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Putin’s anti-LGBT law turns one

WASHINGTON — In advance of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s notorious anti-LGBT law, today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation released a new report highlighting deeply disturbing trends of harassment, investigations, arrests, and acts of violence against LGBT Russians that have followed in its wake. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the internationally condemned and draconian anti-LGBT […]

TODAY: National HIV Testing Day — ‘Take the Test, Take Control’

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual campaign to encourage people of all ages to “Take the Test, Take Control.” In the United States, nearly 1.1 million people are living with HIV, and almost one in six don’t know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV. […]

Letters: Response to HBA statement/Ben Nicholls dtd. June 24, 2014

Dear Editor, I would not consider standing up for respectful, professional and fair treatment in the workplace for staff, vendors and myself, reporting a Board Member interfering with business of the HBA to the President/Board attempting to take advantage [intimidation] of their position on the Board, “a disgruntled employee”, as stated by Nicholls in his […]

Religious groups appeal to President Obama for ENDA-like protections for any order affecting federal contracts

With any hope for legislative action on the Employer Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) all but quashed for the foreseeable future, President Obama has announced plans for an executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity for all federal contractors seeking bids from the U.S. Government. The action, which politically speaking is about all […]

‘Throw Down for a Cause’ women’s Jell-O wrestling fundraiser to be held July 11 (VIDEO)

SAN DIEGO — The idea of organizing a wild and fun evening of Jell-O wrestling to benefit homeless, LGBT and at-risk youth may sound like something crazy, but in the last four years it’s been proven to be crazy in only the best ways. Enter Throw Down for a Cause (TD4AC), founded in 2010 with […]

CARE WITH PRIDE™ on target to deliver more than $500K to LGBT charities

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Johnson & Johnson’s corporate-wide anti-bullying and LGBT equality initiative is expanding as it kicks off its third year in June.  Since 2012, donations raised through CARE WITH PRIDE™ have supported PFLAG’s anti-bullying efforts and this year, The Trevor Project and Family Equality Council are newly added beneficiaries.  By the end of 2014, […]

San Diego dance community aligns with new energy and new leadership as ‘San Diego Dance Connect’

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego dance community is aligning with new energy and new leadership under the name San Diego Dance Connect. After several months of gathering the community’s input, ten dance leaders were selected to steer the newly formed alliance. They include: Blythe Barton, Erica Buechner, Ana Nieto, Molly Puryear, Elyssa Dru Rosenberg, […]

Eastwood’s ‘Jersey Boys’ lacks the thrill of the stage show

A few weeks ago, I was hanging out with one of my best friends, a musical theater composer who has impeccable and refined taste. I had mentioned that I was going to review the Jersey Boys movie and he told me that when he saw the stage musical, it was so thrilling, “I wanted to […]

Never let authorities tell you to believe them over your own eyes

“Your eyes deceive you.” Essentially, that’s what lawyers representing the police officers who beat Rodney King half to death said 23 years ago last month. “You did not see what you think you saw.” That’s what Communist Party officials continue to say to Chinese people who were around to see the bloody massacre in Tiananmen […]

Book review: ‘Body Counts — A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival’

You didn’t want to look. When you bought the ticket, you knew the movie was going to be scary, but you had to see it for yourself. Kind of. Peeking between your fingers. You couldn’t look … but you couldn’t look away, either. In the early 1980s, when AIDS was barely understood, Sean Strub decided […]

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