- The California Legislative LGBT Caucus is proud to bring back a series of brown bag lunches with caucus members. The second brown bag is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 with Assemblymember and LGBT Caucus Chair Rich Gordon in the State Capitol, Room 317 from 12 – 1 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Open to the entire Capitol community. Please RSVP to William.Kim@asm.ca.gov.
- Interested in learning more about LGBT organizing and building a social justice movement? Apply for the National Lesbian and Gay Task Force’s 2013 Academy for Leadership and Action Fellowship. Applications are due April 19, 2013. For more information, visit http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/about_us/academy_fellowship_description.pdf.
- Announcing Harvey Milk Champions of Change. To honor Harvey Milk’s legacy, the White House will recognize a group of outstanding openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) state and local elected and appointed officials as “Harvey Milk Champions of Change.” Members of the public are invited to nominate candidates for consideration. Nominees should be LGBT individuals who have been elected or appointed to state or local office, and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service. Click here to nominate a Harvey Milk Champion of Change before Friday, April 19, 2013 (Note: Under “Theme of Service” please choose “Harvey Milk Champions of Change”).
The Supreme Court has heard oral arguments for Hollingsworth v. Perry on Tuesday and United States v. Windsor. For audio and written transcripts, click here Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop 8) and United States v. Windsor (DOMA).
- NBC/WSJ poll: 53 percent support gay marriage, http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/11/17708688-nbcwsj-poll-53-percent-support-gay-marriage.
- Delaware becomes latest state to take up gay marriage, http://news.yahoo.com/delaware-become-latest-state-gay-marriage-190635805.html.
- Nevada Senate committee approves resolution on gay marriage, http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/apr/11/nevada-senate-committee-approves-resolution-gay-ma/.
- Bill O'Reilly Stands by Gay Marriage Support, Does Not Oppose Repeal of DOMA: VIDEO,http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bill-oreilly-continues-gay-marriage-437764.
- Leaders Predict Immigration Bill Will Exclude LGBT Protections, http://www.advocate.com/politics/2013/04/10/leaders-predict-immigration-bill-will-exclude-lgbt-protections.
Business & Politics
- Republican Party Says No to Same-Sex Marriage, http://swampland.time.com/2013/04/12/republican-party-says-no-to-same-sex-marriage/.
- Same-sex marriage, yes, but what about ENDA?, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/04/08/marriage-yes-but-what-about-enda/.
- Dan Winslow pushes FEC on gay couples' cash, http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/dan-winslow-wants-fec-gay-marriage-shift-89758.html.
- Baldwin reflects on first 100 days as U.S. senator, http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/04/10/tammy-baldwin-reflects-first-100-days-us-senator-gay-politics/.
- Social conservatives warn Priebus they could abandon GOP, http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/10/17691775-social-conservatives-warn-priebus-they-could-abandon-gop.
- Highest-ranking LGBT appointee leaves Obama administration, http://www.washingtonblade.com/2013/04/11/berry-to-exit-this-week-as-opm-director/.
Youth, Family & Education
- Obama budget adds domestic same-sex partners to Obamacare, http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/10/obama-budget-adds-domestic-same-sex-partners-to-obamacare/.
- A gay Boy Scout pushes for change, putting his Eagle Scout ranking at risk, http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/a-gay-boy-scout-pushes-for-change-putting-his-eagle-scout-ranking-at-risk/2013/04/11/d79ffa4a-a253-11e2-9c03-6952ff305f35_story_1.html.
- In the U.S., the HIV prevention fight has stalled, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/12/in-the-u-s-the-hiv-prevention-fight-has-stalled/.
- Promoting LGBT Adolescents’ Health and Well-Being, http://www.youthtoday.org/view_article.cfm?article_id=5969.
- Ben Carson walks away from Johns Hopkins speaking gig over anti-LGBT backlash, http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/11/ben-carson-walks-away-from-johns-hopkins-speaking-gig-over-anti-gay-backlash/.
- Med schools teaching courses on LGBT patient care, http://seattletimes.com/html/health/2020752030_healthlgbtxml.html.
- Organs donated by gay man rejected, called 'high risk', http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/story/2013/04/12/wdr-rocky-run-organ-donation.html.
- Working for a Healthy LGBT Community in Boyle Heights, http://www.frontiersla.com/News/Context/Story.aspx?ID=1935630.
- Take A Tour Of San Francisco’s Forgotten Gay Bars, http://www.queerty.com/lost-gay-bars-of-san-francisco-20130413/.
- West Hollywood Gripped By Meningitis Scare, Following Death of Young Man, http://www.queerty.com/west-hollywood-gripped-by-meningitis-scare-20130414/.
- What Actually Happened To That Same-Sex Couple In The Missouri Hospital, http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/04/12/1857741/what-actually-happened-to-that-same-sex-couple-in-the-missouri-hospital/.
- REPORT: Billions Of Taxpayer Dollars Fund LGBT Employee Discrimination, http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/04/09/1838671/report-billions-of-taxpayer-dollars-fund-lgbt-employee-discrimination/.
- Montana House advances bill to decriminalize gay sex, http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/montana-house-advances-bill-to-decriminalize-gay-sex/article_ba5827a4-1533-5e3d-8f75-8edfeea34ea5.html.
- Chicago police academy to accommodate transgender recruits, http://www.suntimes.com/news/brown/19378390-452/private-showers-for-transgender-police-recruits-a-win-for-inclusion.html.
- For Gay Chinese, Getting Married Means Getting Creative, http://www.theatlantic.com/china/archive/2013/04/for-gay-chinese-getting-married-means-getting-creative/274895/.
- French Senate Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/13/world/europe/french-senate-passes-same-sex-marriage-bill.html.
- LGBT community remembers Margaret Thatcher for the homophobic Section 28 law, http://sdgln.com/news/2013/04/08/lgbt-community-remember-margaret-thatcher-homophobic-section-28-law.
- A Huge Step Forward at USAID for the LGBT Community, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-d-rosenstein/a-huge-step-forward-at-usaid-for-the-lgbt-community_b_3061863.html.
- South Africa: Government condemns anti-LGBT violence following attack, http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/04/14/south-africa-government-condemns-anti-lgbt-violence-following-attack/.
- Ireland’s Constitutional Convention Votes Overwhelmingly In Favor Of Gay Marriage, http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/constitutional-convention-backs-extension-of-marriage-rights-to-same-sex-couples-1.1359910.
- Uruguay Becomes 12th Country In The World To Legalize Gay Marriage, http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/uruguay-poised-legalize-gay-marriage-nationwide-18927275.
- New Zealand Poised to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage on Wednesday, http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/mps-make-final-vote-gay-marriage-bill-5406392.
- The Rainbow Crosswalks Of Sydney, Australia, http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/the-rainbow-crosswalks-of-sydney-australia.
Sports & Athletics
- Major Pro Leagues Preparing For the ‘I’m Gay’ Disclosure, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/12/sports/hockey/nhl-announces-initiative-in-support-of-gay-athletes.html.
- The NHL's New Gay Rights Initiative, http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/04/11/nhl_announces_lgbt_rights_partnership_with_you_can_play_to_support_gay_athletes.html.
- Leagues prepare for day when gay athlete comes out, http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2013/04/11/lgbt-gay-athlete-you-can-play-nhl-nba-nfl-mlb/2075999/.
- Nike Among Sponsors Eagerly Awaiting An Openly Gay Pro Athlete, http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-11/gay-pro-athletes-get-backing-from-nike-to-nhl-as-sponsors-await.html.
- NFL Star Kerry Rhodes Claims He’s “Not Gay” After Super-Gay Candid Photos Surface, http://www.queerty.com/nfl-star-kerry-rhodes-claims-hes-not-gay-after-super-gay-candid-photos-surface-20130411/.
- Footballer Robbie Rogers Talks to 'Nightline' About Coming Out, Gays in Pro Sports: VIDEO,http://abcnews.go.com/US/gay-soccer-star-robbie-rogers-talks-nightline-coming/story?id=18956316.
Arts & Entertainment
- Who's On Top: OUT Power List 2013, http://www.out.com/2013/04/10/whos-top-power-list-2013.
- DC Introduces First Transgender Character in Mainstream Comics, http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/04/transgender-dc-comics-batgirl/.
- HBO to air series on human sexuality, http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/hbo-to-air-series-on-human-sexuality/2013/04/11/e6387a22-a2ef-11e2-9c03-6952ff305f35_story.html.
- New Kids on the Block singer Jonathan Knight Opens Up About Being Outed By Tiffany, http://www.afterelton.com/2013/04/renault-jonathan-knight-new-kids-on-the-block-cher.
- TV Turning The Tide In Favor Of Gay Marriage, http://www.ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=6060&wt.mc_id=1110466.
- Harrison Ford Wishes There Was Less Resistance to Marriage Equality, http://www.metro.us/newyork/entertainment/2013/04/11/harrison-ford-opens-up/.
- Poet Takes Aim At Michele Bachman In One-Minute Poetry Slam, http://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/poet-takes-aim-at-michele-bachman-in-one-minute-poetry-slam.
- Inside Ellen Degeneres And Portia De Rossi's Home, http://www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/inside-ellen-degeneres-and-portia-de-rossis-home.
Jobs and Opportunities
- Equality California is looking for a Communications Director. Location: Los Angeles or San Francisco. View job description here, http://www.eqca.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=kuLRJ9MRKrH&b=4025649&ct=10889659.
- PROJECT 10 Scholarship! The scholarship competition is open to all Southern California senior high school students who will be graduating and going onto higher education. Recipients need to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the advancement of LGBTQ civil rights. Applications are due May 11, 2013. For more information and to apply, visithttp://www.project10.org/scholarships/.
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