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It’s official: SFO terminal named for Harvey Milk

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:27:25 UT

San Francisco Mayor Mark Farrell on Monday signed legislation that approves naming the new Terminal 1 at San Francisco International Airport for Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in California history.

Website in China reverses ban on gay content after outcry

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:11:09 UT

BEIJING — One of China’s top social networking sites announced Monday that it will no longer be censoring content related to gay issues after the plan triggered a loud public uproar. was flooded over the weekend with the hashtags “#I’mGay” and “#I’mGayNotaPervert” after the Twitter-like platform said cartoons and short videos with pornographic, violent or gay subject matter would be investigated over a three-month period. The microblogging site said in its amended post: “This clean-up of games and cartoons will no longer target gay content.” A company spokesman refused to clarify how the platform would treat short videos with gay content.

Supporter of same-sex marriage wins Costa Rican presidency

Mon, 2 Apr 2018 04:11:37 UT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — The governing party won a big presidential runoff election victory Sunday as many voters rejected an evangelical pastor who had jumped into political prominence by campaigning against same-sex marriage. The head of the Supreme Electoral Council, Luis Antonio Sobrado, said that with 90.6 percent of ballots counted Sunday night, Carlos Alvarado of the ruling Citizen Action Party had 60.6 percent of the votes in the runoff election. His opponent, Fabricio Alvarado of the National Restoration party, had 39.4 percent. The two men are not related.

Milwaukee officials approve ban on gay conversion therapy

Tue, 27 Mar 2018 20:51:30 UT

MILWAUKEE — Therapists who try to change a minor’s sexual orientation will face fines in Milwaukee under a proposal approved Tuesday as a crowd of supporters of so-called conversion therapy yelled that the city’s council members who voted on it were evil. Mayor Tom Barrett has until April 7 to sign the ordinance and he plans to do so, his office said.

Story of Compton’s Cafeteriariot comes to stage

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 19:11:43 UT

Back in 1966, after tensions had mounted between San Francisco’s queer community and the authorities, a group of people, led by transgender women, rioted at a Tenderloin cafe called Gene Compton’s Cafeteria. The event predated the Stonewall Riots by two years, but was almost lost to history until historian Susan Stryker released a documentary about the subject in 2005. Now, the Tenderloin Museum and Bay Area playwright Mark Nassar have set the story to the stage and are presenting a play about the event on Thursday, Feb. 22. Nassar wrote the script with considerable help from two San Francisco trans women who frequented Compton’s at the time of the riot.

Gay workers protected by Civil Rights Act, court rules

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:28:41 UT

NEW YORK — A federal appeals court in New York on Monday became the second in the country to break with precedent and rule that U.S. anti-discrimination law protects employees from being fired because of their sexual orientation. Ruling in the case of a skydiving instructor who said he was fired after telling a client he was gay, the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said that while it and other courts around the U.S. had previously found that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act didn’t cover sexual orientation, “legal doctrine evolves.

Gay couple sue when State Department withholds son’s US citizenship

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 01:29:28 UT

Ethan Dvash-Banks was born 16 months ago in Canada, with the help of a surrogate mother, and now lives in Los Angeles with his parents, one of them a native of the United States. If his parents had been husband and wife, according to a newly filed lawsuit, Ethan would be recognized as a U.S. citizen. But his parents are a married gay couple, his biological father was born in Israel, and Ethan, whose permission to remain in the country expired in December, is now at risk of deportation. The State Department says its policy in such cases is to require evidence of a biological connection between the foreign-born child and a parent who is a U.S. citizen.

GLAAD finds more LGBTQ inclusion in film, TV

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:00:00 UT

The films “Call Me By Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “The Shape of Water,” and “Battle of the Sexes” are among the critical darlings dominating the nominations in the outstanding film category for the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards announced Friday, Jan. 19, by the LGBTQ antidefamation organization. Rounding out the category is “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women.” The nominees this year, said Zeke Stokes, GLAAD’s vice president of programs, reflect a continuing rise in LGBTQ representations from year to year. Notably, there are five contenders this year in the wide-release category for outstanding film, unlike last year when only two made the cut — “Moonlight” and “Star Trek Beyond.

Life with Shirley: How a trip to Washington, D.C. took me on a journey back in time

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:00:00 UT

Visiting Washington, D.C., for business in late 2016, I was drawn to the brand-new National Museum of African American History & Culture. At the time (shortly after its gala opening) the waiting list for tickets was eight months long to get in, but it was a warm, sunny day so I walked there from my hotel just to see what it looked like.

Activists seek to copy ‘gay panic defense’ ban in more states

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 06:32:38 UT

CHICAGO — Starting in January, Illinois will bar a rare criminal defense allowing the use of a victim’s sexual orientation as justification for violent crime, a ban gay rights advocates say they will attempt to replicate in about half a dozen states next year. Defense attorneys will no longer be able to mount the “gay panic defense” in Illinois, the second state after California to prohibit the tactic. It isn’t common, but one study shows it has surfaced in about half of all U.S. states and has been used with some success.

The Rev. John Frykman, ‘minister to the hippies,’ dies at 85

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 20:16:42 UT

In the 1960s, The Rev. John Harvey Frykman was known as “the minister to the hippies” in San Francisco. But that turned out to be just part of who he was. Seemingly limitless in his energy as the decades wore on, he had become a pioneering activist in the city by the time he died at 85, not just for his religious work as a Lutheran minister, but for his efforts in drug treatment, land preservation and gay and lesbian religious rights. Frykman died following a lengthy illness on Oct. 21 in a hospital in Los Angeles, where he was visiting from his home in San Francisco.

Fears rise over LGBT discrimination in conservative Paraguay

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:11:22 UT

ASUNCION, Paraguay — Mariana Sepulveda has been stabbed on the street, detained by police and expelled from her high school — all for being transgender in Paraguay, one of the most sexually conservative countries in Latin America. “I’ve felt hate for not being heterosexual,” said Sepulveda, 32, who now works for an advocacy group. “Raising a family, having a partner, adopting children seems out of reach because there are no legal conditions for us in Paraguay.” A lack of legal protections and prevalent macho attitudes have long stoked discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in the poor, mostly Roman Catholic country.

Child-support fight to test treatment of same-sex parents

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:17:19 UT

HONOLULU — National gay-rights advocates are watching how a child-support fight between a divorced lesbian couple plays out in Hawaii, likely the first such case before a state Supreme Court, experts say. A woman wants to sever her parental rights to a child her ex-wife gave birth to and is appealing a family court ruling denying that request to the Hawaii Supreme Court, which was set to hear arguments Thursday. The couple, who are not identified in the confidential family court case, married in Washington, D.C., in 2013 and moved to Hawaii because of military orders for the woman seeking to end her parental rights.

Gay parents in Arkansas gain equal treatment for birth certificates

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 23:41:57 UT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas’ governor has ordered health officials to treat married lesbian and heterosexual couples the same when listing the parents on a birth certificate, in an effort to comply with a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state’s birth certificate law was discriminatory. Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s directive came hours after a judge blocked the state from issuing any birth certificates until it complied with the June ruling. Arkansas stopped issuing and amending birth certificates for about two hours early Friday after the injunction by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox, who also canceled mediation he had ordered between attorneys for the state and three same-sex couples to find a fix to the law.

Same-sex marriage bill in Australia inspires a real proposal

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 20:49:41 UT

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian lawmaker giving a speech on same-sex marriage proposed to his gay partner Monday during Parliament’s debate on a bill that is expected to soon legalize marriage equality across the country. Tim Wilson, a 37-year-old lawmaker in the conservative coalition government, was among the first lawmakers to join the House of Representatives debate and toward the end of his speech popped the question to his partner of seven years Ryan Bolger, who was watching from the public gallery.