- 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.
- The LGBT Caucus of the California Democratic Party is holding a meeting this Friday from 4:30pm to 6:15pm at the convention center. For more information, contact Laurie McBride at Liberal-Values@comcast.net.
- The OUT & GREEK LGBT & Ally Conference is the only conference of its kind for LGBT and ally fraternity and sorority leaders to share, network and learn strategies to create safer, more LGBT inclusive fraternity and sorority communities. The conference will be held in partnership with the Association of Fraternal Leadership Values (AFLV) and the annual AFLV West Fraternal Leadership Conference on April 11-14, 2013, in Orange County – Costa Mesa, California. The conference represents an ongoing strategic partnership between Campus Pride and AFLV for building safer, more LGBT-inclusive fraternal communities and educating on LGBT issues within fraternities and sororities. Learn more and register here,https://campuspride.net/lambda10/outgreek/.
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).
- In 2011, only 15 senators backed same-sex marriage. Now 49 do. UPDATE: Now 50!, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/04/02/in-2011-only-15-senators-backed-same-sex-marriage-now-49-do/.
- Senator Bill Nelson endorses gay marriage, https://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/bill-nelson-endorses-gay-marriage-89647.html.
- The gay-marriage backer's playbook, https://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/gay-marriage-congress-89605.html.
- Reagan’s Daughter Says He’d Have Backed Gay Marriage, https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/us/politics/reagan-daughter-says-hed-have-backed-gay-marriage.html.
- Cuccinelli Spox: Sodomy Case ‘Not About Sexual Orientation’, https://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/cuccinelli-spox-sodomy-case-not-about-sexual-orientation.
- Editorial: Justice Ginsburg’s Misdirection, https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/03/opinion/justice-ginsburgs-misdirection-ahead-of-the-gay-marriage-rulings.html.
- John Roberts’ Ruse To Trap Kennedy On Marriage Equality, https://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/04/john-roberts-anthony-kennedy-doma-trap.php.
- Surprised At Speed Of Gay Marriage? Pot Legalization Is Next, https://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/04/marriage-equalitymarijuana-legalization.php.
- STUDY: Support For Gay Marriage Has Increased In Every State By 13.6%, https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/wp-content/uploads/Flores-Barclay-Public-Support-Marriage-By-State-Apr-2013.pdf.
- Roger Ebert's Case For The Freedom To Marry, https://www.buzzfeed.com/skarlan/roger-eberts-case-for-the-freedom-to-marry.
- What does it mean to be LGBT and Undocumented?, https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=QepXs7Ut7rk.
- HRC releases demands for core principles to be included in LGBT-inclusive immigration reform, https://www.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/ComprehensiveInclusiveImmigratonReform.pdf.
- Gay detainee accuses immigration authorities of endangering his life, https://www.sdgln.com/news/2013/04/05/gay-detainee-accuses-immigration-endangering-his-life.
Business & Politics
- Fred Karger on how he is building an LGBT-friendly Republican Party, https://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/conscience-realist/2013/apr/4/fred-karger-how-he-building-lgbt-friendly-republic/.
- Rhode Island Vote on Marriage Equality Expected by End of April, https://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2013/04/ri-senate-president-expects-a-same-sex-marriage-before-months-end.html.
- Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR): I'm 'Undecided' on Marriage Equality But Do Believe Being Gay is Not a Choice,https://5newsonline.com/2013/04/05/pryor-undecided-on-same-sex-marriage/.
- Second GOP House Lawmaker in Illinois Announces Support for Marriage Equality as NOM Repeats Its Threats,https://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-75269366/.
- Arizona town of Bisbee votes to sanction same-sex civil unions, https://azstarnet.com/news/state-and-regional/bisbee-votes-to-sanction-same-sex-civil-unions/article_d8171193-e4e4-55bd-ae1d-4d1cea4b4c69.html.
Youth, Family & Education
- About A Boy: Transgender surgery at sixteen, https://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/03/18/130318fa_fact_talbot.
- Texas Students And Lawmakers Target University LGBT Centers, https://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/04/04/1821111/texas-students-and-lawmakers-target-university-lgbt-centers/.
- HelpUsAdopt.org Seeks LGBT Applicants for Adoption-Assistance Grants, https://www.huffingtonpost.com/cooper-smith-koch/helpusadoptorg-seeks-lgbt-applicants-for-adoption-assistance-grants_b_3001591.html.
- Texas School Relents, Allows Trans Student To Wear A Dress To Prom, https://www.queerty.com/texas-school-relents-allows-trans-student-to-wear-a-dress-to-prom-20130404/.
- Scout Group Says “Discreet” Gays Are Fine, But Evil Activists Have To Be Kept Out, https://www.queerty.com/scout-group-says-discreet-gays-are-fine-but-evil-activists-have-to-be-kept-out-20130403/.
- Kristopher Sharp: UHD Student Targeted for Spreading AIDS, Promoting "Homosexual Agenda" on Campus,https://blogs.houstonpress.com/hairballs/2013/03/uhd_sharp_aids_posters.php.
- LGBTQ Christian youth camps preparing for summer outings, https://www.sdgln.com/news/2013/04/08/lgbtq-christian-youth-camps-summer-outings.
- Study Points to Possible Path to AIDS Vaccine, https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/04/health/aids-vaccine-path-suggested-by-study.html.
- Judge Strikes Down Age Limits on Morning-After Pill, https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/06/health/judge-orders-fda-to-make-morning-after-pill-available-over-the-counter-for-all-ages.html.
- How Gender Outlaw Kate Bornstein Raised $100K In Less Than A Week To Beat Cancer, https://www.buzzfeed.com/thomaspagemcbee/how-gender-outlaw-kate-bornstein-raised-100k-in-less-than-a.
- CDC: Smoking is “70% higher in the LGBT community,” burdens healthcare system, https://sdgln.com/news/2013/04/01/smoking-70-percent-higher-lgbt-community.
- Tyler Perry's HIV: Punishment For Your Sins?, https://www.buzzfeed.com/louispeitzman/tyler-perrys-hiv-punishment-for-your-sins.
- Richard Socarides Talks About His Father Dr. Charles Socarides, Who Pioneered Harmful Gay 'Conversion Therapy': VIDEO, https://www.imfromdriftwood.com/richard-socarides/.
- Drinking coffee halves the risk of liver cancer, https://www.aidsmap.com/Drinking-coffee-halves-the-risk-of-liver-cancer/page/2597690/.
- A Gay Leader Emerges in the 'Hood, https://www.laweekly.com/2013-04-04/news/deshawn-cole-gay-out-of-closet-watts-leader/.
- California courts familiar with gay parent issues, https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-cal-courts-gays-20130405,0,2434113.story.
- Mariam Chamberlain, Women’s Champion, Dies at 94, https://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/08/education/mariam-chamberlain-womens-champion-dies-at-94.html.
- Rick Warren's son lost in 'wave of despair', https://www.cnn.com/2013/04/07/us/matthew-warren-suicide/index.html.
- I'm a Bisexual Man: Why Is That So Hard For Me To Say?, https://www.buzzfeed.com/sethf7/im-a-bisexual-man-why-is-that-so-hard-for-me-to-say.
- Military Couple Jonathan and Dwayne: 20 photos from our wedding day, https://www.freedomtomarry.org/blog/entry/jonathan-and-dwayne-20-photos-on-our-wedding-day.
- Zambia chiefs call for ‘caging’ of gays after couples try to marry¸ https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/zambia-chiefs-call-%E2%80%98caging%E2%80%99-gays-after-couples-try-marry070413.
- Nepal, Once A Leader On LGBT Rights, Is Backsliding, https://www.buzzfeed.com/lesterfeder/nepal-once-a-leader-on-lgbt-rights-is-backsliding.
- Former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87, her legacy on gay rights, https://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/08/margaret-thatcher-s-legacy-on-gay-rights.html.
- More Than 3,000 Signed Up for Gay Protest of Putin in Amsterdam as Rainbow Flags Fly at Half Mast,https://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130408/gay-rights-activists-protest-putin-amsterdam-visit.
- Two Men Marry in First Traditional African Gay Wedding, https://www.mambaonline.com/article.asp?artid=7880.
- Gay sitcom becomes unlikely hit in Vietnam, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/vietnam/9971116/Gay-sitcom-becomes-unlikely-hit-in-Vietnam.html.
Sports & Athletics
- ESPN writer destroys Hannity for defending ‘homophobic slurs’ at Rutgers, https://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/07/espn-writer-destroys-hannity-for-defending-homophobic-slurs-at-rutgers/.
- Four Gay NFL Players Reportedly Considering Coming Out Of The Closet Together, https://www.buzzfeed.com/jpmoore/four-gay-nfl-players-reportedly-considering-coming-out-of-th.
Arts & Entertainment
- Transgender gamers share their stories, joys, and fears, https://www.penny-arcade.com/report/article/video-games-showed-me-who-i-could-be-transgender-gamers-share-their-stories.
- Adam Lambert and Boyfriend Sauli Koskinen Split, https://southfloridagaynews.com/articles/adam-lambert-and-boyfriend-sauli-koskinen-split/111347.
- Film Critic, LGBT Supporter Roger Ebert Dies, https://www.advocate.com/society/obituaries/2013/04/04/film-critic-lgbt-supporter-roger-ebert-dies.
- ’80s Sitcom Star Lydia Cornell Speaks Out For Gay Marriage And Her Lesbian Sister, https://politicallyhot.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-best-way-to-defend-gay-marriage.html.
- Jeremy Irons Responds to Outrage, Says He Is Far from Antigay, https://jeremyirons.net/2013/04/05/jeremy-irons-in-response-to-huffpostlive-chat/.
- Sigourney Weaver’s Message to Geeks OUT, https://geeksout.org/blogs/jono/dream-weaver-sigourney-weavers-message-geeks-out.
- Daddy Yankee Comes Out Of The Closet And Then Quickly Goes Back In, https://www.queerty.com/daddy-yankee-comes-out-of-the-closet-and-then-quickly-goes-back-in-20130403/.
- This Guy Is Obsessed With Becoming A Mermaid, https://www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/guy-is-obsessed-with-becoming-a-mermaid.
- Josh Hutcherson Gets Taped Up for Equality, https://www.queerty.com/josh-hutcherson-gets-taped-up-for-equality-20130403/.
- Best-Dad-Ever Magic Johnson On Helping His Gay Son Come Out, https://www.tmz.com/2013/04/04/magic-johnson-gay-son-ej-coming-out-interview-tmz-harvey-levin/.
- Gay Rapper Cakes Da Killa's 'Goodie Goodies': VIDEO, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mfc4EVHlNu0.
- Snoop Lion Not Sure if It Will Ever Be Acceptable to Be Gay in the Rap Music World, https://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/apr/06/snoop-dogg-lion-interview.
- Cindy McCain to star in Proposition 8 play, https://www.salon.com/2013/04/05/cindy_mccain_to_star_in_prop_8_play/.
Jobs and Opportunities
- Young People For is looking for an Advanced Leadership Program Coordinator. Location: Washington D.C. View job description here, https://www.pfaw.org/employment/young-people-advanced-leadership-program-coordinator.
- Equality California is looking for a Communications Director. Location: Los Angeles or San Francisco. View job description here, https://www.eqca.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=kuLRJ9MRKrH&b=4025649&ct=10889659.
- 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 https://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/about_us/academy_fellowship_description.pdf.
- 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, visithttps://www.project10.org/scholarships/.
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