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…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

JUDGE REED O’CONNOR A conservative federal judge in Texas—Reed O’Connor—has ruled that the Obama administration may not dictate how individual states choose to interpret Title IX’s ban on sex discrimination in public schools. MEA GULPA I’d like to apologize to my readers for the nonchalant attitude I brought to this assignment last month. I always…

Pence’s Anti-Gay Crusade

Here’s why Trump’s VP choice Mike Pence is awful for the LGBTQ community. BY VICTOR MELAMED Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, attracted national attention last year when he signed a religious freedom law that members of the LGBT community said could worsen discrimination against them. After criticism from the business community, Pence…

The City

HEALTH OFFICIALS: GET MENINGITIS VACCINE Los Angeles and Orange County health officials are calling for all gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (MSM) to get meningitis vaccinations, amid an outbreak of the potentially fatal disease in Southern California areas. The vaccine was previously recommended for people with HIV and others who were…

The Final Fight

RECEIVERS Of MEMORY  To know how shit’s worked in the past is to know how it’s probably gonna shape up in the future. BY THOMAS VALLS So, I’m just coming out of the age when I’d believed that the experiences in my life had all turned into a coin purse of cache that I was able to…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

French teacher Cindy Mauro and Spanish prof Alini Brito insisted that the topless escapade was all a misunderstanding and that Mauro was simply trying to help her colleague recover from an episode of diabetic shock. Sadly, no one believed their story. NAUGHTY TEACHERS PARTIALLY VINDICATED Happy August to all you readers of THE FIGHT. A…

The Transaction

Making History Sarah McBride: first transgender American to address a major party convention. BY ORLY LYONNE Last month, Human Rights Campaign national press secretary Sarah McBride became the first transgender American to address a major party convention—and moved delegates to their feet by recounting how her late husband had fought for LGBT rights even as he was…

A Few Good Men | 07.2016

Sailors and Marines discharged from military service because of their sexuality urged to appeal that injustice. BY VICTOR MELAMED Navy Department officials are urging the thousands of sailors and Marines forced out of the military because of their sexuality in previous decades to come forward and appeal their discharge—in a step to restore benefits and right a…

Heartless | 07.2016

City commissioner Patty Sheehan calls out GOP politicians for their hypocrisy after Orlando tragedy. BY ORLY LYONNE Orlando city commissioner Patty Sheehan spoke to Michelangelo Signorile on SiriusXM Progress about the Orlando shooting last month, criticizing the inaction of GOP politicians like Marco Rubio and Florida governor Rick Scott, reports www.lgbtqnation.com. Sheehan called out the politicians for their…

The Final Fight | 07.2016

HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDE Excerpts from a series of online chats with Zayed, a gay Muslim man, living in Saudi Arabia. BY MARK ARIEL I wake up every morning and think to myself today will be my last day on this earth. I think to myself there is absolutely no way I can live another…

The Transaction | 07.2016

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS 1.4 million adults identify as transgender in America; Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military. BY ORLY LYONNE An estimated 1.4 million people—around 0.6 percent of U.S. adults—identify as transgender, according to a new study. “The findings from this study are critical to current policy discussions that impact transgender people,” said…

Dignity And Equality | 06.2016

This following is a proclamation released and signed by President Obama to honor Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2016.  Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union. This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their sights on reaching for a brighter tomorrow, has…