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.…

The Final Fight

The Queer Insurrection First LGBT unit created to fight Daesh (ISIS) in Syria. BY VICTOR MELAMED LGBT supporters are fighting back against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on the Syrian battlefield after three years of persecution in which their community suffered stoning and executions from rooftops, reports Newsweek’s Jack Moore. A group of international volunteers fighting…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

Architect Ashley Smith, a transwoman, cleverly convinced the Texas governor to pose for a selfie with her, asking online how the bathroom police could recognize her as a male by birth if the governor could not. Good question! BAD NEWS BEARS Hello my dear FIGHT readers! When it rains, it pours as they say, and…

The State

Role Model Equality California endorses Robert Garcia in Long Beach mayor reelection bid. BY VICTOR MELAMED Equality California has endorsed Robert Garcia in his campaign for reelection as mayor of Long Beach. “Robert Garcia is one of the most prominent and respected LGBTQ elected officials in the country,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California.…

The Transaction

Career Opportunities Los Angeles holds training session to help trans youth find employment. BY PAULO MURILLO Over 100 caseworkers from L.A., county agencies, and local nonprofit groups attended a training session last month to focus on expanding career opportunities for transgender youth. Attendees learned about issues facing trans youth when seeking employment. There was a discussion…

Let Love Win

Violence Against Russian LGBTS Prompts Young Violinist To Come Out to The World.  BY LARRY BUHL Artem Kolesov didn’t plan to be a spokesperson for Russian LGBT rights. The 23-year-old violinist thought his coming-out would be limited to a Facebook status update on his birthday that a few people, and his mother, might see. In an…

We Are One

#ResistMarch founder Brian Pendleton: “It was a moving human rights monument—and it was a beautiful thing to be part of.” BY MARK ARIEL A crowd estimated at about 100,000 took part in the #ResistMarch last month. The march for human rights, organized by LA Pride, was in solidarity with the National Equality March for Unity and…

The Final Fight

From Russia Without Love European Court blasts Russia’s “gay propaganda” law. BY VICTOR MELAMED Russia’s “gay propaganda” law is discriminatory and encourages homophobia, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled, reports the BBC. The Strasbourg judges said Russia had discriminated against three gay rights activists who opposed the law. It was adopted in 2013, banning “promotion…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

“Gay pride is the antithesis of gay shame… We’re not proud of being gay, per se. We’re rejecting society’s disdain, a disdain that heterosexuals have not experienced.” THERE WILL COME A TIME I couldn’t help but notice that you FIGHT readers showed your Pride early this year in solidarity with a national day of Trump protests…

The State

CA Travel Ban  New restrictions prohibit state-funded travel to anti-gay states. BY VICTOR MELAMED California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) will bar state employees from business trips to four states after those states passed measures limiting the rights of LGBT people, reports The Hill. The new restrictions prohibit state-funded or state-sponsored travel to Texas, Alabama,…

American Beauty

The #ResistMarch takes place on Sunday, June 11, 8am-1pm. It will start in Los Angeles, at the intersection of Hollywood and Highland.  It will end in West Hollywood. When any American’s rights are under threat, all our rights are threatened. We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. We are people of color. We are people of…