thepridela - Amidst an election year and the 100th anniversary of the landmark 19th Constitutional Amendment, granting women the right to vote in the United States, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, and Organization of Women Leaders (OWL) will host an inspirational celebration in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. The 2020 theme, reflecting the centennial of the Suffragette movement, is “Valiant Women of the Vote.”

Better Brothers Los Angeles (BBLA) in association with award-winning actress/activist Sheryl Lee Ralph and her non-profit organization, The DIVA Foundation, are excited to announce that critically-acclaimed actress and transgender advocate Angelica Ross is among this year’s impressive list of award-winning honorees for the sixth annual Truth Awards.

The Truth Awards will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex, located at 1201 Vine Street in Los Angeles. 

thepride - Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has introduced a bill to address the increase in meth usage and overdose deaths, a crisis that has impacted LGBTQ communities, particularly for gay, bi and trans men.

This legislation, SB 888, expands substance use disorder treatment options covered under Medi-Cal, requiring Medi-Cal to pay for contingency management. Contingency management has proven to be the most effective method of treatment for methamphetamine addiction. Contingency management describes the practice of giving those struggling with drug addiction financial rewards if they test clean.

Saying he would do more if he were in Congress today to support LGBTQ rights — which he opposed when he served — former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) came out as gay Thursday in social media and web posts.

In the postings on Instagram and a web page, the 38-year-old also describes his anguish at being rejected by members of his deeply religious family, including his mother, after they learned last year he was gay.

LA Times - Los Angeles City Councilman John Lee is criticizing his campaign rival Loraine Lundquist for teaching at a college that did not welcome openly gay or lesbian students, arguing in a campaign mailer that “these values don’t belong on the City Council.”

“Lundquist made a conscious decision as an adult to teach at and cash a paycheck from a school with a discriminatory policy,” Lee campaign senior adviser Pat Dennis said in a statement, arguing that it raised “serious questions about her character and judgment.”

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