Tag Archives: California

CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bill Banning “Gay Panic” Defense

The bill also bans “transgender panic” as a valid defense for violent crimes. California is the first state to enact such a ban.

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Homocon House Candidate Carl DeMaio Hires & Fires Racist Staffer On Same Day

Homocon GOP House candidate Carl DeMaio hired and then fired a campaign staffer yesterday after discovering racist and anti-Semitic messages on his Twitter feed.  Former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who is running for the Congressional seat held by Democrat Scott Peters, fired college student Blaise Hahs after tweets containing hashtags like ‘#smartniggaprobzz’ and comments such as “Who wants ...

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CALIFORNIA: 100 Drag Queens To Protest “Real Name” Rule At Facebook HQ

One hundred drag queens will reportedly descend on Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters tomorrow in a protest over the “real name” rule that has seen many profiles deleted. Via Techcrunch: Trannyshack founder and drag queen Heklina woke up this morning to discover her Facebook profile page had been completely erased from existence. She’d heard of this happening to other queens in ...

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“Six Californias” Plan Fails Petition Count

According to a just-completed preliminary count, the billionaire behind the plan to divide California into six new states did not turn in enough valid petition signatures to place the issue on the 2016 state ballot. The measure needed 807,615 valid voter signatures to qualify, and the Six Californias campaign turned in nearly 1.14 million in mid-July. But several weeks of ...

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CALIFORNIA: Bill To Ban “Gay Panic” Defense Awaits Signature Of Governor

California should soon become the first state to ban the so-called “gay panic” defense in violent crimes against LGBT citizens. A bill awaiting Brown’s approval would prohibit the use of the defense — the argument that a violent act was triggered by the revelation of a victim’s actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation — in ...

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HomoQuotable – Robert Oscar Lopez

“Dear Governor Brown, I work for you. I am an Associate Professor of English and Classics at California State University-Northridge. I know that a bill, AB 1951, sponsored by Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles, may reach your desk for signature soon. It will allow for birth certificates to be issued, which indicate gay men as ‘mother’ and lesbians as ‘father.’ ...

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Leather Controversy At Oakland Pride

Oakland’s first Pride parade is today, but according to the San Francisco Chronicle, the leather community is not invited. One thing you probably won’t find at Oakland’s first LGBT Pride Parade on Sunday: partially clad men in leather chaps. What you will find is the Jolly Trolly from Children’s Fairyland, pony rides, antique fire engines and singer/drummer Sheila E. Instead ...

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SAN DIEGO: Cops Suspect Inside Job In Trashing Of Homocon Carl DeMaio’s Office

Remember a few months ago when the office of homocon US House candidate Carl DeMaio was trashed just days before the primary? Remember how reporters suspected an attention-seeking inside job? Via U-T San Diego: Two former staffers may be the ones responsible for a burglary at GOP congressional candidate Carl DeMaio’s Mira Mesa campaign headquarters on the eve of the ...

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Little Caesars Chain Sued For Denying Insurance Benefits To Gay Couples

Via Reuters: A former trainee manager at Little Caesars pizza in California sued the company for discrimination on Wednesday, accusing the Detroit-based chain of denying employees health insurance benefits for their legally wed same-sex spouses. The lawsuit was brought in state Superior Court in Orange County, regional headquarters for the nation’s third-largest pizza chain, by Frank Bernard, 47, who said ...

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Major Quake Rattles Bay Area

The 6.0 M near the Bay Area this morning was the largest quake to hit that area since the Loma Prieta earthquake almost 25 years ago.— USGS (@USGS) August 24, 2014 UPDATE: At least 70 people were injured by this morning’s earthquake in California. Damage reports are coming in. http://t.co/Ow5OxhnoCD— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) August 24, 2014 #California hit by biggest #earthquake ...

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CALIFORNIA: Senate Shelves Bill To Mandate Condom Use In Porn Statewide

In November 2012, Los Angeles County voters approved a bill that mandates the use of condoms in all local porn productions. The bill’s passage resulted in a 90% decline in porn production permit applications in the county. Yesterday the California state Senate killed a bill that would have expanded that mandate statewide. The measure, set aside by the Senate Appropriations ...

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New From Homocon Carl DeMaio

His latest attack against the Democratic House incumbent: “Scott Peters voted to spike government employee pensions even though he knew San Diegans could not afford it. Because of Scott Peters’ pension scheme, many government employees now get pensions higher than $100,000 a year and some even became millionaires.”

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CALIFORNIA: Gay Man Sues After Doctor Lists Him As “Chronically” Homosexual

A Los Angeles gay man has filed a lawsuit after discovering that his medical records list him as having the “chronic problem” of homosexuality. Matthew Moore, 46, who is openly gay, said he was shocked to see his sexual orientation still described as a chronic condition more than a year after he complained about the use of the archaic medical ...

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CALIFORNIA: GOP “Christian Soldier” Candidate For Governor Arrested For Shooting Man And Killing Horse

A registered sex offender who ran in this year’s California GOP gubernatorial primary as a reformed “Christian soldier” has been arrested for shooting a man and killing a horse. Tye “Glenn” Champ, 48, was arrested without incident a day after Fresno County Sheriff’s officials say he opened fire during a dispute with his neighbor in Prather, a community about 30 ...

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LOS ANGELES: Porn Shoot Permits Drop 90% After Condom Use Mandate

In November 2012, Los Angeles County voters approved a bill that mandates the use of condoms in all porn video shoots. The Associated Press reports today that local applications for porn filming permits dropped by more than 90% last year. But that doesn’t mean that condom-less filming isn’t still taking place. So where are those hundreds of films available for ...

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“Six Californias” Plan Advances

The billionaire behind the plan to divide California into six new states says his group has gathered enough signatures to place the issue on the November 2016 ballot. Timothy Draper, a founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in Twitter, Skype and Tesla, among other companies, has been agitating for months for a ballot initiative to ...

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Fox News’ Keith Ablow: California Will Now Give Marriage Licenses To Three Humans And The Canine They Love

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SAN DIEGO: GOP Mayor Celebrates Pride

Via the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News: Kevin L. Faulconer today became the first mayor of San Diego to hoist rainbow flags over the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Faulconer, a moderate Republican who is one of the national chairs of the Mayors for the Freedom to Marry, kicked off the 40th anniversary of San Diego Pride at noon today ...

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Tony Perkins Has The California Sadz

Pretty much exactly as I predicted two hours ago.

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CALIFORNIA: Gov Signs Bill Removing “Husband” & “Wife” From Marriage Laws

Yesterday California Gov. Jerry Brown signed openly gay state Sen. Mark Leno’s bill which changes the wording in marriage statutes, replacing “husband” and “wife” with gender-neutral terms like “spouse.” The bill also removes limits on recognizing legal out-of-state same-sex marriages. Expect Tony Perkins to scream that it’s now a crime to say “husband and wife.”

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