Education Secretary Arne Duncan to step down in December

Arne Duncan

Education Secretary Arne Duncan — an advocate for reform and, at times, a target for criticism from the left and the right — will be stepping down from his post in December. During his tenure, the Department has issued guidance clarify that Title IX, the federal law that prohibits discrimination in education based on sex, […]

Pope held private meeting with gay couple in U.S.

Pope Francis met with Iwan Bagus, right, and Yayo Grassi, left. Photo: CNN

Over the last few days the Pope’s visit with anti-gay County Clerk Kim Davis has dominated the news and received an inordinate amount of coverage. Now it has been revealed that th day before this meeting took place the Pope met with a gay couple in a private meeting. CNN reports that the Pope met […]

Alturi has launched: New non-profit to help improve the lives of LGBTI people worldwide


WASHINGTON D.C. —  Alturi, a new non-profit organization devoted to elevating the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) community globally, launched publicly today and announced the selection of its founding boards of directors. U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI), who has introduced […]

Speaker Atkins’ bill protecting domestic violence victims to become law

Toni Atkins

SACRAMENTO —Victims of domestic violence will soon be able to gain full control of the wireless telephone accounts they share with their abusers. Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1407 by Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins, which allows telephone service providers to transfer conjoined accounts or family plans away from those who commit domestic violence. […]

HWE’s fall concert to celebrate ‘A Night at the Opera’ Oct. 10


The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble (HWE) will present A Night at the Opera Oct. 10, 7 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4150 Front Street in San Diego. The ensemble is proud to be working with the San Diego Opera’s University Partners Program known as Opera Exposed, which features voice students from SDSU, USD and […]

Nine year prison term given to drunk driver who killed waiter

San Diego Superior Court

A drunk driver who killed a La Jolla waiter on his way home from work has been sentenced to nine years in state prison. His friends told the driver the victim would have forgiven him, even for causing his death. Bryan R. Delaney, 36, worked at George’s at the Cove in La Jolla and was […]

Carly Fiorina denies her own words on marriage equality

Carly Fiorina

GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina has attempted to deny and walk back her own words suggesting that the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v Hodges, the case that led to nationwide marriage equality is the law of the land. Talking Points Memo reported today that Fiorina denied she’d ever called the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell […]

National LGBTQ Task Force condemns the Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis

Pope Francis

The National LGBTQ Task Force has condemned Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis — the Kentucky government official who discriminated against same-sex couples and ignored a Supreme Court Order to follow the law. In a statement issued Wednesday, Russell Roybal, deputy executive director of the Task Force said, “The Pope’s meeting with Kim Davis breathes […]

Jim Obergefell heads to Capitol Hill to lead lobbying effort for the Equality Act

Jim Obergefell

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality plaintiff Jim Obergefell will head to Capitol Hill to lead dozens of advocates in a day of lobbying for the Equality Act on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). HRC also announced today that it will bring more than a dozen of the top U.S. companies […]

HRC critical of Papal meeting with Kim Davis; urges church to embrace LGBT Catholics


WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, weighed in on news reports that Pope Francis met privately last week with Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Ky., public official who continues to violate the law by openly discriminating against same-sex couples seeking to marry in the community they call home. “We hope that this […]

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