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National study looks at tobacco advertising and susceptibility to use tobacco among youth

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Among 12- to 17-year-olds who have never used tobacco products, nearly half were considered receptive to tobacco marketing if they were able to recall or liked at least one advertisement, report a coalition of behavioral scientists in a new national study. Receptivity to tobacco ads is associated with an increased susceptibility […]

Victory Fund endorses nine LGBTQ candidates

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, endorsed nine candidates in state and local races. Jenny Durkan, running to be mayor of Seattle, received a spotlight endorsement, and if elected would become the first lesbian mayor of Seattle and just the second woman.  Spotlight Endorsements […]

141 men arrested in gay sauna in Indonesia

Saturday, May 21 141 men were arrested by Indonesian authorities claiming they were engaging in a “gay sex party” at Atlantis Gym & Sauna in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta. Those arrested were detained by the North Jakarta District Police. Indonesia does not have laws criminalizing homosexuality, except in the Aceh province, however the country does have […]

NAACP announces new direction, focus and accountability

MIAMI, Fla.– The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) was founded more than a century ago in response to the rampant and violent lynching of black Americans. Over the past 100 years, the black community and communities of color as a whole have experienced tremendous advancements. Yet, as the NAACP continues to march […]

Lawmakers in Texas pass two bills late Sunday night that target LGBTQ youth and families

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas lawmakers in Austin took aim at transgender Texans, vulnerable children, and LGBTQ families late Sunday night by advancing HB 3859, which allows adoption agencies to turn away LGBTQ couples, and SB 2078, which includes an anti-transgender amendment that bars students from using the restroom that matches their gender identity. In a […]

Over 50 Notre Dame graduates walk out during Vice President Pence’s commencement address to protest Pence’s anti-LGBTQ history

More than 50 graduates of Notre Dame University in Indiana participated in a walkout protest during Vice President and former Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s commencement address Sunday. The students cited his history of anti-LGBTQ actions including passage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in 2015, which legalized discrimination against LGBTQ people and families. Video […]

Bookwatch: ‘This Is How It Always Is’

You must not tell. You cannot breathe a word to anyone who doesn’t already know. That Which Cannot Be Spoken must remain buried, put away, frozen, lips sealed, or in the closet. You cannot tell because, as in the new novel This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel, secrets change everything. In the […]

Utah Film Center announces first round of films for 2017 ‘Damn These Heels Festival’

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –  Utah Film Center announced Thursday the first round of films selected to screen in the 2017 Damn These Heels Film Festival. Damn These Heels will run July 14 – 16, 2017 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and is a celebration of independent, documentary, and foreign films from around […]

San Diego therapist releases ‘Gay Man’s Guide to Open and Monogamous Marriage’

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Psychotherapist and author, Michael Dale Kimmel, Friday announced the release of The Gay Man’s Guide to Open and Monogamous Marriage (ISBN 9781442268012), a nonfiction handbook for gay couples that provides an easy-to-follow, practical framework for helping create, adjust, and structure their marriages. Legal gay marriage is still a relatively new phenomenon, […]

Treasurer John Chiang and Senate Leader Kevin de León vow to fight for Californians’ right to retirement security

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State Treasurer John Chiang and Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) said Thursday that California’s Secure Choice program remains on track to provide retirement security to nearly 6.8 million private-sector workers who do not have access to a retirement savings plan from their employer. Earlier this month, the U.S. […]

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