Kansas House Sends Legislative Attack on LGBT College Students to Governor

  The Kansas House of Representatives has passed SB 175 – a bill that would put LGBT college students at even greater risk of discrimination. Now headed to Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk, the legislation would force public universities to fund student organizations that discriminate by restricting their membership and denying LGBT students from participating under(…)

SF Pride Announces Grand Marshals

  San Francisco Pride has announced the winners of the 2016 Public and Member’s Choice Vote for Community and Organizational Grand Marshals of the 2016 San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade. Larry Yang Larry Yang has been chosen as the Community Grand Marshal. A teacher of meditation and mindfulness, Yang is committed to serving(…)

HRC Announces First Round of House and Senate Endorsements

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced that HRC’s Board of Directors, comprised of community leaders from across the nation, voted Friday to issue the following Congressional endorsements focusing on incumbent members of Congress. “From supporting nationwide marriage equality, to co-sponsoring the Equality Act, these members of Congress have demonstrated a strong commitment to equality(…)

Out Sebastopol Man Tapped to Head Law Enforcement Review

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is expected to appoint Jerry Threet as the director of its newly established Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach at its meeting next week. Threet, 55, is a gay man who is a former president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and served as chief of(…)

Bill Takes Aim at Homophobic Tyrants Who Persecute LGBT People

  A Democratic US Senator has introduced a bill that would deny visas to foreigners complicit in the persecution of LGBT people. Jeanne Shaheen, the Senator for New Hampshire and a close ally of Hillary Clinton, introduced the Global Respect Act in the Senate this week. The LGBT rights bill takes aim at people who(…)

Congregation Ner Shalom Hosts “An Evening With the Riccardis”

Congragtion Ner Shalom will present “An Evening With the Riccardis” Saturday, March 12 at 85 La Plaza in Cotati. With over 5 million hits on their YouTube channel, Sandy and Richard Riccardi are one of the Bay Area’s hidden treasures. Their near-genius social satire is so funny you sometimes forget to notice their lavish and(…)

Lambda Legal Wins Lawsuit Against Feds For Social Security Benefits For Lesbian Widow

  Today Lambda Legal announced the resolution of its lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) brought on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee). “The Social Security Administration has finally adjusted Kathy’s(…)

Equality California and Transgender Law Center Commend California Democratic Party for Updating State Platform to Support Transgender People

Equality California (EQCA) and the Transgender Law Center (TLC) applaud the California Democratic Party for its vote to incorporate a plank in the party platform affirming the rights and dignity of transgender people.The addition to the party’s platform, which was officially adopted at this weekend’s California Democratic Party Convention, is designed to “Protect the right(…)