Trump Administration Takes Aim at LGBTQs

Despite the protestations of organizations like GOProud, the Log Cabin Republicans, and (*sigh*) “Twinks for Trump,” and that one time the now-President said kind-of-nice things about LGBTQs on the campaign trail, the Trump Administration’s hostility toward the queer communities has been irrefutable for some time now. Two new key decisions by the Administration that serve to…

Yearning To Breathe Free

U.S. immigration law and the new Trump presidency: what you need to know. BY LORRAINE P. D’ALESSIO, ATTORNEY AT LAW After barely a week in office, Donald Trump has already sent shockwaves throughout the immigrant community with a string of incendiary announcements. From his executive order authorizing the construction of a border wall, to his…

The Transaction

Gender Recognition California introduces bill to create non-binary gender marker. BY ORLY LYONNE A bill that would create a third, non-binary gender designation and simplify the process to change one’s gender marker was introduced by California lawmakers last month. Senators Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) and Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) said that the Gender Recognition…

The State

American Justice Killer of transgender teen Gwen Araujo granted parole after 14 years. BY VICTOR MELAMED One of the men convicted in the brutal 2002 murder of a California transgender teen has been approved for parole after serving 14 years in prison, NBC Bay Area reports. Jose Merél was convicted of second-degree murder in the…

Free Will

Will Walters One proud gay man finally gets his day in court. Will Walters vs. the city of San Diego. BY PAULO MURILLO Will Walters had the worst gay pride ever in 2011. He was allegedly cited, manhandled, detained, humiliated, and arrested for public nudity inside the San Diego Pride festival grounds after he stepped…

The Transaction | 06.2016

Trans Pride L.A. Celebrating Los Angeles’ trans and genderqueer community. June 17-18, at the Center’s Village at Ed Gould Plaza in Hollywood. BY ORLY LYONNE The Los Angeles LGBT Center proudly announces its 18th annual Trans Pride L.A. festival—a two-day event celebrating the vibrancy and uniqueness of Los Angeles’ trans and genderqueer community. This event, funded in…

Manslaughter For A Man’s Slaughter

Andre Davids was sentenced to just 12 years of state prison after stabbing, disemboweling, mutilating and stuffing his boyfriend Kurtland Ma in West Hollywood on March 29, 2014. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR, ATTORNEY AT LAW Of all of the crimes out there, homicide is perhaps the most serious. It is the only criminal act where the consequences…

The City | 08.2015

LESLIE JORDAN CONFRONTS HOMOPHOBIA IN WEHO Actor Leslie Jordan made headlines last month for throwing his sweet tea at a man who walked into Starbucks on Santa Monica Boulevard and Westbourne Drive, in the heart of West Hollywood and started harassing gay clients. Jordan, who stands at 4’11”, did not let his height get in…

The Law | 04.15

THE BEST REVENGE How to respond to Matt McLaughlin’s ridiculous voter initiative and how internal policies have motivated public activism. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR If you haven’t heard, an Orange County lawyer by the name of Matt McLaughlin wants to make homosexual behavior a capital crime in California. It’s been dubbed “The Sodomite Suppression Act.” “Seeing that…

Bullied Gay Teen Tragedy

Harassed California gay teen charged with shooting student gets 27-year sentence, eligible for release on parole after 13 years. BY VICTOR MELAMED A gay teenager charged with shooting a classmate in the chest at his central California high school two years ago accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors last month for a 27-year sentence in state…

The Law | 02.15

FORGOTTEN VICTIMS Unique challenges in LGBT domestic violence. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR ”Attorneys have an obligation to their clients, to their profession, and to justice itself. They are obligated to use their expertise to guarantee that the system does not stray from the principle that lies at the heart of the law: justice for all who…

Justice For Leelah

Activist Dan Savage calls for the prosecution of Leelah Alcorn’s parents, after suicide note reveals tragic home life. BY ORLY LYONNE Dan Savage has called for the parents of Leelah Alcorn, the 17-year-old transgender girl who committed suicide last month by walking into traffic, to be held responsible for her death. “If Tyler Clemente’s roommate…

The Law | 01.15

I HEAR YOU Active listening and how our laws changed in 2014. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR Let’s face it, 2014 has been a pretty incredible year for LGBT rights. Nobody could have predicted that burning, long-held fears of the populace would be extinguished so fast. We’re not yet fully equal under the law, but at least…

The Law | 12.14

WHEN SILENCE IS NOT GOLDEN The 5th Amendment: how remaining silent could be used against you. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR Recent court decisions in both the California Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court have radically changed a common perception, or misperception now, regarding a person’s right to remain silent. On August 14, 2014, the California…

The Law | 11.14

Flexing Your Rights Gym contracts: everything you need to know. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR California’s “Health Studio Services Contract Law” governs contracts for gyms, or “health studio services.” In fact, should you become injured by the gym’s failure to comply with the Health Studio Services Contract Law, you could file suit against the gym to recover…

The Law | 10.14

Medical Malpractice Why I will vote YES on Prop. 46 on November 4. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR Does limiting the liability for negligent or impaired doctors help or hurt victimized patients? That is what you will answering on November 4th when voting on Proposition 46. Voting Yes on Prop. 46 could cause three major changes in…

The Law | 09.14

WAITING FOR JUSTICE The vast majority of individuals, who are not members of the legal profession, are not aware of the increasing level of injustice that has emptied from the state of California’s civil judiciary system. BY DAVID HAKIMFAR In California, a most disturbing and far-reaching form of tort reform has taken effect. According to…