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Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

Civil Rights

Anti-Gay Marriage Group Targets Transgender Kids' Rights

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Fri, Sep 20, 2013 at 4:59 PM

COLIN YOUNG-WOLFF FOR LA WEEKLY
  • Colin Young-Wolff for LA Weekly
A group that tried to ban gay marriage in California is at it again. The National Organization for Marriage said today it is joining an effort to gather signatures in an attempt to put a repeal of the state's transgender equality law on the November, 2014 ballot.

See also: Transgender Equality to Become Law in California Schools.

The organization says 505,000 valid signatures of registered voters would be needed to put the matter before voters:

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Mayor Eric Garcetti with LAPD chief Charlie Beck, far left, at Dorsey High School. - PATRICK RANGE MCDONALD
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  • Mayor Eric Garcetti with LAPD chief Charlie Beck, far left, at Dorsey High School.
Today, Mayor Eric Garcetti called for Trayvon Martin demonstrators to "practice peace," with LAPD chief Charlie Beck and numerous African American leaders joining Garcetti at a press conference in South Los Angeles.

The mayor is hoping that street protests will calm in the coming days, but the Rev. Al Sharpton and other folks may have other plans for L.A.. On Saturday morning, Sharpton's civil rights group, the National Action Network, will hold a rally at the federal courthouse on Spring Street in downtown.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Civil Rights

Born as a Boy, Play School Sports as a Girl?

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Wed, Jun 12, 2013 at 2:10 PM

COLIN YOUNG-WOLFF FOR L.A. WEEKLY
  • Colin Young-Wolff for L.A. Weekly
Should a student born as a boy get to play on a girls' sports team or be presented as a female cheerleader in high school? Would it result in fair competition and equal access to education under the law? A bill by California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano says yes to all of the above.

Today a bill by Ammiano that would grant transgender students the right to access any part of the education system available to straight kids was approved by the Senate Education Committee. That means ...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2009 Proposition 8 protest - TED SOQUI
  • Ted Soqui
  • 2009 Proposition 8 protest
After the U.S. Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments yesterday about the federal Proposition 8 lawsuit, movie director and American Foundation for Equal Rights board member Rob Reiner, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and others weighed in about the historic proceeding.

"This case has always been about the love shared by two individuals and about the central promise from our nation's founding that all men are created equal and are endowed with inalienable rights, including the pursuit of happiness," says Reiner in a press statement.

The U.S. Supreme Court also released an audio tape of the hearing.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

When it comes to life-impacting stuff -- civil rights, political movements, or education reform, for example -- Los Angeles too often gets overlooked by snobby journalists and intellectual types in New York City and Washington D.C.

Let's just admit it: They don't take L.A. seriously and they hate to give the nation's second largest city credit for anything of value.

But as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the unconstitutionality of Proposition 8 on Tuesday, March 26, Los Angeles deserves major credit for the rapidly successful pro-gay marriage movement in the United States -- and we can tell you why ...

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Monday, March 18, 2013

MALIBU BY ERIC DEMARCQ / FLICKR
  • Malibu by Eric Demarcq / Flickr
Did you know that Carbon Beach in Malibu is not a "private beach."

In fact, there's almost no such thing as private beach in California, with a few exceptions, including the coastline in front of Vandenberg Airforce Base in Lompoc. But that hasn't stopped wealthy Malibu residents, including David Geffen, from attempting to thwart access to our shared, public coastline:

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Giertz, left, and friend. - KEARIAN GIERTZ / FACEBOOK
  • Kearian Giertz / Facebook
  • Giertz, left, and friend.
The lesson of the day for Kearian Giertz, a Fullerton High School senior who declared his support for same-sex marriage in front of an annual "Mr. Fullerton" campus pageant, is to keep your opinions to yourself, or you'll be publicly chastised.

That's what happened after he was promptly swept away and kicked out of the event by assistant principal Joe Abell.

Now the L.A.-based ACLU of Southern California is backing the kid:

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