Tag Archives: California

CALIFORNIA: Ninth Circuit Court To Hear Appeal Of Man Arrested For Nudity At 2011 San Diego Pride

You may recall that in 2011 a gay man was arrested for “nudity” at San Diego Pride. On Friday the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the case. The San Diego Reader reports: Do San Diego police officers interpret public nudity laws differently for a gay man at a Gay Pride event than, say, a woman in a g-string ...

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Ben Shapiro Dares University To Arrest Him After Being Uninvited From Making Anti-Diversity Speech

The president of California State University Los Angeles has cancelled a planned anti-diversity speech by Ben Shapiro, suggesting that it would be better to plan a forum that also includes other viewpoints. Shapiro says he’ll make the speech anyway and is daring the school to arrest him.   Shapiro rants at Breitbart: “The campus fascists have taken over. I pay ...

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CALIFORNIA: OSHA Nixes Mandatory Condoms In Porn

Mandatory condom use by porn performers is already the law in Los Angeles County and the issue will be put to voters statewide in November thanks to a ballot initiative sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. However yesterday state OSHA officials declined to beat voters to the punch. From the Los Angeles Times: The state Division of Occupational Safety and ...

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CALIFORNIA: Assemblyman Evan Low Proposes Ban On State-Funded Travel To States With Anti-LGBT Laws

From the Bay Area Reporter: A gay California lawmaker wants to ban state-funded travel to states with anti-LGBT laws. Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) has introduced AB 1887, which would end state-funded travel to any state with a law in effect that sanctions or requires discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The announcement by Low’s ...

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SAN DIEGO: Naval Base Coronado Nominates Gay Man As Military Spouse Of The Year [VIDEO]

San Diego’s ABC affiliate reports: For the first time, the military spouse of the year nominee at Naval Base Coronado is gay. “I was the kid who didn’t want to be gay,” Brian Alvarado said. “I was scared.” But, there was no denying it. He met his husband, Matthew Alvarado, online two years ago. Matthew has been an active duty ...

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CALIFORNIA: Coastal Erosion Filmed By Drone [VIDEO]

From the New York Daily News: Dramatic drone footage has captured California homes on the brink of collapse at the edge of a cliff. Powerful weather caused by El Niño has eroded the land and left several in Pacifica buildings teetering over oblivion. The city declared a state of emergency last weekend partly due to accelerated erosion of the cliffs, ...

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Skywriters At Rose Bowl Parade: Trump Is A Fascist Dictator, Trump Is Disgusting [VIDEO]

Several skywriting planes are laying down anti-Trump messages over the Rose Bowl Parade today in Pasadena, California. Among the messages: “Trump Is A Fascist Dictator” and “Trump Loves To Hate Anybody.” Also: “Iowans Dump Trump” and “America Is Great, Trump Is Disgusting.” The messages appear to be from the people behind the website AnybodyButTrump.us. A very short clip is below.

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Federal Judge Rules That Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Covered By Landmark Title IX Law

The Los Angeles Times reports: A federal judge in California has ruled that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation falls under the purview of the landmark Title IX law, giving a broader interpretation to the 1972 statute that prohibits sex discrimination in the nation’s schools and colleges. In his 22-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Dean Pregerson said that discrimination ...

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CALIFORNIA: Hate Group Fails To Qualify Ballot Measure To Repeal Transgender Rights

Suck it, haters! Via the Associated Press: Backers of a proposed ballot initiative that sought to require transgender people to use the public restrooms that correspond with their biological sex say they have failed to qualify the measure for the California ballot. Monday was the deadline for the initiative’s sponsors to submit voter signatures to county election offices for verification. ...

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All Los Angeles Schools Closed Over Terror Threat

The Associated Press reports: All schools in the vast Los Angeles Unified School District have been ordered closed due to a threat, a spokeswoman Ellen Morgan said Tuesday. During a press conference Tuesday officials said they received the electronic threat and were still analyzing it. They said the action was being taken out of an abundance of caution. Schools would ...

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CALIFORNIA: Longtime Palm Springs Activist George Zander Dies Weeks After Brutal Gay Bashing

The Desert Sun reports: George Zander, who was a prominent activist in the Coachella Valley’s LGBT community, died Thursday, his husband said. Zander, 71, died “in loving arms and in very little pain,” his husband, Chris Zander, said in a Facebook post. “His passion and strength has paved the road for many of us to follow and build from. His ...

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REPORT: Female San Bernardino Shooter Had Pledged Allegiance To ISIS On Facebook

CNN reports: Investigators think that as the San Bernardino, California, attack was happening, female shooter Tashfeen Malik posted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Facebook, three U.S. officials familiar with the investigation told CNN. Malik’s post was made on an account with a different name, one U.S. official said. The officials did not explain how ...

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SAN BERNARDINO: Gay Man Among Murder Victims

Authorities have begun releasing the names of the 14 people murdered yesterday in San Bernardino. Among those killed was a local gay man who trained disabled adults to work in the Inland Regional Center’s coffee shop. The Los Angeles Times has published a heartbreaking account of how the news was finally broken to the victim’s boyfriend. Their story begins: Ryan ...

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SAN BERNARDINO: Muslim Group CAIR Condemns Killings, Family Says They’re Baffled [VIDEO]

Late last night the Council For Islamic Relations held a joint press conference with family members of the dead San Bernardino shooter. Business Insider recaps: CAIR executive director, Hussam Ayloush said, “We unequivocally condemn the horrific act that occurred today.” Muzammil Siddiqi, a religious director with the Islamic Society of Orange County, said “we have condemned all violence, everywhere” and ...

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SAN BERNARDINO: Cops ID Dead Shooter As Syed Farook, County Health Department Staffer

The Los Angeles Times reports: Two law enforcement sources identified one of the deceased suspects as Syed Farook, an American citizen. Public records show a person named Syed R. Farook was employed by the San Bernardino County Health department as an environmental health specialist, but it was not clear if that was the same person involved in the shooting. The ...

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SAN BERNARDINO: Cops Report Two Dead Suspects, One Male, One Female, Both In “Assault Clothing”

NBC News reports: At least 14 people were killed and two suspects were dead Wednesday after up to three people on a mission that authorities described as “possibly terrorism” barged into a holiday party in a California conference room and unleashed a bloodbath. The shooter or shooters fled in a black SUV after the shooting about at 11 a.m. (2 ...

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BREAKING: Mass Shooting In San Bernardino, 12 People Reported Dead, “Three Active Shooters”

Here we go AGAIN. KTLA reports: There were reports of at least 20 victims down amid an active shooter incident in San Bernardino late Wednesday morning, according to a San Bernardino Police Department official. San Bernardino Fire Department initially tweeted that they were responding to a report of a “20-victim shooting.” The call came in around 11 a.m. in the ...

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CALIFORNIA: Mandatory Condoms In Porn Measure Succeeds In Making Statewide 2016 Ballot

The Los Angeles Times reports: A California initiative that would require actors in adult films to wear condoms in sex scenes has qualified for the November 2016 ballot, officials said Wednesday. The measure was proposed by Michael Weinstein, president of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation, who said it is needed to provide statewide rules modeled on those adopted by ...

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CALIFORNIA: Haters Hail Houston In Renewed Push To Repeal Transgender Rights

Emboldened by yesterday’s result in Houston, California’s haters today rushed out a press release urging support for their campaign to place a repeal of transgender rights on the 2016 statewide ballot. They write: The people of Houston have spoken and defeated that City’s proposed bathroom ordinance. But it almost did not happen. The voters were almost denied the right to ...

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CALIFORNIA: GOP House Candidate Confesses That She Made Up Death Threats Against Her

Last year the US House candidacy of GOP former Stanislaus County Clerk and anti-abortion activist Karen Mathews Davis gained national attention when she claimed to have gotten death threats from anonymous writers who threatened to shoot her and her husband in the head if she didn’t withdraw from the race. While the feds investigated, Davis told the local press that ...

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