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Karen Ocamb

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Will Los Angeles Sever 'Sister City' Ties to Anti-Gay St. Petersburg, Russia?

(25) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 2:59 PM

One of the questions newly sworn-in gay Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell got at a meet-and-greet at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center last Tuesday, July 23, was from the Center’s Chief Public Affairs Officer, Jim Key. 

“You've probably heard about the horrible anti-gay crackdown in Russia, and know...

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California National Guard Join Assembly Speaker Perez at LA Pride

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 12:37 PM

In her 1969 poem "The Will to Change," the late lesbian poet Adrienne Rich wrote, "We're living through a time/that needs to be lived through us." At that time, protests against the Vietnam War exploded onto the streets and young civil rights activists turned the fight for social justice into...

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Why Jodie Foster's Golden Globes Speech Was So Infuriating

(110) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 6:22 PM

Watching Hollywood awards shows is something of a habit for me, and I always hope to find some nugget of meaning in them. When I was a kid, my family used to gather around the old Admiral TV and root for our favorites. It was a moment of precious togetherness...

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Women, Bisexuals, Lesbians: Come Out About Being Raped

(44) Comments | Posted October 31, 2012 | 3:57 PM

At a speech before the Center for Reproductive Rights last Wednesday, actress Tina Fey said what many women have been thinking: "If I have to listen to one more gray-faced man with a two-dollar haircut explain to me what rape is, I'm gonna lose my mind. I watch...

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Celinda Lake: North Carolina Anti-Amendment-One Win Could Change the LGBT Rights Movement Forever

(86) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 6:51 PM

Politico has a story out Friday, March 30 about how Republicans have "come nearly full circle on same-sex politics" and have backed off from their once-vociferous and loud anti-gay rhetoric. It helps that former Bush Solicitor General Ted Olson considers the American Foundation for...

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NBC's Smash Is a Musical About Creativity and the Drama of Big Dreams

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 5:06 PM

Applauding with the Outfest audience at the Harmony Gold Theater last Wednesday night after a sneak peek of NBC's upcoming TV show Smash, I felt as if I'd just seen something new. Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara succinctly described Smash as...

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Historic Rose Parade Featured AIDS Healthcare Foundation Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 6:21 PM

Construction of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's historic Rose Parade float honoring Elizabeth Taylor (screen capture from AHF video)

This year the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena made history: it was the first time in the parade's...

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Mario Perez, L.A. County AIDS Czar, on the 'Game-Changing' Year in HIV/AIDS

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 2:49 PM

Man touching names on The Wall-Las Memorias during World AIDS Day event (photo by J. Emilio Flores)

Albert "Bobby" Tellez died of AIDS this year. His name was one of 11 etched on

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New West Hollywood Library Invites Cultural Renaissance

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2011 | 3:52 PM

West Hollywood Library (Photo by Jonathan Moore)

I am a child of what conservatives in the dark and conformist 1950s called the Countercultural movement. Born of the outlaw and Beatnik Howl against...

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NAACP Holds First-Ever Town Hall on LGBT Issues at LA Convention Center

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2011 | 8:31 PM

The California chapter of the NAACP under President Alice Huffman has been a steadfast and courageous supporter of marriage equality since 2004. But Huffman took some heavy criticism from the national organization which -- despite having the extraordinary pro-gay civil rights icon Julian Bond as Board Co-chair --...

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Does Sen. John McCain Owe Gay Servicemen an Apology?

(10) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 4:15 PM

On Sunday, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post calling the speech given by President Barack Obama on the Arizona shootings "terrific," moving and inspiring. "[The President] encouraged every American who participates in our political debates -- whether we are on the left...

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Bohnett Foundation's Fleming Named to New White House Council on Community Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 10:37 AM

Michael Fleming, Executive Director of the David Bohnett Foundation, has been named to a new White House Council for Community Solutions. In a press release announcing the appointment, the White House said the goal of the Council - made up of leaders in the nonprofit, philanthropic and private...

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Prop 8 Trial Advisory: Watch at LA City Hall, LA Gay and Lesbian Center, C-SPAN, Online

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2010 | 10:04 PM

It could all end Monday. All the angst, all the rage and heartbreak - the second class citizenship made official by California voters who stripped same sex couples of their fundamental constitutional right to marry...

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White House, Democratic Senators Push for DADT Repeal This Year

(79) Comments | Posted November 17, 2010 | 6:24 PM

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Lieberman with DADT repeal advocates.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and several Democratic senators are holding a press conference Thursday morning to "show broad support for repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell in the lame duck...

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UNITE HERE Local 11 to Picket LA Gay and Lesbian Center Gala

(9) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 10:05 AM

Unite Here prev picket HyattThe L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's 39th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, Nov. 13 would ordinarily be a glee-full event, with Glee TV stars Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison joining living legends...

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Meg Whitman Booed at California Women's Conference in Long Beach

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2010 | 8:05 PM

It was all Matt Lauer's fault, of course. Sure, the co-host of NBC's "Today Show" gave California gubernatorial candidates Meg Whitman and Jerry Brown plenty of softball questions that they got to answer as expected -- they love and are inspired by their mothers and spouses. But then, with a...

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Producer Craig Zadan on Making a TV Movie About Prom-Bullied Constance McMillen

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2010 | 5:31 PM

Last February, 18 year old Constance McMillen made national headlines when the Itawamba County school board refused to allow her to wear a tuxedo and bring her lesbian partner to the Itawamba County Agricultural High School prom. McMillen brought in the ACLU to fight back and the board...

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Why I Didn't Attend the NLGJA Convention -- They Failed Us on Prop 8

(8) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 11:52 AM

nlgja_logoThe National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association held it's annual convention in San Francisco over Labor Day weekend. And even though I've been around for the 20 years since it was founded by Roy Aarons -- I didn't go....

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Defending Prop 8: The Meg Whitman, Steve Cooley Morass -- With Insight from Lambda Legal's Jon Davidson

(14) Comments | Posted August 24, 2010 | 12:58 PM

I've been a little surprise at the burst of attention over the "news" that Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and attorney general candidate Steve Cooley would defend Prop 8 in the federal trial, if elected and given the opportunity.

Maybe it's just a California...

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Admiral Mullen - Are These the 'Right Questions' to Ask About DADT?

(5) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 3:22 PM

Admiral Mullen

One month ago, on June 11, Admiral Mike Mullen, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared at USC for a community forum on how civilians can help over-stressed returning service members and veterans. As someone...

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