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JAPAN: 13 Gay Couples File Valentine’s Marriage Suit

The Kyodo News reports: Thirteen same-sex couples demanding marriage equality filed lawsuits against the government at district courts across Japan on Valentine’s Day on Thursday, arguing that its refusal to allow them to marry is unconstitutional and discriminatory. Each of the 26 plaintiffs is seeking 1 million yen ($9,000) in compensation, claiming that the government’s failure to(…)


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Local News

3nd Annual LGBTQI Family Symposium at Social Happens March 30

Mark your calendars and join North Bay LGBTQI Families for a JAM PACKED DAY at the 3nd Annual LGBTQI Family Symposium at Social Advocates for Youth – SAY! A free day of education, advocacy and community building on Saturday, March 30, 2019. This is a family-friendly event for BOTH parents-to-be AND existing LGBTQI families, and(…)

Applications for the Russian River Sisters Grant Fund Are Now Being Accepted

The Russian River Sisters’ Grant Fund is managed by a committee of Sisters. Grant funding requests are accepted only via the application form on our website.  Grant Fund applications are reviewed and evaluated by the Grants Committee. In evaluating an application, we consider the nature of the request and how relevant it is to the needs of our(…)

Arts & Entertainment

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen Live at Occidental Center for the Arts Feb. 23

Saturday February 23 @7 pm. Occidental Center for the Arts welcomes back famed folk singer/songwriter duo Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen. Gillette (Darcy Farrow; Bed of Roses; Back on the Street Again) and his wife, singer-instrumentalist Mangsen will delight you with traditional and contemporary folk songs, rich harmonies, accomplished guitar, banjo, and concertina accompaniment, and a good dose of humor!(…)

State News

Sex Workers And Supporters Applaud Protection Bill SB233

The Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLERP) applauds California Senator Scott Wiener for proposing changes to legislation that would protect anyone reporting a serious crime (such as sexual assault, trafficking, robbery, assault, …or other violent crime) from being charged with prostitution under California Penal Code 647. Senator Weiner’s legislation is being announced(…)