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Equality California Endorses Schools First Nov 2020 Ballot Measure

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LOS ANGELES — Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization has announced that group’s boards of directors have voted to endorse Schools & Communities First, the November 2020 statewide ballot measure to reclaim over $12 billion per year for K-12 schools, community colleges and local communities, while protecting homeowners, renters and small business owners by maintaining tax protections for residential property and small businesses.

The organization released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Zbur:

“Equality California is proud to support Schools & Communities First because we believe it is a critical first step toward providing every child with a safe and supportive school and every family with the resources they need to succeed and thrive.

California has led the nation in the fight for LGBTQ civil rights and social justice. But the reality is too many LGBTQ students and families across our state — especially LGBTQ immigrants, people of color and people living with HIV — still face persistent disparities in health and wellbeing.

Four in 10 California youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ. Sixty-four percent of LGBTQ students report being bullied and harassed in school. Behind each of these statistics are real people with futures we simply cannot afford to sacrifice.

Equality California is committed to creating a world that is healthy, just and fully equal for all LGBTQ people, and that starts with investing in educating all of our kids and in the vital services necessary to support our families and communities.”

Equality California has consistently supported state and local ballot measures to raise revenue to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ Californians and the diverse communities to which LGBTQ people belong, including Propositions 1 and 2 in 2018 and Propositions 55 and 56 in 2016. For a complete list of Equality California’s 2020 endorsements, please visit eqca.org/elections.

Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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SF Pride Will ‘Proceed as Scheduled’ – for Now

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San Francisco Pride Will 'Proceed as Scheduled' — For Now
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SAN FRANCISCO (Bay Area Reporters) — Following the postponement of several California Pride festivities in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak, San Francisco Pride will “expect to know more about our event and what it will look like in the next few weeks, by about mid-April,” according to Executive Director Fred Lopez.

The 50th annual San Francisco Pride parade and celebration is scheduled for June 27-28.

“At this time, SF Pride’s Parade and Celebration will proceed as scheduled,” SF Pride spokesman Peter Lawrence Kane wrote in an email to the Bay Area Reporter March 13.

In an email to the B.A.R. the afternoon of March 16, Lopez wrote that “we will follow whatever directives the city […]

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The Strange Reality of a WeHo Without a Queer Nightlife Scene

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The Strange Reality of a WeHo without a Queer Nightlife Scene
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WEST HOLLYWOOD (Los Angeles Magazine) — It was an epidemiologist’s worst nightmare set to the new Justin Timberlake/SZA collab from Trolls World Tour.

L.A. was hours away from shutting down all bars due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you wouldn’t have known it from the typical Sunday chaos on Santa Monica Boulevard, as throngs of people (some shirtless) crammed into West Hollywood gay bars like Mother Lode, Mickey’s, and Rocco’s for one last ungloved hurrah.

At Rocco’s, a drag queen in a black latex leotard bravely swooped her hand down to grab a dollar bill from a customer.

Another performer did the splits, touching the floor ever-so-quickly as she pulled herself up. Go-go dancers valiantly kneeled on bar tops, accepting cash in their […]

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Keeping the LGBTQ Community Financially Strong During COVID-19

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LOS ANGELES (Los Angeles Blade) — The LGBT community has been through joy and heartache many times in recent years, and we have always emerged stronger than ever because of our commitment to taking care of one another.

We know this new coronavirus (COVID-19) is top of mind for every entrepreneur, corporate partners, and supporters our community has these days. As NGLCC we regularly quote the late Senator Paul Wellstone who said, “We all do better when we all do better.”

Now, as our businesses and nonprofits push through the coronavirus pandemic and the recovery still to come, we must ensure we are all looking out for one another.

Many of us will be looking closely at price tags as we plan for brighter economic days […]

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