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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

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You May Now Kiss the "Spouse" Under a New California Law

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Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 8:04 AM
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After the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriage to resume in California last summer, people started getting their vows on pretty much right away.

See also: Gay Marriage in California: What Happens Next?

But California law still contained antiquated language that defined marriage as "a personal relation arising out of a civil contract between a man and a woman."

It didn't prevent people from getting hitched. But it just wasn't right. So California Sen. Mark Leno set about fixing the legal definition of marriage for Golden State couples that now include grooms and grooms and brides and brides:

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

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L.A. Is America's Most LGBT-Friendly City, Says Random Publication

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Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 7:03 AM
L.A. PRIDE SCENERY BY LINA LECARO FOR L.A. WEEKLY
  • L.A. Pride scenery by Lina Lecaro for L.A. Weekly
Ah-ha! We told you so. Last month when Los Angeles bombed in a NerdWallet ranking of LGBT-friendly cities, we thought we might have been underestimated.

See also: L.A. Is Not So Gay Friendly, According to New Ranking

Well, our annual L.A. Pride festivities must have blown someone away, because the publication Vocativ took a look at "The 35 Most LGBT-Friendly Cities in America" and declared that we're number 1!

Even L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti was psyched by the showing. He says:

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in the 1958 film version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. - PHOTO: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in the 1958 film version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
As an actor in the Santa Clarita production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which was canceled Monday following an incident with a homophobic heckler, John Lacy had more reason to be bummed about the scrapped shows than just about anyone.

It wasn't just that Lacy had been the star of the production, portraying Tennessee Williams' iconic Big Daddy. It's also that his mother was due to fly in this weekend from Hendersonville, North Carolina, to see him on stage - for the first time in his 27-year career as an actor.

And even beyond that? After Lacy had disrupted the production to confront a heckler hurling gay slurs at another actor, some of his cast-mates blamed him for the production shutdown. One actress, he says, called it "unforgivable."

See also: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Production Canceled After Homophobic Fracas

"I don't know about you," he says, "but I reserve 'unforgivable' for serial killers." Still, Lacy found himself wondering if he'd done the right thing.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

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Cat On a Hot Tin Roof Production Canceled After Homophobic Fracas

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Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 3:44 PM
REPERTORY EAST PLAYHOUSE
  • Repertory East Playhouse
See our June 6 update: The Actors Gang is mounting a one-night-only staged reading to bring the production back, with four of the original eight actors, as a fundraiser for the NoH8 Campaign.

A SoCal production of the Tennessee Williams classic Cat On a Hot Tin Roof was canceled today after a homophobic outburst in the audience led to a physical confrontation, the firing of an actor, and an apparent cast revolt.

Those are the allegations we gathered after speaking to audience member Tim Sullivan, a Hollywood director who was at the Repertory East Playhouse to support his friend, Anton Troy, performing the roll of Brick.

The theater announced in a statement today that the run of the play was "suspended" through its June 14 end date as a result of "cast members leaving the show with no time to adequately re-cast their parts ... "

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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L.A. Is Not So Gay Friendly, According to New Ranking

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Wed, May 28, 2014 at 8:03 AM
FILE PHOTO BY PATRICK RANGE MCDONALD/L.A. WEEKLY
  • File photo by Patrick Range McDonald/L.A. Weekly
Los Angeles County has a huge LGBT community and a huge L.A. PRIDE event June 6 through 8.

The liberal West Coast is a longtime mecca for gay rights. So why in the heck didn't we do better in a ranking of America's "Most LGBT-Friendly Cities" by personal finance site NerdWallet?

See also: Is L.A. Gay Pride an Outdated, Adolescent Mess?

We bombed, frankly, considering that we're the second-largest city in the nation and often end up with commensurate rankings in different demographics:

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Monday, May 5, 2014

DORCHESTER COLLECTION
  • Dorchester Collection
The East Asian nation of Brunei was expected last week to implement religious law that dictates rapists, adulterers and same-sex lovers should be stoned to death.

Unfortunately for us this enlightened nation has a hand in our landscape. Brunei's Sultan and prime minister, Hassanal Bolkiah, owns the Beverly Hills hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air.

As celebrities are boycotting the venues, the Beverly Hills City Council is considering a motion that will ask "the government of Brunei to divest itself of the Beverly Hills Hotel."

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

THE OFFICE OF SHANNON GROVE
  • The office of Shannon Grove
Even before Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a notorious bill that would have legalized anti-gay discrimination in that state, a California assemblywoman quietly introduced similar legislation here.

It didn't work. A staffer at the office of Bakersfield Republican Shannon Grove tells LA Weekly that the language of her "placeholder" bill, AB 2237, is for all intents and purposes off the table. The proposal, introduced Feb. 21, intended to "provide an exception to the Unruh Civil Rights Act to protect the free exercise of religion."

In other words it was, according to the group Equality California, ...

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Effort to Kill Law Protecting California Transgender Kids Fails

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Tue, Feb 25, 2014 at 7:03 AM
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A lot can happen in more than five years. In 2008 a Mormon church-led ballot proposition to ban same-sex marriage was approved by California voters.

Last year Prop. 8 was essentially dismissed by the U.S. Supreme Court, making gay marriage legal again in the Golden State. And now an effort by religious conservatives to overturn a state law granting transgender students equal rights at California public schools has failed miserably.

See also: Transgender Equality to Become Law in California Schools

According to the Secretary of State, ...

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

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Gay Bar The Abbey Bans Homophobic Politicians

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Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM
COURTESY THE ABBEY
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The Abbey, the West Hollywood watering hole once called "The Best Gay Bar in the World," is making headlines again.

See also: The Abbey, West Hollywood Gay Bar, Bans Bachelorette Parties as Political Statement

In 2012 it banned bachelorette parties because, at the time, "the people around them are legally prohibited from getting married," said Abbey Founder David Cooley.

This time around the bar-turned-dance club is banning a group of people much more evil than those part-time LGBT supporters known as straight white girls:

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

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Gay Holocaust Symbol in WeHo Shames Anti-LGBT Russia

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Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 8:03 AM
COURTESY NIL ZILBERMAN
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Using the Holocaust to make your human-rights point is always perilous.

But one West Hollywood clothing store owner went for it anyway. Fed up with the anti-gay policies of Vladimir Putin's Russia, Nir Zilberman dressed a mannequin in a concentration-camp top adorned with the upside-down pink triangle used by Nazis to identify gays.

The display went up to coincide with the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi:

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