The San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (S.A.M.E.) will host its annual holiday fundraiser Friday, December 9, 7 to 9:30 p.m., at the Bamboo Lounge, 1475 University Avenue in Hillcrest. Half the proceeds will go to the defense fund for the Equality 9, nine S.A.M.E. members and supporters who are going to trial in March 2012 for their civil disobedience action at the County Administrative Center in August 2010 to protest the county’s failure to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples after a federal district judge found such discrimination to be unconstitutional. The other half will go to pay medical expenses for Occupy San Diego and Canvass for a Cause activist Michelle “Jersey” Deutsch, who needed treatment after she was beaten by San Diego police during one of their raids on the Occupy encampment in Civic Center Plaza downtown.
Entertainers will include singers Joshua Napier (who also performed at S.A.M.E.’s 2010 holiday fundraiser) and Drew Searing. There will also be a retrospective video presentation of S.A.M.E.’s activities during 2011 and other performers to be announced later. For more information visit the S.A.M.E. Web site, www.samealliance.org