Senate Condemns Persecution Of LGBT People In Chechnya

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed Senate Resolution 211 yesterday, condemning the violence against and persecution of LGBT people in Chechnya. The resolution, led by Senators Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Edward Markey (D-MA), joins a nearly identical resolution passed by the House in June, reports Amnesty International at www.amnestyusa.org. “This resolution is a victory not just for…

Whack Job Roy Moore: Impeach Judge for Blocking Trans Military Ban

Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore issued a Monday night statement calling for the removal of a judge who struck down President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people in the military, reports Daily Beast at www.thedailybeast.com. Moore, a hardline religious conservative who has argued to remove Muslim congressman Keith Ellison from office, has made anti-transgender sentiment…

The Final Fight

Photo by Zelimkhan Bakaev SILENCE = DEATH Russian pop star tortured, murdered: the latest victim of Chechnya’s anti-gay purge. BY VICTOR MELAMED Sources are reporting that Russian singer Zelimkhan Bakaev was arrested, tortured, and murdered by by Chechen authorities due to “suspicion of homosexuality,” reports Back2Stonewall.com. Bakaev was last seen on August 8 in Grozny,…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

North Carolina Democratic Governor Roy Cooper has signed an Executive Order ending LGBT discrimination throughout state government.  IT’S NOW OR NEVER I know I tend to fixate on Supreme Court news, but you know what? It’s exciting, it’s complicated and it can be scary…an irresistible combination (kind of like Scandinavian noir on Netflix). Our big…

The State

LGBT History In Schools, New HIV Exposure Law, Gender Recognition Act Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 179, or the Gender Recognition Act, last month. The bill adds non-binary as a gender option on all state-issued IDs. California isn’t the first state to offer a third gender option, but it is the broadest and most…

The Passing Of An Icon

Marriage equality pioneer Edith “Edie” Windsor dies, age 88. BY ORLY LYONNE Gay rights pioneer Edith Windsor, whose lawsuit against the federal government helped pave the way for same-sex marriage nationwide, died last month at 88. Windsor is survived by her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, whom she married last year. “I lost my beloved spouse, Edie,…

The State

Oakland Center, RIP Bubbles, Equality Vodka, California legislature.  Oakland’s first-ever multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-gender, and intergenerational LGBTQ Community Center opened last month just days before the annual Oakland Pride parade and festival. The non-profit organization is located at 3207 Lakeshore Ave., in Oakland. For more information visit www.oaklandlgbtqcenter.org. LGBT disc jockey, activist, artist and performer Anthony…

Los Angeles LGBT Center Urges Opposition to U.S. Senate’s Devastating Graham-Cassidy Bill

“Like earlier proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Senate’s new Graham-Cassidy bill would deprive millions of healthcare and gut Medicaid—the health care program for seniors, people with disabilities, and those earning below a living wage—by approximately $1 trillion,” stated Los Angeles LGBT Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings in a press release.…

Promoting Equality

Mayor John Hellman City of West Hollywood joins “Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate.” BY VICTOR MELAMED The City of West Hollywood has signed on to the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate. In doing so, the City of West Hollywood joins with more than 240 cities and mayors across the nation to stand up against hate, violence,…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

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The State

No Benefits For You People California lesbian couple file suit against company for its refusal to provide them spousal health insurance coverage. BY ORLY LYONNE A Los Angeles County lesbian couple filed suit in federal court last month against a Colorado-based company and its health insurance administrator for its refusal to provide them spousal health insurance coverage on…

City of West Hollywood Joins Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate

(Photo: Mayor John Hellman) West Hollywood Stands with the Anti-Defamation League, The United States Conference of Mayors, and more than 240 Cities and Mayors Across the Nation to Stand Up Against Hate, Violence, and Intolerance The City of West Hollywood has signed on to the Mayors’ Compact to Combat Hate. In doing so, the City of West Hollywood…

LAWSUIT: MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY REFUSES TO RECOGNIZE CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEE’S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW

(Photo: Judith Dominguez) A Los Angeles County lesbian couple filed suit in federal court against a Colorado-based company and its health insurance administrator for its refusal to provide them spousal health insurance coverage on an equal basis to its heterosexual employees. They argue the employer’s conduct violates federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on sex including Title…

LOS ANGELES LGBT CENTER CONDEMNS DOMESTIC TERRORISM IN CHARLOTTESVILLE

(Photo Courtesy Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress) In response to Saturday’s acts of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia, Los Angeles LGBT Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings released the following statement: “The Los Angeles LGBT Center condemns in the strongest possible terms the hateful actions of the KKK, white supremacists and neo-Nazi terrorists in Charlottesville, Virginia.…