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March 25, 2015

Counters ballot initiative with her own – the Intolerant Jackass Act

A Californian activist has responded to a ballot initiative to execute all gay people in the best possible way.

Charlotte Laws, filed a counter initiative – the Intolerant Jackass Act – with the state attorney general’s office on Monday (23 March).

March 24, 2015

The association for legal professionals will be throwing an afternoon of celebrating and networking at the W hotel in Los Angeles

Work in the law? Will you be in or around California this weekend? If so, The LGBT Bar – the US-based professional networking and advocacy group – are hosting a poolside event in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon (29 March).

Legalitea is described as ‘An LGBT Bar V.I.P experience’, bringing together top attorneys, firms, corporations and law students. It will take place at the W Los Angeles between 1 and 4pm.

March 23, 2015

Hint: it's not in Alabama

San Francisco has the highest percentage of LGBTI residents of the largest 50 cities in the US, according to a Gallup poll.

A new analysis of survey data found that metropolitan areas on the West coast have the largest LGBTI populations, although the top 10 includes cities from every region of the country except the Midwest.

San Francisco, California has a LGBTI adult population of 6.2%, followed by Portland, Oregon with 5.4%, and Austin, Texas with 5.3%.

March 22, 2015

Can the outrageous proposal to make it legal to execute gays and lesbians be stopped?

A attorney in Huntington Beach, California by the name of Matt McLaughlin has spent US$200 to propose a ballot measure to make it legal to execute gay men and lesbians by 'bullets to the head,' or 'any other convenient method.'

March 22, 2015

Wade Gasque's film explores identity, brotherhood, and growing up in a small town

Tiger Orange tells the story of two estranged brothers in California. Both brothers are gay.

Chet (played by Mark Strano) is the older brother who stayed at home, cared for their ill father, and took over the family hardware store. Todd (played by Frankie Valenti) left for LA to pursue his dreams of acting. They are reunited when Todd returns home, broke, homeless, and seeking refuge with his brother.

March 20, 2015

Gay and bisexual men in the United States are twice as likely to get skin cancer as their heterosexual counterparts and the experts are laying the blame on sun beds

A new study of gay and bisexual men in the United States has found that they get skin cancer at twice the rate of heterosexual men but lesbians and bisexual women do not have the same problem.

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) looked at data from government health surveys conducted in California between 2001 and 2009 which found elevated rates of skin cancers among gay and bisexual men but not gay and bisexual women.

March 14, 2015

The US students, who are actually both straight and cousins, posed for the photo to show LGBT solidarity. After parents complained, fellow students started a campaign to support them

Two school students sparked an LGBT solidarity campaign when they won the yearbook photo competition for ‘Cutest Couple.’

Lance and Jair, who attend McKinleyville Middle School in California, US, posed for the photo for their yearbook and were voted by their fellow students as the cutest couple in the school.

Although the photo looks romantic, they aren’t gay. They’re actually both straight and cousins.

The two cousins wanted to show everyone relationship is valid: gay or straight.

March 12, 2015

The co-founder of LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs on his love of his hometown, the Californian capital (no, it's not LA!)

I've lived here since… 2003. My husband Mark and I were looking for a place where we could afford a bigger home and office. We started our LGBTI travel directory Purple Roofs in 1998, and we quickly outgrew our two-bedroom condo! Sacramento was affordable, and offered a more relaxed lifestyle.
 

March 12, 2015

At Apple’s annual shareholder meeting, the openly gay CEO of Apple responded to comments that there should be more people of color in top management positions

A day after launching the Apple Watch, Tim Cook took to the stage again on Tuesday at the corporation’s annual shareholder meeting in Cupertino, California.

One of the guests as the event was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who spoke about the lack of color diversity in the upper echelons of the company.

‘We urge you to put more people of color in top management ... and look like America,’ he said.

Jackson has praised Apple for attempting to tackle a lack of diversity in the tech industries, but indicated that more needs to be done.

March 6, 2015

Costumer. Couturier. Corsetiere. Knitting boy next door.

How long have you lived in LA?

I'm a native! I grew up in Glendale, work in downtown, and go to school at UCLA, so I travel all around the city and see a great deal of different neighborhoods, climates, and interesting locales each day.

What's some of the best things about living in LA?

The culture is incredible. There are so many interesting examples of art, architecture, style, fashion, and design. The variety of people makes for a unique environment and exciting gastro-adventure. And of course there's the weather!

March 3, 2015

'Sodomistic propaganda' would be also punished with a $1 million fine

A Christian lawyer has filed a ballot initiative to execute all gay people in California 'by bullets to the head.'

Matt McLaughlin, 45, submitted his draft Sodomite Suppression Act to the justice department on 24 February.

The bill says gay sex is a 'monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.'

February 28, 2015

Vice sends their cameras to Journey Into Manhood, a gay conversion program, where men pay more than US$600 to attend a weekend retreat to be 'cured' of their same-sex attractions

US-based Vice, known for its guerrilla-style and constroversial documentaries, has released a three-part documentary investigating gay conversion therapy – a practice that has been denounced by medical communities and partially banned by several states including California and New Jersey.

For the documentary, Vice sent their cameras to Journey Into Manhood, a gay conversion program, where men pay more than US$600 to attend a weekend retreat where they participate in exercises and activities to 'cure' themselves of their attraction to other men.

February 26, 2015

A senior manager with aerospace and defense company, Lockheed Martin, Cameron reflects on the advantages of being out at work from the day you join a company

In 1996, shortly before I accepted a job as a mechanical engineer at aerospace company Lockheed Martin, friends who worked there advised me to go back in the closet.

They told me that I should hide because everybody at the Sunnyvale, California office was a conservative Republican. They said that I should peel the rainbow flag sticker off the back window of my truck or somebody would smash through it.

They suggested that I stop wearing men’s clothing, so that I might fit in better.

February 25, 2015

An Inclusiveness Director for EY, Chris Crespo has come to realize the importance of confronting one’s fears

‘What if you weren't afraid?

I heard that question about a decade ago, and it was a turning point for me. Someone — I don’t recall who it was — came up with that question at a session I was attending.

It was right around the time I and others at EY were forming Beyond, our professional network supporting and promoting our LGBTA employees.

February 20, 2015

'I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied'

California Rep Mike Honda has said he is the 'proud grandpa' of an eight-year-old transgender granddaughter.

The Democrat Wednesday (18 February) tweeted his support along with a photo of himself with his arm around a smiling child with shoulder-length hair.

'As the proud grandpa of a transgender grandchild, I hope she can feel safe at school without fear of being bullied,' he wrote.

February 20, 2015

Both countries have severe anti-gay laws

Several prominent LGBTI members of Congress have urged US President Barack Obama to drop Brunei and Malaysia from a major trade deal if they do not repeal their severe anti-gay laws.

In a letter dated 18 February, five of the six co-chairs of the LGBT Equality Caucus praised the president's gay rights record but sought clarification on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which his administration is trying to fast-track through Congress.

'We urge you to bring consistency to the administration’s foreign and trade policy,' the letter reads.

February 17, 2015

The RuPaul's Drag Race star shares her travel stories with Gay Star News

Pandora Boxx has undoubtedly been one of the stars to emerge from the phenomenon that is RuPaul's Drag Race. A frequent flyer who jets around the world to perform, we recently caught up with Pandora to swap travel stories.

What's been the most random destination you've visited?

February 16, 2015

California just got hairy

Over two thousand bears have descended on Palm Springs in California for a huge party – namely, the second International Bear Convergence.

The sunshine-drenched blowout – which must be a contender as one of the best-named LGBTI events ever – took over Renaissance Palm Springs across Valentine's weekend.

The get-together, which featured pool parties, concerts and fashion shows, has seen attendance shoot up 200 percent since last year's debut, according to head organizer Steve Harris.

February 12, 2015

Founder of Out In The Vineyard shares his love of his heart-warmingly beautiful hometown

I've lived here since… The year 2000, when a tech job brought me back home to wine country. Sonoma Valley was the mid-point between my handsome partner, Brian's work and mine. I never would have imagined being in rural America again, after having grown up here, but it’s been an incredible place to enjoy a luxury lifestyle with great friends, incredible cuisine and of course, luscious wine.

February 12, 2015

Founder of Out In The Vineyard shares his love of his heart-warmingly beautiful hometown

I've lived here since… The year 2000, when a tech job brought me back home to wine country. Sonoma Valley was the mid-point between my handsome partner, Brian's work and mine. I never would have imagined being in rural America again, after having grown up here, but it’s been an incredible place to enjoy a luxury lifestyle with great friends, incredible cuisine and of course, luscious wine.

February 8, 2015

Jenner was traveling north on the Pacific Coast Highway when the accident occurred

Police authorities are considering issuing warrants for the drivers involved in Bruce Jenner's car accident.

The Olympic gold medalist was part of a 3 car incident yesterday, 7 February, that left one woman dead and injuries to seven.

February 7, 2015

Allegiance inspired by Star Trek icon's experiences in Japanese American internment during World War II

George Takei is Broadway bound.

The Star Trek announced on social media this week that the musical Allegiance - inspired by his childhood spent in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II -will open on Broadway this fall.

'At long last, my legacy project Allegiance finds a Broadway home,' Takei wrote on Facebook. 'It's been a long and challenging time, but the world will at last get to see this important, compelling and moving show.'

February 7, 2015

Kim Kardashian's stepfather was miles from his Malibu, California home

Bruce Jenner was part of a fatal car crash.

According to People he was driving on the Pacific Coast Highway, near his Malibu, California home, when the 7 February (Saturday) accident happened.

The 65-year-old  sustained no injuries, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has confirmed one fatality.

February 6, 2015

LGBTIs are flocking to California

Over 400 gay pilots have united for a massive convention in Palm Springs.

Members of the National Gay Pilots Association from around the world decided to mark the organisation's 25-year anniversary with the meeting in California this week – the biggest event in its history.

The convention at the Renaissance Palm Springs Resort included a performance by drag act, Miss Coco Peru.

The event was supported by a whopping 21 airlines, including CommutAir, Envoy and Horizon Air.