Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Facebook Plans to Modify Policy


After meeting today with drag queens, transgender people, and other LGBT and allied users concerned about Facebook's policy requiring users to be listed under their "real name," an officer with the social networking giant has apologized for the policy and offered a clarification. 
"I want to apologize to the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community for the hardship that we've put you through in dealing with your Facebook accounts over the past few weeks," wrote chief product officer Chris Cox in a Facebook post this afternoon. 

"Our policy has never been to require everyone on Facebook to use their legal name. The spirit of our policy is that everyone on Facebook uses the authentic name they use in real life. For Sister Roma, that's Sister Roma. For Lil Miss Hot Mess, that's Lil Miss Hot Mess. Part of what's been so difficult about this conversation is that we support both of these individuals, and so many others affected by this, completely and utterly in how they use Facebook."

Read the whole story HERE


Monday, September 29, 2014

Gov Brown Signs Law Banning "Panic Defense"

Courtesy The Advocate
In a groundbreaking move, the state takes a stand against defendants being able to use a victim's sexual orientation or gender identity as justification for murder.

California Gov. Jerry Brown 
With the stroke of Governor Jerry Brown's pen, California has become the first state in the U.S. to officially ban the use of "trans panic" and "gay panic" defenses in court.

Last month, the California Assembly passed the bill by a vote of 50-10, sending the bill to Brown's desk for signature. The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, bars the use of "panic" defenses in California criminal courts.

“There is absolutely no justification for the use of ‘panic defenses,’" Bonilla said in a statement last month. "Clearly this tactic has been utilized by defendants, unjustly targeting members of the LGBT community, based on damaging stereotypes. With AB 2501, we are moving forward to ensure equality in our courts and making it very clear that discrimination against the LGBT community is intolerable and unacceptable.”

Read the Story HERE

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Friday, September 26, 2014

EVENT: Let's Talk HIV/AIDS in the Central Valley

Details On Service For Reese Ramirez

Rough outline for the Celebration of Life for Reese Ramirez :
Saturday October 4th at The Big Red Church in Fresno:
2131 N Van Ness Blvd Fresno CA 559-227-8489
Performers' arrival (back door) 4-430pm
Guest arrival 5pm (front entrance)
Celebration /speakers 5:30
Performances 6-7:30
Closure 7:30-?
Entry is free.
Please consider placing a small donation in lieu of flowers. All donations and tips will go to some of Reese 's favorite organizations.
Soda will be sold as a donation, water and punch complimentary. 

T shirts will be available at the soda table for those of you who aren't able to pick them up beforehand. 

There will be sticker name tags for everyone, so we can get to know one another. Reese is bringing all of us together, and if we were special enough to know him, then we are important enough to get too know one another .