Native Americans, Father Serra and ‘Two Spirited’

Father Serra

As soon as Pope Francis announced that he was going to canonize and make a “saint” of Father Junipero Serra (the 18th century Franciscan missionary of California) rightfully protests were immediately made and are going on to this day by Native Americans. Many Native American and “First Nation” leaders have compared Father Serra’s conversion of [...]

Which way will the justices go in the SCOTUS oral arguments?

1971, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s decision to deny a marriage license to a couple because they were the same sex. The couple’s appeal, known as Baker v. Nelson, was the last time the U.S. Supreme Court considered a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. To say they considered it is an overstatement, [...]

The Personal Privacy Protection Act initiative

Aug. 12, 2013, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the School Success and Opportunity Act (AB 1266) into law. Paraphrasing the fact sheet for the bill promulgated by the Transgender Law Center, Equality California, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the GSA Network, the bill Introduced in February 2013 by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and co-authored by [...]

Reunited with Larry Kramer

Gay icon, AIDS advocate leader, author, etc.; people either love him or hate him – Larry Kramer has been one of the most important voices in the LGBT community and civil rights movement. Larry and I have not really been friends but have had to deal with each other these last three decades. While we [...]

Understanding what’s at stake with the ‘Immigrants Shape California’ legislation

Immigrants Shape California

The real reporting on the shooting of Walter Scott is disturbing, but nowhere near as disturbing as the counterfactual reports written as though there had been no video. With what we know now, the Huffington Post story written from only the police statement and local accounts is chilling, particularly given the echoes of other shootings [...]

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy and citizenship

In this issue of LGBT Weekly, Stampp Corbin makes the moral and right case for gender affirmation surgery for a transgender prisoner in the California State Penal System. “Judge Jon S. Tigar said Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51,” publisher Stampp Corbin wrote, “should be entitled to gender reassignment surgery because it was the ‘only adequate’ treatment for [...]

Tim Cook’s Apple and Mike Pence’s Indiana: One’s the future, the other the past

Economically, the state of Indiana has a surprising number of similarities to Apple Inc. The Hoosier State’s annual gross output is actually greater than the iconic tech firm’s annual sales: $294 billion for Indiana, $199 billion for the iPhone maker. But the leaders of these two large enterprises couldn’t be more different in the way [...]

Dear Anthony Bernal …

First of all, let me say that I like Anthony and I believe he has a future in politics, but there is a far more qualified candidate running for the Third District Council seat. As many of you know I have supported straight candidates over gay candidates but this council race has to do with [...]

The religious right would do better to share the streets

Politicians, pundits and preachers arguing in favor of Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs) have coalesced behind a metaphor: Tolerance is a two way street. All they want is the same respect for religion that the LGBT community is requesting for sexual orientation and gender identity. In their view, LGBT activists are on the march, aggressively [...]

Swords, shields and the LGBT community’s children

Ephesians 6:11-13 says, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in [...]

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