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LGBT Cuban Activists Welcome Normalized Relationships Betwwen U.S. and Cuba

  Yosvanys Fonseca Aguilar of the Network of Young People for Health and Sexual Rights,, a group that is part of the National Center for Sexual Education (CENESEX), which Mariela Castro Espín, daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro, directs, told the Washington Blade he feels normalized relations between the U.S. and Cuba will have “positive(…)

Leaked Salvation Army Document Shows Pro-LGBT PR Campaign Is Just Spin

  Over the past several years, the Salvation Army has tried to change its image, trumpeting that it doesn’t discriminate against LGBT people through its charity work (though it still does) and claiming that its history of supporting discrimination is a myth (despite being well documented). A new document obtained by Queerty demonstrates that the(…)

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North Bay Happenings for the Week of December 21 – 27

Calendar of LGBT Events Monday, December 22 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 at 7 p.m. Parents of(…)

Russian River Sisters Cancel Saturday Night’s BINGO

Due to the coming storm and impending inclement weather, The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors has designated the Guerneville Vet’s Hall an emergency shelter until Monday and have cancelled all events. Unfortunately, this means that our December 13th Bingo has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience, but are glad the space will provide much(…)

Openly Gay Sawyer Picked as New Santa Rosa Mayor

  John Sawyer was named the new mayor of Santa Rosa by his City Council colleagues Tuesday night and Chris Coursey the new vice mayor, a surprise outcome that some said signaled the council is committed to a fresh start after years of caustic political strife. Sawyer, a longtime downtown retailer who served on the(…)

Events Mark World AIDS Day

Events are planned around the Bay Area in the coming days to mark the 26th annual World AIDS Day. As he prepared for the occasion, which commemorates the lives lost and the work that remains to be done in fighting HIV and AIDS, John Cunningham, executive director of the National AIDS Memorial Grove, spoke of(…)

Arts & Entertainment

I Want My LGBT TV – 2014’s Best

It wasn’t the gayest year on TV, but 2014 was still superb for good, better, best TV. Stellar series, incomparable acting, great writing – it was all there. You really could watch TV 24/7 (if you had a DVR) if you were so inclined and always have something engaging to watch. Below are our choices(…)

Nice LGBT Representation in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2015 Class

   The punk trio Green Day, poet of the New York underground Lou Reed and “Lean on Me” singer Bill Withers will lead a new class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. The hall announced Tuesday that it will also welcome Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, who famously sang(…)

State News

California Lawmakers Score Well on LGBT Report Card

Just three Democratic California lawmakers out of 80 in the Legislature failed to earn perfect scores this year on an annual LGBT equality index issued by the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group. And in a first, according to Equality California, three Republicans earned a rating of 100 percent on its 2014 Legislative Scorecard. The result(…)

EQCA Plans Data and Immigrtation Work for 2015

In its year-end report, released this week, the statewide LGBT advocacy group Equality California laid out rough outlines of its plans for 2015, which include more engagement in data collection, immigration reform, and health care. In recent years, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit had been known mostly for its legislative work on marriage equality, bullying, and(…)

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