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Prop. 8 & DOMA Actions Across California

March 20, 2013 By Shaun Osburn

A number of LGBT and allied groups, grassroots leaders and families are organizing events all over the country including right outside the Supreme Court. Together we will remember how far we have come, and look forward to that moment when every American can marry the person that they love.

Los Angeles: Sunday, March 24th 6:30pm
Los Angeles City Hall (200 N Spring St, Los Angeles)

Inland Empire: Monday, March 25th 7:00pm
George E. Brown Federal Building and US Courthouse (3470 12th St, Riverside, CA)

Sacramento: Monday, March 25th 4pm
Sacramento Federal Courthouse (501 I St, Sacramento, CA)

San Diego: Monday, March 25th 6:30pm
San Diego Federal Court House (880 Front St, San Diego, CA)

San Francisco: Monday, March 25th 6:30pm
Harvey Milk Plaza (Corner of Castro and Market, San Francisco)

San Jose: Monday, March 25th 5:30pm
Billy DeFrank Center (938 The Alameda, San Jose, CA)

Fresno: Tuesday, March 26th 4pm
Fresno Federal Courthouse (2500 Tulare St, Fresno, CA)

Orange County: Tuesday, March 26th 6:30pm
Ronald Reagan Federal Building and Courthouse (411 W 4th Street, Santa Ana, CA)

Palm Springs: Tuesday, March 26th 6pm
Riverside County Building (Tahquitz and El Cielo, CA)

Santa Barbara: Tuesday, March 27th 5:30pm
Santa Barbara County Courthouse (1100 Anacapa St, Santa Barbara, CA)

Santa Cruz: Wednesday, March 27th 5:30pm
Santa Cruz County Courthouse Steps (701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA)

San Francisco: Thursday, March 28th 5:30pm
San Francisco LGBT Community Center Rainbow Room (1800 Market Street at Octavia, San Francisco, CA)

And be sure to visit www.lighttojustice.org for a complete listing of all events across the nation.

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Photos from the 2012 Los Angeles Equality Awards

August 20, 2012 By Shaun Osburn


A big thanks to everyone who walked the red carpet to full equality with us this weekend!

National HIV Testing Day 2012

June 28, 2012 By Guest Contributor

by Arturo Valencia

national hiv testing dayThe National HIV Testing Day, organized annually by the National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) with support from CDC and AIDS.gov, is a day to promote HIV-testing and early diagnosis of HIV across the United States.

The CDC estimates that nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV in the United States. Approximately one in five of those are unaware that they carry the virus that causes AIDS.

Evidence that effective early antiviral treatment is not only good for patients but also makes their infection less contagious underscores that finding persons with HIV infection is good, both for people living with HIV infection and for public health. HIV testing identifies persons living with HIV, counseling supports them to access medical care that can improve the quality and length of their lives and reduce risk for HIV transmission to others. Read the rest of this entry »

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2012 Queer Youth Advocacy Day

May 1, 2012 By Shaun Osburn

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I was 16-years-old when I attended the first Queer Youth Advocacy Day in Sacramento. At 32, this was literally a lifetime ago. I marched up to the capitol with my purple dreadlocks and combat boots demanding safe schools and safer-sex education in California classrooms. The largest gay-youth political turnout in the state’s history at that point, it was impossible to ignore the 300+ youth that converged upon the Capitol that day. And it’s just as impossible to ignore them today.

Launched in 1996 by LIFE Lobby (which would later become Equality California), Queer Youth Advocacy Day has evolved from a single day of lobbying to an expansive youth-empowerment weekend. Staff from Equality California Institute, GSA Network, The Transgender Law Center, The Trevor Project and ACLU of California work with youth on delivering their messages at the Capitol and support youth in overcoming fears they might have in delivering those messages to their representatives.

Or, as Assemblymember Sheila Kuehl told us back in 1996: “Remember when Dorothy found out that the Wizard was really a little old man behind a curtain, pushing buttons and turning wheels? Well, this place is like that.” Read the rest of this entry »

A Valentine’s Day Love Story

February 14, 2012 By Ellen Evans

ellen evans familyI want to tell you a love story.

Twenty-five Valentine’s Days ago, as a senior in college, I knocked on the door of a girl I really liked, a single red rose in my hand. She let me in! I could not have expected the life we’d have together.

We waited nearly a year before I moved into her apartment, which was now across the country. Together, we had started our grown-up lives with jobs and independence, forged new friendships together and, like any young people, started to think about who we wanted to be and what we wanted to do.

After we’d been living together for at least five years, I asked Laura to commit to our relationship for life. At the time, the idea that we could actually get married seemed so far-fetched!

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated our twenty-fifth anniversary. In that time, we’ve weathered three cross-country moves, traveled and been through graduate school. We’ve had two children–nine and ten now–and we couldn’t imagine our lives without them. Through it all, we’ve experienced moments of great joy too numerous to mention and, through it all, our affection has endured and grown.

As we’ve changed and grown, the world around us has changed too. Something that had once seemed far-fetched–the freedom to marry who we love–is becoming realized across our country. In California and Washington to Illinois and New Jersey, change is coming.

But there is more work to do. And that’s why, on this Valentine’s day, we are asking our friends, our family–and you–to join us in making a contribution to Equality California of $25, $100, $250 or whatever you can afford so Equality California can continue to work at every level to break through these final barriers that stand between us and full equality.

Each of us deserves to have that love story–to have that freedom. Together, we will prevail.

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Proposition 8 Ninth Circuit Day of Decision CA Community Events

February 7, 2012 By admin

Equality California will stand with The American Foundation for Equal Rights, plaintiffs in the case and more than a dozen pro-equality groups and leaders during a 5pm community rally at the Los Angeles City Hall Rotunda located at 200 North Springs Street.

In addition, a range community groups have planned celebrations across the state. Here’s a list of what they have planned: Read the rest of this entry »

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