Family Equality Council launches ‘Allies for Adoption’ campaign (VIDEO)

Allies for Adoption

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Family Equality Council has announced its 2014 “Allies for Adoption” Campaign to coincide with National Adoption Month in November. The initiative will draw attention to the obstacles LGBTQ people confront when trying to secure legal ties for their families. In the majority of states across the country, LGBTQ people encounter barriers when [...]

Coffee Frenemies: Starbuck’s first LGBT commercial (VIDEO)

Coffee Frenemies

Starbucks released what is reportedly its very first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)-themed commercial this week starring the top two contestants from Drag Race season six: Adore Delano and Bianca Del Rio. The commercial is cheeky, fun and a little bit silly –Take a look.

New Harris/Out & Equal poll: Most Americans say employers should never discriminate

Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

SAN FRANCISCO, WASHINGTON and NEW YORK – Twenty years after its introduction, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) is still being debated in Congress and across the United States. While most Americans continue to give the bill strong support, a new national survey shows that most Americans simply don’t believe that employer exemptions are justified when it [...]

Bisexual characters fare poorly on America’s cultural grid

Matt Ryan as John Constantine

Last Friday, NBC debuted Constantine, an American television series based on the characters appearing in the comic series Hellblazer published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. The series will focus on John Constantine, a dark exorcist, occult detective and con man who is struggling with his past sins as he tries to protect humanity [...]

In Alabama, Apple CEO’s announcement he is gay is met with discomfort by some

Alabama--

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement Thursday that he was gay found support in many quarters, but in his native state of Alabama his announcement was met with less enthusiasm. Reuters reported that in Alabama some people wished that he had kept the announcement to himself. Charles Murphy, mayor of Robertsdale,  said he is proud of [...]

Rights abusers win coveted UN rights posts

UN Watch

GENEVA —  UN Watch has called on UN chief Ban Ki-moon, rights commissioner Prince Zeid, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power and the EU’s Catherine Ashton to condemn yesterday’s UN election of slave-holding Mauritania, misogynistic Pakistan, gay-bashing Uganda and repressive Zimbabwe to its 54-member Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a top U.N. body that regulates human rights groups, shapes the composition of [...]

Vice President Joe Biden to kick off ‘Get Out the Vote’ event for Rep. Peters

Vice President Joe Biden | Scott Peters

Vice President Joe Biden will visit San Diego Saturday, Nov. 1, to kick off a ‘Get Out the Vote’ weekend for Rep. Scott Peters. The vice president will deliver remarks to volunteers and canvassers. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers on Kearny Mesa Road. Rep. [...]

The cult of personality

Personality

Our coverage of the closing of Harvey Milk’s American Diner highlights one of the problems within the San Diego LGBT community. The whole concept of Harvey Milk’s American Diner is a case study in what happens when a “cult of personality” arises. A cult of personality happens when an individual, or individuals, use the mass [...]

Spilt Milk: The Journey of Harvey Milk’s American Diner

Harvey Milk's American Diner

Editor’s Note 10/30/14: LGBT Weekly was contacted by the Milk Foundation’s attorney who assured us that despite what Nicole Murray Ramirez stated in his interview with LGBT Weekly, the Foundation’s attorney did not recommend withdrawing the Harvey Milk license. Many in the community were shocked and saddened by the sudden shuttering of Harvey Milk’s American [...]

Peace First awards prize to five youth winners

Peace First

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Peace First, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating the next generation of peacemakers, has announced the five winners of the 2nd annual Peace First Prize at a press conference at the National Press Club. The Peace First Prize is a national award recognizing youth peacemakers, ages 8-22, who are leaders focused on [...]

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