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Federal Judge Overturns Wyoming’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

  Friday afternoon, U.S. District Judge Scott W. Skavdahl ruled that Wyoming’s statutory law banning same-sex marriage was unconstitutional and unenforceable. This sets up Wyoming to be the 32nd state with marriage equality, but Skavdahl stayed his decision until next Thursday, allowing the state time to appeal.  The decision largely defers to the Tenth Circuit’s(…)

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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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California School Agrees To Respect Transgender Student Identities

  The Downey Unified School District outside of Los Angeles, California has entered into an agreement with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to rectify its treatment of a transgender student and take measures to prevent students from being unfairly treated for their gender identity in the future.  As a fifth-grader, the student(…)

California Schools, Feds Settle Transgender Complaint

A Southern California school district has settled a government claim that it discriminated against a transgender student who said she was forbidden to wear makeup, was harassed by other children and was encouraged to change schools, it was announced Tuesday. The Downey Unified School District agreed to give the teenager access to the same facilities(…)

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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(…)

Two Memoirs Share Queer Lives that Ripened in Sf and The River

  Whatever the losses recently felt by publishers, bookstores, and established authors as a result of the internet revolution in book making and book selling (a.k.a “the crash”), one thing is certain: it has also opened wide the gates for many who seldom if ever thought of themselves as writers to produce books and get(…)

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