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Out in the World: 60 LGBTQ Afghan refugees arrive in Canada

Out in the World: 60 LGBTQ Afghan refugees arrive in Canada

  • by Heather Cassell
  • May 11, 2022

The Canadian government has quietly relocated 60 LGBTQ Afghan refugees from Pakistan to the North American country.

LGBTQ Agenda: Historian looks at queer Native history in Two-Spirit book

LGBTQ Agenda: Historian looks at queer Native history in Two-Spirit book

  • by Eric Burkett
  • May 10, 2022

If anything describes what the discerning historian encounters on a day-to-day basis, it might be this quote from Gregory Smithers' new book, "Reclaiming Two-Spirits: Sexuality, Spiritual Renewal & Sovereignty in Native America."

Political Notebook: With appointment of Dorsey, SF D6 supervisor race begins

Political Notebook: With appointment of Dorsey, SF D6 supervisor race begins

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 9, 2022

The appointment of Matt Dorsey May 9 as the first gay supervisor of District 6 marked the official beginning of the race for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors seat on the November election.

Political Notes: LGBTQ candidates capitalize on leaked draft abortion ruling

Political Notes: LGBTQ candidates capitalize on leaked draft abortion ruling

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 9, 2022

LGBTQ candidates across the country are capitalizing on the news of a draft ruling that would overturn abortion rights in the U.S., first reported on by Politico May 2.

Out in the World: South Korea's highest court delivers groundbreaking decision for gay soldiers

Out in the World: South Korea's highest court delivers groundbreaking decision for gay soldiers

  • by Heather Cassell
  • May 5, 2022

The Supreme Court of South Korea has tossed out the military court conviction of two gay soldiers for having consensual sex outside of military facilities.

News Briefs: Pridefest Oakland details festival plans

News Briefs: Pridefest Oakland details festival plans

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • May 4, 2022

Pridefest Oakland organizers have released new information about their planned September 11 street festival, which replaces the previous event held by the Oakland Pride organization.

Political Notebook: Starbucks union organizer aims to be 1st CA nonbinary legislator

Political Notebook: Starbucks union organizer aims to be 1st CA nonbinary legislator

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 4, 2022

A Starbucks union organizer and UC Santa Cruz student aims to be California's first nonbinary state legislator.

Transmissions: The real groomers

Transmissions: The real groomers

  • by Gwendolyn Ann Smith
  • May 4, 2022

In Watertown, South Dakota, on April 25, Calvin Hillesland, a German teacher at Watertown High School, handed letters to four trans and nonbinary students.

Political Notes: Long Beach Mayor Garcia leads in fundraising among West Coast LGBTQ congressional candidates

Political Notes: Long Beach Mayor Garcia leads in fundraising among West Coast LGBTQ congressional candidates

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • May 2, 2022

Among the non-incumbent LGBTQ Democratic candidates seeking U.S. House seats on the West Coast this year, gay Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has proved to be the most adept at raising money for his bid.

Political Notebook: Breed could double LGBTQ supervisors with D6 pick

Political Notebook: Breed could double LGBTQ supervisors with D6 pick

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 27, 2022

Mayor London Breed could double LGBTQ representation on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors with her nomination to fill the soon-to-be-vacant District 6 seat.

News Briefs: Queer therapy center marks 10 years with benefit

News Briefs: Queer therapy center marks 10 years with benefit

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Apr 27, 2022

Queer LifeSpace, an LGBTQ+ mental health provider, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an outdoor party Saturday, May 7, from noon to 5 p.m. on the rooftop patio at 620 Jones Street in San Francisco.

LGBTQ Agenda: Philly set to honor Dr. John Fryer who spoke at 1972 psychiatric convention

LGBTQ Agenda: Philly set to honor Dr. John Fryer who spoke at 1972 psychiatric convention

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Apr 26, 2022

The late psychiatrist Dr. John Fryer will be celebrated May 2, the 50th anniversary of his speech — delivered anonymously — at the American Psychiatric Association's conference.

Out in the World: Europe's San Marino elects first out gay head of state

Out in the World: Europe's San Marino elects first out gay head of state

  • by Heather Cassell
  • Apr 22, 2022

San Marino, the world's oldest republic, appointed the world's first gay head of state when Paolo Rondelli was named one of two captains regent.

Political Notebook: Gay Green Blenner seeks to be CA elections czar

Political Notebook: Gay Green Blenner seeks to be CA elections czar

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Apr 20, 2022

High school government and history teacher Gary Blenner may be a long shot candidate to be elected California secretary of state this year.