Gay, transgender movements need a divorce: Column


Joseph R. Murray II | USA Today | February 29, 2016

With marriage equality a reality and gay folks enjoying increased rights, social progressives are looking for the next cause du jour. The reaction generated by a South Dakota bill that would use biology, not identity, to determine bathroom usage, suggests transgender rights are next up.

According to the bill, which the legislature passed and sent to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for action by Tuesday, “every restroom, locker room, and shower room located in a public elementary or secondary school that is designated for student use and is accessible by multiple students at the same time shall be designated for and used only by students of the same biological sex.”

What does “biological sex” mean? It is defined by the bill, and any middle schooler who passed science, as “the physical condition of being male or female as determined by a person’s chromosomes and anatomy as identified at birth.”

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Wake Up, South Carolina!


Spike Lee | Reader Supported News | February 23, 2016

aaaaake up! Wake up, South Carolina! This is your dude, Spike Lee. And I know that you know the system is rigged! For too long we’ve given our votes to corporate puppets. Sold the okie doke. Ninety-nine percent of Americans were hurt by the Great Recession of 2008, and many are still recovering.

And that’s why I’m officially endorsing my brother, Bernie Sanders. Bernie takes no money from corporations. Nada. Which means he’s not on the take, and when Bernie gets in the White House, he will do the right thing!

How can we be sure? Bernie was at the March on Washington with Dr. King. He was arrested in Chicago for protesting segregation in public schools. He fought for wealth and education equality throughout his whole career.

No flipping, no flopping. Enough talk. Time for action.

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Stonewall National Museum & Archives: Events, Announcements


 

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25 AT 7 PM
The Naked Civil Servant
Film Screening and Discussion hosted by Larry Ferber
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 Free.
Celebrating new acquisitions to our permanent collection of Quentin Crisp memorabilia!
Based on Quentin Crisp’s 1968 autobiography, the once-controversial picture The Naked Civil Servant

(1975) stars Sir John Hurt as Crisp, an outrageous flamboyant gay man who publicly declared his homosexuality during the brutally homophobic and misogynistic England of the 1930s and ’40s — a time when being homosexual was still an offense punishable by imprisonment in Great Britain.
 
Hosted by Larry Ferber, three time Emmy-Nominated television producer and host of The Living Room movie series at FAU.
Join us for a glass of wine before the film. Seating is Limited. Free.
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A Tale of Lesbian Pulp Novels
Visual Presentation by Robin Cohen
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery
2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305. Free.
Celebrating the collection of gay and lesbian pulp fiction novels in the Stonewall National Archives.
Historian and researcher Robin Cohen shares her comprehensive and fascinating research into the area of Lesbian Pulp Fiction. Through a moving personal narration of a visual presentation featuring music and book covers spanning decades, Robin shares a history of lesbians in the 1950s, and fascinating stories of uncovering pulp author identities, including one author surprisingly unveiled in her own family.
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Here & Now
Presented in partnership with the Silver Eye Center for Photography
Stonewall National Museum – Wilton Manors Gallery

2157 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305

On exhibit March 10 – May 1
Originally curated by Rafael Soldi for Silver Eye Center for Photography in Pittsburgh, PA, this show features work from three artists “embarking on physical and emotional journeys to define and discover queerness across the American landscape.” Works by Richard Renaldi, Molly Landreth and Elle Perez will offer for visitors a view of gay life across America. Here and Now will challenge commonly held beliefs about what is gay “normal” and how a new generation of LGBT folks are redefining gay life in America.
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Profile of Peter Tatchell campaigns: A story of nearly 50 years of LGBT & human rights activism


The Guardian: Profile of Peter Tatchell campaigns
A story of nearly 50 years of LGBT & human rights activism

‘Attacks from the left are incredibly painful’
The Guardian – London, UK – 20 February 2016
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PREFACE – Peter Tatchell writes:
It has been a huge honour to be part of the LGBT and human rights movement for the last 49 years. Nothing I have helped secure has been won by me alone. I could not have achieved any of it without the treasured support of colleagues and allies. It has been a collaborative effort. I have done my bit, as have many others. Together, we’ve made the change.

The Guardian – 20 February 2016:

‘Attacks from the left are incredibly painful’. The lifelong activist says he’s been beaten up 300 times and had 50 bricks through his window. But he tells how his most dispiriting clashes – such as the ongoing NUS row – have been those with other gay rights campaigners.

Peter Tatchell lives where he has always lived, in a tiny flat round the back of the Elephant and Castle roundabout. In the 1990s, interviewers were always surprised by his modest surroundings, on that ritzy, fin de siecle logic that he was pretty famous, so why wasn’t he rich?

The world has now become accustomed to the fact that he will never find a way to monetise his quest for global justice, and younger activists will probably gape in amazement that he can afford to live in London at all. But his place is still a surprise, stacked high with posters and folders; endless, endless paperwork; dramatic, trenchant demands – Arrest President Mugabe; Free Raif Badawi – printed in neat and unassuming Helvetica on A3 bits of paper. We could create a third category of hoarder: clean hoarder, dirty hoarder, cause hoarder – and Channel 5 could make a documentary about him.

His manner is gentle and precise. He likes things to be right, and will break into a poignant, evocative anecdote to make sure you’ve got the correct spelling: “In the 1980s, in the wake of the moral panic around Aids and Margaret Thatcher’s anti-gay family values campaign, police harassment of the LGBT community massively intensified. By 1989, the number of gay and bisexual men convicted for consenting adult same-sex behaviour was more than 2,000, which was almost as high as in 1954/55, at the height of the McCarthyite anti-gay witch-hunts. I was involved with OutRage! at the time – which is a capital O and a capital R and an exclamation mark – and we sought dialogue with the police …”

This subtly affects the conversation; we’re not talking to each other, we’re recording it for distribution, posterity; every connection is part of a wider, awareness-raising plan. It’s endearing and distancing at the same time, as has probably been the case with these one-off, once-in-a-generation activists since the dawn of time.

There is another noticeable thing about the way he talks. He often unpicks sentences halfway through, going back to replace words with extremely similar words, trying to rewrite as he speaks, as though giving dictation. I ask him if he is worried about being misrepresented or misunderstood – either of which would be reasonable, given that he is constantly at the centre of a furore, and is currently in a no-platforming spat with the NUS (more shortly). Oh no, he shakes his head. “It’s probably just my brain injuries.”

A life in activism has done more than left him with a lot of paperwork. “The two major bashings were in Brussels in 2001, when I was beaten unconscious by President Mugabe’s bodyguards, the second major injury was in Moscow in 2007, when I went there to support the bid to hold a Gay Pride parade and was badly beaten by neo-Nazis, with the connivance of the Moscow police. Both of these have left me with minor permanent brain and eye injuries. The damage is mostly to my memory, balance, co-ordination and concentration.” That doesn’t sound very minor … “It doesn’t stop me. But life is much more difficult. When I’m talking I have to think more carefully about what I’m trying to say. Occasionally I have momentary blackouts, where I don’t know where I am or what I’m doing. It only lasts a second or two, but it can be quite unnerving.”

‘I’ve got off lightly compared to human rights defenders in Russia, Iran or Uganda’

I express some surprise at this point that he doesn’t have post-traumatic stress disorder, and he looks at me, astonished that I might think these two attacks are the extent of it. “In the 1980s, I was one of the best-known advocates of LGBT rights, which made me a magnet for every homophobe in the country. From 1981 … until about 2010 I had constant death threats, and hate mail. Plus violent assaults, attacks on my home. I’ve had about 50 bricks and bottles through my windows, three arson attempts and a bullet through the letterbox. I’ve been physically beaten up about 300 times in the last 30 years.”

He goes on to describe the most horrific events: nearly being thrown off a moving train by BNP supporters and being chased into traffic by a gang carrying knives. All these years, his peaceable bearing has given the impression that he lived a quiet though passionate life. In fact, it’s been “like living through a low-level civil war, in constant fear of attack, every time I left my flat”. He has been diagnosed with PTSD in which the trauma is ongoing, and says that specialists have often been amazed that he is not more affected by what he has been through.

“My strategy for coping with it was totally against medical advice; what I would do was, some time after the attack, sit down and think about it, go through what happened, and then banish it from my mind. That was my coping mechanism. And it was so successful that sometimes people would say to me, ‘Have you had any violent attacks recently?’ and I’d say no, and then someone else would pipe in, ‘But you had that attack only five days ago. I’d completely erased it from my mind. If I hadn’t adopted it, I think I would have had a breakdown or committed suicide.”

The other thing that might protect his mental health is a relentless focus on his good fortune. “I think to myself, I’ve got off lightly, compared to human rights defenders in Russia, Iran or Uganda, I’m very lucky. They end up tortured, imprisoned and even killed.” It takes a particular sort of person to deliver such a martyrish line simply, without trying to coat it with a self-deprecating joke. He isn’t humourless, but there is a time and a place for it, and it’s after you’ve finished everything else.

This life in activism – part Jason Bourne, part Florence Nightingale – began when he was 11, in Melbourne, Australia. It was 1963, and he saw “a news report about white racists who bombed a black church in Birmingham, Alabama. I was absolutely horrified that anyone could kill another human being, let alone four young girls. That prompted my interest in the black civil rights movement, and made me a lifelong anti-racist.

When I first began campaigning for gay rights when I was 17” [this, incidentally, was after young teenage protests against the death penalty, along with the systemic discrimination of aborigines] “I remember reflecting on the black civil rights experience, and I worked out in my own mind that gay people were an oppressed minority just like black people, that we had an equal claim to social justice, and based on the experience of the black civil rights movement, I calculated it would probably take about 50 years to win LGBT equality. As it turned out, my guestimate was roughly right.”

We talk a lot about the role anti-racism has played in his life – possibly, either consciously or unconsciously, it’s playing on his mind because of his row with the NUS. In a nutshell, he was due to appear on a panel, and their LGBT representative, Fran Cowling, refused to share a stage with him on the basis that he was racist and transphobic. It’s not no-platforming, strictly speaking, and he is rigorous in his respect for Cowling’s decision. “Fran simply decided that she did not wish to share a platform with me. That’s her right. What I object to is that she made false allegations that I’m racist and transphobic, without offering any evidence. She can’t provide it because there is none.”

At the root of the row is a letter Tatchell co-signed to the Observer protesting the general practice of no-platforming as “illiberal and undemocratic”. Tatchell is a lifelong defender of free speech and simply doesn’t have the personality to keep his head below this or any other parapet. By the logic of no-platforming enthusiasts, anyone who lodges a critique of silencing anyone is de facto undermining the physical safety of transsexuals. It seems particularly unfair to level this at Tatchell, who has imperilled his own safety so often in the service of human rights.

He takes a long view, though not one that has necessarily been mellowed by time. “Despite all this, I remain a strong supporter of the NUS. I support their campaigns against tuition fees and education cuts. But I have a feeling of deja vu: the last time I was attacked by leaders of the NUS was in 1973, when I staged what turned out to be the first-ever gay rights protest in a communist country, East Germany. I was part of the British delegation to the World Festival of Youth and Students. When I attempted to speak in defence of gay rights, I was stopped. When I attempted to lay a pink triangle wreath at Sachsenhausen concentration camp, in memory of the gay men killed there, I was stopped. When I held up a gay rights placard at the final festival rally, I was stopped. The key stoppers were leading members of the NUS. They opposed gay rights and did not want to offend the communists.”

This is the first and I think only time he looks pained on any subject: “At this stage, the British left were homophobic. They said that homosexuality was a ‘bourgeois perversion’, a ‘manifestation of capitalist degeneracy’, and it would disappear in a pure Socialist society. There have been many times when I’ve felt demoralised and dispirited. I could always cope with attacks from the right, but attacks from the left and other gay activists were incredibly painful. They pitched me into deep depression.”

The other ongoing controversy is that of Ashers bakery, or as it could be known, the curious sight of a public figure changing his mind. In brief: a bakery refused to ice a sentence on to a cake that was pro-gay marriage. Gareth Lee, the customer, took it to court, with Tatchell’s support, and the bakers were found guilty of discrimination. The case then went to appeal, and two days before it was heard, Tatchell changed his mind, and came out in favour of the bakery.

He gives me an intricate and precise reasoning for his about-face, before concluding: “It was an agonising decision for me, to change my stance. I felt really bad about going against what the LGBT community in Northern Ireland were saying. For decades, I’ve supported their struggle. But at the end of the day, I felt that I owed it to everyone in Northern Ireland to take a stand in defence of freedom of conscience, expression and belief. There are pros and cons on both sides, it’s not a clean-cut case. But on balance, I felt it was important to err on the side of freedom. Free speech is one of the most important and precious of all human rights.”

This isn’t the first time he has changed his mind – he started his career as an activist morally opposed to outing, until he was persuaded by the case for “outing public figures who were abusing their power and influence to harm gay people”. He then describes outing 10 Anglican bishops in 1994, as “a last resort after the church refused to reconsider its homophobic stance. We would have much preferred to have been able to sit down with the church leadership and get them to agree to stop these double standards, but they slammed the door in our face. The upshot was that, as far as I know, none of those bishops ever again spoke or voted in favour of homophobic legislation.”

His memory finds the triumph in everything, which must go a long way towards explaining the longevity of his campaigning, the fact that he has never thrown it in for a desk job. But the main engine, I think, is of the desperate urgency of every cause that ignites his interest. From bringing Mugabe to trial for the torture of his own people to freeing Balochistan, an annexed and occupied territory of Pakistan, no issue is too niche, and no effort ever enough.

Two hours roll by as he describes these and other campaigns in the most intricate details, right down to the looks on Mugabe’s bodyguard’s faces when he and three colleagues from OutRage! first tried to arrest him in 1999. It is terrifically engaging, vaudeville – “it took two officers to remove each of us from the car. So they’d remove us and put us on the pavement, come back and we’d run back. It wasn’t until about 20 reinforcements arrived that we were put in the cells while the police gave Mugabe an escort to go shopping in Harrods.”

If, at this microscopic level of detail, it feels at times like the interview version of a filibuster, or being kidnapped, it is still extraordinary: when you listen to his life’s work in detail, his originality comes into focus. In every campaign, a new tool or technique, from building local movements to mass protests to citizens’ arrests to sponsored walks is invented or discovered or repurposed by this mild, driven man with two bikes in his living room – and those are his only luxury. In an alternative universe, he would have been Steve Jobs, but that universe – no offence to Jobs – would have been the poorer.

ENDS

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Posted by: Peter Tatchell <peter@petertatchellfoundation.org>


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Dear Victoria, have you seen the headlines in Georgia?

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Just last week a sweeping religious exemption amendment was tacked on to Georgia’s “Pastor Protection” Act that will create an unprecedented license to discriminate. Just like here in Florida, bill sponsors claimed the bill would merely reinforce the fact that pastors can refuse to marry same-sex couples or anyone else if the marriage would violate their sincerely held religious beliefs. After the Senate ran amok adding nasty amendments, the legislation will now allow any person, business, or taxpayer-funded organization to refuse service to potential customers simply because they are gay, transgender, black, Muslim, or a single mother.

Florida’s so-called “Pastor Protection” Act (SB 110) will be heard on the Senate floor TOMORROW – Tuesday, February 23rd – at 10:00am ET, and our fears that this bad bill is about to become much worse are amplified by what just happened in Georgia. That’s why we need your support more than ever – ask key state senators to vote “NO” on this dangerous bill.

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We’ve heard testimony in both chambers from bigot after bigot who support the Pastor Protection Act, calling gay people murderers and abusers, using every slur imaginable. Legislators have stated their support for expansions to Pastor Protection just like what we’ve seen in Georgia, and now more than ever, they need to hear from their constituents who oppose this bill. We can’t allow an expanded Pastor Protection Act to become law; we can’t allow legislators to re-introduce a shameful period of our nation’s history in which businesses were allowed to say “we don’t serve your kind here.”

This bill has been divisive and inflammatory from the start, and it’s especially insulting that the Senate has moved this bill forward, allegedly designed to add an “extra layer of protection” for pastors and churches, while the LGBT community continues to have zero protections in Florida statute.

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Here’s the bottom line: No pastor or clergyperson has ever been sued for refusing to perform a same-sex wedding. Period. We know this bill is a political ploy meant to score points at our expense, and we cannot allow this bill to be a vehicle for sweeping religious exemptions that enable people to pick and choose which laws they will follow. Same-sex couples and all LGBT people have the right to earn a living, protect their families, and be treated fairly and equally in their communities. No one should be exempt from following the law.

As always, Equality Florida’s team will be on the front lines in Tallahassee all week to oppose this bill. We have less than 24 hours to get our message across: click here to contact the senators right away!

Sincerely,
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Carlos Guillermo Smith
Government Affairs Manager
Equality Florida

P.S. Here’s a link to find the name and contact information for your Senator – our elected officials need to hear from their constituents who oppose this bill! Be sure to give your name, street address, and phone number, and tell them you strongly urge your Senator to vote “NO” on SB 110!

Ugandan President Museveni Has Signed the Perilous Anti NGO Bill


Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | February 22, 2016  

Warning: Every organization operating in Uganda,  in association with organizations in Uganda, sending funds to Uganda, placing resources in the hands of Ugandans must re evaluate their positions considering the new NGO ACT of 2016 – or alternatively immediately support those who will challenge this law before publication and implementation.  The window of opportunity is very small.
By Melanie Nathan, February 20, 2016.

MuseveniLast year we reported that Uganda’s Parliament had passed the NGO Bill, a repressive piece of anti civil society (non-profit organization) legislation. We now have word that on January 30, of this year,  President in fact signed this into law, and now the onerous NGO Act of 2016, is open to publication and implementation, at great risk to all organizations that do not meet with the government’s approval.

The NGO Act of 2016 will now stand as yet another stain on Uganda’s history, providing further cause for concern, with severe hardship and consequences on a parallel with the anti-Homosexuality Act, which was signed into law by President Museveni in 2014 and later invalidated by the Ugandan courts.

According to local Ugandan human rights groups- ” this law is not good news for organizations working on matters concerning groups like LGBTI persons, sex workers and other marginalized groups.”   In fact upon analysis, this Act is so repressive, that almost any organization can easily run foul of its terms, thereby providing the Museveni dictatorial government, known for its oppression of democratic principles and human rights abuses, with power tools to exacerbate their grip over the country.  This anti NGO law could have the impact of limiting or shutting down the work of all organizations which support, advance and assist in all areas of human rights and even development.

Analysts at HRAPF note from the Act that: “Section 44 on special obligations and its imposition of obligations “not to do anything prejudicial to the security of Uganda and to the interests and dignity of Ugandans”  is so vague and ambiguous that it can be used as an excuse to close down any organization.”   That means the very organization that protect Ugandans from human rights abuses, assault on democracy, anti- gay milieus, and even lawyers who provide assistance through such organizations, can be summarily shut down.

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San Diego Center, Events and Announcements


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February 22, 2016

Victory Starts with Voting – Your Vote Matters!Center15 Victory Voting Graphic_200.jpg
Are you registered? Recently moved? Make sure you’re up to date! Register at events.thecentersd.org/vote.  
Presidential Primary Election: June 7 
Presidential Election: Nov. 8

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Ian BTGAnother amazing Tantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens has come and gone. What a show and what a spectacle! It’s not very often you attend a production that includes a live cow with a drag queen singing “Climb Every Mountain.”  Thank you to all those that attended. We hope you thoroughly enjoyed it. Many thanks to the cast and the many people behind the scenes – a true testament of the amazing people in our community. Once again, we’re so grateful to Matt Ramon, Chris Barone and Brian Bond for so much dedication. For those of you who couldn’t make it, please give a huge congrats to the new Queen of Tantrums and Tiaras: Battle of the Bar Queens, Joey Adams from Gossip Grill as Marlena Von Tramp.

MARYAH Casino 2016Looking for something fun to do next month? Thursday, March 10, MARYAH (Metro Area Real Estate Professionals for Young Adult Housing) is hosting their annual Casino Night and Poker Tournament to support The Center’s Youth Housing Project. The evening will include a Vegas style Poker Tournament, Player’s Lounge, Blackjack, Craps, valuable grand prizes and giveaways. Tickets and sponsorship info are available at MARYAH.org or by contacting Ian Johnson at ijohnson@thecentersd.org.

Thank You to the S. Mark Taper Foundation
We are delighted to announce that The Center has received a $50,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation in support of our Youth Housing Project. Our youth are some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and those who are homeless – many as a result of family rejection – are particularly at risk. The generosity of the S. Mark Taper Foundation helps us provide critical housing and support services that can change the lives of these youth. We can’t thank them enough!

Get Help with Immigration!
¡Recibe ayuda sobre inmigración!

Center Immigration Thumbnail.jpgParticipa en esta serie de presentaciones en Centro Comunitario LGBT de San Diego (3909 Centre St., San Diego). Todas las presentaciones serán en español, con traducción al inglés si fuera necesario. Para más información: 619.363.3423

Attend this series at The Center, All sessions will be in Spanish, with English translation available if needed. For more information or to RSVP, call 619.363.3423 or email itzel@alliancesd.org.

Jueves, 25 de Feb., a las 6pm: Consulta sobre inmigración. Consultas personalizadas sobre DACA, DAPA, visas para víctimas de crímenes, VAWA.
Consultation on DACA, DAPA, Visas for victims of crimes, VAWA.

Jueves, 10 de Marzo, a las 5:30pm: Preparando su documentación para DACA. (Reciba ayuda en la preparación de su documentación para DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Get help with your DACA packet (by appointment only).

Sábado, 2 de Abril, a las 9:30am: Taller para reniovar DACA y DAPA. (Reciba ayuda de abogadas/os de inmigración, para completar su documentación para DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Meet with immigration attorneys to complete your DACA packet (by appointment only).

Spotlight Events

SD Food BankTuesday, Feb. 23, 1pm, Senior Food Bank
The Senior Food Bank Program provides food and nutrition education to eligible low-income seniors 60 years or older on the 4th Tuesday of the month.  Eligible applicants can enroll in the program by applying in person at our site on the day of the event or call the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank at 866.350.3663. For more information, visit the San Diego Food Bank website at www.sandiegofoodbank.org or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7:30pm, Young Men’s Discussion Groupmen discussion
Connect to The Center and the community. Join other 18-35 year olds to talk about relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. The young men’s group meets at The Center on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Aaron Heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or aheier@thecentersd.org.


Shades of color groupWednesday, Feb. 24, 12 noon, Shades of Color

Join us at The Center every Wednesday from 12 noon to 1:30pm for Shades of Color, an empowerment group for Black men (MSM).The group covers a variety of topics, including dating, healthy relationships, spiritual awareness, living with HIV and more. For more information, contact Ricardo Gallego at 619.692.2077 x116 or rgallego@thecentersd.org.


Friday, Feb. 26, 10am, Microsoft Excel Basics
Microsoft-Excel-Featured-Image.pngPlease join us this Friday in the Cyber Center to learn the basics about Microsoft Excel, such as formatting text and numbers, using Excel menus and toolbars, creating formulas, creating and editing charts and graphs, and more.  For more information or to register for this class, please contact Hector Roman at hroman@thecentersd.org or call 619.692.2077 x111

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Program Spotlight: Senior Services50 and Better
The Center’s Senior Services has opened up worlds previously thought impossible for some. Our program, and “50 and Better Together,” strives to create a safe place for those 50 and up to access important resources and referrals related to health care, social services and other community activities. As San Diego continues to see a continually increasing number of LGBT seniors, it is vitally important that we are able to provide services to the more than 1,000 seniors who access our program each year. For more information, visit our website or contact LaRue Fields at seniors@thecentersd.org or 619.692.2077 x205.

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Community Events

Jueves, 25 de Febrero, 10 de Marza y 2 de Abril, Get Help with Immigration!
¡Recibe ayuda sobre inmigración!

Participa en esta serie de cuatro presentaciones en Centro Comunitario LGBT de San Diego (3909 Centre St., San Diego). Todas las presentaciones serán en español, con traducción al inglés si fuera necesario.
Jueves, 25 de Febrero, a las 6pm: Consulta sobre inmigración. Consultas personalizadas sobre DACA, DAPA, visas para víctimas de crímenes, VAWA.
Jueves, 10 de Marzo, a las 5:30pm: Preparando su documentación para DACA. (Reciba ayuda en la preparación de su documentación para DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Sábado, 2 de Abril, a las 9:30am: Taller para reniovar DACA y DAPA. (Reciba ayuda de abogadas/os de inmigración, para completar su documentación para
DACA. SOLAMENTE CON CITA PREVIA.)
Para más información: 619.363.3423

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A Look at the Harmful Anti-LGBT Bills Filed So Far


 | PROMO | February 22, 2016

There have been nine anti-LGBT bills filed thus far in the Missouri Legislature. We wanted to give you a glance at these bills and where they currently stand in the state legislature.

Religious Exemption Bills

Religious exemption bills are thinly veiled discrimination bills that hurt many oppressed groups. We believe that religion is an important, fundamental value, which is why it is protected under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Nevertheless, no one should have the right to use those same religious beliefs to discriminate or refuse a public service to another person. These bills include:

SB916: Filed by Senator Kurt Schaefer. There is a hearing scheduled for 1pm in the Senate Lounge on February 23 at the Missouri Capitol. SB 916 is more limited compared to HB2040 and has no references to same-sex marriage. It does expand employment religious exemptions to non-profits who claim to be religious. This would also apply to refusing service on the basis of currently protected categories like race, sex, religion, and disability status.

SJR 39: On Friday, February 19, PROMO and ACLU of Missouri released a joint statement in response to the filing and referral of SJR39, Senator Bob Onder’s proposed “religious exemption” amendment to Missouri’s constitution. This proposed amendment would forbid the state from penalizing businesses who refuse services to a same-sex couples for their wedding. There is a hearing set for February 23 at 10:15am on this proposed amendment.

HJR96/97: Filed on February 19 by Rep. Curtman. This is the House version of SJR 39. SJR97 explicitly references same-sex marriage exemptions.

HB2040: Businesses can refuse service to same-sex couples based on religious beliefs. This bill was filed by Representative John McCaherty and has not moved.

What can you do?

Take ACTION. Tell Missouri Senators #NotInMyState.

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NOW Celebrates 50 Years of Pioneering Grassroots Feminism in 2016


For Immediate Release
Press Inquiries Contact: 202-695-8223
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NOW Celebrates 50 Years of Pioneering Grassroots Feminism in 2016
50th Anniversary Events: June 24-26 in Washington, D.C.

February 22, 2016

Washington, DC – The National Organization of Women (NOW), the iconic activist organization that promotes equal rights for women, will be celebrating its anniversary at the 50th Anniversary Gala and NOW Conference, June 24-26, 2016.

NOW’s celebrations will recognize not only its history of cutting-edge activism on behalf of women, which include some of the most significant victories of the 20th century, but also the important work ahead as the organization pushes forward with its cutting-edge, intersectional and multi-agenda advocacy for the 21st century. As the largest feminist grassroots organization in the nation, with hundreds of thousands of members and activists and hundreds of chapters around the country, NOW conducts national awareness, grassroots organizing, and legal campaigns and lobbying to lead societal change for equality.

NOW was founded by feminist pioneers, including Betty Friedan and Pauli Murray, who saw the need for a civil rights organization specifically focused on women’s rights. NOW led the charge in some of the first battles against sex discrimination in the courts and through attention-grabbing demonstrations and boycotts. It played key roles in the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the nomination of the first female Supreme Court justice, and the House passage and long fight for the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. It made front-page news with historic marches and mass demonstrations including a record-breaking 750,000 person March for Women’s Lives in 1992.

NOW made history with its controversial inclusion of a lesbian rights plank in its platform in 1971, and continued to declare early support for a broad range of social justice causes. Today its priorities include economic and racial justice, global feminism, the rights of low-wage workers and continuing LGBTQIA advocacy.

NOW was present at the creation of the grassroots struggle for women’s rights in the U.S, and it has been instrumental in numerous victories and accomplishments over the past 50 years. Looking forward, NOW is helping write the history of 21st century feminism with new energy and new generations of supporters.

More about the history of NOW

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Laura Gross, lgross@scottcircle.com, 202-695-8223

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Win or Lose, Bernie Sanders Has Changed Everything


 | Forward Progressives | February 23, 2016

While most people know that I support Hillary Clinton as our next president, most should also know that my number one priority this November isn’t to see that Clinton wins – but Democrats win. My support for Clinton isn’t tied to some emotional investment that makes me irrational or devoid of facts or reality. I like her, I think she will make a great president and I think she gives Democrats our best chance to win in November. That doesn’t mean I don’t like Sanders, I just prefer Clinton. Believe it or not, it is possible to like both candidates but simply have a preference for one over the other. I’ll never understand this mindset of “I can only like one.”

Though I know what drives that attitude: The Media

The argument is always shaped “one candidate vs. one candidate” as opposed to simply picking the better of two good candidates. Getting people angry and divided is much better for business. Unfortunately, negativity sells.

All that being said, win or lose, Bernie Sanders has changed everything.

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