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Blaze Destroys Iconic Hotel, Homes on Fire Island

  A fire destroyed a hotel and several adjacent structures on New York’s Fire Island on Friday. The Fire Island News reported the fire that completely engulfed the Grove Hotel in Cherry Grove was first reported around 1:30 a.m. Dozens of firefighters from the gay resort community and other fire departments on Fire Island and(…)

Michigan Rep. Issues “Agenda Alert” After Gay Man Is Promoted To News Editor

On Sunday, Michigan newspaper Midland Daily News announced that it had promoted reporter Tony Lascari to the position of news editor. In an article detailing the promotion, Lascari was praised for his news judgment, his organization skills, and lengthy experience. In an attempt to inject some color, the piece concluded with some small details of(…)

The Big Lie The Media Tells About Indiana’s New ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

  On Friday, the Washington Post published an article titled “19 states that have ‘religious freedom’ laws like Indiana’s that no one is boycotting.” The article snarks about organizations like the NCAA that have protested Indiana’s law, noting “the NCAA didn’t say it was concerned over how athletes and employees would be affected by Kentucky’s(…)


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Gay Couple, Others Escape Guerneville House Fire

A hillside home set among the trees above Guerneville’s main drag burst into flames Wednesday afternoon, sending columns of fire and black smoke skyward as crowds of onlookers gathered to watch amid the blare of sirens. The 12:10 p.m. blaze consumed much of the two-story shake house, expanding so quickly through the wooden structure it(…)

Sonoma County Moves into Top 10 in Report Ranking Overall Health

  A jump in the rate of exercise, a decline in premature deaths and a drop in violent crime were some of the trends that helped Sonoma County earn recognition in a new nationwide report as the eighth-healthiest county in California. The rates of teen births, adult obesity and preventable hospital stays were all down,(…)

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival tells tales of turmoil

The Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival begins Thursday with an opening night gala featuring the California premiere of “How to Change the World,” a riveting movie about the early days of Greenpeace. The filmmaker and two Greenpeace founders will be at the screening, in the Brent Auditorium at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Among the(…)

Calendar of LGBT Events for March 22 – 28

Monday, March 23 and every Monday at 5:30 p.m. Petaluma Health Center will host LGBTQ Support Group at 1179 North McDowell Bvd. in Petaluma in the Serenity Room. The group is for all who identify as LGBT or are questioning their sexuality and/or gender. Also Monday, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Marin AIDS Project hosts ‘Mix(…)

Arts & Entertainment

The American People: Larry Kramer’s Blistering Magnum Opus

  “Why do they hate us?” THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: LARRY KRAMER’S BLISTERING MAGNUM OPUS   “This is always history’s greatest failure, its inability to believe what it sees, what, almost always, someone sees.” –Larry Kramer, The American People Larry Kramer There’s a paradox inherent in historical novels. Though they tend to inspire stronger and more(…)

State News

Equality California Announces 2015 Legislative Package that Advances Expanded Mission

Equality California is pleased to announce the first eight items in its 2015 legislative package which would improve and advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians and their families. Equality California will announce additional legislation in the coming weeks. In September of 2014, Equality California adopted a new mission statement which is to(…)