Wyoming has become the latest state to allow same-sex unions, bringing the wave of legalizations to a place where the 1998 beating death of Matthew Shepard galvanized a national push for gay rights.
The meeting – known as a synod – was called by Pope Francis to discuss hot-button issues such as same-sex unions, divorce and birth control. No formal decisions were reached Monday, but CBS News reports that the tone of initial reports coming out of the two-day meeting indicate a major shift from condemnation to acceptance, including a call to recognize the positive aspects of civil unions and the potential benefits from establishing commitments from the gay community to the church.
California could soon become the first state to ban the “gay panic” defense in violent crimes against LGBT individuals.
Takei hopes his Japanese counterparts will one day join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities…
State officials have said they’d be prepared to carry out same-sex marriages almost immediately, and couples lined up outside the county clerk’s office in Portland in anticipation of the decision.
Labor activists across the Bay Area rallied Thursday to celebrate International Workers Day, taking the opportunity to champion causes from minimum wage hikes to immigration reform to development projects.
Oakland’s Parks and Recreations Department, which lacks funds to improve or even maintain the city-owned properties, is now considering a policy that would allow corporations and wealthy donors to buy the right to name public parks, gardens and recreation centers if they can pay their care.
The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church who led outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America’s tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.
The secretary of state announced Monday that backers of the proposed measure to put a referendum on November’s ballot to overturn a law allowing transgender students a choice on which restrooms and locker rooms to use, didn’t gain enough signatures.
A new law that spells out the rights of transgender students in kindergarten through 12th grade is set to take effect in California on Jan. 1. To get ready, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for staff and reconsidering senior portrait dress codes.