Mirror, mirror, on the wall, which are most and least LGBT-friendly Orange County cities of them all? Well, the Human Rights Campaign--or HRC, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization--did not rank all 34 of OC's incorporated cities, just seven, and base ... More >>
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 >>
The death of a transgender activist who fought against deportations that break up same-sex couples is being investigated as suspicious, according to the Anaheim Police Department.
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A Chapman University student is poised to make history as the first transgender contestant in an all-female pageant.
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The overlapping rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender immigrants has come up time and time again during the current push for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. Whether it was the Senate's proposal dismissing gay couples' concerns to sponsor their binational significant other, or ... More >>
Can you guess who the latest Orange County model is for the NoH8 campaign? (Hint: she's a beloved local high school student.)
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 >>
If she wins, a Marina High School homecoming queen candidate would reportedly make history. No, Cassidy Lynn Campbell would not be the first ever to have a tiara placed on her head without bitchy death stares from the runners-up. It's said the 16-year-old Huntington Beach resident would be the natio ... 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 >>
According to my Facebook feed, apparently the gays can get married. Or something like that (I didn't read any of those posts). I'm excited not only because legalizing gay marriage is the right thing to do, but because I've learned weddings are the best way to pick up chicks. So, more weddings means ... More >>
Updated, with more info at the bottom...ORIGINAL POST, March 11, 11 a.m.: ast Friday afternoon, a man fell from UC Irvine's Social Science Parking Structure and was pronounced dead at the scene. It's not known yet whether it was a suicide, although witnesses told the school's New University paper th ... More >>
Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. If you want to ask the legendary vocalist for advice, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dear Exene,I'm currently perusing the back of an adult m ... More >>
Authorities say first Cesar Valle tried to tax the gents working in a transgender brothel, then the 22-year-old robbed the illegal business operating out of a Santa Ana apartment unit and finally, on Monday, he was a no show as his jury trial was getting going.Superior Court Judge W. Michael Hayes, ... More >>
UPDATE, NOV. 28, 5:11 P.M.: An attorney who says she represents David F. Klassen contacted the Weekly to counter accusations her client created a website to discredit a transgender singer who performs under the name Bralalalala. The lawyer, Yolanda Marsili of Newport Beach, says that neither she ... More >>
Talk about a timely lunchtime topic: "Transgender Rights in Unlikely Places: The Case of Pakistan" will be discussed at Chapman University hot on the high heels of the Pakistani Supreme Court ordering the government to register transgender citizens as voters.The country's 80,000-strong transgende ... More >>
SavageDan Savage found himself in a sticky sparkly situation last week while filming his new late-night MTV series, "Savage U," at UC Irvine. In the show, set on college campuses across the country, the celebrated sex writer (whose column runs in OC Weekly) helps students navigate romance ... More >>
And you thought Chaz Bono had it tough. Imagine trying to get sexual reassignment surgery in a closed country like Cuba. Mavi Susel was the first transgender person to do so.Now, a new documentary screening in Long Beach Satrurday afternoon shares her moving story.
Long Beach Pride, taking place this weekend, has grown into a massive event, as gays and their straight friends come out of the woodworks to turn the Belmont Heights area of Long Beach into a giant party numbering in the 80,000 range. And, along with requisite parade, the festival has its share o ... More >>
Guards at Theo Lacy Jail routinely taunted transgendered immigration detainees, abusing them with anti-gay slurs and intrusive and unnecessary searches, while also keeping them locked in their cells for 22 hours a day, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday on behalf of 13 detainees. According to ... More >>
UPDATE: Equality California's executive director released a statement tonight in response to Santa Ana Police "mishandling" a potential hate crime (see end of post) . . . A volunteer for a nonprofit that works for legal protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered returned to h ... More >>
Right in the middle of the The Center in Long Beach-sponsored Q Films LGBT festival--which began Thursday and continues through Sunday in Long Beach--is a horror flick that includes a gay couple fighting zombies.But Mondo Celluloid's presentation of Zombies of Mass Destruction at 11:30 tonight at ... More >>
Sanchez: Needs a better helmet...The Van Tran for Congress campaign put out a press release late last week claiming that their Moby Dick, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, blamed President Barack Obama for her dismal poll ratings in her appearance last week on Univisión's Al Punto program. If only! ... More >>
However one feels about journalists dwelling on the death of Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Penner, who cut his professional teeth in Orange County and lived here for many years, Steve Friess' LA Weekly feature article published this week exposes a side of the Penner saga others have barely ... More >>
Mike Penner cut his teeth at the Anaheim Bulletin before jumping over to the Orange County edition of the Los Angeles Times as a sportswriter, garnering more fame as a sports columnist for the mothership in LA, even more fame as transsexual sports columnist Christine Daniels for a year--and more ... More >>
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Jennie Warren / OC WeeklyA few ideas I couldn't quite fit into this week's cover story on gay-rights activism in Orange County: - LGBT-rights doesn't necessarily mean LGBT: Most of the LGBT activists working in Orange County told me that one of the most remarkable thing about the network that has ... More >>
This just in from the ACLU, which believes the action taken today will help a judge hearing a challenge of Prop. 8 understand the unequal rights inherent in the ballot initiative . . . SAN FRANCISCO -- Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the American Civil Liberties Union ... More >>
Gustavo's note: Today, LA Times sports reporter Mike Penner announced he was undergoing a sex-change operation and returning in a couple of weeks as a woman. Here is Weekly theater critic Joel Beers' take on it... Nearly 20 years ago, when I was a fledgling professional journalist at my first paid ... More >>