THE MOOD was angry and defiant at protests throughout California and across the country May 26 after the state Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. In Los Angeles, where some 15,000 people took to the streets, chants of "Gay, straight, Black, white--same struggle, same fight!" and "No justice, no peace--equal rights now!" rang out into the early morning hours. Protesters held a rainbow flag with the words "These Colors Don't Run, They Fight" written on it.
An estimated 500 people (many of them high school youth) participated in a passionate protest organized by Latinos for Equality Alliance of East Los Angeles reacting to this morning’s announcement of the California Supreme Court’s decision to allow Proposition 8 (the gay marriage equality referendum) to stand as law. Eight LGBTQ activists, taking their fight for Same-Sex Marriage Equality to a new tactical level, entered the County Recorder Marriage License office to request marriage licenses and, when they were denied, they blocked heterosexual applicants from obtaining licenses and shut down the building refusing to leave.
Hours after the California Supreme Court issued its ruling to uphold Prop 8, a couple hundred dedicated activists took to the streets of East Los Angeles -- a neighborhood most polls suggest was influential in helping Prop 8 pass at the polls last November. With moving speeches by 1st Lt. Dan Choi, the Iraq war vet and Arab translator who was booted from service under "don't ask, don't tell," and Robin Tyler and Diane Olson, the objective was clear -- change the voter's minds by 2010.
A “Queer” Contingent Joins ICE Detention Center protest, May Day March for Immigration Reform and in Solidarity Against Arizona's SB 1070
Los Angeles, CA—On May Day/International Worker’s Day, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) advocacy groups march for humane immigration reform, which protects LGBTQ individuals, their partners, families, and children. Wearing red shirts and carrying gay flags, a large “Queer” contingent includes members of The Latino Equality Alliance, API Equality LA, Equality California, Coalición Trans Latina, Gamba Adisa, Sin Fronteras, The Wall / Las Memorias, Proyecto Orgullo-BIENESTAR, Faith for Equality, Asian Pacific Aids Intervention Team (APAIT), Proyecto Igualdad, Asian Queer Women Activists, National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce and other LGBT Groups.
Latino Equality Alliance: U. S. Census to Officially Count Same-Sex Married and Unmarried Couples for First Time
Los Angeles, CA – The Latino Equality Alliance (LEA) – an alliance of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community based groups – MALDEF and the Census Bureau held a community forum last Saturday, February 27 with numerous families in Highland Park, a largely Latino neighborhood in Los Angeles, to discuss why and how the LGBT community should be counted in the 2010 Census. The first of its kind, the forum was to educate same-sex Latino couples on how to fill out the Census form to make sure thatLGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) couples participate and are counted.
One of the glaring omissions in the Census survey is an option for individuals to identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) alongside their race and ethnicity. In fact,LGBT folks can only be identified as LGBT if they are cohabiting couples who identify one partner as a "husband/wife" or "unmarried partner." This has been disappointing to manyLGBT community members that are not partnered or if partnered do not live together. Instead of giving up on Census 2010, LGBT Latinas(os) are turning up the heat and promoting participation strongly. In Los Angeles, the Latino Equality Alliance (LEA), an alliance of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community based groups, in collaboration with the Census Bureau and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund), have taken on the task of promoting LGBT Latina(o) participation in the Census 2010.
Rep. Judy Chu, D-El Monte, is holding a town hall meeting tonight to discuss the "don't ask don't tell" policy on gays in the military.
The policy bans gays and lesbians serving openly in the armed forces. It has resulted in more than 10,000 service members being discharged after their sexuality became known, according to Chu's office.
Richard L. Zaldivar
June 6, 2010
Como líder desde hace mucho tiempo de la comunidad y fundador del Proyecto The Wall Las Memorias le damos a su Eminencia José H. Gómez, coadjutor de Los Ángeles la bienvenida a Los Ángeles; el hogar de una comunidad diversa, rica en cultura y belleza.
The Wall Las Memorias Project es una organización sin fines de lucro que construyó el primer monumento, financiado con fondos públicos, de SIDA en la nación. El monumento crea un centro focal para hacer frente a la negación cultural, la ignorancia, la vergüenza y el estigma que contribuyen a la epidemia. La organización proporciona educación y servicios de prevención a la comunidad sobre el VIH, abuso de drogas y la participación comunitaria en cuanto a las disparidades de salud. The Wall Las Memorias también provee servicios de prevención y educación en cuanto al VIH/SIDA a las comunidades con base religiosa latina en Los Ángeles.