Bill to Include Demographic Data on Sexual Orientation Wins Committee ApprovalAssemblymember Ted W. Lieu

AB 1878, which would require the state to add questions about sexual orientation, gender identity and domestic partnership status in the voluntary demographic section of California’s government forms, passed today in the Assembly Business, Professions & Consumer Protection Committee.

Sponsored by Equality California, this first-of-its kind legislation would help the state gather vital data about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community’s use of public services.

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Remembering Janet PachecoKaye and Janet

By Kaye Crawford
Late afternoon on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, I rushed to the emergency room at Mercy Hospital on J Street with a heavy heart. I looked around the crowded room at the familiar faces of members within our community; TJ and his partner Steve, Lori, Rich Jones, Robert Long, Bradley, Bobbie Sinclair, Jen, Josie, John, Aaron & his sister, Kyle, and others.

They motioned for me to come in and approach the bed. I looked down on one of the most beautiful people I've ever known in the community; Janet Pacheco. Janet with the long ponytail always crowned with a cap or stylish hat.

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Melissa Etheridge Talks About Her New CD, Her Activism and Her RelationshipMelissa Eheridge

By Margo Moon

Melissa Etheridge is easily one of the all-time greatest female rock icons – ever. Truly at the top of her game, she is returning to her rock roots with her new CD Fearless Love, a brand new band and a new nationwide tour in the works.

Being released on April 27th on Island Records, work on the CD has been keeping Melissa pretty busy, but she took a few minutes to talk to Outword about Fearless Love and what’s new in her life.

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Mother Lode Hot Jazz Party Heats Up JacksonJass City

The 32nd annual Mother Lode Hot Jazz Party, sponsored by Jackson Rancheria Casino & Hotel, will be held on Sunday, April 25, featuring nine hot bands in six locations around Jackson, CA.

This year’s locations include the American Legion Hall, Elk’s Lodge, Mel & Faye’s Diner, Thomi’s restaurant, Denny’s, and Teresa’s Place.

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Sing Out Louise! A SGMC Broadway CelebrationSGMC

by Chris Narloch

If you attend one of the three performances the SGMC (Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus) is hosting over the weekend of April 16 – and you should, based on a dynamite rehearsal we heard recently – you might not be thinking about the history of this illustrious group.

You’ll be too busy snapping your fingers, tapping your toes, and singing along. Before you go to the show then, we thought we would fill you in on a bit of the group’s impressive career.

Read more: Sing Out Louise!

 

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