Pets, Pets and Moore Pets!563

Always one of our favorite issues! We asked you to send in your favorite pet image, and you did in spades, and so our first place winner is here on the cover. Scamp, by Jayne Moore. Not all of them would fit in the magazine, so we posted some online as well. Be sure to check out page 15 and the web link on it to see more great pet pics.

Read more: Outword’s Annual Pet Issue is Out Now!


Loretta Sanchez Wants to Represent All Californians

by Jonathan Taylor

Loretta Sanchez is known for her support of military personnel, veteran’s rights, women’s rights and the LGBT community. Currently, she is running for the U.S. Senate, challenging Kamala Harris to replace Barbara Boxer.

Representative Sanchez has been a long-time supporter of LGBT rights. “Discrimination against any group is unacceptable,” she told me in a recent interview. “I have always supported the LGBT community, marriage equality, and our LGBT service members long before it was the popular thing to do.

Read more: Loretta Sanchez Wants to Represent All Californians


Equality California Announces Positions on November Ballot Initiatives

Equality California HAS announced positions on 10 voter initiatives appearing on the November ballot. Equality California takes positions on ballot measures to help LGBT and allied voters make informed decisions as they vote to advance LGBT civil rights and social justice.

“LGBT people are still far from equal compared to the the general public when it comes to measures of community health and wellbeing in many areas,” said Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California. “LGBT people have lower rates of healthcare coverage, higher rates of smoking and substance abuse, higher rates of arrest and conviction in the criminal justice system, and lower success rates in school. Some of these ballot measures impede LGBT equality and social justice while others improve the lives of LGBT people, and our positions are meant to assist voters as they make their decisions in November.”

Read more: Equality California Announces Positions on November Ballot Initiatives


Palm Springs, getting ready for its closeup. 562

Winter is a good time to flee south to the desert town of Palm Springs, and Ed Walsh gives a nice rundown of things that make this small California city iconic. Check it out on page 17.

Read more: The October 13, 2016 Issue is Out Now!


DNC Statement on National Coming Out Day

“Today, on National Coming Out Day, we celebrate one of the most powerful forces in the fight for LGBT equality," said DNC LGBT Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes. "When someone decides to come out as member of the LGBT community, it gives their friends, family, loved ones and neighbors a personal reason to support LGBT rights, and it inspires more members and allies of the LGBT community to stand up for what is right, even in the face of discrimination, bigotry and violence. Despite the great strides we’ve made in recent years – marriage equality, the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and more – the sad fact remains that coming out is still a risky, even dangerous thing to do for too many Americans, young and old. But that’s why it’s so important. Together, we can end the discrimination and build a brighter, safer future for all.

“The Democratic Party is proud to stand with the LGBT community, and proud to support candidates for elected office who are fighting for the promise of full equality. If we hope to continue building on the progress of the last eight years, we must elect Hillary Clinton and Democrats up and down the ballot across the country.”

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