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Philadelphia City Council Approves Hate Crimes Bill

  City Council unanimously approved a measure on Thursday that would make it a crime to harm someone because of sexual orientation, gender identity, or disabilities. The proposal was triggered by the Sept. 11 assault on a gay couple in Center City. In that case, police arrested three people but could not charge them with(…)

Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay In Powerful Businessweek Essay

  Apple CEO Tim Cook came out as gay in a powerful essay for Bloomberg Businessweek. In the essay, published Thursday, Cook said that he has never denied being gay, but has not publicly discussed his sexuality until now: “So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among(…)


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Homecoming princesses make history at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa

Embracing each other and smiling broadly, Shealynn Stillman and Charley Gittins made history Friday night. With the announcement of Maria Carrillo High School’s homecoming royalty, the couple — two girls — became the first same-sex couple in the school’s, and maybe the county’s, history to win the honor. In a twist on the fall tradition,(…)

Santa Rosa Bishop Not Interested in Catholic Church Acceptance of LGBT Folks

Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa was not among Catholic leaders gathered this week at the Vatican to discuss the church’s stance on a range of hot-button topics including marriage, divorce, homosexuality and birth control. But Vasa said that if he had participated in the widely reported gathering, he would not have endorsed a preliminary document(…)

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Equality California calls on Assembly candidate, Young Kim, to denounce mailer attacking LGBT youth

Equality California calls on Young Kim, the candidate challenging Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva in Assembly District 65, to reject and apologize for a misleading mailer sent on her behalf that cynically scapegoats transgender students and plays on unwarranted fears of the electorate. “The mailer supporting Young Kim blatantly lies about the law and scapegoats lesbian, gay,(…)

Panel Reports California Schools Are Failing to Teach LFBT History Depsite Law

California public schools do an inadequate job of teaching students about gay and lesbian history, despite a 2011 law that requires schools to teach such lessons, according to a national panel of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history scholars led by a Sonoma State University professor. The Committee on LGBT History has proposed a revision(…)

Arts & Entertainment

Lesbians Battle Creepy Church in Exciting Thriller

You never know what you’re going to get with sequels. The best ones continue the story, deepen the characters, and allow you to come away with a sense of growth. The worst ones reek of imitation and make you forget why you liked the first one so much. And then there are a whole range(…)

Remembering the Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde

Have you ever wondered what unseen photos, untold stories, and unfinished works surviving partners of famous people are left with? Dr. Gloria I. Joseph has a treasure trove of memories of the renowned Audre Lorde, her late partner. Joseph’s long-awaited new book, The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, gives(…)