Equality Federation Launches New Tools to Combat Tide of Anti-LGBTQ Legislation Washing Across the U.S.

Equality Federation launched the Legislative Action Center (LAC). The LAC will empower state-based LGBTQ organizations to hold their ground during turbulent state legislative sessions while also winning nondiscrimination protections and other important policy advances for LGBTQ people and their families. With these new tools, Equality Federation can anticipate committee hearings, floor votes, and other important(…)

Italians Protest to Urge Govt to Grant Gay Civil Unions

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Saturday in nearly 100 cities across Italy to urge the government to permit gay and lesbian couples to have civil unions and legally recognized families. Mirco Pierro, 39, rallied in front of the Pantheon in Rome with his partner and twin infants, saying he wanted “to defend the rights(…)

Equality California Endorses Four Dozen Pro-Equality Incumbents in Legislative Races

Equality California today announced the endorsements of 48 incumbent candidates for reelection to the California Senate and Assembly for the 2016 election cycle.“As we move forward with addressing the disparities still facing LGBT Californians in so many areas, our legislative partners are more important to us than ever,” said Equality California Executive Director Rick Zbur.(…)

LGBT rights among local highlights at ABA meeting in San Diego

Implications of the California drought, anti-poverty best practices for San Diego, President Obama’s executive action on curbing gun violence and the conflict between religious freedoms and LGBT rights are chief among local legal issues that will be explored at the 2016 American Bar Association (ABA) Midyear Meeting Feb. 3-8 in San Diego. Local and regional(…)

Sonoma County Calendar of LGBT Events

Monday, January 25, Positive Images’ Sonoma LGBTQI Support Group Meeting will happen at Sonoma Community Center, 276 East Napa Street in Sonoma. Young Ppeople 12 – 18 are welcome. Also Monday, at 5:30 – 8 p.m. Marin AIDS Project hosts ‘Mix It Up’ their monthly mixer. At Four Points Sheraton, 1010 Northgate Drive in San(…)

Openhouse Announces &1 Million Gift from The Bob Ross Foundation

The Bob A. Ross Foundation has pledged $1 million to support the expansion of Openhouse programs and services to meet the diverse needs of thousands of Bay Area lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. The agency’s new community facilities at 65 Laguna Street will be named the Bob Ross LGBT Senior Center in(…)

National AIDS Memorial Grove Announces Recipients of 2015 Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship

The National AIDS Memorial Grove has awarded six outstanding undergraduate students each with a Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship for their commitment to active roles of public service and leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, named in honor of AIDS educator, activist and reality television pioneer Pedro Zamora, who(…)