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Barbara Flynn Currie

Democratic leader urges Ill. House to support marriage equality bill

Sunday, September 22, 2013
CHICAGO — The second-ranking Democrat in the Illinois House has become the latest elected official urging lawmakers to support same-sex marriage as a matter of equality and as a boost for the state's economy. [ Read more → ]
Peter Rauhofer

Famed DJ, Grammy award-winning remixer Peter Rauhofer dies at age 48

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
NEW YORK – Internationally known DJ, remixer, producer and label owner Peter Rauhofer has died of complications related to brain cancer, his manager reported on Facebook today. He was 48. [ Read more → ]
Margaret Thatcher

LGBT community remembers Margaret Thatcher for anti-gay law, Section 28

Monday, April 8, 2013
LONDON – Amid all the accolades and tributes being paid to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at age 87, are voices from the LGBT community who remember the conservative leader for legislating the anti-gay law, Section 28. [ Read more → ]

Gay detainee accuses immigration authorities of endangering his life

Friday, April 5, 2013
SAN DIEGO – A 26-year-old gay man is accusing two immigration guards in El Centro, Calif. of making anti-gay slurs at him, violently roughing him up while in custody, and putting in danger his health and his life. [ Read more → ]

Eric Alán: Shunned by family for being gay, oil rigger makes sizzling music to dance by

Saturday, March 2, 2013
Eric Alán has two distinct personalities. To bring in the bread, he works three consecutive weeks as an oil rigger out in the Gulf Coast. Then he gets three weeks off to immerse himself in music, his lifelong passion. [ Read more → ]

Mike Ruiz, the celebrity photographer you know and the man you don’t

Saturday, January 26, 2013
Mike Ruiz seems to be everywhere these days: Playing judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and Tyra Banks’ “America’s Next Top Model,” shooting celebrity photographs, or starring in a reality-TV show on Logo. [ Read more → ]
John O'Connor

Reports of the death of Equality California ‘are greatly exaggerated’

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The reports of the death of Equality California (EQCA) are greatly exaggerated, the nonprofit’s new boss tells San Diego Gay & Lesbian News. Like Mark Twain once did, John O’Connor, who became EQCA’s executive director about six weeks ago, is dispelling rumors about the health of the organization. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-Calif.)

Calif. congresswoman re-introduces Juror Non-Discrimination Act

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-Calif.) has re-introduced legislation to prohibit a person from being removed from a jury because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. [ Read more → ]

Former Playgirl model sentenced in beating death of San Diego gay man

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
SAN DIEGO – Joshua James Larson, the former Playgirl model who was convicted of second-degree murder in connection with the 2011 beating death of Jason “Cowboy” Huggins, was sentenced to an indefinite term of 19 years to life at a hearing today. [ Read more → ]
Carl DeMaio

Gay Republican Carl DeMaio concedes in San Diego mayoral race

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
SAN DIEGO – Bob Filner won election as mayor of San Diego early today, defeating Carl DeMaio, whose election would have made history as the first gay Republican to take the reins of one of America’s largest cities, [ Read more → ]

LGBT homeless youth drop-in center in NYC destroyed in ‘Frankenstorm’

Monday, November 5, 2012
NEW YORK -- A major homeless drop-in center for LGBT youth in New York City has been badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. [ Read more → ]

Supreme Court to decide on Prop 8, DOMA cases in late November

Monday, October 29, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court this morning indicated that it will consider whether to grant review in Hollingsworth v. Perry (formerly Perry v. Brown), the federal constitutional challenge to California's Proposition 8. [ Read more → ]
Bleddyn King

A cautionary tale: He ‘met his murderer over the internet’

Sunday, October 21, 2012
CARDIFF, Wales – A lonely 64-year-old widower called a “lost soul” after his wife died in 2008 turned to a gay website for companionship, a fateful decision that led to his brutal murder in January. [ Read more → ]

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star Sahara Davenport dies at age 27

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
LOS ANGELES – Sahara Davenport, who made a name for herself on the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and who recently released a single “Go Off,” has died. She was 27. [ Read more → ]

Celebrities mark Trevor Project Day to raise awareness for suicide prevention (Video)

Thursday, September 27, 2012
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – To raise awareness of the organization’s life-saving programs and services, The Trevor Project is hosting The Trevor Project Day today, Thursday, Sept. 27, at its offices in West Hollywood, with high-profile guests such as Darren Criss, Jessica Lu, Kevin McHale, Missi Pyle, Zachary Quinto and others in attendance. [ Read more → ]

Ex-Playgirl model guilty in beating death of San Diego gay man

Tuesday, September 25, 2012
SAN DIEGO – A former Playgirl model has been convicted of second-degree murder in connection with the beating death of Jason “Cowboy” Huggins, a beloved figure in the San Diego LGBT community. [ Read more → ]
Harvey Milk

California urges Postal Service to honor Harvey Milk with postage stamp

Monday, September 3, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California State Assembly has adopted a resolution carried by Assemblymember Toni Atkins requesting that the U.S. Postal Service honor slain civil rights leader Harvey Milk with a postage stamp. [ Read more → ]
Some of the Equality 9 protestors outside the County Clerk's Office on August 19, 2010.

All charges dropped in Equality 9 case involving Prop 8 protest

Saturday, August 25, 2012
SAN DIEGO – All charges against the “Equality 9” have been dropped and the case against them has been dismissed, said Zakiya Khabir, a member of the San Diego Alliance for Marriage Equality (SAME). [ Read more → ]
Christine Kehoe

California lawmaker wants U.S. Navy to name ship after Harvey Milk

Thursday, August 16, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California State Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) has introduced a resolution to support efforts to name a Navy ship after gay rights icon Harvey Milk. [ Read more → ]
Military continegent at last year's pride.

All branches of military granted permission to march in uniform at San Diego Pride Parade

Thursday, July 19, 2012
SAN DIEGO -- Any service member of the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force can march proudly in uniform in the military contingent at San Diego Pride on Saturday. [ Read more → ]

‘Stop SB 48’ coalition admits failure in bid to overturn California FAIR Education Act

Monday, July 16, 2012
SACRAMENTO – Anti-gay groups on Monday night said they have failed to gather enough signatures to force a November referendum to nix the FAIR Education Act (SB 48), California’s law that requires public schools to integrate age-appropriate and factual information about historical roles of LGBT people, people with disabilities and people of color into existing social science instruction. [ Read more → ]

America’s shame: 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT kids

Friday, July 13, 2012
LOS ANGELES – About 40 percent of homeless youth are LGBT, and nearly all homeless youth service providers in the U.S. now serve LGBT youth, according to a comprehensive report on LGBT youth homelessness released Thursday. [ Read more → ]
In 2011, An estimated 250 active-duty service members and veterans on Saturday marched Saturday in San Diego’s gay pride parade, just one day after a federal appeals court reinstated “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” but with a provision that prohibits the military from investigating or penalizing anyone who is openly gay.

Hundreds sign up to march in San Diego Pride Parade’s military contingent

Friday, July 13, 2012
SAN DIEGO – Active-duty service members have received official approval to march in their uniforms on July 21 as part of America’s Pride Parade military contingent, San Diego Pride officials said Thursday. [ Read more → ]
David Blankenhorn

Reversing course: Prop 8 star witness now supports marriage equality

Friday, June 22, 2012
WASHINGTON – In a stunning reversal, the star witness against same-sex marriage at the Proposition 8 trial in California has come out in support of marriage equality. [ Read more → ]

California state Senate approves bill to ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California State Senate today approved a bill designed to limit the ability of mental health providers in California to engage in dangerous sexual orientation change efforts (sometimes referred to as “ex-gay therapy,” “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy”). [ Read more → ]
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