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.”
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.”
Find more resources and info at www.hrc.org/resources/national-coming-out-day
The Feel-Good Movie of the Year at Tower
by Chris Narloch
Sacramento’s Tower Theatre is the go-to destination for movie lovers right now, as the terrific film “Hell or High Water” -- about two bank-robbing brothers (Chris Pine and Ben Foster) being hunted by a Texas ranger played by Jeff Bridges -- hangs on for yet another week at the historic theatre on Broadway. That movie probably won’t be playing too much longer, so see it while you can.
If you have seen “Hell or High Water” already, there are two other new films currently playing at Tower, including Nate Parker’s much-publicized slavery drama “The Birth of a Nation” and one of my favorite films of the year so far, “Queen of Katwe.”
Sean Hayes To Receive Trailblazer Award at LA’s Outfest Legacy Awards
Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBT stories on the screen, announced Oct. 5th that it will honor Emmy Award-winning actor and producer Sean Hayes (“Will and Grace”) in addition to previously announced honorees Jill Soloway and Freeform at the 2016 Legacy Awards.
Hayes is receiving the Trailblazer Award in recognition of his exemplary career as a stage, film, television, and recording artist and for his longtime, passionate support of the LGBT community.
OSF Is Ready To Wrap Up Another Sensational Season
by Chris Narloch
Some plays wrap up sooner, but you have until October 30th to enjoy a weekend of thrilling theatergoing in Ashland, OR. By Halloween of 2016, the final curtain will have come down on another sensational season, of Shakespeare and much more, at OSF (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), the premier destination for theater on the West Coast.
Next season’s equally impressive roster of classics, musicals and new plays has already been announced, but it’s not too late to enjoy this season. Tickets are still available for most shows, and if you keep reading you’ll find out what I especially enjoyed on my recent trip to OSF, just a quick four-and-a-half-hour drive from Sacramento on highway 5.
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