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OZ - The Books Conference @Fresno State

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 31 March 2010 16:09
  • Written by Peter Robertson

Make plans today to attend OZ: THE BOOKS CONFERENCE at Fresno State! (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE FOR VIEWING)

ImageOZ: THE BOOKS CONFERENCE
May 14-16, 2010

Presented by the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Student Literature
at California State University, Fresno

(Fresno, Calif.) This international Oz conference features a musical, "Time Again in Oz" produced by the Fresno State Theatre Arts Department and directed by J. Daniel Herring. Playwright Suzan L. Zeder, who based the play on the third Oz book, Ozma of Oz, will also be a speaker.

Enjoy lectures with 40 guest speakers and book signings by authors including:

Image• JOHN FRICKE
“100 Years of Oz” and “The Wizard of Oz: An Illustrated Companion to the Timeless Movie Classic”

Image• TOMMY KOVAC
“The Royal Historian of Oz” and “Wonderland” series

Image• GREGORY MAGUIRE
“Wicked,” “Son of a Witch” and “Lion Among Men”

Image• DAVID MAXINE
“Oz-story” series and “Vintage Recordings of the 1903 Musical: The Wizard of Oz”

Image• DEE MICHEL
“Friends of Dorothy: Why Gay Men Love Oz”

Image• ERIC SHANOWER
“Adventures in Oz” and “The Age of Bronze”

The Henry Madden Library will also offer Oz exhibits and a Special Collections exhibit on the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. This world's fair attracted Oz creator L. Frank Baum and artist W. W. Denslow to Chicago, where they later formed a partnership to write and illustrate children's books.

Community media sponsors include Community Link, Central California Alliance, gaycentralvalley.com and the Bulldog Pride Scholarship Fund at Fresno State.

Advance reservations required. Call 559.278.8116. Online: arnenixoncenter.org.

ImageEnjoy the OZ-THEMED PARTY at the North Tower Circle on May 15th at 9 p.m.<

Colbert Comments On Ricky Martin

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 31 March 2010 08:26
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

 

ENDA Looks Better & Better

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 30 March 2010 09:16
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

ImageAccording to Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) passing ENDA looms on the horizon. In an interview with LGBT POV he explained...

"We have the votes to pass ENDA in the House and we hope to bring it before the committee I serve on – the Education Labor Committee – within the month – by the end of April. And then, once it passes the committee, it shouldn’t take more than a couple of weeks – a week or two – to schedule it for the floor.  It’s just a scheduling matter.

We think we would have passed it by now if it wasn’t for healthcare taking up much of the workload of our committee.

I don’t know about the Senate – but in the House, we expect to pass out substantially. It has substantial support. The Senate requires 60 votes so it’s a matter of getting some Republican moderates to support it."

Read the entire interview here...<

An Evening In The Garden

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 29 March 2010 17:08
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

On Saturday, April 24th from 6-9PM there will be a Fundraiser for the benefitting the San Francisco AIDS Foundation via the AIDS Lifecycle. "An Evening In The Garden" will be held at Gazebo Gardens at 3024 Van Ness Avenue, with hors d'oeuvres provided courtesy of Grand Occasions, wine courtesy of Englemann Cellars & LoMac Winery, and soft drinks provided by Pepsi. There will also be raffle prizes, a silent auction, guest speaker and live music by JJ Brown. $30 donation per person.

 

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Church Goes After Retired Minister

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 29 March 2010 12:32
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

A Presbyterian church in Northern California is going after a retired minister for marrying gay couples during the time of legal gay marriage in California. They've gone after her before for the same thing, but since those incidents were at a time when same sex marriage wasn't legal, they backed off. As for the fact that it was legal during the times of these charges? The church doesn't really care. As far as they're concerned, it's still "expressly forbidden" under their laws...

Read More Here...<

Ricky Martin Finally Comes Out

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 29 March 2010 12:02
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

 

Okay, Clay Aiken beat Ricky Martin to the punch? And for both of them it's because of their kids?

Ricky Martin has finally admitted to being gay, saying that "To keep living as I did up until today would be to indirectly diminish the glow that my kids were born with."

It's great that Martin has finally come around to stating what we all knew already. The fact that he's 38 years old and only now coming out is bit embarrassing, but at least he did it. It's odd that there's such a rise in the number of teenagers who are coming out while secure, well off and well loved entertainers can't seem to do it unless they're up against the wall. Just last week, James Randi "The Amazing Randi" came out of the closet, at 81 years old...you're wasting valuable years boys...

Read More Here...

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Questions about your Census form?

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 26 March 2010 12:14
  • Written by Jason Scott

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Kou, and I am working at the Questionnaire Assistance Center at the Equality California, Central Valley Field Office in Fresno. I want you reach out to you and your membership to let you know that I am here Tuesday through Friday, from 10:00am to 2:00pm to serve as help to this community. I can show you how to fill out the US Census or answer any questions that you might have in regards to the 2010 US Census. It is very important that every home completes and sends in the 2010 US Census because its results are how our federal government distributes money to the state and local communities for Hospitals, Schools, Transportation and Social Services.

Feel free to drop by my Questionnaire Assistance Center or any Assistance Center near you. We have more than 30 Questionnaire Assistance Centers located in Fresno County.  For information about a Questionnaire Assistance Center near you, please call 1-866-861-2010. You can also contact me at the Equality California Central Valley Field Office at 559-486-3000, Tuesday through Friday, between the hours of 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Sincerely,

Kou

Your Friendly Neighborhood Census guy!<

Gates Ups Protections for Gay & Lesbian Soldiers

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 25 March 2010 08:26
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who suggested and implemented a year long study into whether it is feasible to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell, made a major move to ease the time period of the study for gay and lesbian soldiers.

He's changed the terms under which gays and lesbians can be discharged under the policy, a kind of stopgap measure until DADT can be decided. The new rules include things such as a higher ranking officer must be involved, any "overheard" revelations from 3rd parties must be given under oath, and confidential statements made from gay or lesbian soldiers to such persons as clergy and therapists is now protected.

Add to that the following development...

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon, who heads Army forces for U.S. Pacific Command, was wrong to call on troops and their families to fight a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Mullen said if uniformed officers disagree with President Barack Obama's call for a repeal, the answer for them is "to vote with your feet."

This should be a strong indication that the administration is clearly leaning toward at least more protection for our gay and lesbian soldiers.

Read the whole story here...  and here... <

Visalia Pride Lions Dinner

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 25 March 2010 03:49
  • Written by Brooke

You are invited to our Charter Party April 17, 2010 at the Visalia   Convention Center’s San Joaquin Room

303 E. Acequia Ave. , Visalia , CA

No Host Social Hour

 Dinner

Ceremony

Dancing

 Dinner Attire Suggested

Raffle prizes throughout the evening

Dinner Entertainment by Ms. Julie Doctor

Dancing with DJ Nate ofRainbow Produktionz 

Tickets are available for advance purchase only until April 5th and are $35.00 each

Tickets will NOT be sold at the door !

Contact Pat Urruty with questions   (559) 739-1441

A special room rate is available at the Comfort Suites Inn (559) 738-1700, located across the street, for our out of town visitors.

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Dreading Sunday

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 23 March 2010 17:16
  • Written by Jacob Woods

        I was sitting in my chair and my eyes were fixated on one thing and one thing only. That one thing was the excruciating and painfully slow second hand of the clock. My ears were of no use to me as I sat there in English amongst annoying students waiting only to hear one thing. That one thing being the bell which signaled it was the weekend. The weekend only meant one thing as well. It meant I didn’t have to be in school.

        I didn’t have any plans for the weekend. I just wanted out of the building. Out of the way of noise and dramatic stories of the students I didn’t understand. The teacher continued reading out of the book periodically stopping to describe the details the students couldn’t get. I figured if we needed a history lesson behind each piece we read, what was the sense in even trying to understand the last half when we read it alone. This thought then was interrupted by the epiphany of what’s the point in even listening to the first half when it is the weekend and my mind is wired to think of other things through any comprehensible reading in the first place.

        Luckily the bell rang and I carefully waited for everyone to exit the room first before I casually filled in the end of the line as if I had something important to put away which was taking up time. I had put my papers in my folder slowly and told Mrs. Grethers, “You’re a wonderful reader! It makes the story understandable. Have a good weekend.”

        In teacher mode she replied folding up her lesson plans, “Thank you and you have a great weekend as well.”<

Be Counted - The Census

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 23 March 2010 07:46
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

ENDA Vote May Be Sooner Than You Think

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 22 March 2010 19:26
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

With Health Care Reform out of the way, a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill which would provide employment protections for LGBT Americans, could come as early as the first weeks in April.

Congress is on break from March 29th through April 9th, but Congressman Barney Frank predicts that a vote could easily happen soon after Congress resumes, and he also believes a win is a possibility.

Representative Tammy Baldwin also believes the votes are there to pass ENDA.

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Top 18 Effects Of Health Care Reform

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 22 March 2010 11:59
  • Written by Chris Jarvis


An End To Pre-Existing Conditions

Health Insurers cannot deny children health insurance because of pre-existing conditions. A ban on the discrimination in adults will take effect in 2014.

Small Business Tax Credits

Businesses with fewer than 50 employees will get tax credits covering up to 50% of employee premiums.

Seniors Get 'Donut Hole' Rebate

Seniors will get a rebate to fill the so-called "donut hole" in Medicare drug coverage, which severely limits prescription medication coverage expenditures over $2,700. As of next year, 50 percent of the donut hole will be filled.

More Young Adults Covered On Parents' Plans

The cut-off age for young adults to continue to be covered by their parents' health insurance rises to the age 27.

No Lifetime Caps

Lifetime caps on the amount of insurance an individual can have will be banned. Annual caps will be limited, and banned in 2014.<

Prom Court Case Heard Today

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 22 March 2010 11:42
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

ImageThe court case brought by the ACLU against the Mississippi school district which cancelled the school prom rather than have Constance McMillen attend in a tuxedo with her girlfriend was heard Monday.

While school officials tried to deflect blame by saying they considered cancelling the prom before McMillen's request, for other reasons, and then blamed school disruptions over McMillen's request, under cross examination they admitted that the reason for the cancellation was McMillen.

Both sides were heard in court today and the judge has promised a swift ruling.

Parents of the town are planning their own prom which McMillen has said she was unaware of, while the ACLU, with other gay rights groups, is planning a prom which will welcome LGBT teens.

Read more of the story here... <

Judge Orders Documents From ACLU & EQCA

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 22 March 2010 11:34
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

ImageA new twist has occurred in the Prop 8 trial. Judge Walker has ordered the ACLU and Equality California to turn over relevant emails and campaign memos which were distributed during the time that the battle over Prop 8 was raging. Walker has stated that the sponsors of Prop 8 are entitled to the information as evidence.

Protect Marriage, the group sponsoring Prop 8, has already been forced to turn over their own documents as evidence. While the trial is already on hiatus, the new developments could delay an outcome. April 12th is the deadline for the documents to be turned in.

Read the whole story here...&nb

VIDEO: Real Time - OVERTIME

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 21 March 2010 20:48
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

What's the problem with politics? Check out this OVERTIME clip from the most recent REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER...Big BONUS...Gavin Newsom...

VIDEO: Dan Choi Speech Just Prior To Action

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 21 March 2010 20:28
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

VIDEO: Kathy Griffin in DC Part 2 - Now Get Off Her Back!

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 21 March 2010 19:59
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

I have to say that throughout last week's actions in DC, when Dan Choi, Jim Pietrangelo and Robin McGeHee were arrested, the strangest part of the whole thing was the consistent criticism of Kathy Griffin. I don't have a problem with the criticism of Joe Solomnese (and that's said with nothing intended, as I haven't seen footage of what actually happened between him and Choi. I'll note, however, that in the attached video, Choi makes a statement which seems to be, at least in terms of manners, an alliance with Solomnese when he says "We are on the same team", but again, I could be mis-interpreting that...), but what's the deal with the negative missiles hurled at Kathy Griffin? For anyone asleep, Kathy Griffin is one of the loudest and most public defenders of LGBT civil rights in this nation. She had a planned event in DC which she used to discuss the inequities of DADT, which she will later re-broadcast on her Emmy award winning, highly rated television show which, by the way, reaches millions of people.

Yet after she spoke in DC, after she invited Dan Choi to the podium to speak (after, by all accounts, Joe Solomnese of the Human Rights Campaign refused to do...), she's been decried over and over on the internet and called out specifically by Choi and McGehee, both stating that Don't Ask Don't Tell "is not a joke".

So let's get this straight...because Kathy uses humor to reach millions of people, in an effort to bring about change to the discriminatory policy of DADT, she's to be criticized? And can anyone actually say that Griffin truly believes that DADT is a joke? Or that, for that matter, ANY AMERICAN believes DADT is a joke? Come on.

If there's one ugly aspect to LGBT activists in this nation, it's the fact that their way is the ONLY way. Why is it that when others are working, in their own way, to their own audience, to create change, some activists feel compelled to denounce them for it?

Kathy Griffin believes strongly in the civil rights of LGBT Americans and proves that on her television show and in her personal life, consistently. Barney Frank believes it as well, but he was, and continues to be, denounced by a portion of the LGBT community simply because he expressed an opinion. An opinion, mind you, in support of the same end result as those who criticized him.

Health Care Reform Is A Reality

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 21 March 2010 19:19
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

 

Health Care Reform has become a reality, against the wishes of the vast number of Republicans in the country. With a 219-212 vote, the House passed the Senate approved bill on Sunday, sending it to the President's desk for signature, which is assured. Whether the Senate, which takes possession of the bill now, chooses to act or not, it's a done deal, only requiring Obama's signature.

It remained heated until the end, with Representative James E. Clyburn of South Carolina, the No. 3 Democrat in the House, declaring the bill the "Civil Rights Act of the 21st century," while Republican Lincoln Diaz-Balart from Florida called it "a decisive step in the weakening of the United States."

One thing is sure, virtually all our politicians have become nothing more than career lobbyist supporters, as the bill is far more weakened than it started out to be. While Democrats certainly share the blame in the watering down of this vital piece of legislation, nothing will erase the disgraceful and shameful acts and words of conservatives and Republicans across the nation who dove into a world of fearful fantasy in a (successful) attempt to gather weak minded Americans to their cause, all in an effort to protect their corporate funding.

I thought the Presidency of GW Bush was as low as it could go, but watching the orchestrated and anti-American rhetoric of Republicans and conservatives throughout this debate has shamed this country more than anything I can recall. Who was against health care reform? Conservative Americans who have health insurance and a lack of interest in the truth, that's who. All those "patriotic" Americans who continue to shout down the debate, yelling about the cost (which actually, according to the terms of the bill, will create savings over time...) when they don't object to the cost of the illegal war overseas, which would have easily funded health care for ALL Americans.

True, this bill is not radical enough. As Obama put it, “This isn’t radical reform,” he added, “but it is major reform.”

But a start is a start. And as Americans have consistently proven, they are, for the most part, lacking in logic and reason, but welcoming to group mentality and easily adaptable to societal norm. Once in place, without a doubt, a certain percentage of limp minded Americans will support the new legislation, even if they can't explain why. After that, the rest is in the tweaking.

America is not a bright nation. At least this provides a light at the end of the chaotic tunnel. Moths move toward the light, don't they?

Read the whole story here...
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VIDEO: Crazy Crazy Conservatives

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 19 March 2010 10:41
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

We Can Do It! Campaign Launches

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 19 March 2010 10:16
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

The website Open Artist Movement has launched a new campaign titled We Can Do It! The photo campaign aims to build solidarity and personal strength through positive messaging. The goal is to bring to life modern iconic individuals, by depicting them as powerful and not victims in support of the global LGBT movement worldwide.

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Prints are for sale on the site.


VIDEO: Robin McGehee Speaks About DC Action

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 19 March 2010 10:05
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

VIDEO: Dan Choi Speaks After Being Released From Jail

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 19 March 2010 10:02
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

VIDEO: Constance McMillen on Ellen

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 19 March 2010 09:42
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

VIDEO: Dan Choi Speaking At White House Before Arrest

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 19 March 2010 09:22
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

VIDEO: Kathy Griffin In DC

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 19 March 2010 09:17
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

St Patrick's Day Fundraiser @The Express

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 18 March 2010 12:47
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

We had a great night last night at the Fresno Express for the St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser for Gay Central Valley! The night was a great success and we thank all those who came out in support of the organization. Big thanks to Lee and Malibu at the Express, to our fabulous performers DivaLicious and Chantal and all the volunteers who came out to help with the festivities. Here are a few pictures of the night with more to come...

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ABC30 Coverage of FCC Findings

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 18 March 2010 12:32
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

Activist Arrests In DC

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 18 March 2010 12:27
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

 

Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo were handcuffed to the White House fence today in protest of DADT. Local Robin McGehee, who participated in the action was arrested, as were Choi and Pietrangelo.

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Restore Equality 2010 Makes A Strange Move

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 17 March 2010 09:49
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

Restore Equality 2010 has made a strange and bold move in the last days of its signature gathering campaign to get a measure on the November ballot which could overturn Prop 8. They've announced they're now collecting electronic signatures as well as paper signatures. This has never been done before, and to help them with the effort, Restore Equality has enlisted the start-up company Verafirma.

The LA Times recently reportedthat Michael Ni, a co-founder of Verafirma, submitted an electronic signature to the clerk's office in San Mateo, signed through the touch screen of his iPhone for the measure to legalize marijuana. The purposeful act was done in order to challenge current law, which does not allow electronic signatures to be collected for the initiative process. Currently, no state allows electronic signatures for initiatives, which makes it confusing as to why Restore Equality would choose to go this route.  Ni's signature will be considered by the State Attorney General's Office.

Three states are currently debating electronic signatures. California, in this case, and Nebraska and Utah in similar cases. Decisions in California and Nebraska are pending, while the Utah Attorney General has already issued a 5 page analysis of the matter in his state, ruling that "the laws governing initiatives do not contemplate or allow for the use of electronic signatures."

There still is no word from Restore Equality about how many signatures they have collected and how many they need to meet the requirement of about a million signatures by April 12th.<

FCC Sides With Students

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 17 March 2010 08:33
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

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Looks like Fresno City College has called out Professor Lopez for his teaching style. After becoming a major news attraction recently, as well as a target of the ACLU, Lopez denied any wrong doing regarding his teaching methods. The College has now weighed in...

Fresno City College authorities found that Dr. Brad Lopez, a health instructor, “engaged in conduct that could result in the creation of a hostile learning environment by unreasonably interfering with students’ learning by making insulting comments directed at homosexuals.”

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CCA Brings The SF Gay Men's Chorus To Fresno

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 16 March 2010 18:44
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

BIG NEWS! Central California Alliance (CCA) is bringing the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorusto the Tower Theater in Fresno on Harvey Milk Day, Saturday, May 22nd. Gay Central Valley  encourages the community to purchase tickets to support this project, as a portion of the ticket proceeds will be used to help fund a planned LGBT Community Center here in Fresno.  CCA has brought several community members in as an Advisory Board to assist with the goals and direction the planned Community Center will take. A Central Valley LGBT Community Center is long overdue and will be a monumental asset to LGBT citizen in the Central Valley. Only through the assistance of everyone in the community can this project take shape and flourish. Gay Central Valley fully supports this venture.

 

This performance by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus is part of their 2010 California Freedom Tour,which is described on their website...

The Chorus will present a concert of uplifting and joyous music that speaks directly to the experience of seeking freedom in the face of discrimination. This is the first time that San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has embarked upon a tour of California and the first time that the Chorus is collaborating with local charities in the Redding/Chico area to raise funds to help them with their work. 100% of all concert proceeds will be invested back into local community programs. The objective is to reach out to diverse communities in the universal language of music with an inspiring and affirming message of acceptance.

The concerts in Chico and Redding are the first leg of a statewide tour that plans to take in Fresno, Bakersfield and Tracy later in the year (May-July). More details of these events will be posted as it becomes available.

The tour has already appeared in Redding and Chico, California to sell out crowds. After Fresno, the tour is scheduled to move on to Bakersfield and Tracy.

The Official After Party for the concert in Fresno on Saturday, May 22nd, will be held that night, after the performance, at the North Tower Circle in Fresno. A $5 cover charge will be collected at the door. All door proceeds will go toward assisting the planned LGBT Community Center.

We urge the community to fully support this project during this event and in the future. The LGBT Community in Fresno and the Central Valley needs a space in which to disseminate information and come together, and an LGBT Community Center would be that pla

Top 10 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gay

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 16 March 2010 09:34
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

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Recently outed Senator Roy Ashburn is only #5 on the list of the Top 10 Anti-Gay Activists Caught Being Gayaccording to Ranker.com

Check out the whole list HERE

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Conservative Policies = HIV On The Rise

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 16 March 2010 09:16
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

The head of the UN AIDS Agency, Michel Sidibe, is laying it on the line. With direct and pointed words, he stated yesterday that "it is unacceptable" that 85 countries still have laws criminalizing homosexuality. In fact, seven countries punish homosexuality with the death penalty.

Sidibe described the "growing conservatism" around the world frightening. The fact that conservative policies are increasing and that HIV is on the rise among groups which are not only being discriminated against but facing harsh criminal punishments, is a recipe for disaster. Sidibe warns of a rise in HIV of "epidemic" proportions.

He also pointed out that in Caribbean countries, most of which don't have repressive laws, that only about 5% of HIV is among men having sex with men. The United States, however, is shockingly seeing a spike in new HIV cases, with around 50% of those among homosexuals. Some of this, he concluded, is due to a new "complacency" about the disease.

"We must insist that the rights of the minorities are upheld. If we don't do that... I think the epidemic will grow again," he warned. "We cannot accept the tyranny of the majority."

In his analysis we can see one of the most dangerous side effects of conservative and restrictive governments. While gays struggle the world over for basic civil rights protections, epidemic disease can be a result of isolation of various groups in the population, groups which are limited in their access to fair and available medical treatments and information. While these governments will undoubtedly entertain the thoughts that perhaps it wouldn't be too bad if certain groups in the population would start dying off, they're missing the piece that will in the end, be their undoing as well. HIV is alive and well among all groups in the population, and while they may not belong to the groups at highest risk now, they will eventually be the population left, the only population left for HIV to attack.

Governments choosing to criminalize and restrict certain groups based solely on some false morality they've created for themselves can come to no other result but to destroy civilization itself, not just the marked parties.

Read more about the warnings of Michel Sidibe HERE
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VIDEO: GLAAD Awards - Will Phillips Acceptance Speech

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 15 March 2010 09:37
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

I've written about 10 year old Will Phillips before. I'm not much of a hero person, but if anyone qualifies in my book, it's this brave young man. He garnered national attention for refusing to say the Pledge Of Allegiance in school until all LGBT Americans were granted equal rights. Now, GLAAD has bestowed an award on him for his courageousness. Watch his incredible acceptance speech...

 

VIDEO: Will Phillips Accepts GLAAD Award

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 15 March 2010 09:31
  • Written by Chris Jarvis
I've written about 10 year old Will Phillips before...explaining that I'm not much for heroes, but this boy is a hero of mine. He refused to say the Pledge Of Allegiance in school until LGBT Americans have equal rights. He garnered national attention for that brave move and now GLAAD has bestowed an award on him for that action. Watch his incredible acceptance speech...

VIDEO: Wanda Sykes & Constance McMillen

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 15 March 2010 09:22
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

Porn Fiasco

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 15 March 2010 09:14
  • Written by Jacob Woods

If I were to type it in it wouldn’t be that bad. I mean I can just erase the history. But what if mom comes home early? It doesn’t matter; she won’t be home until like four. That gives me a hour and a half. I can just look at a couple of bad pictures and be done. What if she finds them though? What if somehow my brother hacks into the history and finds it? I don’t care. It is totally worth it.

I type in the raunchy gay pornography site and proceed to do what boys do. The only problem is I am wrong. Not because it is pornography but because it is the same sex. I feel guilty for being sinful and giving into my sins. I am demented by the devil for sure.

Who in the world could possibly think the same sex is attractive? I mean, there is something wrong with me for sure.

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Gavin Newsom Announces Run

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 12 March 2010 09:15
  • Written by Chris Jarvis
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Gavin Newsom is back, baby...Although he dropped out of the Governor's race, he's just made the following announcement regarding a run for Lt. Governor...

Just announced that I am running for Lt. Gov.! I want to say thank you for eveyone's support today and over the years. I hope you will join me in this campaign to help take what is right about California and fix what is wrong in Sacramento.

GavinNewsom.com<

Atlanta Eagle Employees Win

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 12 March 2010 08:18
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

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A little more justice today as the employees of the Atlanta Eagle bar, who were arrested in September for supposedly "lewd dancing without a permit" (what century are we even living in??) have been declared NOT GUILTY.

Read the story here...

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ACLU Takes On Shameful Mississippi School

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 12 March 2010 08:12
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

ImageImageReading about Constance McMillen, the young girl in Mississippi who asked to take her lesbian girlfriend to the prom, resulting in the school cancelling the event completely, I was left feeling defeated. Many recent events concerning LGBT civil rights have resulted in organization simply "pulling the plug". It was evident recently when the Catholic Church changed their policies in reaction to same sex marriage becoming legal in Washington DC. They abandoned their foster care program and removed health coverage for employee spouses. Now we have a bill in Oklahoma which hopes to ignore the recently instituted Federal Hate Crimes Legislation. And the Virginia Attorney General told colleges they can't provide protection for LGBT students.

What's it coming to when we now live in a country that for the most part won't vote in our equal rights as citizens, but which is now working to remove protections already on the books and simply abandoning programs if we become involved? Aggression against LGBT Americans is on the rise, and becoming more prevalent each day.

So it was comforting to hear that the ACLU has now filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi school that cancelled the prom in fear of seeing a lesbian couple out in the open, wearing, GASP!, tuxedos. I hope they kick their butts and bring shame where it belong, to the school board of this small, Mississippi community.

Read the whole story here...

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Oklahoma Gets Ugly All Over Again

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  • Published: Thursday, 11 March 2010 09:00
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

ImageImageAfter the recent story about conservatives in the Oklahoma legislature debating whether the government should be allowed to intrude on traditional marriage (while having zero problem with the government intruding on same sex relationships) here comes another stunner from the state.

Now, Republican Senator Steve Russell has taken a bill aimed at looking into secondary school education and inserted language to exempt Oklahoma from complying with the recently signed federal hate crimes bill. Basically, it would allow the state to not only ignore the federal law, but to destroy records in hate crimes cases which did not end in conviction.

From Russell...

"We just don’t want the pendulum to swing too far the other way,” he said. "This protects people to do or say whatever they want, as long as it complies with local ordinances.”

The bill has already passed the Oklahoma senate by 39-6 and now heads to the House.

It's bad enough that the courts aren't stepping in when the established equality of LGBT Americans is simply voted away by the populace, as in Maine, but now are we going to see the states literally thumbing their noses at FEDERAL laws, just to protect and continue to enshrine BIGOTRY into our lives? Why does the law only apply to heterosexuals where they "feel" it should apply, while the rest of us are daily being restricted more and more.

This country is in real trouble.

Read the whole story here... 

VIDEO: RuPaul's Drag Race Episode 5

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 11 March 2010 07:58
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

NYT Session with Boies & Olson

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 11 March 2010 07:51
  • Written by Chris Jarvis


David Boies and Ted Olson, attorneys in the CA Prop 8 case, sat down with Adam Liptak, Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, at the newspaper's Manhattan headquarters last night to discuss the landmark case.

The two were filled with optimism as well as reality, discussing their return either later this month or in early April to give their closing statements. They feel the case went extremely well and have confidence in Judge Walker, who may issue his ruling as early as June. Let me just say that it will be quite a celebration if Walker issues a ruling in our favor in June, national Gay Pride month...

Read the story here...

VIDEO: Saudi Man Jailed After Innocent Video Surfaces

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 11 March 2010 07:18
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

While we occasionally consider political actions in regards to protesting the lack of equality for LGBT Americans that may end up with us being arrested to prove a point, those ideas can't even be entertained in many, many other countries.

A young Saudi man decided to make a brief, YouTube video with a friend of his. Sitting in a car, dressed in a police uniform and brandishing a weapon, the young man pretends to check the other's license, finds its not proper, then puts on some music and moves about seductively. There's nothing more than that, nothing obscene or close to exposure, just a couple of young men fooling around and having fun. Unfortunately, the video caught the attention of the authorities and the man has been sentenced to a year in jail as well as physical punishment for "impersonating an officer" and "homosexuality".

As far as we still need to go in America to overturn the oppressive and constitutionally illegal denial of equal rights to LGBT citizens, consider for a moment what it's like to have any variation on what other consider to be a "normal and proper gender and sexuality".

You can see the video below...

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Officially Approved Same Sex Ceremonies in Mexico City

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  • Published: Thursday, 11 March 2010 07:07
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

ImageIn the first same sex ceremonies to be approved with legislative authority, Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard officiated five same sex marriages, despite continued criticism from the Catholic Church and other campaigning against the recent change in the laws. It's yet another area from around the world where acceptance of same sex marriage seems unlikely, and somehow astonishing considering how the United States seems to be moving backwards on this issue.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force spokesman Pedro Julio Serrano cheered the milestone. "People in the United States can look up to Mexico City and see a courageous legislature taking a stand," he said. "It's a model to follow."

Read more here...
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Lesbian Request Results In Prom Cancellation

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  • Published: Thursday, 11 March 2010 07:00
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

ImageA prom is an event that most high school students look forward to, both for its excitement as well as its sense of passage. All that ended in a Mississippi school recently when a lesbian student asked to bring a girl to the dance, and to, god forbid, wear a tuxedo.

Constance McMillan's request to take her girlfriend to the prom resulted the entire event being cancelled by the school district. They chose that option rather than risk problems when the ACLU got involved. It's a small, conservative town of about 4,000 in Itawamba county in Mississippi, so conservative in fact that nearby, ten years ago, school officials were sued over student led, daily intercom prayer.

Constance has returned to school after the decision and faced some verbal retaliation from other students who are disappointed in the prom's cancellation. Her parents support Constance, even pushing her to get right back to school and stand up for who she is. Chances of a privately sponsored prom don't seem likely.

Read more here...

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Disney Program Comes To An End

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 10 March 2010 13:17
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

The Give A Day Get A Disney Day volunteer program through the Disney Parks has come to an end. Gay Central Valley would like to thank all those who volunteered for our organization. Your help was generous and well needed and we hope that you consider volunteering in some way in the future, outside of the Disney Program. Disney issued the following statement regarding the end of this very successful program...

The overwhelming support we received for the "Give a Day. Get a Disney Day." program has helped us reach our goal of inspiring one million people to volunteer a day of service to their communities. The program has now ended. Although you can no longer register and sign up for volunteer opportunities on this site to earn a free Disney Theme Park ticket, you can still continue to give back to your community by locating and signing up for volunteer opportunities through HandsOn Network.

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VIDEO: The Daily Show - GayWatch Virginia Edition

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Wednesday, 10 March 2010 10:54
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

 

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Skittles Softball Up & Running

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  • Published: Wednesday, 10 March 2010 07:07
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

Image Gay Central Valley is happy to once again help sponsor The Fresno Skittles, a local LGBTQ (and allies) softball team . The skittles play other teams locally at the Regional Sports Complex , located 1707 West Jensen, on Jensen just past West Avenue. Games are an hour in length, played weekly on Wednesdays.

Their current schedule is as follows:
(all in field 4)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010: 6:00 PM
Wednesday, March 17, 2010: 8:00 PM
Wednesday, March 24, 2010: 9:00 PM
Wednesday, March 31, 2010: 6:00 PM
Wednesday, April 07, 2010: 8:00 PM
Wednesday, April 14, 2010: 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 21, 2010: 7:00 PM
Wednesday, April 28, 2010: 7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 05, 2010: 6:00 PM

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Restaurant Review - New Stars Vegetarian Restaurant

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Tuesday, 09 March 2010 19:09
  • Written by Jason Carns

Though I am into healthy eating, I never thought I liked vegetarian food much. That was until I found New Stars Vegetarian Restaurant at Champlain and Perrin, near Woodward Park. It is a little out of my traditional haunting grounds, but I have since acquired a new job in the area, and have been exploring the nearby restaurants.

New Stars is stylishly decorated with white table cloths, and a lot of wood work. The place has a country feel. The ambiance is very nice, but the food is superb. The first item I tried was the Garden Burger. I have never had much respect for Garden Burgers, making it a good test. The vegetables were very fresh. The veggie patty was a different experience for someone not used to vegetarian food. It is very flavorful and has a texture a little lighter than ground meat. The fries are fried to a crisp golden brown. Instead of fries you can order a green salad composed of a very fresh mixture of salad greens, with a slightly sweet plum infused dressing. I did not know that soy meat existed, but their soy chicken comes very close to the real thing, but with a softer texture. New Stars only uses the highest quality soy meat.

They serve a very enjoyable tropical fruit tea as well that has a natural fruity sweetness. It is just the perfect choice to keep you awake for the afternoon’s work.

The service is very prompt and your glass stays full. All in all it is a different experience in the city of Fresno. New Stars is a good pick for those who like to try something new, whether you are vegetarian or not. New Stars is proof that you can be healthy and enjoy eating at the same time.

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Central Valley Issues

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  • Published: Tuesday, 09 March 2010 19:04
  • Written by Jordan Garcia

Hello and welcome to my article on the current events that are taking place in our valley.

I am sure you all know of the town of Hanford. It is not too far from the city of Fresno and is a rather cultural place to visit. Especially on the first week of every October where the yearly renaissance fair is held. It is aimed to recreate the era of King Henry the Eighth , and it does a very fine job at that I might add. It is a great event for history buffs and also very fun for the family. I strongly recommend all try and make the time to go see it as it only takes place on the first week of October, and another thing that is wonderful is it is totally free of charge! Hanford also has the Kings Symphony Orchestra for those that love classical music. They are very talented and I also recommend them to people that take an interest in classical pieces. They also stray aside and play more modern things as well to please more of an audience. Sadly they only play four times out of the year which sort of makes it more special since it is a rare occurrence. Hanford also has things to do that occur more often and not a few times of the year. The Kings art center has a very wide variety of art ranging from water colors, Pottery, Textiles and photography among many other forms of art. It also teaches classes on how to paint and make pottery on top of many other subject regarding art. Hanford is a very cultural place and has interesting things to do, yet sadly it also infamous.

Many notice right away that Hanford's water has a rather disturbing smell to it. This because of Hanford's water system. You see the wells that supply Hanford with ground water bring up Hydrogen Sulfide along with the water. Hydrogen Sulfide exists deep in the earth and Hanford just so happens to be below a pocket of the Hydrogen Sulfide gas which is also known as H2S which has the smell of rotten eggs. If you ask anyone who works on an oil rig they will cringe in fear at the word H2S. That is because while the machinery is pumping up oil it sometimes gets H2S along with it, which in major levels can be very deadly and leads to death upon breathing it in. They of course have an alarm system that detects it as it is coming up but unfortunately not everyone is so lucky to make it safety on time. H2S gas is also in swamps and volcanoes and “wells”. Luckily there is nothing to fear though as it is in very small amounts and only gives a rotten egg smell in Hanford's water supply.

On December 7th 2009 the city of Hanford was relieved to know that the dangerous levels of arsenic which is a very deadly poison. Has been eradicated from the wells. This was fixed by drilling new wells to replace the ones that were tainted with the dangerous levels of arsenic. They now meet the federal standard of only 10 micrograms of arsenic per liter of water and is now safe for public use. So now that we are all more educated on the fact that Hanford's water is safe we can all have one less thing to worry about.

In more entertaining news I would like to talk about an interesting web comic by the name of “Blur the Lines”.  It is a hilarious web comic about two gay men by the names of Rick and Drew who are a couple. It is very clever and is just simply awesome. The artwork of the comic is also pretty good and is made up of short yet very funny skits that range from day to life, pop culture and some odd events that Rick and Drew face. Do not just take my word for it though. Here click the link and give it a try yourselves http://www.blur-the-lines.com/ . I especially suggest that you read this comic on the recent fiasco where a school had given students laptops with built in video cams to spy on them at home. http://www.blur-the-lines.com/?p=224. A very controversial case in the courts I might add.

Well that concludes this news column on recent valley events. I hope you all benefit from it and I look forward to bringing to the next column. Good day and stay safe.
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March Entertainment Reviews

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 08 March 2010 16:25
  • Written by Leon Velasco

Another Gay Sequel

Director: Todd Stephens

Starring: Jonah Blechman – Jake Mosser – 

Aaron Michael Davies – Jimmy Calbots

Review By: Leon Velasco

Rating: One Thumb Up/ One Down

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I haven’t many good things to say about the sequel, other than the young lean bodies of young guys was hot, but the storyline didn’t follow thru with the first. The first one actually went with parodies of other teen movies but in gay format. Part two wanted to be like “Gays Gone Wild” was more like Narcoleptics go to sleep. It had no substantial humor as the first. The attempt was there but, no, it just didn’t happen. There were no references to teen sex movies or T.V. shows as the previous movie. There was a mixture of religion and they (writers) tried to tie it in with humor but were seen more to me like the writer thumbing his nose to my religious beliefs. It’s a movie, that if you’re curious about seeing then do; but your time and money are spent better on something else.

The boys are back and they are horny as ever! Packed with celebrity cameos and total gross-out humor, this outrageous follow-up to another gay movie centers around the spring break adventures of Andy, Nico, Jarod, Griff when they enter Fort Lauderdale “Gays Gone Wild” contest ) a contest to see who gets laid the most). The frisky foursome becomes entwined in all sorts of sexual misadventures in this scandalously funny un-PC comedy.

-- “The gay teenage sex comedy of your dreams!” – Time Out New York

-- “The most hilarious gay spoof ever made!”—Gay.com

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Rosanne Issues A Retraction

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 08 March 2010 08:01
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

Rosanne has issued an apology for her blog posting last week about the death of Marie Osmond's son...

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I saw on the front page of a tabloid that he had killed himself because he could not handle being gay, and I wrote about how angry that made me, after seeing it hundreds of times, growing up as I did in Utah. I don't know the Osmonds, but was always offended at their constant defense of the indefensible things that their church does, the way it promotes hatred and racism and sexism, tax free.

I always intended that my remarks are directed to Power, and always on behalf of its victims. I am sorry to have hurt Marie Osmond, who is the most open minded person in her whole family. I really apologize to her. I thought about waiting to say what I had to say, but then I thought that perhaps there was no better time to add to the conversations in America about homophobia.

Anyway, I apologize again for having added to another mother's pain, and have asked myself if I should have said nothing at all, or waited a while to say what I said. I really don't know. I think it's good to get people talking about being more aware of what we accept, and i know that my comments got people talking.

The hateful letters I have received from the darkest minds of all, the religious, have made me re-think ever adding my views or my voice to anything ever again in this country. It's a scary time in America, for everybody, but especially for people like me who have a less sanitized view of all of it.

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Supreme Court Will Hear Phelps Case

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  • Published: Monday, 08 March 2010 07:25
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

Seems the courts aren't done with the Phelps gang yet. After a ruling against Phelps which was later overturned, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the fall about whether the messages on the signage used by Phelps when picketing funerals is protected by the Constitution...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court is getting involved in the legal fight over the anti-gay protesters who show up at military funerals with inflammatory messages like "Thank God for dead soldiers."

The court agreed Monday to consider whether the protesters' message, no matter how provocative and upsetting, is protected by the First Amendment. Members of a Kansas-based church have picketed military funerals to spread their belief that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

The justices will hear an appeal from the father of a Marine killed in Iraq to reinstate a $5 million verdict against the protesters, after they picketed outside his son's funeral in Maryland.

Read more here...

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Oklahoma Legislature Reeks

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Monday, 08 March 2010 07:21
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

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Boy, you can smell the Republican hypocrisy in Oklahoma. Actually, you can smell it everywhere, but it's reaching a fever pitch there.

Republican legislators find themselves divided as measures concerning heterosexual marriage keep rearing their ugly, little heads. Oklahoma has the third highest divorce rate in the nation, behind Nevada and Arkansas. In light of the recent studies claiming that divorce and unwed childbearing weighs heavily on the financial burden of the nation, at something like $112 billion a year, the Oklahoma legislature is faced with a portion of their representatives urging some kind of intervention and another rebuking it.

Two marriage bills have already failed. One would have had couples seeking therapy before divorcing while another would have eliminated incompatibility as a reason for divorce if the couple had been married 10 or more years or had children. A third bill, requiring couples to seek counseling before marriage, is still on the table.

What's hypocritical and frankly, astonishing to see at this point, is some of the debate over the issue.

"How far do I want government to come into my home and your home about private personal matters?" asked Rep. Leslie Osborn, a Republican from Tuttle. She called state government a "huge monster."

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, has advised addressing the issue, but outside of government. He wants to "break the cycle of divorce" but not "mandate it".

So is this the wave hitting back at conservative heterosexuals? Is this, in some small way, a little bit of justice for all those conservative Americans who seem to have absolutely no problem allowing the government to control the relationships of LGBT citizens? They work tirelessly to make sure we have only the relationship status they want us to have, inflicting the government all over every aspect of our personal lives, but when it comes back to their corner, then they think government needs to back off.

Read more of this story here...

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Surprise Surprise, Ashburn Is Gay

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  • Published: Monday, 08 March 2010 07:02
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

ImageWell, contrary to how things have played out in the past with closeted gay politicians, Roy Ashburn has wasted no time in re-defining his identity.

"I am gay... those are the words that have been so difficult for me for so long," he said on a Monday morning radio talk show.

He defends his anti-gay voting record though, saying he's voted in line with his district and with how they wanted to be represented. While he may be technically right to represent his district with certain votes, what does it say about a man who's now explaining his record with the excuse of "integrity", when he's remained in the closet for so long and chosen to not only be a Republican but a Republican politician? There's no excuse for it. Add to that the standard "I'm a Christian please pray for me" BS that Ashburn is also peddling and you know exactly who this phony is.

Read more here...

You can listen to the entire interview in the videos below...


Virginia's AG Rebukes Colleges for Sexual Orientation Anti-Discrimination Policies

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Sunday, 07 March 2010 17:48
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

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The Attorney General of the state of Virginia, Kenneth Cuccinelli, has warned state colleges, via written letter, that they are overstepping their boundaries by including sexual orientation into their anti-discrimination policies. He claims the General Assembly of Virginia has the word on what is or is not discriminatory, and since the state of Virginia, as recently as last week, "a subcommittee killed legislation that would have banned job discrimination against gay state employees".

He went on to urge colleges which included sexual orientation in their anti-discrimination rules to retract and amend their regulations to conform to state law. The chairman of the democratic party has responded that colleges should be able to set policies "without meddling from Ken Cuccinelli" and the ACLU issued a statement saying that colleges are bound by decisions of the US Supreme Court to not discriminate based on sexual orientation.

This demonstrates one of two paths conservatives have begun to embrace in America. Both are born of  recent developments in civil rights legislation. Since LGBT equal rights issues have faced such massive defeat and devastation in recent months, it's had a splintered effect. Some conservatives, realizing they're winning, albeit on a morally treacherous ledge, have taken to the "gentler" approach, in which they proclaim gay people are not to be hated, or reviled, but accepted, although on separate terms. LGBT American are able to have rights, but the rights they designate, nothing more. And certainly no rights which carry the same label or equity as the rights they enjoy throughout the supposed "land of the free and the home of the brave".

A second conservative segment, easily more dangerous, see LGBT failures as an opportunity to ramp things up. From an alarming rise in hate crimes to government officials working to enforce, through twisted interpretations of equality, the daily discrimination of LGBT Americans, one of the results of our civil rights losses is an empowerment of our opposition. It's clear that without discrimination, these people have no one to devour and restrict. Without it, they are less. Without it, they are equal. And they don't want to be equal.

They want the throne. Virginia is another example.

Read the rest of the story here...

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Should Same Sex Marriage Be Legalized In California?

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 05 March 2010 10:01
  • Written by Izzy Martinez

For years the U.S has been fighting for freedoms, some of which we have today such as African American freedom and woman's rights to vote. Now there's another battle that we must fight for. Marriage rights for the widely known LGBT Community Or the Lesbian, Gay, Bi, And Trans community which I am a proud member of myself.

When the subject of Same Sex Marriage comes up in any political or simple conversation there are always criticizers and supporters, whom often are discriminated against themselves for supporting a friend or loved one, who are a member of the LGBT Community or who just support us in our fight for rights that we should have to not only bring peace between the straight community and the LGBT community but to bring equality to each individual of both communities.

Some say America is the land of equality, but how can that be when equality is still being fought for to this day? Equality among the LGBT and straight community may not bring discrimination to an end nor put an end to those who have political power who are against us, but it will finally be a milestone and the hugest achievement in a life time among the LGBT Community.

Most people have a choice in whether that want to get married or not, why can't the LGBT Community have the same choice? During the 2009 presidential election Same Sex Marriage was voted against in California because the public thought that Same Sex Marriage was wrong, but NO one should dictate how people live their lives, but nonetheless people do.

People say that homosexuality, bisexuality, and transexuality is not a genealogical factor. Well the matter of the fact is that it is, and it is also a life choice, and it's just who we are. A persons sexuality shouldn't matter, what matters is on the inside of a person, be it a kind heart, caring, forgiving, that's what people should take into consideration, as I said it shouldn't matter what the person is.

As we continue to fight for our rights as a whole, no one can quiet us, as long as we stick together no one can shatter our spirits and our pride. We will fight, we may lose from time to time but we shall stand to gain our rights for future generations to come. As a proud member I will continue to do what I can in helping our cause.

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The Roy Ashburn Story Just Gets Better & Better...

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 05 March 2010 09:02
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

(Not an actual picture of Ashburn...but funny) 

Oh, it's all so delicious, and the flavors keep improving...Seems Ashburn was asked in 2009 by Lois Henry of The Bakersfield Californian if he was gay. His response?

"Why would that be anyone's business? Including The Californian's? I think there are certain subjects that are simply not relevant and this is one of them. It has no bearing on the job I do."

Henry pushed him, saying it was relevant because of his voting record, to which Ashburn replied that he's voted against "almost all social issues". What a guy.

Then this, courtesy Towleroad...

Just last year he was outed on Facebook (natch) by the out gay mayor of West Sacramento. At the time, Christopher Cabaldon's post on the social networking site:  "It wouldn't bother me so bad to see Roy Ashburn at Badlands with a boy if he didn't have such a bad voting record on gay rights."

Just to make things funnier, Ashburn was at Faces Nightclub, a very cool and fun gay club in Sacramento the night of the Miss Gay Latina 2010 Contest, as Craig Ferguson points out in the attached video...

Rosanne Blogs About The Suicide Of Marie Osmond's Son

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  • Published: Friday, 05 March 2010 08:03
  • Written by Rosanne Barr

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Marie Osmond's poor gay son killed himself because he had been told how wrong and how sick he was every day of his life by his church and the people in it. Calling that "depression" is a lie!

Yet the Osmonds still talk lovingly about their church, saying nothing about its extremely anti-gay Crusade. Marie also has a gay daughter! Hey, I want her and all the gay kids in the world to know that they are just fine being gay and that they deserve love and respect instead of insults and rebuke! I have gay people in my family and my circle of friends and I am kicking bigot ass and taking names!

That is how it's done in my religion---(I have my own religion that I made up for myself and it is a great religion that actually works and respects facts and not fantasy!)
Gerald Lund one of the ex church apostles has three gay kids himself.
Yet, even though the people they say they love the most in all of their public displays and speeches (THEIR KIDS AND FAMILY!!) are gay,-- their own children,for crying out loud- these people cannot find the christian decency and compassion within themselves to stop their hypocritical gay bashing!!
How sickening. I know so many mormon kids who were gay and committed suicide, and I just cannot and will not stay quiet in order to not offend bigots anymore. It is all so terribly depressing.

Marie please don't talk about how your faith in your church has helped you get through this one! Please get some integrity and tell that church of yours that you will leave it and stop giving it ten percent of your money if they don't stop trying to destroy your kids' and all gay people's civil rights and dreams and hopes!!

G-d is trying to use you for something good and this is your opportunity! Your church is wrong and on the wrong wrong wrong side of things! Get as vocal about that as you are about your diet. G-d bless you too, Marie.

Take a hard look at the facts now as you use this very sad time for introspection, healing growth and prayer, and become a strong symbol for loving mothers who make no apologies for hatred against their own kids!

From RosanneWorld.com

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Coming Out Coming Clean

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Friday, 05 March 2010 07:18
  • Written by Jacob Woods

My friends in Upward Educate, a college preparation program, have been the most accepting of my homosexuality. In the following essay I describe the importance of being honest about my sexual orientation. I provide a short story that applies this imperative truth when I was at an Upward Educate convention. The parts are labeled.

Essay

My nerves are actually on edge and I'm shivering as I type this annoying piece of literature. I am a homosexual and I'm not going to lie, it’s an interesting place to be. This shaking and resistance to publishing my story is not because God is telling me to "choose" a better lifestyle: it's because I hear too many horror stories about gays getting killed and I also think about how many people will awkwardly approach me in the future to ask about it. I publish these journals because coming out is something that for certain reasons needs to be done. The main reason being sanity and another being public awareness.

The general public is not as bad as it seems, every hour hearing someone say fucking faggot, or that’s gay. You kind of get used to the creative ways people bash you after a while. The names hardly bug me because it is simply the generations background speaking. The hard part for me is trying to teach people it isn't a sin or a choice.

I’ve been this way since the first time I stepped in the boy’s locker room. Homosexuality deals with sex, that doesn't mean I'm a pervert dement who needs counseling. It just means that my body is sexually aroused by a male’s body instead of the female’s body. Unfortunately because it is viewed as a sin and seen as a sexually confused mishap, homosexuality has led me down several dangerous paths.<

Another Anti-Gay Conservative Gay Politician Caught Red Handed

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 04 March 2010 09:42
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

ImageGOP California State Senator Roy Ashburn was pulled over after leaving FACES, a gay bar in Sacramento, last night. His driving was erratic and in the end he was charged with a DUI and with driving with a blood alcohol level higher than .08%.

A male passenger in the car with Ashburn was released and not charged. Ashburn has since issued an apology (as usual). Ashburn, divorced with children, has a very anti-gay voting record, including voting against recognizing same sex marriage from other states and opposing Harvey Milk day. 

Read more HERE

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Holy Hook UP!

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 04 March 2010 09:06
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

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You know, I don't have a lot of trust in a lot of things anymore, but some dreams do still come true...

Police have wiretaps implicating Angelo Balducci, a "Papal Gentleman" (boy, that terms going to get some use behind bars...) in a gay prostitution scandal. I know, I need a cigarette too...

Seems Balducci, of course married with children, arranged for the sexual service of young members of the choir, uh, several times a week. These, uh, "meetings" took place at the home of the Italian prime minister, or occasionally after a private audience with a cardinal.

Oh, I can't go on...I'm dizzy from the ecstasy of all this...you can read the whole story HERE

UPDATE: Firings and Jail Time

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Senators State Case to Lift Ban On Donated Blood

  • Parent Category: News
  • Published: Thursday, 04 March 2010 08:54
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

In my mind one of the most homophobic and frankly, insane, policies of recent years is the continued ban on gay men donating blood. The law remains in place even though there's no science behind it and even though blood donated through gay men poses no more risk than blood donated from anyone else. Finally, someone on Capitol Hill sees the light...

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The time has come to change a policy that imposes a lifetime ban on donating blood for any man who has had gay sex since 1977, 18 senators said Thursday.

"Not a single piece of scientific evidence supports the ban," said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., who joined 16 other Democrats and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont in writing Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

The lawmakers stressed that the science has changed dramatically since the ban was established in 1983 at the advent of the HIV-AIDS crisis. Today donated blood must undergo two different, highly accurate tests that make the risk of tainted blood entering the blood supply virtually zero, they said.

The senators said that while hospitals and emergency rooms are in urgent need of blood products, "healthy blood donors are turned away every day due to an antiquated policy and our blood supply is not necessarily any safer for it."

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Male Sexual Harassment Claims Double

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  • Published: Thursday, 04 March 2010 08:49
  • Written by AP

ImageWASHINGTON (AP) -- Jonathan Pilkington's boss wouldn't take no for an answer.

During more than two years as a food runner at an upscale steakhouse in Scottsdale, Ariz., Pilkington says his male supervisor groped, fondled and otherwise sexually harassed him more than a dozen times.

"It was very embarrassing," Pilkington said. "I felt like I had to do something because the situation was just so bad."

Now Pilkington, a married father of two, is the star witness in a federal lawsuit against Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar and one of a growing number of men claiming they are victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.

From 1990 to 2009, the percentage of sexual harassment claims filed by men has doubled from 8 percent to 16 percent of all claims, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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Latin America's First Gay Marriage Law Takes Effect

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  • Published: Thursday, 04 March 2010 08:44
  • Written by AP

ImageMEXICO CITY (AP) -- Throngs of Mexico City gay and lesbian couples registered for marriage licenses Thursday, the day Latin America's first gay-marriage law took effect.

The first gay weddings will take place within a week to 10 days, after the paperwork is processed.

Mexico City's legislature approved the first law explicitly giving gay marriages the same status as heterosexual ones in December. The change will allow same-sex couples to adopt children, apply for bank loans together, inherit wealth and be included in the insurance policies of their spouse, rights they were denied under civil unions allowed in the city.

"This is great, it is a feeling of relief, of celebration, everything," said Daniel Ramos, 20, a medical student planning to marry his boyfriend, Temistocles Villanueva, on March 12.

"For Latin America, this is not only a precedent, but an example to follow," he added.

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Don't Ask Don't Tell Study Already Under Fire

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  • Published: Wednesday, 03 March 2010 07:25
  • Written by AP

ImageWASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon's upcoming study on gays in the military is biased, some GOP lawmakers already contend, because it assumes Congress will repeal the 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell."

Republicans are likely to use that argument as they try to erode the credibility of the planned review, which Defense Secretary Robert Gates envisions as the first comprehensive look at 17-year-old policy.

Leading the assessment are the Defense Department's general counsel, Jeh Johnson, and the U.S. Army Forces Europe commander, Gen. Carter Ham. They were to testify Wednesday before a House Armed Services subcommittee for the first time since being named to lead the study.

"Many of us on this committee have serious concerns with putting our men and women in uniform through such a divisive debate while they are fighting two wars," said Rep. Buck McKeon of California, the committee's top Republican.

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Skittles

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  • Published: Wednesday, 03 March 2010 06:09
  • Written by Brooke

Spring is around the corner and the smell of leather is in the air. No, I don’t mean from chaps or whips…. but softball gloves. (sorry to disappoint) You can also hear the pounding of cleats in the dirt. Ahhh, spring time! As many of you know there is a local LGBT-Straight Ally softball team, the Fresno Skittles. They play on Wednesday nights at the sports complex located at Jensen & West. Their first game is March 3rd at 7:00 pm, please go out and cheer them on!

 
I am now proud to announce the creation of their sister team, the Visalia Skittles. We are set to begin our first season in a few weeks. We will play on Friday nights at Plaza Park. Our first game will be March 19th, we hope to see and hear you out there cheering us on as well!
 
Both teams serve two purposes within our community. They provide a safe outlet and recreation source for sports minded enthusiasts. Plus, they get out there and mingle with mainstream society for some great exposure and interaction. It’s also a good opportunity and perfectly legal, to kick a little heterosexual ass! (in a nice way, of course)
 
We hope to have a fundraiser exhibition game soon to benefit Gay Fresno & Gay Visalia, divisions of Gay Central Valley, who sponsor both teams. Stay tuned for more details in the near future.
 
In closing, whatever town you live in or near, get out there and root for your local team. If you have questions or would like to know more about the Fresno team you can contact Liz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Brooke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the Visalia team. If you want to expand our rainbow to your town, contact us and get something going! See you on the field, GO SKITTLES!<

Same Sex Marriage Begins in DC & Catholic Charities React With Restrictions

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  • Published: Tuesday, 02 March 2010 10:11
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

ImageSame sex marriage licenses will begin to be issued tomorrow, Wednesday March 3rd in Washington DC. Although couples can register for the licenses on Wednesday, there is a 3 day waiting period before they can exchange vows.

Opponents of the new legislation attempted to have the Supreme Court block the law in order to allow an appeal, stating that the voters should have a say on the issue. However, today, the Supreme Court denied the request,allowing the new law to go into effect. Chief Justice John Roberts responded to the request for a stay by stating, "It has been the practice of the court to defer to the decisions of the courts of the District of Columbia on matters of exclusively local concern."

DC's new legislation will be added to other US locales where same sex marriage is legal: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut and Vermont. 

In the wake of the new law in DC, Catholic Charities has issued a new ruling of their own. On Monday, they announced that they'd changed their health care coverage for DC employees, and would no longer cover spouses benefits. Their new policy takes effect today, Tuesday, one day before same sex couples will be allowed to obtain marriage licenses in DC.

 A spokesman for the charity said, "This allows us to continue providing services, comply with the city's new requirements and remain faithful to the church's teaching."

With the new law pending, the Catholic Charities just last month transferred their foster care program to another organization, rather than be forced to include same sex families once the law takes effect. As a private, nonprofit organization, Catholic Charities is within its legal rights to alter their health coverage and to transfer their programs. They employ about 850 people, of which only about 100 currently use their spousal benefit program.<

VIDEO: First Openly Gay Assembly Speaker Sworn In

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  • Published: Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:58
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

VIDEO: Jerry Brown Announces Governor Run

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  • Published: Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:46
  • Written by Chris Jarvis

DC Campaign For Gay Marriage Focused on Blacks

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  • Published: Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:39
  • Written by AP

ImageWASHINGTON (AP) -- Gay and lesbian couples will soon be able to marry in Washington, but the debate over same-sex marriage has sounded different here, with references to interracial marriage and Martin Luther King.

Over the past year, both sides have courted the support of Washington's black community, a majority of the city's 600,000 residents and one traditionally perceived as opposed to same-sex marriage.

"In D.C., outreach to African-Americans wasn't part of the campaign. It was the campaign," said Michael Crawford, the leader of a pro-same-sex union group, D.C. For Marriage.

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Study on gays should include troops

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  • Published: Tuesday, 02 March 2010 07:34
  • Written by AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates says a study on allowing gays to serve openly in the military must involve troops without ensnaring them in the political debate.

In a memo outlining the parameters of the upcoming study, Gates says that "given the political dimension of this issue" that it is important to, in his words, "shield our men and women in uniform and their families from those aspects of this debate."

The internal assessment is the first of its kind since 1993, when Congress passed a law banning gay service members from acknowledging that they are gay and the Pentagon adopted its "don't ask, don't tell" policy based on that law.

Gates says he wants to ensure changes in the policy won't hurt military effectiveness.

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