INDIA: Gay Sex To Remain Illegal

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s private member’s bill to decriminalise gay sex was rejected in the Lok Sabha on Friday, with the former minister saying it was “surprising to see such intolerance”. Tharoor had proposed to amend Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalises homosexual acts between consenting adults. The Supreme Court had ruled(…)

Things To Do This Week in Sonoma County

  If you’re not headed to see Star Wars this weekend, may the Force be with you in every other fun event happening this week in Sonoma County. On Friday, head out to Brew Coffee and Beer in Santa Rosa to see an eclectic art show of painted Matryoshka nesting dolls. Then on Saturday is(…)

Justice Department Issues Guidance on Preventing Gender Bias in Law Enforcement

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced today a new guidance from the Justice Department designed to help law enforcement agencies prevent gender bias in their response to sexual assault and domestic violence, highlighting the need for clear policies, robust training and responsive accountability systems. “Gender bias, whether explicit or implicit, can severely undermine law enforcement’s(…)

Equality California Applauds Introduction of Transgender Rights Resolution by Congressman Mike Honda

On December 11, Congressman Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the Transgender Equality Task Force, introduced a resolution, “Expressing Support for Transgender Acceptance”, to promote transgender acceptance, recognize the challenges facing the transgender community, and improve safety and opportunities for transgender people.“This is another much-needed step in our fight to ensure that the transgender community’s(…)

Equality California Joins Supreme Court Brief Calling for Restoration of Immigration Relief

Together with a group of other labor, civil rights and service provider organizations, Equality California has submitted an amicus brief asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant certiorari in a case seeking to lift a federal injunction blocking implementation of programs awarding temporary legal residency status to limited classes of undocumented immigrants. The programs, Deferred Action for(…)

Occidental Community Choir to Perform Five Holiday Concerts

Dec. 5 – 13, 2015. The Occidental Community Choir presents: Got Nog? Heartwarming, funny to sublime songs for the holiday season. Going strong in it’s 37th year, this Sonoma County choral treasure is directed by Andrew DelMonte. Known for original works from the choir’s own members, this year’s concert program also features beloved carols and(…)

Pride Foundation invests over $7.5 million to support LGBTQ people in 2015

Pride Foundation, a regional community foundation, has announced that it has invested over $7.5 million this year to expand opportunities and advance full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and families throughout the Northwest. “2015 represented another important milestone for our community,” said Kris Hermanns, Executive Director of Pride Foundation. “Despite the(…)

Daniel Kaufman Among San Bernardino Shooting Victims

  Daniel Kaufman, 42, of Rialto, who ran the coffee shop in building 3 at the Inland Regional Center, is among those who were killed in Wednesday’s shootings, according to social media posts and news media. “I am sad to report that Daniel has been positively identified as one of the fatalities at the scene,”(…)