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News Briefs: Gay man named to CA aging post

News Briefs: Gay man named to CA aging post

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 11, 2021

A gay man has been appointed executive director of the California Association of Area Agencies on Aging, or C4A.

Transmissions: Olympic-sized double standards

Transmissions: Olympic-sized double standards

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Aug 11, 2021

It wasn't until 2003 that the Olympics had a formal policy for trans participants.

Business Briefing: Used goods store revives payments to SF nonprofits

Business Briefing: Used goods store revives payments to SF nonprofits

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 11, 2021

Over its 39 years of operations the Mission-based used goods purveyor Community Thrift Store had never missed a payment to the numerous San Francisco nonprofits it helps support.

Political Notebook: Out councilman Carlson seeks Contra Costa supervisor seat

Political Notebook: Out councilman Carlson seeks Contra Costa supervisor seat

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 11, 2021

Ken Carlson, a gay retired Concord police sergeant who serves on the Pleasant Hill City Council, is looking to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather by serving on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

Out in the World: Senate questions Biden admin about protecting LGBTQ asylum seekers

Out in the World: Senate questions Biden admin about protecting LGBTQ asylum seekers

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Aug 11, 2021

Pressure is mounting for President Joe Biden's administration regarding protecting LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers.

LGBTQ Agenda: For the Pollacks, CBD business is all in the family

LGBTQ Agenda: For the Pollacks, CBD business is all in the family

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 10, 2021

Jordyn Pollack helped alleviate his transition-related anxiety with CBD products, and now selling them has become the family business through Ziggy's Naturals.

Political Notebook: EQCA plans 2nd California LGBTQ school issues report

Political Notebook: EQCA plans 2nd California LGBTQ school issues report

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 4, 2021

A statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization is preparing an update to its groundbreaking report released two years ago that found a majority of California's public school districts were failing LGBTQ students. Its release is expected sometime in 2022.

News Briefs: EQCA workers form union

News Briefs: EQCA workers form union

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 4, 2021

A supermajority of workers at Equality California, the statewide LGBTQ rights organization, announced July 29 that they have formed a union, Equality Unites, with the Communications Workers of America.

Out in the World: New Zealand sets stage to ban conversion therapy

Out in the World: New Zealand sets stage to ban conversion therapy

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Aug 4, 2021

New Zealand could be the next country to ban conversion therapy.

LGBTQ Agenda: Analysis shows benefits of Equality Act; S. Florida group confronts congresswoman

LGBTQ Agenda: Analysis shows benefits of Equality Act; S. Florida group confronts congresswoman

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 3, 2021

LGBTQ rights groups are continuing to call attention to the Equality Act even as it remains stalled in the Senate more than five months after the House of Representatives passed the landmark bill.

Out in the World: Argentina legally recognizes gender-neutral designation

Out in the World: Argentina legally recognizes gender-neutral designation

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Jul 29, 2021

Argentina has become the first South American country to legally recognize gender "X" on government-issued documents, including passports.

Political Notebook: Lawmakers hail Newsom's signage of HIV-related bills

Political Notebook: Lawmakers hail Newsom's signage of HIV-related bills

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 28, 2021

The authors of two bills benefiting Californians living with HIV are praising Governor Gavin Newsom for signing their legislation into law. He did so without comment on July 23.

News Briefs: Market Street posters feature Tenderloin residents

News Briefs: Market Street posters feature Tenderloin residents

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jul 28, 2021

A new Market Street Poster Series features professional artists and formerly unhoused residents in San Francisco's Tenderloin district to amplify neighborhood voices.

Transmissions: Resources abound for younger trans people

Transmissions: Resources abound for younger trans people

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • Jul 28, 2021

Over the last several years, there has been a belief in some circles that the increase of transgender people over the last decade is some sort of "social contagion" brought on by the evil influence of the internet.