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Jerry Brown signs first bill in the country to expand supply chain for LGBT business owners

NGLCC

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a historic bill that will result in new opportunities for certified businesses owned by those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender—a law that came about through testimony and advocacy by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Brown’s action means public utilities in the [...]

HRC: Why America needs marriage equality now

Marriage equality

WASHINGTON – The question of when the Supreme Court of the United States will take up a marriage equality case is now front and center, as cases from five states are currently pending before the justices and more than 70 cases challenging state marriage bans are working their way through the court system across the [...]

Gay mobile apps a dual-edged sword for travelers outside the U.S.

Scruff

For gay men traveling abroad, mobile apps like SCRUFF, Grindr and Manjam are the new, arguably sexual, calling card for like-minded people looking for hook-ups, social interactions and new acquaintances in foreign lands. But for others, especially in countries that are hostile to the gay experience, these sites are a mixed blessing, reports David Crary [...]

‘Pride By The Beach’ comes to Oceanside Oct. 11

Pride by the Beach

The North County LGBTQ Resource Center will celebrate its seventh Pride By The Beach event  Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year for the first time Pride By The Beach will be held in downtown of Oceanside by the Civic Center and Pier View way. The event is free for everyone to [...]

The AFA and California Cryobank host educational gatherings about getting pregnant for gay women in California

American Fertility Federation

The American Fertility Association (AFA) and California Cryobank announced today their Gay Women’s Gathering –Evening on Lesbian Pregnancy series will continue with two events this October. The national series makes its return to California with one event coming to Oakland Oct. 8, followed by a second event to be held in West Hollywood Oct. 28. [...]

Sierra Club San Diego endorses Scott Peters

Scott Peters

SAN DIEGO — Sierra Club San Diego has endorsed Rep. Scott Peters for re-election, saying Peters “has spent his entire career protecting the environment.” Sierra Club San Diego cited Peters’ work on a variety of environmental issues ranging from combating the impacts of climate change to increasing funding for wildfire preparedness. Peters currently chairs the [...]

HRC condemns transphobic ad in Minneapolis paper

MSHSL ad

Yesterday the largest newspaper in Minneapolis, the Star-Tribune, ran an ad placed by the anti-LGBT organization Minnesota Child Protection League. The ad was placed in an attempt to influence the Minnesota High School League’s upcoming ruling on whether to allow transgender athletes to play on teams according to their identified gender, a policy that would [...]

California outlaws ‘gay panic’ defense

Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown, Saturday signed into law a bill [AB 2501 ], prohibiting the so-called “gay panic” defense that has been used to reduce homicide charges to manslaughter, reports Jurist.org. The defense has been used by defendants who claimed that they were “panicked” into committing a crime due to a homosexual individual making [...]

Proposal to rename local school in honor of Sen. Christine Kehoe moves forward

Christine Kehoe

SAN DIEGO – The GLBT Historic Task Force is urging community members to attend a public meeting to discuss the potential naming of a local elementary school in honor of former State Sen. Christine Kehoe Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.  The meeting will take place at Florence Elementary School, 3914 First Ave., San Diego, [...]

San Diego BearQuake 2014 coming up Oct. 16-19

BearQuake 2014

Bears from throughout Southern California will converge on Rich’s San Diego Saturday, Oct. 20 for the Mr. SoCal Bear/Cub Contest & Show. The contest and show starts at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP reception that includes a buffet starting at 5:30 p.m. The evening will be hosted by Empress Roxy Bleau, and will feature a [...]

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