ICE issues new guidance on the care of transgender individuals in custody


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE), Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) today issued further guidance to personnel on how to care for transgender individuals in custodial settings. “The Transgender Care Memorandum reaffirms ICE’s commitment to provide a safe, secure, and respectful environment for all those in our custody, including those [...]

Reaction to SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision: The good, the bad and the ugly


As expected reaction to the Supreme Courts decision granting marriage equality nationwide has been swift. Here is a round-up of reactions to that decision. As the headline suggests it truly represents the good, the bad and the ugly. “Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal.  The project of [...]

Supreme Court Rules: Same sex marriage is the law of the land

Supreme Court Justices

  Today, the U.S. Supreme Court finally brought marriage equality to loving, committed same-sex couples nationwide. In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court justices announced in a 5 – 4 decision that same-sex marriage is the law of the land. The positive ruling included the usual suspects on the side of marriage equality, Justices Sotomayor, [...]

Obama disrupted at Pride Reception by undocumented transgender woman

Jennicet Gutierrez--

President Obama was interrupted today by a persistent heckler as he delivered a speech during a reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month in the East Room. Speaking for 15 minutes the president told the reception of about 200 people that whatever the decision handed down by the court, the country had come a long way. “We [...]

Clinton Campaign Debuts ‘Equal’ Marriage Video


Today Hillary Clinton debuted a video expressing her support for marriage equality rights in America. While many LGBT leaders anticipate a Supreme Court ruling in support of marriage equality within the next week, the Clinton Campaign launched the video to bring into stark contrast her position versus that of her potential Republican opponent. Some in [...]

Judge strikes down the ‘Sodomite Suppression Act’

Judge Cadei

Today, Superior Court Judge Raymond M. Cadei struck down the Sodomite Suppression Act. The judge’s ruling follows:

Services and Repast for Dody Olsen, “First Lady of Hillcrest”


Services for the “First Lady of Hillcrest,” Dody Olsen, 99, will be held on Tuesday, June 23rd at Greenwood Memorial Park, 4300 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113. The service begins promptly at 2 pm. At 4 pm, a repast and celebration of life will be held at The Loft, 3510 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, [...]

SC governor calls for Confederate flag to be removed from Statehouse grounds

SC Flag

In a press conference today, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) called for the removal of the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds, saying the killings of nine church-goers at Emanuel AME in Charleston last week mandated a change in the state’s heart. The Post and Courier reported that in a bi-partisan gathering inside the [...]

White House Pride Reception to include transgender military attendees

Logan Ireland

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Six SPARTA members will be attending the White House’s annual LGBT Pride Month Reception. Two actively serving transgender service members will attend the Reception Wednesday, June 24. Upon receiving his invitation, Air Force Senior Airman Logan Ireland notified his command, who authorized a policy exception to allow him to attend in male dress [...]

Local health alert issued about invasive meningococcal disease (IMD)


The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency released a health alert today to inform local healthcare providers about clusters of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) cases in men who have sex with men (MSM) in Chicago and other cities. At this time, there have been no reported IMD cases in MSM in San [...]

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