UPDATE, OCT. 9, 5:21 P.M.: Randy Lee Parkerson met transgender immigrant rights activist Zoraida "Ale" Reyes, choked her to death and kept her body in the trunk of his car before dumping the corpse behind a Dairy Queen, according to prosecutors.
A procession made its way down West Fourth Street in Santa Ana Friday evening in memory of Zoraida "Ale" Reyes, a 28-year-old transgender immigrant rights activist whose body turned up the day before near a Dairy Queen in Anaheim. A somber mood hung over the gathering of about 200 that ended at Sass ... More >>
Essays by longtime activists on how gay life has changed in Orange County over the years
This infernal rag has done much to cover OC's LGBT community in its 18 years, but "America's Gayest County!" from 2004 is a good start-off point. Of course, OC being OC, the good always comes with the bad, so my latest KCRW-FM 89.9 commentary used the recent disturbing news that hate crimes against ... More >>
Tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the legal challenge to California's Proposition 8. But instead of taking the rallying, angry, and sign-pumping approach to fighting for gay marriage--although that's perfectly legit as well!--equality warriors in Orange County have decided to hold a candle ... More >>
OC Weekly's first People Issue!
Being gay doesn't mean you're happy, especially if you can't be a Boy Scout. And an Orange County advocacy group isn't happy with the Boy Scouts of America's decision Tuesday to cement its ban against gay members.The Orange County Gay and Lesbian Center is calling for a boycott of the youth organiza ... More >>
Maybe it's the twinkle in their eyes. New research at the University of Washington shows that a lot of folks do have gaydar, the ability to size up a person's sexual orientation, simply by looking at their faces, although researchers say little is known about how such judgments are formed.
It's been nearly three years since Karyl Ketchum battled district administrators in court after football players at Corona Del Mar High threatened to shoot and rape her then-17-year-old daughter, the lead actress in the school's production of "Rent." Ketchum enlisted the help of the ACLU to file a l ... More >>
Kevin O'Grady is the new executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County. O'Grady comes to Santa Ana-based advocacy group after serving as the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, Orange County/Long Beach region, where he oversaw programming, ... More >>
An advocacy network for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Orange County has announced a new executive director. Kevin O'Grady will assume the position at the Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center of Orange County starting March 5.
Few folks are more controversial on the Left that Abraham Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League. On one hand, his organization remains on the forefront of tracking white supremacists in the United States; on the other hand, their knee-jerk reaction to categorize nearly any criticism of Israe ... More >>
The American TP's brave "confrontation." Vaxmonsky is at far right, as are his politics...Last Halloween, back when they still called themselves Freedom 14, members of the American Third Position Party excitedly posted a dispatch on Stormfront.org with the headline "Freedom 14 Confronts the ADL, ... More >>
Kevin O'Grady, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League's Orange County/Long Beach office, was kind enough to email over five hate-crime reports his office received this past June, in reverse chronological order. While that format may be helpful to give readers a sense of ... More >>
He Knows NothingOrange County/Long Beach bigots painted Swastikas on a liquor store, middle and elementary schools, public park buildings and even a temple--signifying an increase in anti-Semitic activity last year, according to a report issued this morning by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). ... More >>