John O’Connor to step down as EQCA executive director

John O'Connor

LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organization in California, announced today that its executive director, John O’Connor, will step down in July following a successful, 18-month tenure leading EQCA through a period of extensive organizational transition. EQCA also announced that board member Rick Zbur, a senior partner [...]

Brunei temporarily halts implementing law stoning gay people


BRUNEI DARUSSALAM — Brunei’s new law mandating the stoning of gay people has been officially delayed. reports that the new penal code that calls for death by stoning for same-sex relations, robbery, insulting or defamation of the Prophet Mohammed as well as a list of other sexually related offences such as rape and adultery [...]

Side by Side International LGBT Film Festival marks third year for Moscow hosts (VIDEO)

Side by Side

Despite an increase in violence and a spike in Russian distaste for all things LGBT, Side by Side, the Russian-based international LGBT film festival is moving ahead with plans to run gay-themed screenings in Moscow for the third time in as many years. The festival, which has already played to appreciative crowds in St. Petersburg [...]

Downtown Library Shop celebrates California Bookstore Day, May 3

Photo: Library Shop

SAN DIEGO – Saturday, May 3, the San Diego Public Library Foundation’s Library Shop at the San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common will participate in California Bookstore Day. The first-ever California Bookstore Day (CBD) promises to delight book lovers of all ages and interests and encourage them to browse and buy [...]

San Diego Opera names Carol Lazier as acting board president, defers closure to May 19

San Diego Opera

SAN DIEGO – San Diego Opera has announced Carol Lazier, the former secretary of the board, is now the acting president after President Karen Cohn resigned along with 12 other directors in a board meeting that lasted over four hours. At a duly convened meeting  April 17,  by vote of the directors constituting a majority [...]

Philippine police backs special desk for crimes against LGBTI people


MANILA — The Philippine National Police (PNP) has thrown its support behind a House measure seeking the creation of a special desk in all police stations across the country to tackle crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, reports The desk is to administer and attend to cases involving crimes against sexual harassment, [...]

Point Foundation co-founders resign


LOS ANGELES – Point Foundation have announced that founders and board members Bruce C. Lindstrom and Carl T. Strickland have resigned.  Due to the breadth and diversity of the Foundation’s board, no replacements have been named. “It has been a pleasure to work with Bruce and Carl, and I am proud of what we have accomplished [...]

Dustin Lance Black hits back at alma mater for disinviting him as speaker

Dustin Lance Black

Dustin Lance Black has hit back at his alma mater, Pasadena City College (PCC), after being disinvited to be commencement speaker. Out reported that Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk and a prominent activist who helped fight and overturn Prop. 8 in California,was disinvited after Board President Anthony Fellow intervened, citing intimate photographs of Black [...]

Bangladesh ‘surreptitiously’ holds its first Gay Pride rally


DHAKA — Using the Bangladesh’s New Year festivities, LGBT community members marched wearing the colors of the rainbow as an act of defiance and an appeal for the Muslim-majority country to change its law that considers same-sex relations as “unnatural” and a crime, reports “Whether you are pro or anti LGBT, you cannot help [...]

South Carolina town fires veteran openly gay police chief

Chief Crystal Moore

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is calling for the reinstatement of the Latta, SC police chief, who is openly gay.  According to news reports, Chief Crystal Moore was fired by Mayor Earl Bullard after he reprimanded her seven times in one day.  Chief Moore says the reprimands received on Tuesday were the first she has [...]

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