LGBTI Bills Move Forward in California Legislature

By Boyce Hinman
May 28 was an important deadline for state legislation of importance to the LGBTI community, as all bills must have been approved by all necessary committees, in their house of origin, by that date.

For example, all bills introduced in the state Assembly this year must have been sent to the floor of the Assembly by that date. Senate bills had to be to the Senate floor by May 28. Any bills that did not make that deadline died on the cutting room floor.

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Russian Gays Hold Pride Parade Without Arrests, BeatingsMoscow Pride

Despite a vow by Moscow’s anti-gay mayor that it would not happen, 30 Russian lesbian, gay and bisexual activists foiled the police and FSB security services by holding a 10 minute flashmob Gay Pride march on one of Moscow’s major thoroughfares, Leningradsky Street, this afternoon, Saturday, May 29.

Carrying a 20 metre long rainbow flag and placards in Russian and English calling for “Rights for gays”, the protesters chanted “No homophobia” and “Russia without homophobes."

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Senate Committee and House Pass DADT Repeal Amendments

The Senate Armed Services Committee and the full House have passed amendments to a defense authorization bill that may eventually lead to the end of the military’s policy of discharging gay and lesbian servicemembers under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The Senate Armed Services Committee passed the amendment on Thursday, May 27, by a 16-12 vote and the House passed a similar amendment (234-194) just hours later.

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Congratulations to Stonewall's Four Freedoms Winnersf reedoms

The Sacramento Stonewall Democrats paid tribute to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous Four Freedoms Speech by awarding deserving individuals who embody the spirit of the Four Freedoms.

The Awards were presented on Wednesday, May 26th at the Radisson Hotel.

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Prop. 8 Attorney Looks to Case ResolutionDasvid Boies

By Sarah Blazucki, PGN Editor, © Philadelphia Gay News 2010

In early may, the judge in the Proposition 8 trial, Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, announced closing arguments would begin on June 16.

In the case, two same-sex couples are suing to overturn the ballot initiative that amended the California state constitution to ban gay marriage after the legislature had granted it in 2008.

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