Thai LGBT people encounter great stigma, discrimination says UNDP-US report

Being LGBT in Asia 2

BANGKOK — The Thai LGBT community encounters great social stigma and limited job opportunities despite the country’s tourism authority actively promoting Thailand as a gay-friendly tourist destination, says a recent international report. According to, the ‘Being LGBT in Asia’ Thailand Country Report released Sept. 16,  “highlights a contradiction between Thailand’s public face of tolerance [...]

HRC, Freedom to Marry ask AG Holder to ensure federal respect for marriages in three more states


WASHINGTON – Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and Freedom to Marry, on behalf of the Respect for Marriage Coalition, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking that the Department of Justice act to ensure federal respect for the marriages of same-sex couples in Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin, consistent with the approach taken [...]

HRC announces enhanced grassroots effort to advance LGBT equality in Wyoming

Dan Zwonitzer, Jeran Artery, AJ McDaniel, Cathy Connolly, Rodger McDaniel and HRC's Brad Clark at a press conference in Cheyenne | Photo: HRC

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has announced that it will have a continuously staffed presence in Wyoming to build on the tremendous momentum for equality in the state. Working closely and collaboratively with other local and state-based advocacy groups, HRC Wyoming will work to pass enduring legal protections for LGBT people in housing, [...]

Los Angeles LGBT Center joins Clinton global initiative

Los Angeles LGBT Center

LOS ANGELES,  — The Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world’s largest provider of programs and services for LGBT people, has announced that the organization has become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Center CEO Lorri L. Jean will represent the organization at CGI’s Annual Meeting in New York that begins on September 21. [...]

AHF opens specialized HIV clinic in Hillcrest

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has expanded its support of public health in the San Diego community by opening its first specialized HIV clinic in the area Sept. 9, offering specialized, client-centered HIV/AIDS care through its Hillcrest location. A private reception and ribbon cutting was hosted at the clinic Tuesday Sept. 9. The health care center [...]

Fourth incident of vandalism at MCC

A fourth incident of vandalism has occurred to the Metropolitan Community Church in San Diego when someone used a marker on a window to print out seemingly random words. The graffiti was erased before Sunday services and a photo of it was sent to a San Diego Police officer who has collected the images of [...]

North Park terror suspect remains in jail at $5 million bail

A man suspected of stalking and attacking women who walked alone at night in North Park remained in jail on $5 million bail after his attorney withdrew a bid Tuesday to seek a bail reduction. David Angelo Drake II, 23, will next appear in San Diego Superior Court on Friday and his attorney will seek [...]

Integrity matters most to voters in CA-52

Scott Peters

SAN DIEGO – In a recent SurveyUSA poll, voters in California’s 52nd Congressional District ranked “integrity” as the characteristic they most wanted in their Congressman, and on that issue, the poll revealed,  Rep. Scott Peters leads Carl DeMaio by a margin of 19 points, 56% to 37%. “Character counts and people want a Congressman they can [...]

Susan Davis moves to force House vote on ENDA, emphasizes importance of transgender protections

Susan Davis

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) pushed for a vote in the House on the bipartisan Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to prohibit job discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The House majority has blocked a vote on the ENDA bill passed by the Senate last year. Davis and her colleagues signed a [...]

Detroit jeweler adds LGBT designer Rony Tennenbaum’s new wedding jewelry collection

Rony Tennenbaum

DETROIT - Tapper’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry stamp its mark in its 37th anniversary with the arrival of a new wedding jewelry collection from LGBT designer Rony Tennenbaum. Tapper’s, Michigan’s most trusted jeweler since 1977, is expanding its demographic reach and marketing to include the LGBT community by adding a new wedding & engagement jewelry collection created to [...]

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