Treasurer Chiang keeps sanctions in place against Wells Fargo

MENTO, Calif. – State Treasurer John Chiang announced today that he has decided to extend into a second year California’s financial sanctions against Wells Fargo & Company. The sanctions include the suspension of investments by the Treasurer’s Office in Wells Fargo securities; suspension of the use of the bank as a broker-dealer for purchase of investments, […]

UN rights office ‘deeply concerned’ over arrests of LGBT people in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia

NEW YORK, N.Y.— The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed deep concern about a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia of more than 180 people perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), many of whom have reportedly been mistreated by law enforcement officials. “Arresting or detaining people based on […]

Gov. Brown signs Nonbinary Identification Option Bill

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —Gov. Jerry Brown today signed SB 179, legislation authored by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) that will create a third gender marker on state-issued identification documents for people who identify as nonbinary or intersex. The bill will also streamline the process for transgender, intersex and nonbinary Californians to obtain identification documents that accurately […]

Gov. Brown signs Toni Atkins’ legislation to help convict sex traffickers and prevent victimization

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown Friday signed SB 230, legislation by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) that will allow victims of sex slavery to confront their traffickers in court and help prevent others from being violently abused. Character evidence, which includes evidence of the past acts of a criminal defendant, is generally inadmissible at […]

Opposition to transgender military ban builds

WASHINGTON, D.C. — NCLR and GLAD, two leading groups fighting President Trump’s transgender military ban in court, have applauded the bipartisan group of Members from the House of Representatives in introducing a bill that would block the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender servicemembers in the military. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., would restrict the […]

Governor signs legislation to change elections process for County of San Diego offices

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Thursday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law legislation authored by California State Assemblymembers Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) that will allow races for County of San Diego offices to be decided in November as opposed to June and ensure the voices of more voters are heard in […]

Bipartisan legislation introduced to protect transgender service members

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to protect currently-serving transgender service members from being discharged due to President Trump’s transgender military ban. The legislation was introduced by Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Susan Davis (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Adam Smith (D-WA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). […]

Trump pushes for ‘religious exceptions’ at hate group summit

Friday, Donald Trump became the first sitting president to attend and and speak at the Values Voter Summit, an ultra-conservative, anti-LGBTQ event. Addressing the crowd Trump said he wants to end “attacks on Judeo-Christian values.” He quoted President George Washington in saying that “religion and morality are indispensable” in American politics. “It is our faith […]

2017 Pride Youth Leadership Academy applications now open

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – San Diego LGBT Pride have announced that applications for the Youth Leadership Academy are now open. The Youth Leadership Academy is a one-day workshop packed with empowering educational discussions, outdoor activities, and bonding exercises. Educational sessions will include an introduction to LGBT history, youth advocacy, higher education, and civic engagement. The […]

Catholic bishops reach out to the LGBT community

The banner outside St. John the Evangelist Church in Hillcrest proclaims “ All Are Welcome Here” and last Saturday morning this Catholic Church welcomed almost 400 LGBT people, their families and friends to hear a special mass said by the Auxilary Bishop of San Diego John Dolan and the Bishop of San Diego Robert McElroy. […]

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