Human Rights

Joe Kennedy, grandson of former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy, to chair house transgender equality task force. BY ORLY LYONNE Congressman Joe Kennedy III  took over as Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus’s bipartisan Transgender Equality Task Force (TETF ) last month. The Task Force officially relaunched with a focus on restoring…

The Final Fight

We #RESIST  When any American’s rights are under threat, all our rights are threatened. This year, LA Pride is hosting a human rights march instead of a parade. The march is called the #ResistMarch and is in unity with sister marches taking place in New York, Austin, Seattle, Washington D.C. and other cities across the…

The State

Opposing Gorsuch Equality California sends letter urging senators to oppose Gorsuch nomination. BY VICTOR MELAMED As confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch get underway, Equality California has sent a letter to members of the United States Senate urging them to oppose his confirmation. In the letter, Equality California refutes Trump Administration claims…

Trump Administration Takes Aim at LGBTQs

Despite the protestations of organizations like GOProud, the Log Cabin Republicans, and (*sigh*) “Twinks for Trump,” and that one time the now-President said kind-of-nice things about LGBTQs on the campaign trail, the Trump Administration’s hostility toward the queer communities has been irrefutable for some time now. Two new key decisions by the Administration that serve to…

Attacking Our Community’s Youth

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s statement on President Trump’s rollback of protections for transgender students. BY ORLY LYONNE In response to the Trump administration’s rollback of Title IX protections for transgender students, Los Angeles LGBT Center Director of Public Policy & Community Building Dave Garcia issued the following statement: “… The Trump administration levied an attack…

Live Your Truth

Apparent HRC ad on Grindr targets CPAC attendees. BY ORLY LYNNE Men using Grindr at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month may have seen a geo-specific ad purchased by HRC, reports Alex Bollinger at lgbtqnation.com The CPAC is a large annual conference for conservatives held in the Washington, DC, suburb of Oxon Hill,…

The Final Fight

Gay Panic Joy and anger over Disney’s gay “Beauty and the Beast” character. Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast has quickly become one of the most eagerly anticipated movies in history, smashing records when its first trailer racked up more than 127 million views in just 24 hours last November. While the reimagined…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

Keep On Fighting The Supreme Court refuses to hear the case for transgender student Gavin Grimm, whose fight to use the boy’s school bathroom has been sidelined by the Trump administration. BY ANN ROSTOW Last March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed our community a major victory, ruling that transgender student Gavin…

The State

Social Justice  Equality California announces 2017 legislative package. Equality California has announced their sponsored bills of its 2017 legislative package. “The LGBT community faces significant challenges in Washington and across the country with attempts to roll back LGBT civil rights along with programs that LGBT people depend on, such as the Affordable Care Act,” said Rick…

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…