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LGBT PTSD, The ADA And Disability Rights -- Why It Matters

Karen Ocamb | Posted 07.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Karen Ocamb

There has been less attention -- especially in the LGBT community -- to protected non-visible disabilities such as epilepsy, depression, alcoholism, anxiety disorder, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and post traumatic stress syndrome.

'Religious Liberty' Stealth Attacks in Congress and California

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Karen Ocamb

Today, after much work on the ground and through the state legislature, California stands as a shining beacon for LGBT equality -- but the religious right has not given up its crusade.

California's Historic Championing of Transgender Rights

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.16.2016 | Queer Voices
Karen Ocamb

For years, battles over transgender rights have been fought relatively quietly in state legislatures, the boardrooms of LGBT and progressive non-profit organizations and on the streets of America.

LGBT Leader George Zander Dead At 71

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

George Zander, a prominent LGBT rights advocate in Palm Springs, California, died Thursday. He was 71. Zander served as a regional field manager for t...

Sweet Cakes By Melissa Sends Passive-Aggressive Treats To LGBT Groups

The Huffington Post | Simon McCormack | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

This week, the owners of an Oregon bakery ordered to pay $135,000 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple sent out 10 specially made ...

Jack Lorenz of Equality California Talks Transgender Health Care and Equality (AUDIO)

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

Jack believes that the transgender community is the most marginalized community in America, and that only with acceptance and understanding can society overcome its fear of the transgender community.

John O'Connor, Director of Equality California, on the Future of Full LGBT Equality (AUDIO)

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

John O'Connor, Executive Director of Equality California, appeared on my radio show to discuss LGBT equality after the victory for same-sex marriage in California, as well as important issues for LGBT equality in 2013 and the future.

Could My Eggs Be the Link to Curing Diseases?

Alice Crisci | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Alice Crisci

It's my body and my choice if I want to donate a dozen of my eggs to science. Who knows -- maybe it's my egg that will be used to find a cure for cancer. Now wouldn't that be an incredible way to make a difference in the world.

Why John O'Connor Is A Gay Man On A Mission

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

(Editor’s note: this is an expanded version of an earlier report for Frontiers magazine. – Karen Ocamb) One month after officially assuming his...

2012: State Of Equality And Human Rights For All LGBT Americans

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Toni Newman

As an African-American transgender woman, I have faced much discrimination and injustice in my life. Transgender people of color continue to fight for basic human rights in the justice system, but today we have achieved broader awareness and understanding of our issues.

Equality California Weighs Decision For 2012 Gay Marriage Ballot Measure

The Informer | Posted 06.04.2011 | Los Angeles

Equality California, the major gay rights organization, is looking into whether or not it will push for a pro-gay marriage ballot measure sometime ver...

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

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Karen Ocamb

Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and attorney general candidate Steve Cooley recently said that they would defend Prop 8 in a federal trial, if elected and given the opportunity.

Keep May Day Going: LGBT People Must Stand Up for Immigrants' Rights

Geoff Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Geoff Kors

Why does immigration matter to LGBT people? We know that it is never okay to treat someone differently simply for who they are or who they might appear to be.

On Boy Scouts Question, CA Chooses Equality

Geoff Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoff Kors

Our youth, regardless of their sexual orientation, need to see positive images of LGBT people. They need to learn that LGBT people deserve, just like anyone else, to live lives free of prejudice.

In California Primaries, LGBT Friends and Foes Advance; Now We Must Prepare for November

Geoff Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoff Kors

Pro-equity candidates need our help. Their opponents are strong, and we know that they will try to stir up fear and hatred to get a part of their base to show up and vote.

Art & Activism: LA Rallies To MANIFEST EQUALITY (PHOTOS)

Manifest Equality | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

On Tuesday night in Hollywood the formerly abandoned Big Lots on Vine was packed with Angelenos uniting in the name of art and activism for the openi...

Major Setback to Campaign to Restore California Marriage Equality in 2010

Chris Prevatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Prevatt

The departure of Courage Campaign from the 2010 campaign removes a significant amount of volunteer resources from the signature gathering efforts to place an initiative on the ballot next November.

Gay Marriage: From a Federal Case to a National Movement

Geoff Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoff Kors

We must keep working to build support for LGBT equality. We can't just win in the courts. We have to win hearts and minds of people in California and across the nation.

Now What? The Long and Winding Road towards LGBT Equality

Geoff Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoff Kors

Over the past year, voters have stripped away marriage rights in California and Maine. And the California Supreme Court failed in its obligation to protect our fundamental freedom to marry. So now what?

New Year, Unwavering Resolution

Geoff Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoff Kors

2010 is not just any year for me; it's the 20th anniversary of my first role with the board of an organization working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.

America's Gay Leadership Crisis

Rupert Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rupert Russell

At a time when gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are flourishing in America's public life like never before, those charged with advancing their civil equality have retreated into the closet.

When Should Gay Marriage Advocates Try to Reverse California's Prop 8?

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

This week, a few organizations championing same-sex marriage will announce their opinions as to whether to try to reverse Prop 8 in 2010 or 2012.

Will Gays Divorce the Democrats?

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Ocamb

The Democratically-controlled Congress talks a good game to get LGBT votes and money -- but they don't have much to show for LGBT loyalty.

Five Reasons Not to March on Washington DC This October

Karen Ocamb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karen Ocamb

I am stunned that Obama has so flagrantly forgotten, despite being a constitutional scholar, that equality is the first core founding principle of this country.

The Dangers of Outsourcing Activism: An Open Letter to Gay Civil Rights Advocates

Gary Cohan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Cohan

Why has the gay community -- and the organizations that supposedly represent us -- embraced "outsourced" activism as our central political strategy in recent years?