The Prancing Elites’ Kareem Davis and actor Joseph Kibler featured on Plus Magazine’s dual-cover issue

Plus March April 3

LOS ANGELES — For its March/April 2016 issue, Plus magazine unveils its second dual-cover issue featuring The Prancing Elites’ Kareem Davis and activist-turned-actor Joseph Kibler, who is best known for his work on Re-Casting Kyle and was recently seen on CSI: Cyber. For the first cover story, Davis talks to Plus about how he discovered […]

South Dakota passes bill authorizing taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people and single mothers

South Dakota House

Last night the South Dakota House of Representatives voted on yet another extreme measure attacking LGBT South Dakotans. By a vote of 46 to 10, the chamber passed HB 1107 – legislation that would explicitly authorize recipients of taxpayer funds or other state recognition to discriminate against same-sex couples, transgender people, and single mothers. HB 1107 is […]

Speaker Toni Atkins proclaims Feb. 14 as V-Day

Toni Atkins

SACRAMENTO—The Assembly today passed ACR 132, a resolution authored by Speaker Toni G. Atkins that declares February 14, 2016 to be V-Day in California. V-Day was established 18 years ago by Eve Ensler, the writer of the acclaimed play “The Vagina Monologues,” to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. “The United Nations found […]

Study from Harvard and Yale shows positive psychological effects of hormone therapy in transgender individuals

Transgender Health

NEW ROCHELLE, NY—Transgender individuals may experience significant improvement in psychological functioning after as little as 3–6 months of hormone therapy, with improved quality of life reported within 12 months of initiating therapy by both female-to-male and male-to-female transgender individuals, according to an article published in Transgender Health, a new peer-reviewed open access journal from Mary Ann […]

National Equality Action Team relaunches under Freedom for All Americans’ Leadership

NEAT

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISO — Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) and Freedom for All Americans (FFAA) have announced that FFAA will serve as the new coalition chair of NEAT, the National Equality Action Team. MEUSA, the previous chair of the coalition, will be closing as an organization this Spring and has transferred its network and resources to FFAA. […]

Commentary: Choosing business over humanity

iStock

It has become clear as a bell to me that San Diego isn’t as hell bent over ending its social problems as is being discussed with our current administration. At a recent meeting with The mayor’s offices’ Department of Community Solutions, the issues of restraining orders against the homeless in Hillcrest, and providing bathrooms for […]

South Dakota state senator says transgender people are ‘twisted’ and suggests they be subjected to psychological abuse (VIDEO)

Omdahl

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the ACLU of South Dakota strongly denounced comments made by South Dakota Republican State Sen. David Omdahl this weekend. In an attempt to justify why he will vote in favor of an extreme bill attacking transgender students in public schools, HB 1008, the vehemently anti-equality lawmaker said transgender […]

San Diego Opera returns to KPBS radio

Tosca

SAN DIEGO – San Diego Opera has announced that it is once again partnering with KPBS Radio to present encore broadcasts of San Diego Opera’s three mainstage operas –Tosca, Madama Butterfly, and the West Coast premiere of Great Scott, a new opera by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Terrence McNally. KPBS will also air a […]

Six years handed down for barefoot killer

Superior Court Chula Vista

A 19-year-old man who claimed he was provoked when he slashed a gay man to death in his Chula Vista apartment was sentenced Feb. 5 to six years in state prison. A request for probation for Joe Andrew Cortez was turned down by Chula Vista Superior Court Judge Ana Espana who cited the horrific stab […]

San Diego Police Chief’s 2015 report reveals LGBT crime stats down

Shelley Zimmerman

Hate crimes against LGBT people went down slightly in 2015 by 7 percent in a comparison with hate crimes in 2014, according to San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman’s crime statistical report. Zimmerman expressed concern about another recent phenomenon – “pocket dials” of 911 – or as Third District Councilmember Todd Gloria characterized them as […]

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