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,…

The Rostow Report by Ann Rostow

North Carolina Democratic Governor Roy Cooper has signed an Executive Order ending LGBT discrimination throughout state government.  IT’S NOW OR NEVER I know I tend to fixate on Supreme Court news, but you know what? It’s exciting, it’s complicated and it can be scary…an irresistible combination (kind of like Scandinavian noir on Netflix). Our big…

The State

LGBT History In Schools, New HIV Exposure Law, Gender Recognition Act Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 179, or the Gender Recognition Act, last month. The bill adds non-binary as a gender option on all state-issued IDs. California isn’t the first state to offer a third gender option, but it is the broadest and most…

The Passing Of An Icon

Marriage equality pioneer Edith “Edie” Windsor dies, age 88. BY ORLY LYONNE Gay rights pioneer Edith Windsor, whose lawsuit against the federal government helped pave the way for same-sex marriage nationwide, died last month at 88. Windsor is survived by her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, whom she married last year. “I lost my beloved spouse, Edie,…

The State

Oakland Center, RIP Bubbles, Equality Vodka, California legislature.  Oakland’s first-ever multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-gender, and intergenerational LGBTQ Community Center opened last month just days before the annual Oakland Pride parade and festival. The non-profit organization is located at 3207 Lakeshore Ave., in Oakland. For more information visit www.oaklandlgbtqcenter.org. LGBT disc jockey, activist, artist and performer Anthony…