San Diego woman gets 20 years to life for killing wife


Tiffany LaToya Nowden, 41, has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for killing her wife, Russina Vale, 38, and was ordered to pay $2,489 for her funeral expenses. Nowden was sentenced by San Diego Superior Court Judge Fred Link following her guilty plea to second-degree murder in the June 5, 2014, stabbing […]

UC Riverside psychology professor recruiting for new study analyzing the relationships of same-sex couples

Megan Robbins

RIVERSIDE, Calif.  – Megan Robbins, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, is looking to recruit 150 same- and opposite-sex married (or marriage-like) couples for a new study that will look at how couples interact in their daily lives. “I became interested in how lesbian and gay couples communicate after a study […]

Hillcrest ‘smash and grab’ burglars sent to prison


Two men who were involved in the “smash and grab” burglary series of businesses in Hillcrest and elsewhere were sentenced Jan. 25 to prison terms. The longest sentence of 10 years and eight months went to Jeffrey Ryan Jakse, 27, who was arrested in Hillcrest Oct. 19. Carlos Carranza Castaneda, 25, received five years and […]

Jury convicts ex-Compton school official of sex crime


After only about 45 minutes of deliberations, a San Diego jury convicted a former Compton School Board member Jan. 28 of performing oral sex on a sleeping straight man in his hotel room. Skyy De’Anthony Fisher, 32, had been free on $100,000 bond, but San Diego Superior Court Judge Runston Maino ordered him into jail […]

Pride’s annual meeting reveals $200K rain cost, 2015 achievements

Pride Meeting

San Diego LGBT Pride’s rain-soaked 2015 music festival fell short of generating enough revenue to cover expenses, to the approximate tune of $200,000 – that’s why this year’s event will be covered by rain insurance, says the organization’s top administrator. “We will have rain insurance this year,” said executive director, Stephen Whitburn in response to […]

Martin Shkreli invokes the Fifth Amendment and refuses to testify at House hearing


WASHINGTON — Today, the public got a disturbing window into the actions of former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, a sniggering, contemptuous former hedge fund manager who led a scheme to turn a profit off of price hikes on a crucial life-saving drug. At a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing this morning, Shkreli […]

Washington State lawmakers advance second piece of legislation attacking transgender Americans


Late last night by the Washington Senate Committee on Law and Justice voted four to three in favor of legislation that would specifically prohibit the state’s non-discrimination laws from protecting transgender people against discrimination in the use of sex-segregated facilities. The vote to advance SB 6548 comes shortly after a different Senate committee voted last week to […]

Off to the races

Start 2

We now know the winners of the Iowa caucuses; Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton. A self-proclaimed conservative outsider and the ultimate progressive insider. So America has a choice, the LGBT community does not. While the primaries are just beginning, I believe Iowa has actually chosen one eventual nominee and one that will flame out. Sure […]

South Dakota lawmakers advance two more extreme measures targeting LGBT Americans

South Dakota House

Today, South Dakota lawmakers moved forward with two more pieces of discriminatory legislation targeting LGBT South Dakotans – HB 1112 and HB 1107. Both passed through the House State Affairs committee today by a vote of 10 to 3. HB 1112 could ban transgender students from participating in athletic activities consistent with their gender identity and HB […]

HRC highlights California’s LGBT protections, laws and legislative proposals in new national report


WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) in partnership with the Equality Federation, today released its second annual national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBT equality across America, including in California. The State Equality Index (SEI) reveals that, even with historic progress on marriage equality, there are extraordinary state-to-state disparities in LGBT […]

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