LGBTI Blood Donation Bill Approved By Legislature

by Boyce Hinman

On August 30 the state Assembly gave final approval to Assembly Joint Resolution 13, urging an end to the federal policy of banning all men who have sex with men from donating blood. The legislation requires no action from the Governor.

Once the bureaucratic paper work is done, the resolution will be sent to the President and to the leaders of both houses of Congress. AJR 13 was introduced by Assemblymember Tom Ammiano and sponsored by Equality California. The resolution urges the federal government to use science based evidence as the basis of its policy on who may or may not donate blood.

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Mosque Issue Is an LGBT Issue

by Mark Segal

If you picked up almost any newspaper in the nation Monday, you would have seen an article about the proposed Islamic Cultural Center near ground zero in Manhattan. The Washington Post story, “Other mosque proposals also face opposition,” examines how there is growing opposition to mosques in other cities around the country.

The New York Times decided to go political: “Lazio Finds an Issue in Furor Over Islamic Center.” Lazio, the Republican running for governor of New York, opposes the mosque at its present proposed site.

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The August 26 Issue is now available

The beginning of the end of summer in Sacramento is marked by the renown and beloved Rainbow Festival, and this year they are going to lay it down with attitude and spunk! We are going to help you get ready for the fun with the Official Rainbow Festival Guide built right into the pages of Outword.

Inside you’ll read about performers Caroline Lund and Fedro, who are both booked to play live. You’ll find a comprehensive map of the Festival grounds and a detailed list of who’s doing what, and when.

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Calif. Legislature Calls on President, Congress to End DOMA Marriage DiscriminationAssemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica

Sacramento – Aug. 23, 2010

The California Legislature has approved a resolution by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica, calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, which discriminates against married same-sex couples.

“President Obama has called this law abhorrent in the way it denies more than 1,000 federal rights to same-sex couples,” Assemblywoman Brownley said. “Congress must act now to overturn DOMA, which is rooted in irrational and unfounded prejudice. Married same-sex couples deserve equal access to these benefits.”

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New Webseries The Queens of Drag: NYC DebutsAcid Betty

Get ready for The Queens of Drag: NYC, a new eight-episode series, which explores the audacious New York drag scene, and will debut exclusively on on September 8, 2010. has teamed up with film and television producer Larry Kennar (The L Word, Barbershop, 50 First Dates), designer and reality TV veteran Jack Mackenroth (Project Runway: Season 4), and award-winning producer/director John Rutherford (eXposed) to air the original web series that focuses on the lives of New York City ’s most fabulous and ferociously funny drag queen divas.

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