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The QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Award “ The Russell Olivera Jr. Voice of PRIDE Award” 2012: Greater Palm Springs Pride

The 23rd Award Announced Today: The QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Award “ The Russell  Olivera Jr. Voice of PRIDE Award” 2012: Greater Palm Springs Pride

The QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Award “Community Connection Award” 2012: The Stanislaus PRIDE Center

The 22nd Award Announced Today: The QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Award “Community Connection Award” 2012: The Stanislaus PRIDE Center

The QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Award “Voice Of Community Award” 2012: Chad Michaels (Drag Perfromer & Superstar)

The 19th Award Announced Today: The QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Award “Voice Of Community Award” 2012: Chad Michaels (Drag Perfromer & Superstar)

The QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Award “The Gary Wilkerson Visionary Leadership Award” 2012: Lorri L. Jean - Chief Executive Officer of The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

The 14th Award Announced Today: The QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Award “The Gary Wilkerson Visionary Leadership Award” 2012: Lorri L. Jean - Chief Executive Officer of The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center

The QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Award “PRIDE In Theater” 2012: Thao P. Nguyen (Writer-Performer)

The 11th Award Announced Today: The QBliss GLBTIA Creating Change Community Award “PRIDE In Theater” 2012: Thao P. Nguyen (Writer-Performer)

San Francisco Bay Area Need Something To Do Tonight! Corpus Christi - The Terrence McNally Play Sometimes Called The Gay Jesus Play Is Happening Tonight! The Play And Film Is In San Francisco, Bay Area This Weekend Only!

San Francisco Bay Area Need Something To Do Tonight! Corpus Christi - The Terrence McNally Play Sometimes Called The Gay Jesus Play Is Happening Tonight! The Play And Film Is In San Francisco, Bay Area This Weekend Only! So Read The Feature! - Watch 3 Videos - Info & Buy Tickets Visit:
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Equality California will not push for Prop 8's return to ballot

In a shocking and disheartening turn of events, Equality California, the state’s largest LGBT rights organization, has announced they will not lead efforts to return to the ballot in 2012 to repeal California’s Proposition 8.

Instead, the group is working on a new project to identify psychological, cultural and emotional triggers related to LGBT people and kids that drive down societal and political support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.” Should EQCA have to abandon its position leading this movement, another group called Love Honor Cherish will take over where they left off.

Linked above, LGBT POV has the full letter from EQCA’s director, Roland Palencia.

This is exciting work, but it also means that given what we know about public opinion and the significant challenges of the current political and economic climate, Equality California will not lead an effort to return to the ballot in 2012 to overturn Proposition 8. 

I’m a little bit heartbroken. EQCA has been a major player in the battle against Prop 8, a piece of legislation that affects each and every one of us, now more than ever. I’ll be deeply saddened to see them step down as leaders, but I have faith in Love Honor Cherish to keep the momentum going. 

California High School Fires Openly Gay Water Polo Coach | outsports.com

Mitch Stein, an openly gay man, was fired as the junior varsity boys water polo coach at Charter Oaks High School in Covina, Calif., after pictures surfaced of him with people dressed in drag. Stein is a graduate of the school and his daughter is a freshman at the school. Stein alleges that he was fired because he is gay. Parents have rallied to his cause, demanding he be reinstated. From the Glendora Patch:

Stein, who previously coached water polo from 1995 to 1998, was fired after coming back to the high school to coach only four months prior to his termination.

One photo shows Stein suggestively holding a corndog to his face and another has Stein posing with men in drag. Stein was never wearing anything sexually suggestive in the pictures nor were any students linked to the photos.

“The only thing these pictures prove is that I’m gay,” Stein said.

The photos, one of which were at least a decade old, were sent to school administrators by a vindictive parent angry at punishment imposed by some athletes by the school’s swim coach, Stein said.  (I have not seen the photos and Stein’s profile on social medis sites is now private). Soon after, Stein was fired.

Stein said he asked the administrator point-blank if there would there be an issue if he (Stein) had been photographed with cheerleaders wearing skimpy outfits. According to Stein, the administrator said “No, because that’s their uniform.” Stein replied “These are drag queens. This is their uniform.”

Stein believes that he was fired because of his sexual orientation, a claim officials deny.

Brad Kane, a local attorney, read about Stein’s case on Wipeout Homophobia on Facebook and is helping Stein pursue possible legal action. California has job protection for LGBT people, so of Stein can prove he was fired because he was gay, the school is in trouble. “I can say, and so can any other superintendent, that there are laws that protect – that ensure – that we do not discriminate against any individual,” Superintendent Mike Hendricks  said.

I was heartened to hear that parents have rallied to Stein. Outsports received an email from a person who says he is a gay athlete and wrote this about the Stein case: “I think it sucks…he is a cool guy.”

One coach told Patch that “what he was fired over was not offensive at all.” Kim Cory, a water polo parent, wants Stein back and told the Whittier Daily News that while the photos in question were “dumb,” they weren’t ground for dismissal. “I think he’s a fabulous coach,” she said.

Stein has raised money for the school’s aquatic program and is a proud alum. He is most worried about how his daughter Devynn will cope. She has already been harassed by students calling her dad a transvestite and cross-dresser.

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Rightwingers Tricking Californians Into Opposing Gay Education Bill | advocate.com

By Neal Broverman

SB 48 petition tricks X390 (GRAB) | ADVOCATE.COM

The effort to overturn California’s FAIR Act, which mandates the teaching of LGBT history and leaders in public schools, is ramping up and conservatives are turning to duplicitous means to get their way.

JoeMyGod obtained video of a gay man in San Diego County who came upon a booth featurning information on Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted as a child. The information booth insinuates that people signing their petition are advocating support for increased penalties against child molesters — they’re actually signing a petition to get the FAIR Act, or SB48, overturned at the ballot. Watch the video by clicking the link above.

The group behind the booth and the effort to overturn SB48 has a website that claims the legislation goes too far. It prominently features the image of a heterosexual couple with gleeful children on their shoulders.

Christian support for California's LGBT education act

The Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act in California has been striking up drama ever since it passed a few months back. The law says that public school curriculum in California will be modified to include age-appropriate discussions about the contributions of LGBT people in history. 

Not surprising, religious organizations have comprised much of the movement against this bill. They argue it takes away their religious freedom by forcing values on their children they don’t agree with. Naturally, there are tons of counterarguments, but you knew that. 

This Huffington Post piece comes from a Christian parent who’s proudly stepping up in favor of California’s FAIR Education Act. He discusses how valuable it is to discuss the diversity and sharing of ideas that has made up so much of our history, and there’s even a video discussing some of the major talking points. 

I think it’s GREAT that my children will be offered a broader glimpse into the history of the world around them and that the pioneers and prophets who happened to be LGBT will be part of the richer story of the world that is told. So much is already missing from our teaching of history that any attempt to provide a wider exposure to and understanding of events is welcomed by this parent. I also want to again affirm that, as a Christian, I simply reject the idea that homosexuality is a sin. We are not going to be able to solve the struggle some folks have with understanding the context and interpretation of scripture both verse by verse and in its entirety, but I want to be sure that the voice of faith in this ongoing struggle is not surrendered to those who would condemn my LGBT brothers and sisters.

This is clearly not the primary opinion we see coming from religious folk, but that doesn’t mean it’s not out there. There are certainly plenty of people of faith who do not see anything wrong with homosexuality and who embrace the opportunity to teach their children about the diversity that makes our world so incredible. These people need to speak up.

Share this with as many people as you think would appreciate it. This is a really powerful message that’s needed during this battle over a simple curriculum change. 

JOB OPENING: Communications Position; National Center for Lesbian Rights; San Francisco, CA

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JOB OPENING: Recruitment Coordinator; L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center; Los Angeles, CA

works with the senior level recruitment & retention coordinator to plan programs designed to enhance ALC recruitment efforts. Helps develop and implement plans and strategies to meet recruitment goals. Plans, organizes, and implements a variety of comprehensive programs related to rider recruitment at schools, businesses/industries, and in minority communities. Plans, organizes, and implements a variety of comprehensive programs related to community supports and platinum sponsors. Assists in special event planning.