Kaiser Permanente recognized as a leader in LGBT health care equality

Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente has been recognized as a leader in LGBT health care equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2014 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organization. All 38 of Kaiser Permanente’s hospitals across the country submitted the Health [...]

DA’s Office: No criminal charges to be filed in DeMaio office break-in or sexual misconduct investigations; announcement raises more questions

Carl DeMaio

Today, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office announced that it had concluded its review of two investigations involving candidate Carl DeMaio’s congressional campaign. The two investigations surrounded burglary and vandalism to DeMaio’s campaign headquarters in May, as well as subsequent allegations of sexual harassment by former DeMaio staffer Todd Bosnich. The DA’s Office stated in [...]

Despite same-sex marriage rulings some Las Vegas chapels turning gay couples away

Fabulous Las Vegas

After a federal appeals court overturned the prohibition of same-sex marriage in Nevada earlier this month, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVC&VA) has been actively promoting the city as one of the top destinations for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender visitors. At the time of the ruling the LVC&VA said, “This is a [...]

President Obama says U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry

President Obama

In an interview with The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, President Obama has for the first time announced he believes the U.S. Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry in all fifty states.  This is a stark progression from the President’s previous position, which to allow each state to decide the issue individually.  President Obama [...]

Lesbian’s mother-in-law tells of learning her daughter was dead

San Diego Superior Court

A mother testified she learned her lesbian daughter was dead in a startling phone call from “my daughter’s wife” when the woman confessed “I lost it” and killed her. Heidi Alexander tearfully told a judge Oct. 16 Tiffany LaToya Nowden, 39, phoned her June 6 and told her Alexander’s daughter, Russina “Rusti” Vale, 38, was [...]

HRC endorses PrEP, calls for bold action to expand access to anti-HIV drug


WASHINGTON  – In a policy paper released Saturday, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), explicitly endorsed the use of Truvada for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is any medical or public health tool used to prevent the spread of a disease or infection prior to exposure. Truvada is the only brand name anti-HIV drug combination currently approved for [...]

Fifth male arrested in brutal gang-rape of teenage boy in Kentucky

Sam-Miller, Dayton-Ross-Jones and Tyler-Riess-Perry

A fifth suspect has been apprehended in the gang-rape of a fifteen-year-old Kentucky male that has stunned the local community of Hopkinsville, a bedroom community in Christian County, 26 miles north of Clarksville, Tenn. According to the LeafChronicle.com, Sam Miller, 18, was detained in Louisville and transferred back to Christian County without incident. He is [...]

Appalachian Queer Film Festival, a first, debuts Oct. 23 in Lewisburg, W.Va.


Hoping to both quash stereotypes and introduce the public to the pulse and talent of local queer artists, the Appalachian Queer Film Festival is set to premiere Wednesday, Oct. 23 and conclude three days later. The event, which will be hosted in the self-described artistic colony of Lewisburg, W. Va., will screen 12 films of [...]

Marriage equality coming to Arizona, Wyoming


Today U.S. District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl ruled against Wyoming’s law banning marriage equality for same-sex couples. In Guzzo v. Mead, the National Center for Lesbian Rights sued the state on behalf of Wyoming Equality and four same-sex couples arguing that Wyoming’s ban on marriage equality violates the U.S. Constitution. Judge Skavdahl granted a temporary [...]

Rep. Joe Kennedy to campaign for Scott Peters Saturday

Joe Kennedy

SAN DIEGO — Rep. Scott Peters’ re-election campaign is receiving a boost, with Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts becoming the latest prominent Democrat to help with voter outreach in the CA-52 district. Rep. Kennedy will come to San Diego this weekend to campaign for Peters, joining with other volunteers to walk neighborhoods and talk to [...]

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