The State

Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur Pushing Forward Legislators and advocates meet at Equality California’s Fair Share for Equality event. BY VICTOR MELAMED Equality California held its fourth annual Fair Share for Equality event last month at the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood. The program, with close to 400 attendees, included TED-style presentations from LGBTQ community…

The State

Consumer Fraud Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) has authored a bill that would brand so-called gay conversion therapy as fraud under the state’s consumer protection laws. A bill has been introduced in California which would see practitioners of debunked gay “cure” therapies prosecuted for fraud, reports Pink News. Performing gay cure therapy on minors is already is…

The Transaction

New Trans Troop Ban Rep. Ted Lieu, D-California: “No evidence a trans sniper is less accurate or a trans pilot is less effective.” BY ORLY LYONNE President Trump released an order last month banning most transgender troops from serving in the military except under “limited circumstances,” following up on his calls last year to ban transgender individuals from…

A Crisis Of Hate

A report on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer hate violence homicides. BY VICTOR MELAMED Fifty-two LGBTQ people were killed last year as a result of hate violence, according to a new report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). The number represents a trend in rising violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender…

The Final Fight

Matt Palazzolo Remembering Matt Family and friends mourn the death of local gay activist Matt Palazzolo. BY ORLY LYONNE Matt Palazzolo, an actor and writer who was a longtime member of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board (LGAB), a member of the Christopher Street West board and very well known in the city’s gay community,…

The Final Fight

In God’s Hands Masturbation will make you gay, according to leaked Mormon handbook. BY VICTOR MELAMED Masturbation should be strictly banned because it can turn young people into homosexuals and criminals, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes, according to a leaked guidebook issued to members, reports Newsweek at newsweek.com. The 1981 guidebook,…

The State

Glass Ceilings Equality California congratulates first LGBTQ and first female Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León announced last month that Senator Toni Atkins is the consensus pick of the Senate Democratic Caucus to succeed him as leader. The formal vote will be held early this month and the…

The Power Of Hatred

Los Angeles LGBT Center responds to L.A. County’s hate crime report. BY ORLY LYONNE In response to the 2016 Hate Crime Report released by the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, which documented more than 149 hate crimes against the LGBT community in Los Angeles County alone, Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Policy and…

AIDS Under Trump

Nation’s HIV leaders raise  alarm over  lack of HIV, STD mention in “HHS Strategic Plan.” BY VICTOR MELAMED World AIDS Day takes place this month on December 1, and while advancements in eradicating the epidemic are promising—five of the nation’s leading organizations focused on ending the HIV and STD epidemics in the United States have expressed their grave…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

WES GOODMAN Ohio state representative Wes Goodman, a 33-year-old Family Values Come to Jesus type who worked for the Conservative Action Project was caught having gay sex in his office… He resigned. Great Victories At The Ballot Box I was watching Jeff Sessions testify before the House the other day, and I couldn’t help but…

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,…