Frontiers Magazine and Voice Media Group, Gerami is an LGBTQ activist and media contributor whose work has been featured in The Advocate, OUT, L.A. Independent, Edge Media Network, Queerty, The Rage Monthly and The Fight. In 2009, he was featured in the Wall Street Journal as a “Leading Gay Activist.” He was noted in the landmark Supreme Court Obergefell v. Hodges case, in which the Court held, in a 5–4 decision, that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.

Joel Martens, editor-in-chief at The Rage Monthly magazine, which publishes Los Angeles and San Diego editions. Coming to media by way of design, his consulting work has been featured in magazines such as San Diego Home and Garden, Décor and Style. Martens has also made several television appearances, including on ABC-10, Fox Channel 6, and KUSI, as well as syndicated appearances on The Christopher Lowell Show and HGTV’s My First Home.

Moderated by LGBTs In The News founder and veteran journalist, Thom Senzee, the panel will look at how the queer media space has evolved from a time when readers of magazines like The Advocate appreciated their subscriptions arriving in plain, brown, unmarked envelopes in order to conceal their “controversial” content, to today when HereTV and Logo proudly cablecast LGBTQ programming into straight family rooms from Oshkosh, Neb. to Orange County, Calif.

“But the real thrust of this engagement of LGBTs In The News will be how the advent of Donald J. Trump as president of the United States and the empowerment of his largely LGBTQ equality-opposed base threatens to roll back recent gains for our community, and how that impacts our jobs as queer reporters, producers, editors and publishers,” Senzee said.

“With Neal Broverman’s eagle-eye view from the top of LGBTQ media, Ashlee Marie Preston’s unique perspective as a powerful woman of color in the media and a journalist who happens to be trans, Karen Ocamb’s wisdom, astute analytical powers and her experience, plus Morgan Hurley’s journalistic gusto and integrity, combined with Vic Gerami’s uniquely varied skill set and his passion, as well as Joel Marten’s talent and unmatched work ethic—this is a panel of LGBTQ media professionals who will not only lay out the task ahead, but also share ideas about how the LGBTQ press can continue delivering truth to power and comfort to the afflicted.”

Senzee thanks the Los Angeles Press Club, especially its executive director, Diana Ljungaeus, for being longtime supporters of LGBTs In The News and for pioneering and promoting equality in the mainstream media for LGBTQ journalists.

“When Diana told us we had the date saved and that ours would be the final event at the famed Steve Allen Theater, the L.A. Press Club’s longtime event venue and home, I was moved and humbled,” Senzee said. “Diana and the press club have been so kind and generous to the panel series and the LGBTQ community moreover for many years. I’m sorry to see the theater go, but excited to see where the frontier leads.”

Friday, May 19 at Urban Mo’s in San Diego ~ Featuring DALILA ALI RAJAH! Plus Dr. Heather Corliss, Ariel Vegosen and Blake Mitchell…

LGBTs In The News is a live-discussion panel series coming soon to a city near you.

With an accomplished panel of experts and equality advocates from the worlds entertainment, journalism, education and public health, the next engagement asks the provocative question: 

What if 80 Percent of the World is “Secretly Choosing” to be Straight?

To RSVP: Email the following information to info@lgbtsinthenews.com :

  1. Your name,
  2. Number of guests including yourself
  3. Any special needs (space for a wheelchair, ASL interpreter, etc.).

That’s it! We’re looking forward to welcoming you and your guests the evening of Friday, May 19 from 6-8 p.m.


If you can’t make it in person, here’s a link to watch via livestream (special thanks to Lukas, of Mo’s Universe / Urban Mo’s, one of our sponsors for the link):


Thanks to the following sponsors: drbronners.com | all4uapparel.com | rage monthly.com | sag-aftra.org | genderillumination.org | mosuniverse.com

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LGBTs In The News: Live July 7

Live streaming at https://livestream.com/accounts/9213086/events/5750806/edit

Join us in San Diego…

Join the San Diego Press Club and a host of other sponsors July 7, 2016 for an exciting evening of live discussion with a panel of six dynamic transgender newsmakers, including former U.S. Navy SEAL and former congressional candidate, Kristin Beck. Members of the media and the public are invited as journalist Thom Senzee moderates the next LGBTs In The News panel engagement. Please scroll down to RSPV.