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April 15, 2015

Those in the New York City area will be spoilt for choice with workplace-related LGBT events and conferences next week, with the Rev Jesse Jackson among the many key speakers lined up to participate

A number of business-related diversity and inclusion events will take hitting the Big Apple next week.

As Gay Star Business has previously reported, LGBT Week NYC will run from 20-24 April. Organized by Community Marketing Inc, events will include an Entrepreneur Forum at the headquarters of Microsoft and an LGBT Travel & Hospitality Symposium at Google’s NY HQ.

April 9, 2015

#HerNameWasTaylor

A transgender girl from Fallbrook, California who was constantly bullied at school has committed suicide.

Family members confirmed that Taylor Alesana, 16, took her life on 2 April but details surrounding her death are not being revealed.

The teen uploaded make-up tutorials and vlogs on YouTube in which she described her experiences of bullying.

'I've lost friends – tons of friends – and it's been hell. I get my lunch and I sit down' she said in a video posted in November.

April 7, 2015

Even if the US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage must be legal in all 50 states, some self-governing American Indian reservations will continue to ban the practice

Around a dozen Federally recognized Native American tribes will continue to ban same-sex couples from getting married on their tribal lands even if the US Supreme Court produces a definitive ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 US states.

Federally recognized Native American tribes have the same powers as US states to pass laws governing the lands that fall under their reservations but they are not bound by the US Constitution like states are so any reform on the issue will have to come from within.

April 5, 2015

The Terminator star calls fellow Republicans 'out of touch' and 'choosing a politics of division'

Arnold Schwarzenegger, the former Governor of California, blasted fellow Republicans for choosing ‘a politics of division’ through Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The Terminator star wrote a column for the Washington Post in which he said while, as an American, he is concerned by the developments, he is furious as a Republican.

April 3, 2015

The ruling marks the first time a prisoner has won the right to transition whilst incarcerated in the state

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that the state of California must provide gender reassignment surgery for a transgender prisoner. 

Judge Jon Tigar made the ruling yesterday (2 April), insisting that denial of the procedure to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51 – who is currently serving a 17 year sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder in 1987 – was a violation of her constitutional rights. 

April 3, 2015

Ryan Donegan sent his partner on a romantic Instagram-style scavenger hunt

A gay couple from California who met on Instagram have shared their heartwarming marriage proposal video online. 

Ryan Donegan, 26, who spotted his partner Scott, 29, while he was casually browsing through the picture-based app over two years ago, commemorated their chance meeting by genuiously incorporating the app into his romantic marriage proposal. 

March 28, 2015

Says one survivor: 'They blanketed their abusive practices under the guise of Christianity'

Thousands of youth have been abused and hundreds have died while in residential programs that claim to help 'troubled' youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center announced at a news conference Friday that it has joined forces with Survivors of Institutional Abuse (SIA) to launch a national campaign to regulate these programs on a federal level.

March 26, 2015

Kamala Harris says proposal 'threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society'

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking a court to block a proposed ballot measure that seeks to make legal the execution of people for being gay.

The so-called Sodomite Suppression Act was filed last week by a Huntington Beach lawyer named Matt McLaughlin who paid $200 the file his proposal which he wants to appear on the ballot in November 2016.

'This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,' Harris said in a statement on Wednesday (25 March).

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

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 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 21, 2015

Heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting story about growing up in small-town Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi is a part of the world that writer/director Patrik-Ian Polk knows well. It's his home town, it's where he went to college, and it is where he has set his latest movie Blackbird.

Polk (together with co-writer Rikki Beadle-Blair) have taken the novel by Larry Duplechan and transferred the action from 1970s California to the conservative and religious heartland of present-day Mississippi.

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.