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SF Pride to honor Chelsea Manning, ban National Guard over transgender policy

Saturday, June 14, 2014
Participants in San Francisco's 2013 pride parade celebrate Chelsea Manning, who was chosen as an honorary grand marshall last year, then suddenly drop amid controversy surrounding that decision.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Organizers of San Francisco have banned the National Guard from participating in this year's festival in response to the military's ban on openly transgender service members, and instead will celebrate a controversial transgender Army private who leaked military secrets as their honorary grand marshal. [...]

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Calif. officials, community leaders urge Archbishop not to attend anti-gay rally

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Salvatore Cordileone
SAN FRANCISCO – Top California and San Francisco officials, along with faith, LGBT and civil rights leaders, are calling on San Francisco Catholic Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to cancel his participation in an upcoming march and rally against marriage equality for same-sex couples. [...]

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Thousands gather in West Hollywood for annual LA Pride parade

Monday, June 9, 2014
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Thousands of participants, spectators and marchers gathered along the famed Santa Monica Blvd., in West Hollywood on Sunday for the annual LA Pride parade. Organizers said prior to the event they expected more than 400,000 participants, making it the largest ever gathering of LGBT people and [...]

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Univ. of Calif. president Napolitano forms advisory group on LGBT issues

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Janet Napolitano
OAKLAND, Calif. -- University of California President Janet Napolitano announced Tuesday the formation of a President’s Advisory Group on LGBT issues to advise her on how best to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for LGBT students, faculty and staff across the UC system. [...]

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Settlement reached in suicide of teen who endured years of anti-gay bullying

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Seth Walsh
TEHACHAPI, Calif. -- The mother of a Central California teenager who committed suicide after years of anti-gay bullying has reached a $750,000 settlement with her son's school district. Wendy Walsh, whose 13-year-old son, Seth, committed suicide in 2010, accused the Tehachapi Unified School [...]

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Long Beach, Calif., elects city’s first openly gay, Latino mayor

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Robert Garcia
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Residents of Long Beach, Calif., on Tuesday elected Robert Garcia their next mayor, making him the city's first openly gay and Latino chief executive. Garcia will replace Mayor Bob Foster, who has held the position since 2006 when he takes office on July 15th. [...]

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San Mateo County, Calif. to vote on creating LGBTQ advisory commission

Sunday, June 1, 2014
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday whether to establish an LGBTQ Commission, which supporters say would be the first of its kind in California. The nine-member commission would advise the board on policy, bring greater visibility to the LGBT community, and provide [...]

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Calif. lawmakers consider bill to ban ‘gay panic’ defense in slayings

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
California state capitol in Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A bill making its way through the California Legislature would prevent defendants from using a so-called "gay panic" defense to escape murder charges. [...]

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Teachers criticize Catholic school contracts that regulate their private lives

Saturday, May 24, 2014
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Roman Catholic Dioceses in Oakland and Cincinnati have come under fire for new morality clauses that require teachers to conform to church teachings in their private lives. [...]

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Catholic school apologizes for omitting girl’s tux photo, offers to reprint yearbook

Thursday, May 22, 2014
Jessica Urbina
SAN FRANCISCO -- A Catholic prep school in California has issued a public apology and offered to reprint the school's yearbook after intentionally omitting a senior's photo from because she wore a tuxedo. [...]

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