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Orange County Youth Speak Out to Support Seth's Law Against LGBT Bullying

On July 1, Seth’s Law (AB9) and AB1156 became a reality and California schools are now required to enact anti-bullying policies. Some young adults in Orange County are making sure that teens feel empowered to cite these laws if they experience bullying or discrimination. And they have some famous friends helping them including Betty DeGeneres, Ellen’s mom.

Vigils for TX Lesbian Couple

Friday night in Portland, Texas there will be a candlelight vigil for the two teen lesbians found shot in a local park. In San Francisco, a vigil will be held tonight in Harvey Milk Plaza at 7pm. In Washington DC, meet 6pm Friday night at Dupont Circle. See the post at Joe My God for links to the facebook pages for each of these events.

Joe My God / Facebook
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June 27, 2012

AIDS Group Ditched by Float Driver Over Pride Parade

It’s an event that’s supposed to bring the community together, but a group almost missed out on the 24th annual Cleveland Pride parade.
A local company offered its services – a truck and a trailer – to the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. However, things quickly changed once the driver arrived.
“When the driver realized that he was going to be driving for the gay pride parade, he then stormed off and drove away, leaving us without a float this morning,” said Judith Pindell, director of public policy for the AIDS Taskforce.

FOX 8 News
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June 25, 2012

Gay Advocates Plan Protest During SF Pride Parade

It’s pride week in San Francisco and organizers are busy getting ready for the pinnacle event: Sunday’s parade.

On Wednesday, crews were still busy completing the last of the fleet of the approximately 20 floats the public will see on Sunday.

But some gay activists are frustrated the event has so many corporate sponsors including Wells Fargo and Bank of America.

Tommi Avicolli Mecca has joined other gay activists—some from Occupy San Francisco—who have formed a group called Occu-Pride.

KTVU
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June 21, 2012

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