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Cannabis Banking Working Group to meet in Oakland after Trump administration signals marijuana crackdown

Marijuana plant PHOTO:Ted-Rowlands/CNN

OAKLAND, Calif. – State Treasurer John Chiang and the Cannabis Banking Working Group will meet Monday, March 27 in Oakland City Hall to discuss solutions that provide greater access to banking to California’s future $7 billion legal cannabis industry. The conflicts between state and federal laws have forced cannabis firms to deal almost entirely in […]

San Diego Pride announces 2017 theme


San Diego Pride have announced their 2017 theme: Allied in Action: United for Justice. Announcing the theme Pride released the following statement: National and international LGBT rights are uncertain at best, given the changes brought about by the recent election, and as such our solidarity at the intersection of social justice movements is clearly vital […]

Virginia governor vetoes anti-LGBTQ ‘License to Discriminate’ bills


Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has  vetoed Senate Bill (SB 1324) and House Bill (HB) 2025 — discriminatory legislation seeking to give taxpayer-funded agencies and service providers a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of religion. SB 1324 and HB 2025 sought to allow taxpayer-funded organizations, like homeless shelters and adoption agencies, a […]

Academics and experts respond and debunk go-to anti-equality ‘Expert’


Yesterday, nearly 600 academic and medical experts responded to essays written by Dr. Paul McHugh, an psychologist who has never performed any research on gender and sexual orientation, but who has become the go-to “expert” for anti-equality forces. McHugh’s writings have been cited by anti-LGBTQ, and in particular anti-transgender, activists in courthouses and state legislatures. […]

Students propose solutions to critical health issues at annual hackathon

1st Place - Blueprints for Life: Design Solutions for Refugee Health

SAN DIEGO — From virtual reality to crowdsourcing ideas, participants at UC Health Hack 2017 combined creativity and problem-solving to create projects addressing critical issues in health systems and global health. The 181 participants focused on one of two tracks: health care delivery or refugee health. UC Health Hack 2017, the third annual interdisciplinary health-focused […]

UNAIDS warns that countries will miss the 2020 target of reducing HIV-associated TB deaths by 75 percent unless urgent action is taken


GENEVA— Today, on World Tuberculosis Day, UNAIDS is urging countries to do much more to reduce the number of tuberculosis (TB) deaths among people living with HIV. TB is the most common cause of hospital admission and death among people living with HIV. In 2015, 1.1 million people died from an AIDS-related illness—around 400 000 […]

The Center to host ‘Queer, LGB and Trans People of Color Mixer’ April 1


SAN DIEGO — Join The Center for the next Queer, LGB and Trans People of Color Mixer Saturday, April 1 from 6-9 p.m. For a $5 donation, guests will enjoy drinks, dancing and mingling. Partners are welcome and the event is open to those 21 years and older. For more information contact Carolina Ramos at […]

Cheli Mohamed returns to The San Diego LGBT Community Center to head volunteer services


SAN DIEGO — The San Diego LGBT Community Center has announced that Araceli (Cheli) Mohamed has returned to The Center as Director of Volunteer Services and Community Leadership Development. From 1995-2000, Mohamed served in various administrative and programmatic roles at The Center. Most recently, she was the chief operations officer of the United States Police […]

Obamacare achievements celebrated as Republican-led Congress considers hastily concocted Trumpcare

Paper family under a Affordable Care Act umbrella with magnifying glass

WASHINGTON, D.C.,—The National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund is celebrating the 7th anniversary of the enactment of Obamacare with a call to action urging members of Congress to stop Trumpcare, the so-called American Health Care Act, a bill that if made law would deprive tens of millions of quality affordable health care. “The Affordable Care […]

LGBT data collection legislation passes first committee

David Chiu

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Assembly Bill 677, a proposal by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) that would help ensure California public policy meets the needs of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities, Wednesday passed unanimously out of the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee. “We need real data to better understand the obstacles facing […]

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