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,…

The Final Fight

Rebel Heart We can’t let Trump be our new normal. We need to call him out. We need to put him on blast while he fills every cabinet seat with members who oppose LGBT rights. PHOTOS AND TEXT BY PAULO MURILLO I was there. I joined the massive gathering of thousands of anti-Donald Trump demonstrators at…

The State

Photo Courtesy of SFGMC Going RED SFGMC to tour red states to “build some bridges.” BY ORLY LYONNE The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC) announced last month that they’ll be bringing their harmonies and spirit of activism to the Southern United States, reports SFGate.com. After the recent election, the first LGBTQ chorus in the…

The Talk

Make America “I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. I am, too—more than I can ever express… I know this isn’t easy… A lot of people have asked themselves whether America was the country we thought it was. But please listen to me when I say this: America…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

The big news of course is the Supreme Court’s decision to take on trans rights this term, accepting the case of a Virginia transgender boy—Gavin Grimm—who successfully fought for the right to use the boy’s facilities at his high school. A Bit Of Infighting Were you aware that our community’s legal and political leaders are indulging…

The State

GOV SIGNS PrEP LEGISLATION Co-sponsored by the Los Angeles LGBT Center and APLA Health. Landmark legislation to boost awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV infection was signed into law last month by California Gov. Jerry Brown, becoming the first statewide legislation of its kind. Co-sponsored by the Los Angeles LGBT…