We've heard from bros, brahs, 909ers, surfer doods, NIMBYs and Mayor Quimbys, but one sect associated with Huntington Beach that had remained fairly quiet lately has been the skinheads (of the Nazi variety). That changed over the weekend with the crowning of a transgender girl as Marina High School ... More >>
The California Supreme Court today rejected the last remaining legal challenge to same-sex weddings, dismissing a last-minute petition by Prop 8 supporters to continue enforcement of the initiative approved by voters in 2008. The state's high court gave no reason for the dismissal that comes more t ... More >>
Equality California announced it will honor Robbie Rogers, the Huntington Beach resident who is the only active openly gay athlete on a major league U.S. sports team, with the Courage in Leadership Award. The 26-year-old midfielder is to receive the honor at the 2013 Los Angeles Equality Awards Oct ... More >>
See the update at the end of this post where the California Supreme Court denies the request for an emergency order to stop same-sex marriages although it is still entertaining a case seeking to enforce Prop 8.ORIGINAL POST, JULY 12, 12:52 P.M.: Remember how Chapman University law professor John Eas ... More >>
Yes, it's a very last-minute invitation, but Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church in Costa Mesa hosts free weddings for same-sex couples Saturday. The congregation for humanists, agnostics, deists, atheists, pagans, Christians, Muslims, monotheists, pantheists, polytheists or no ists at all is ... More >>
On Monday, the first day of marriage equality in Orange County following last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Prop 8, the Clerk-Recorder's office logged about double the number of marriages done on an average Monday, with most licenses issued to same-sex couples. The county's clerk offices in Fu ... More >>
Tonight, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is scheduled to present a repeat showing of Lisa Ling's documentary God & Gays, which followed the complete change of heart by Alan Chambers, president of Irvine-based Exodus International, to "gay conversion therapy." Ling hosts a private screening at Sony P ... More >>
When U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker in San Francisco lifted the stay on same-sex marriages in California back in August 2010, Erwin Chemerinsky said Prop 8 supporters had no legal standing to win a reversal.The U.S. Supreme Court this morning proved the UC Irvine School of Law dean ... More >>
The U.S. Supreme Court this morning dismissed California's Prop 8 case, clearing the way for gay marriage to resume. On a historic day for marriage equality, the Supremes earlier announced the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which does not recognize gay marriages, is unconstitutional.
From Obama's statement earlier after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional: "The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or w ... More >>
Charles Smith had wanted a big church wedding at the end of October 2008, but because of the threat posed by Prop 8, the UC Irvine political science professor and his future husband tied the knot the previous July 3 in the Old County Courthouse in Santa Ana. California voters did not ban same-sex ma ... More >>
Jean Pasco of the Orange County Clerk-Recorder's Office is not sure when same-sex marriages will be allowed again, reportedly saying it could be days or weeks from now.But Chapman University law professor John Eastman, a marriage equality opponent active with the National Organization for Marriage, ... More >>
In a stunning statement, Exodus International, the Irvine-based Christian group that promoted therapy so gays and lesbians could overcome their sexual preferences, has reportedly closed its doors and apologized to homosexuals, acknowledging its mission had been hurtful and ignorant. A statement on E ... More >>
The Orange County Human Relations Commission issued an annual report this morning that finds "violent" hate crimes against gays and lesbians nearly doubled here from 2011 to 2012 but, overall, hatin' is down.Rusty Kennedy, the commission's longtime executive director, says the uptick in crimes again ... More >>
The councilwoman stands on the cusp of making that title a reality. But getting there hasn't been easy
Huntington Beach Mayor Connie Boardman and her Orange County-adjacent colleague Bob Foster in Long Beach are among 25 California mayors who have signed a Courage Campaign letter supporting gay marriage.All the other OC mayors--it seems as if there are 50 or so--apparently could not find pens with in ... 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 >>
UC Irvine documents the struggles of our local gay history—yes, we have one!
Orange County isn't exactly San Francisco, West Hollywood or Palm Springs when it comes to a thriving LGBT community, but we will always have Laguna Beach, which was a gay mecca for years before gays were priced out, and nearby Belmont Shore in Long Beach. There's also now a local LGBT Archive at UC ... More >>
Former presidential candidate Fred Karger wants the former Chapman University law professor to reveal who's donating money to his fight against gay marriage
The Los Al High grad and Minnesota Vikings punter is prying open America's last closet: major-league sports
Governor Jerry Brown over the weekend signed a bill championed by the LGBT community that make California the first state to outlaw therapy to "pray the gay away." "We're grateful to Governor Brown for standing with California's children," reads a statement from Chad Griffin, president of the Human ... More >>
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 >>
Because a majority of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' 26 judges declined to revisit a three-member panel's ruling striking down Prop 8, the court will not reconsider the decision to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban.Proponents of Prop 8 earlier indicated they would appeal next to th ... 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 >>
During the five months when gay marriage was legal in California in 2008, Karen Golinski, a staff attorney for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals--the most liberal court in America--married her long-time girlfriend, Amy Cunninghis, and attempted to enroll Cunninghis in her federal medical insuran ... More >>
Linda May said it took her a long time to bake the "domestic partnership" cake she displayed Tuesday outside the Orange County Courthouse at 211 W. Santa Ana Blvd. in downtown Santa Ana.She said the cake is symbolic of the gay community's efforts to overturn laws against same-sex marriage. " ... More >>
A short documentary about homophobia, bullying and school violence screens tonight in Huntington Beach.Admission is $5 to Teach Your Children Well at 7 p.m. in Huntington Beach Central Library, with proceeds going to the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force.
The California Supreme Court ruled today that gay marriage foes can fight the reversal of Prop 8.Because the offices of the governor and state attorney general refuse to defend the same-sex marriage ban, legal scholars such as UC Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky had opined that Prop 8 ... More >>
In the children's book King & King, a prince falls in love with a prince. UPDATE, OCT. 13, 4:17 PM.: Stop SB 48, the group that aimed to repeal the so-called Gay History Law, was unable to gather enough signatures from voters by this week's deadline. "Despite the overuse of the ... More >>
What if a vehement, Bible-thumping, anti-gay crusader--so vehemently anti-gay that many question his own sexual orientation--held a press conference to denounce what he considers the LGBT intrusion into public education and only three people showed up?And what if the trio hailed not from TV, radi ... More >>
This is FredWith a sparkling blue Pacific Ocean backdrop at his Laguna Beach house before sunset tonight, Republican presidential candidate Fred Karger delighted a politically diverse crowd with his trademark humor and determination to make gay and lesbian equality an acceptable stance within the ... More >>
The chief federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that his retired colleague Vaughn Walker was under no legal obligation to step aside from ruling on California's same-sex marriage ban because he is a gay man.Walker ruled in August that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional.
The OC resident and onetime Republican hatchet man hopes his quixotic campaign can push his party to become more gay-friendly
Three federal judges ruled today that gay marriage cannot resume in California until state and federal appeals courts decide the fate of Proposition 8--something that may be more than a year away.Judges Stephen Reinhardt, Michael Daly Hawkins and N. Randy Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeal for t ... More >>
UPDATE, FEB. 23, 4:18 P.M.: The couple who filed the first marriage equality case in California and later became petitioners to overturn Prop 8, Diane Olson and Robin Tyler, said today's decision by the Obama administration to stop defending the federal government's anti-gay marriage law is "a hu ... More >>
California Coalition for Immigration Reform head witch Barbara Coe sends so many damn e-mails to her minions that some inevitably fall behind the radiator--like the one I just found that's dated Aug. 6, 2010. The occasion was the repealing of the anti-gay-marriage Proposition 8 by U.S. District C ... More >>
UPDATED, FEB. 7, 11:02 A.M.: We heard from a representative of Brown-Forman, who confirmed that the company does offer same-sex domestic partner coverage and has long supported the LGBT community. We regret the inaccuracy. ORIGINAL POST, FEB. 3, 9:30, Chick-fil-A, trusty maker ... More >>
In at least a partial setback for the h8rs, the Los Angeles Times reports that a federal appeals court has rejected Imperial County's challenge to Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that California's Proposition 8 ballot initiative, which banned same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional.The 9th Circuit Co ... More >>
Update, November 26, 3:51 p.m.: A cameraman has dropped his lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen over an alleged assault at a Prop 8 rally in West Hollywood.Mike Skiff, who is openly gay, cited his own "emotional well being" as being the reason for ending the legal claim filed last month in Los Ange ... More >>
This time "Bruno" went too far, claims a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court.Funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen's alter ego and his crew assaulted a man at a Prop 8 rally, alleges the suit that seeks $25,000 in punitive damages and reimbursement for medical expenses and general damages.