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Wed Jun 15 2016 (Updated 06/16/16)Love and Solidarity from Watsonville to Orlando
Wed Jun 15 2016 (Updated 06/16/16)Watsonville Vigil Remembers the Victims of Orlando, Florida, Nightclub Mass Shooting
SOMOS LGBT, a community organization raising awareness on equality and acceptance for all, began in Watsonville nine years ago. On the evening of June 13, SOMOS LGBT held a vigil at Watsonville Plaza to "remember one of the most horrific tragedies committed against the LGBT community." The day before, a mass shooting occurred at a gay nightclub in Orlando, resulting in 53 wounded and 50 dead, including the gunman. SOMOS LGBT will hold a vigil in the Plaza every day until Sunday from 6:30 to 7:30.
Sun Mar 13 2016BiNet Santa Cruz Launch
Thomas Leavitt writes: We are proud to announce the launch of BiNet Santa Cruz, a new grassroots community organization specifically aimed at providing a voice on behalf of and organizational vehicle for the bi+ community in Santa Cruz County. BiNet Santa Cruz is to be a local affiliate of the national BiNet USA organization.
Wed Jan 13 2016 (Updated 01/25/16)Martin Luther King Jr's Radical Legacy Lives On
Wed Jan 13 2016 (Updated 01/25/16)Bay Area Holds 96 Hours of Action as Part of Nat'l Call to “Reclaim King’s Radical Legacy”
Hundreds of people from more than two dozen groupings responded to the Anti Police-Terror Project’s (APTP) call to come together for 96 hours of direct action over the Martin Luther King Day weekend, January 15-18, in San Francisco and Oakland. Mayors and police chiefs were targeted for protest. The weekend’s events culminated in a Reclaiming King’s Radical Legacy March and a surprise shutdown of the Bay Bridge on January 18.
Tue Jul 7 2015 (Updated 07/08/15)Community Rallies Behind Vandalized Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Mural in the Mission
Tue Jul 7 2015 (Updated 07/08/15)Following Hate Crime, Speakers Call for SF Community to Heal with Love, Not Revenge
On July 1, hundreds came together in spirit, unity, and love to transform the unacceptable destruction of the mural on the outside wall of Galeria de La Raza in the Mission District of San Francisco. The mural installed by the Los Angeles Maricon Collective is a celebration of LGBTQ people, and accompanies the presentation in the Galeria, The Q-Sides. Speakers emphasized that unity must be maintained in the Mission, healing with love not revenge, even though the vandalism was a hate crime
Same-sex weddings took place across the country after the Supreme Court ruled on June 26 that all 50 states must now permit LGBTQ couples "the fundamental right to marry." After the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on marriage equality, many LGBT organizers are now redirecting their attention to obtaining federal, state and local legal protections in areas of employment, housing and commerce. Locally, activists want to shift the focus to issues that LGBT immigrants and prisoners face in detention centers across the U.S.
Thu Jun 4 2015 (Updated 06/05/15)Facebook Discriminates Against LGBT and Native American Communities
Thu Jun 4 2015 (Updated 06/05/15)Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence Spearhead Protest at Facebook HQ Over User Name Policies
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence took the lead in organizing a protest held in front of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California on June 1. Sister Roma said that it's time Mark Zuckerberg realized that identity is fluid. She and about 100 others traveled from San Francisco and other parts of the Bay Area to Silicon Valley to demand that the social media company remove the fake-name reporting option and stop asking users for government IDs.
Fri Feb 13 2015 (Updated 02/15/15)Murder of Taja DeJesus Motivates SF Transgender Community
Fri Feb 13 2015 (Updated 02/15/15)Rally on Steps of San Francisco City Hall to Protest Violence Against Trans People
Five transgender women of color have been violently killed within the first two months of 2015 in the United States. One murder locally has rattled the nerves of the local transgender community. On February 1, Taja Gabrielle de Jesus was stabbed repeatedly by an unknown assailant while walking down a street in the Bayview district in San Francisco. In response, approximately 200 people rallied on the steps of city hall for Transgender Tuesday on February 10.
Wed Feb 4 2015A Year in the Streets: Resistance in the Bay in 2014
FireWorks writes: From the blockading of Google buses to the blockading of major freeways. From riots against white supremacy and police in Oakland to anti-tech and gentrification brawls in San Francisco, 2014 was an explosive year. Battles erupted in a variety of places and around various issues. This year in review looks at some of the key struggles and outbreaks of rebellion that shook the bay area to its core.
Claudia Tirado, a third grade teacher and tenant being evicted by Google's head of eDiscovery, Jack Halprin, queered her fight to remain in her home at the Folsom Street Fair on September 21. With other activists from Eviction Free San Francisco, Tirado handed out condoms for "eviction protection" at the annual kink and sex-positive SoMa fair. Eviction Free SF reported that many fair attendees agreed that housing is a queer issue and that it is unconscionable for Halprin to evict residents so that he can have a private mansion just three blocks from the Google bus stop at 18th and Dolores.
In solidarity with Brazilians protesting the FIFA Would Cup, on June 29 a group of 12 queer radicals blockaded the Google FIFA Float at the San Francisco Pride Parade. "We couldn't pass up the opportunity to connect issues of gentrification and evictions in the Bay Area with the violent displacement of Brazilians who live in the Favelas. The Google/FIFA float was a perfect target for direct action to raise awareness about these issues!" A further solidarity demonstration is set for Thursday, July 3 at the Brazilian Counsulate.
Mon Jun 30 2014 (Updated 07/02/14)Police Attack Trans and Queer Activists During SF Pride
Mon Jun 30 2014 (Updated 07/02/14)Protest of Kink.com Prison-Themed Dance Party Leads to Violence and Arrests by SFPD
On June 28, Kink.com sponsored an official San Francisco Pride event called “Pride at the Armory." It was a prison-themed dance party that invited attendees to “get incarcerated.” Gay Shame and LAGAI – Queer Insurrection called for a march to disrupt and shut down Pride at the Armory. After the Kink protest, at least seven people were arrested, including a National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer at 16th and Mission streets. Several protesters were tackled, beaten, and bloodied by SFPD.
No “Free Speech” for Fascists: Neo-Nazis Shut Down in Sacramento Monday Jun 27th 10:37 PM
Politicians booed off stage, mentions of Orlando, plus more, at Trans March 2016 (2 comments) Saturday Jun 25th 12:00 PM
Memorial and march over the shootings of LGBT folks at an Orlando nightclub. (2 comments) Sunday Jun 19th 10:08 AM
Watsonville Vigil Remembers the Victims of Orlando Monday Jun 13th 11:43 PM
Take Back Pride (2 comments) Saturday May 14th 11:52 AM
BiNet Santa Cruz Launch (3 comments) Friday Mar 11th 3:11 PM
UCSC Report Investigates Levels of Support for Queer Students of Color on Campus Wednesday Feb 3rd 2:43 PMMore Local News...
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Lyn Archer speaks about New Orleans City proposed shut-down of French Quarter Strip Clubs Monday Jun 27th 7:45 AM
Dawn Collins on RootsCampLA 2016 Thursday Jun 23rd 5:25 AM
Indonesian Atrocities against Gays Monday Feb 29th 8:38 PM
Conversations in Color Featuring Alexis De Veaux and Janet Mock Saturday Feb 20th 9:41 PM
Task Force Urges Pope Francis to Practice "Golden Rule" for LGBTQ People and Families (1 comment) Thursday Sep 24th 12:01 PM
Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs & Almah LaVon on Dark Sciences: A People Of Color Dream Retreat Wednesday Jul 8th 7:17 AM
Girls Rock New Orleans, June 8th-13th 2015 Thursday May 28th 5:12 PMMore Global News...
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Orlando Omar Aimed to be Gay Leader Without Flag Saturday Jun 25th 2:55 AM
A Letter Regarding the Orlando Pulse Club Incident to the LGBT Community of the United Sta Monday Jun 20th 8:47 PM
Friends and Family Friday Nov 27th 1:48 PM
Obama asked to abstain from handshake with child misuser Tuesday Oct 6th 5:11 AM
LGBTQ Weddings, Pride Celebrations Follow Historic Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage Equality Thursday Jul 9th 12:00 AM
#ThankFrank Thursday Jun 18th 3:47 PM
UCSC Announces Arrest Made in Hate Crime Assault Case Tuesday Jun 2nd 1:59 PMOpen Newswire...
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