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Out in the World: Report: Researchers and experts call for more data and research on LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees

Out in the World: Report: Researchers and experts call for more data and research on LGBTQ asylum seekers and refugees

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jul 14, 2022

LGBTQ and human rights researchers and experts called for more data collection and research about queer and gender-nonconforming asylum seekers in two new reports.

Transmissions: What is a woman?

Transmissions: What is a woman?

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jul 13, 2022

Conservative commentator and provocateur Matt Walsh recently released a movie titled, "What Is A Woman?"

News Briefs: AIDS Walk San Francisco returns in-person

News Briefs: AIDS Walk San Francisco returns in-person

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jul 13, 2022

After two years of holding the event online due to the COVID pandemic, AIDS Walk San Francisco will return in-person Sunday, July 17, at 10 a.m. in Golden Gate Park.

Political Notebook: Gay CA insurance czar Lara faces easy path to 2nd term

Political Notebook: Gay CA insurance czar Lara faces easy path to 2nd term

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 13, 2022

Despite the millions spent in negative ads against him, various ethical scandals, and an intraparty challenge in the June primary, gay California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara appears to now have an easy path to being elected to a second term.

LGBTQ Agenda: Texas judge issues injunction against state family agency

LGBTQ Agenda: Texas judge issues injunction against state family agency

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Jul 12, 2022

A judge in Texas has issued yet another injunction against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, at least temporarily halting the agency's efforts to investigate two families of transgender children for alleged child abuse.

News Briefs: Wiener secures $5.5M for LGBTQ museum in CA budget

News Briefs: Wiener secures $5.5M for LGBTQ museum in CA budget

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jul 6, 2022

Among the $19.8 million in state budget funds that gay state Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) obtained for San Francisco needs, $5.5 million will help establish the first full-scale LGBTQ history museum in the city.

Political Notebook: Gay CA Dem Party vice chair Campos says he's done seeking public office

Political Notebook: Gay CA Dem Party vice chair Campos says he's done seeking public office

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 6, 2022

Because he placed second in the June 7 primary for San Francisco's 17th Assembly District seat, David Campos' name will appear on the November 8 ballot even though he is not actively seeking the elected position.

Out in the World: SF vigil held for Oslo gay bar shooting; suspect refuses to talk

Out in the World: SF vigil held for Oslo gay bar shooting; suspect refuses to talk

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jul 1, 2022

San Francisco LGBTQ activists and the Norwegian consul general to the city this week held a small vigil for the victims of the recent shooting outside a gay club in Oslo.

Political Notebook: In CA insurance czar primary, Levine again falls to third place

Political Notebook: In CA insurance czar primary, Levine again falls to third place

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 29, 2022

After moving into second place last week in his primary bid for California's insurance czar, Assemblyman Marc Levine (D-Greenbrae) once again finds himself in third place as more ballots have been counted.

Transmissions: Standing up in a post-Roe world

Transmissions: Standing up in a post-Roe world

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jun 29, 2022

I am sure you don't need me to tell you this: in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which established constitutional protections for abortion, as part of a 6-3 decision to uphold an abortion ban in Mississippi.

Political Notes: Biden backs federal LGBTQ data collection bill

Political Notes: Biden backs federal LGBTQ data collection bill

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 27, 2022

President Joe Biden has thrown his support behind federal legislation that would improve LGBTQ demographic data collection in the U.S.

Political Notebook: San Francisco 1st city to track LGBTQ workforce

Political Notebook: San Francisco 1st city to track LGBTQ workforce

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 22, 2022

San Francisco has become the first known city to track its LGBTQ workforce as well as to ask applicants for city and county jobs what is their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Out in the World: Cameroonian 'Drag Race' star hopes film inspires

Out in the World: Cameroonian 'Drag Race' star hopes film inspires

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jun 22, 2022

Cameroon-born performance artist and "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season #1 winner BeBe Zahara Benet believes in the power of drag.

News Briefs: Audubon society teams up with drag artist

News Briefs: Audubon society teams up with drag artist

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jun 22, 2022

The National Audubon Society has partnered with drag artist Pattie Gonia to invite the LGBTQIA community outdoors this Pride Month and to ensure that they have a safe and welcoming experience while there.