Bill to Track Sexual Assault Evidence Kits Clears Senate Appropriations Committee

The Senate Appropriations Committee Friday passed a bill authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and sponsored by Alameda District Attorney Nancy O’Malley that would help reduce the number of untested sexual assault evidence kits throughout California. AB 41 will for first time require law enforcement agencies to report to the California Department of Justice(…)

EQCA Applauds Rocklin School for Supporting Transgender Student

Equality California has sent a letter to Rocklin Academy officials applauding the school for its support of a transgender kindergarten student following the reading of a book geared toward that age group by transgender teen and reality TV star Jazz Jennings. As a result of activities by right-wing advocacy groups, a number of parents complained(…)

San Diego AIDS Memorial to be Built in Olive Street Park

After 30 years of discussions, proposals and two AIDS Memorial Task Forces, San Diego will join other cities across the country and all over the world and finally have an AIDS Memorial to remember the over 8,000 men, women and children who have died of AIDS in San Diego County. A public meeting was held(…)

Support Face to Face at Art For Life September 16

Art for Life is the longest-running art auction to end HIV! The 30th annual event is less than three weeks away on Saturday, September 16, at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. We hope you can join us! More than 150 local and generous Sonoma County artists have donated inspired works of art. The highest(…)

Piedmont Mayor Resigns Over ‘Inflammatory’ Facebook Posts

 The mayor of Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area has resigned after causing an uproar with what he calls “inflammatory or insulting” postings on Facebook.Jeff Wieler stepped down as mayor of the tiny city on Sunday, although he’ll remain on the City Council member. Wieler apologized in a letter to fellow council members. At(…)

Highway 101 Lane Shifts for the Narrows Scheduled Monday, Wednesday

 Caltrans will switch traffic this week on both north and southbound lanes of Highway 101 as part ongoing construction work on the Marin-Sonoma Narrows project, officials said.Monday evening, northbound traffic will be shifted to the right, while southbound traffic will be detoured onto the median starting Wednesday night. The speed limit in the construction zone(…)

India’s Supreme Court Declares Freedom of Sexual Orientation a Fundamental Right

In a historic decision Thursday, India’s Supreme Court declared that an individual’s sexual orientation is protected under the country’s Right to Privacy law. “Sexual orientation is an essential attribute of privacy. Discrimination against an individual on the basis of sexual orientation is deeply offensive to the dignity and self-worth of the individual,” the Supreme Court judgment(…)

Out & Equal Announces Recipients of Inaugural Global Fellowship Program

After a competitive application process featuring applicants from more than 20 countries on five continents, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates has announced its inaugural cohort of Global Fellows: Levis Nderitu, Sullivan Reed Society, Kenya; Suresh Ramdas, HP Inc., India; and Kaspars Zalitis, Association Open Centre, Latvia. “Each and every one of our Global Fellows is(…)

LGBTQI Dance – Dog Days of Summer Disco Ball

The Dog Days of summer are upon us at the Sebastopol Area Senior Center, so let’s celebrate with our homage to Disco on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. DJ Lori Z will provide very danceable tunes. Snacks provided and wine and beer for purchase. Our dances are all-inclusive and are(…)