Transgender troops: Hurry up and wait six months

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With the Defense Department’s recent decision to begin a process to lift its ban on open service for transgender troops, important progress, though at a snail’s pace, is coming to military foxholes and latrines. It is an announcement certain to figure prominently among traditionally anti-LGBT politicians seeking the 2016 presidential nomination in the Republican Party. [...]

HRC: The need for full federal LGBT equality

HRC Equality

Currently, LGBT Americans are subject to great uncertainty and potential discrimination in the workplace. Only 19 states and D.C. explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. Of the LGBT Americans who have experienced discrimination, 47 percent reported experiencing discrimination in the workplace. Last week, HRC endorsed The Equality Act, a comprehensive federal [...]

Race for Third District City Council seat closer than expected

Anthony Bernal

SAN DIEGO – Campaign finance reports due today show the 2016 race for the San Diego Third District City Council seat is off to a competitive start with both major candidates reporting similar war chests. Today, Anthony Bernal announced that his campaign has raised $53,000 in the first reporting period of the election cycle (June [...]

Public invited to open house at Scripps Proton Therapy Center Aug. 25

Scripps Proton Therapy Center

SAN DIEGO – San Diego County residents can get an up-close look at the region’s only proton treatment facility for cancer care, as Scripps Health will host a special open house Tuesday, Aug 25, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Scripps Proton Therapy Center. The free event will include tours of the facility, [...]

New amfAR report highlights priority actions to help states achieve national HIV/AIDS strategy goals

amfAR Report

NEW YORK – Major achievements have been made in the domestic HIV/AIDS response as a result of increased realignment and coordination of efforts at the federal level. However, that level of consistent coordination and alignment has yet to take place in most states. In an effort to identify what needs to be done, amfAR, The Foundation [...]

Multiple Stabbing at Jerusalem Pride Parade


Late on Thursday six people were stabbed while participating in an LGBT Pride Parade in Jerusalem. The perpetrator, Yishai Schlissel, is an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who also stabbed victims at the same event in 2005. Schlissel was just released for that crime last month after serving ten years in prison. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promptly [...]

Executive Order — Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States for 2015-2020

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Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order on Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States for 2015-2020. The Ececutive Order is reproduced below: By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to ensure improved health outcomes for Americans [...]

San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association joins White House meeting on immigrant integration


SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The San Diego County Hotel-Motel Association (HMA) joined New American Workforce and 20 other businesses from across the country for a meeting at the White House on immigrant integration efforts. The meeting on Thursday, July 23 brought together businesses who provide citizenship services to their employees with the White House, the [...]

The Democratic primary field: And now there are five


The first Republican primary debate is next Thursday. The winners are already clear: Fox News and pollsters. With Fox News limiting the debate to the top ten candidates in an average of national surveys, every release of data will generate clicks for the network and the number crunchers. If Fox News is smart, they’ll roll [...]

Microsoft supports the Equality Act


This morning, Microsoft announced its support for The Equality Act, a comprehensive federal LGBT non-discrimination legislation. “To create technology that empowers the world, we need to reflect the diversity of the world,” Microsoft said in a statement. “Supporting diversity, inclusiveness and equal treatment is not just good for business, it is also the right thing [...]

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