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…

Attacking Our Community’s Youth

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s statement on President Trump’s rollback of protections for transgender students. BY ORLY LYONNE In response to the Trump administration’s rollback of Title IX protections for transgender students, Los Angeles LGBT Center Director of Public Policy & Community Building Dave Garcia issued the following statement: “… The Trump administration levied an attack…

Live Your Truth

Apparent HRC ad on Grindr targets CPAC attendees. BY ORLY LYNNE Men using Grindr at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month may have seen a geo-specific ad purchased by HRC, reports Alex Bollinger at lgbtqnation.com The CPAC is a large annual conference for conservatives held in the Washington, DC, suburb of Oxon Hill,…

The Final Fight

Gay Panic Joy and anger over Disney’s gay “Beauty and the Beast” character. Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated movies in history, smashing records when its first trailer racked up more than 127 million views in just 24 hours last November. While the reimagined…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

Keep On Fighting The Supreme Court refuses to hear the case for transgender student Gavin Grimm, whose fight to use the boy’s school bathroom has been sidelined by the Trump administration. BY ANN ROSTOW Last March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed our community a major victory, ruling that transgender student Gavin…

The State

Social Justice  Equality California announces 2017 legislative package. Equality California has announced their sponsored bills of its 2017 legislative package. “The LGBT community faces significant challenges in Washington and across the country with attempts to roll back LGBT civil rights along with programs that LGBT people depend on, such as the Affordable Care Act,” said Rick…

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 Final Fight

Sexual RACISM Cecilio Asuncion, the star of Strut, Oxygen’s reality show about transgendered fashion models, on stereotypes about masculinity. BY JOHN STEIN At the start of a new year, the gay community still faces discrimination and marginalization by mainstream society. So it may come as a surprise to learn that within a community fighting for equality,…

The History

Harvey Milk  “Rights are not won on paper; they are won only by those who make their voices heard.” BY ORLY LYONNE Harvey Bernard Milk (May 22, 1930—November 27, 1978)—a politician, gay rights activist, and  cultural icon—became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California when he won the seat on San Francisco Board of…

The State

Protecting SENIORS New bill introduced to protect the aging LGBT community. BY VICTOR MELAMED LGBT seniors and HIV-positive people living in long-term care facilities throughout California would be protected from discrimination under a bill gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced this month, reports The Bay Area Reporter at ebar.com. His bill is modeled after…

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…

Losing Will

San Diego activist who lost gay pride lawsuit found dead from apparent suicide. BY PAULO MURILLO Will Walters, the man who sued San Diego Police after he was allegedly manhandled and arrested for wearing a revealing leather gladiator kilt to the San Diego Pride festival in 2011, received a devastating blow last month. After two…

The State

New CA Laws A summary of LGBT-supportive bills taking effect this month. BY ORLY LYONNE California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several LGBT-supportive bills this fall that have taken effect in 2017, including a bill aimed to combat discrimination at universities and legislation designed to prevent youth suicides, reports The Bay Area Reporter. Senate Bill…

The Fabric Of The Republic

We must never stand for the normalization of white supremacy in the White House. We must dissent. BY BRENDEN SHUCART When Hillary Clinton conceded the election to Donald Trump, the news hit me like a punch in the gut. It wasn’t that I didn’t see it coming, I just couldn’t bring myself to believe it,…