The March 24 Issue Is Out Now!429 cover

Spring has officially come, but some winter weather has reared up. This has made for some excellent skiing and snowboarding conditions, just in time for this year’s Winterfest Gay and Lesbian Ski Week at Lake Tahoe. Outword’s photographer James Dusch was on the town and on the slopes to capture the fun and excitement.

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Prop 8 - Don't Depend On Appeals Court

Commentary by Boyce Hinman

Last year a U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco declared that Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. He ordered the state of California to begin immediately allowing same sex couples to marry.

The supporters of Proposition 8 appealed to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. That court stayed the lower court’s decision while the appeals court determines if the lower courts decision is correct.

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Last Founding Member of Mattachine Society DiesJames

James "John" Finley Gruber, Jr., one of the founding members of what many believe was the U.S.’s first gay rights organizations, died at his home in Santa Clara on February 27.

The B.A.R. has published a more extensive article on the life of Gruber by Jim Van Buskirk. You can read it here.


Appeals Court Denies Lifting of Prop 8 Ruling Stay

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld an order preventing gay and lesbian couples from marrying in California, denying a motion to lift the stay requested by The American Foundation for Equal Rights, EQCA and other LGBT rights groups.

The original order, issued in August 2010, stayed the injunction issued by the US District Court that barred further enforcement of Proposition 8. The 9th Circuit's denial was released Wednesday, March 23.

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The Loss of an Ally and Friend: Elizabeth TaylorElizabeth Taylor

By Mark S King

It’s impossible to overstate the impact Elizabeth Taylor has had on HIV/AIDS awareness and funding since the earliest days of the epidemic.

In the early 1980’s, when people were still wearing masks and gloves around AIDS patients, Ms. Taylor (Elizabeth to her friends, never Liz) has been at the forefront. She organized the very first “commitment to Life” event in 1984 for AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) — and while doing so, learned her friend Rock Hudson was dying of the disease. She co-founded the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) in 1985, and her own Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in 1993.

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