President Obama awards 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal

President Obama

Today, President Barack Obama presented the 2013 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal to 22 recipients. The presentation took place in the White House East Room. First lady, Michelle Obama was also present. Quoting the late Maya Angelou the president began by saying,  “’A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because [...]

Scottish lesbian teen hits back at Westboro Baptist Church homophobic parody (VIDEO)

Rebecca Anderson

Recently, members of the Westboro Baptist Church recorded a homophobic “parody” of Panic! at the Disco’s 2006 single “I Write Sins Not Tragedies. Now, Scottish lesbian teen, Rebecca Anderson has staged her own response to Westboro by parodying their version of the song calling it ‘Your Beliefs Are A Lie What A Tragedy.’ Announcing her video on [...]

HRC Arkansas unveils results of largest LGBT survey in state’s history


WASHINGTON—Today, the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Project One America released key findings from a recent survey chronicling the daunting challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Arkansans. The results show LGBT people are contributing members at home, the workplace, in school and within their faith communities. However, LGBT Arkansans enjoy no legal protections [...]

Fourth Circuit Court rules Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled today that Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The Huffington Post reported the 2-1 ruling upheld a previous decision issued earlier this year by a Virginia district court, which struck down the state’s ban on gay marriages. In the ruling, Judge Henry Floyd argued that [...]

Leaders of Gay-Straight Alliance youth movement to unite in Minneapolis for ninth annual national gathering

GSA National Gathering

Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) will hold its ninth annual national gathering from July 31-Aug. 3 in Minneapolis, bringing together youth and adult ally GSA leaders from across the country for four days of workshops, trainings and plenaries focused on strengthening the national GSA movement. Gay-Straight Alliance clubs are student-led groups that work to transform their [...]

San Diego to celebrate health and education with three major events Aug. 9

Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center

SAN DIEGO – Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) and Assemblywoman Shirley N. Weber will host a trifecta of celebrations Aug. 9, combining three major events into a single unified celebration at the new Diamond Neighborhoods Family Health Center. The Health Fair and Back-to-School celebration will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Diamond Neighborhoods Family [...]

LGBT leaders raise awareness of electric vehicles at ‘Drive Your Values’ event

Todd Gloria and Toni Atkins with their Drive Electric Green Megaphone Awards  Photo: Victor Hoff

The San Diego LGBT community’s top movers and shakers gathered Thursday, July 24 at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center on Claremont Mesa Boulevard to honor Toni Atkins and Todd Gloria with the inaugural Drive Electric Green Megaphone Awards for their commitment and service in raising awareness of environmental issues and, by extension, their support and promotion of [...]

Miami court rules in favor of marriage equality in Florida


Today, a state trial court in Miami issued a decision striking down Florida’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples and ordering Miami-Dade County to allow same-sex couples to marry. The court stayed the order pending appeal. The case was brought by Equality Florida Institute and Catherina Pareto and Karla Arguello, Dr. Juan Carlos Rodriguez and [...]

Diversionary Theatre begins rehearsals for the Broadway political satire ‘Regrets Only’

Rachel Van Wormer, Kerry McCue, and Andrew Oswald

SAN DIEGO — Diversionary Theatre has begun rehearsals for an all-star convivial new production: Paul Rudnick’s Regrets Only featuring Diversionary Theatre’s directorial debut of savvy local favorite Jessica John.  The piece is a marvelous political satire based right smack in the middle of the tumultuous George W. Bush era.  It’s an outlandish farce and a comedy [...]

Commonwealth Club presents ‘The LGBT Journey’


SAN FRANCISCO — The LGBT Journey – from the Mattachine Society to Harvey Milk and the White Night Riots to federal marriage equality and beyond, the LGBT journey has built on the lessons of the earlier civil rights movement with great success. In recent years, it has reached milestones with remarkable speed. But the journey [...]

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