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4/16/2014
America’s Cup Boat Captain Suing in San Francisco Faces New Harassment
An America’s Cup boat captain feels his sexual orientation has been a target of derision. On March 13, Larry Jacobson, represented by San Francisco and Los Angeles-based employment attorney Zachary Shepard, formally accused San Francisco company America’s Cup Race Management, responsible for putting on the popular yacht race, of wrongful termination based on his homosexuality. To make matters worse, since filing the lawsuit Jacobson has received an e-mail maligning his sexuality further. The suit, filed in ...
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4/16/2014
Advice for L.A. County’s Next Director of Public Health
The city’s recent meningitis scare left many in the LGBT community feeling dangerously neglected by the DPH, but here are a few easy fixes Look for a generational shift with the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on April 10 and the quick announcement by President Obama that he wants Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace her. Sebelius, the former governor of Kansas, had ...
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4/16/2014
Rep. Adam Schiff Presses Case Against Putin’s Anti-Gay Push
The democrat spent time with LGBT groups in Lithuania to seek the truth about the Russian president’s dangerous strategy to destabilize the region  For a few months before and during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi last February, the world was focused on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response to the rhetorical outcry over his country’s anti-gay “propaganda” law, and Putin pretended to care about his international reputation. But on March 18, the day after the ...
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4/13/2014
Michael Weinstein, President of AHF, Calls PrEP ‘A Party Drug,' Community Outraged
“Let's be honest: It's a party drug.” That was the proclamation made last week by AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein about Truvada—a medication that has been proven to be extremely effective at preventing the spread of HIV when taken daily—in an Associated Press article titled “Truvada, HIV Prevention Drug, Divides Gay Community” written by the always-thoughtful David Crary. The remarks sparked outrage from across the gay community as well as activists and advocates ...
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4/4/2014
Dept. of Public Health Calls Deadly Meningitis Alert 'Expeditious,' Gays Fuming
One thing lost in the cacophony, acrimony and confusion following the health alert about the deadly, invasive meningitis disease that has killed three gay men since Jan. 1 is that those gay men had family and friends who are devastated by their deaths. One of those men was a very popular 27-year-old African-American who was described as being “well-known, well-respected and well-liked in the community.” He and a group of friends were club-hopping in West ...
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4/3/2014
With 3 L.A. Gays Dead from Meningitis, Here's Where You Can Get Vaccinated
Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issued a public health alert advising that HIV-positive men and those at high risk should get vaccinated for meningitis. DPH reported that it had eight confirmed cases of meningitis since January 2014—four of them gay, bisexual or identifying as men who have sex with men (MSMs). DPH did not report that of the four gay/bi/MSMs, three of them died from the disease. Two of the three who ...
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4/2/2014
Trans Law Foes Continue to Wage War
Privacy For All Students claims abuse of discretion in signature rejections, files suit
The anti-LGBT coalition attempting to overturn AB 1266, California’s transgender equal access law, filed suit on March 14 against the California Secretary of State and other officials in an attempt to jump-start its effort to place a measure on the 2014 ballot. Privacy For All Students is hoping a court will force Secretary of State Debra Bowen to accept 17,276 petition signatures the organization claims were “unlawfully disqualified.” PFAS tried for much of last year ...
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4/2/2014
L.A. County Supervisor’s Race Heats Up Over Money
Gay candidates face off against ‘family values’ proponent and Hollywood political insider
The contest to replace termed-out Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s 3rd District seat is one of the most civilized embroilments in political memory. But there is still time to pull out the metaphoric slings and arrows of outrageous fortune before the June 3 election for the county’s  wealthiest district. Political campaign contributions will matter in this post-Citizens United age of independent expenditures and suspended spending caps.  So far, the fact that two of ...
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4/1/2014
Undercover Activist
Meet Dr. Vito Imbasciani, the 26th Senate District Race’s Gay Candidate
Dr. Vito Imbasciani, a colonel in the California Army National Guard Medical Corps, struck an imposing pose in uniform waiting on a West Hollywood side street to ride in the 2013 L.A. Pride Parade. And then he smiled. It was a smile deepened and broadened by history—28 years in the Medical Corps, deployed four times in two wars to care for sick, wounded and broken Californians in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Germany. Finally, he ...
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3/19/2014
Karger Deposed by ‘Discombobulated’ NOM
Republican activist grilled over leaked documents
Republican Activst Fred Karger (right) has made a habit of speaking out against same-sex marriage opponents National Organization for Marriage and its founder, Brian Brown (left) For weeks after being subpoenaed by the U.S. Justice Department and the National Organization for Marriage in the lawsuit NOM filed against the IRS last October, gay Republican political activist Fred Karger fretted nervously about what would be asked of him. He studiously prepared documentation, hired a good (and ...
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