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June 16, 2005 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
Nearly one in three gay and bisexual men who tested positive for HIV at a major Los Angeles clinic last year acknowledged using crystal methamphetamine, an illegal drug that increases sexual risk taking, according to a new study. That's almost triple the rate of methamphetamine use in HIV-positive men in 2001, officials at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center said. They presented their data, based on 19,300 tests over four years, at the National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta.
July 23, 2010 | By Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from New York — Youth-oriented networks MTV and the CW devoted larger shares of their prime-time hours to depicting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters than other television networks last season, according to a new analysis by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. In its fourth annual study, the advocacy group handed out its first "excellent" rating ever to MTV for the network's widespread and diverse portrayal of homosexual characters.
September 13, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
There's an extra reason Father Miguel Hidalgo is considered the Father of the Nation. The priest fathered numerous children with a string of "wives" he canoodled with even as he fought for the independence of Mexico. The peccadilloes of Hidalgo and others in Mexico's pantheon of national heroes are getting a fresh hearing these days as the country marks the 200th anniversary of its independence and the 100th anniversary of its revolution. Dozens of new movies, books and television programs have popped up, reexamining the history of Mexico's struggles for liberation and the men — and, yes, the women — who waged them.
November 1, 2002 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
The number of new syphilis cases rose in 2001 for the first time in 11 years, with large increases among gay men outpacing continued declines among blacks and Southerners, federal health officials said Thursday. California was among the hardest-hit states last year, with 547 early-stage syphilis cases, an increase of nearly 68% from 2000.
July 21, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
State Sen. Roy Ashburn, who earlier this year acknowledged that he is gay, has strongly disavowed his record of voting against gay rights in the Legislature. "I am sincerely sorry for the votes I cast and the actions I took that harmed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people," he said in an online opinion piece published this week. The Bakersfield Republican, who is serving his final year in the Senate, argues in the essay on that it is "time for fair-minded Republicans to speak up" for such rights.
March 15, 1992 | HILARY de VRIES, Hilary de Vries is a frequent contributor to Calendar. and
She leans forward, tucking her Dutch-boy blond hair behind her ears, peering at a silver-framed photograph. The woman all Hollywood is watching, an actress who wrenched free of a decade's worth of bimbo roles to win the lead in one of year's most controversial films--"Basic Instinct," director Paul Verhoeven's upcoming thriller--is raptly studying a picture of comedian Richard Lewis inexplicably displayed in the lobby of Hollywood's St. James's Club.
When furor raged over Gov. Pete Wilson's veto of a major gay rights bill this fall, Los Angeles City Councilman Joel Wachs and City Atty. James K. Hahn declared that the city would tighten enforcement of its own stringent ordinance protecting gays from job bias. What wasn't widely known was that the 12-year-old Los Angeles law had been called into question when Superior Court Judge Diane Wayne in August declared the law invalid.
A coalition of women's groups and gay rights activists escalated their protest of the film "Basic Instinct" Friday, saying the movie could contribute to violence against women while acknowledging that their efforts could also serve to boost ticket sales.
November 20, 2009 | By Raja Abdulrahim
Los Angeles County saw an overall 4% drop in hate crimes last year, while crimes against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people increased, prompted in part by last November's highly charged Proposition 8 initiative, the voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage in California, according to a report released Thursday. There were 134 sexual-orientation hate crimes reported last year, up from 111 in 2007, and were more likely to be violent than hate crimes motivated by race or religion, according to the annual Hate Crime Report by the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations.
May 21, 2009 | John Horn
There are two distinct classes of Cannes Film Festival visitors. A select few get invited to Paul Allen's yacht party, and most others don't. A handful of Cannes visitors stay in five-star beachfront suites, but pretty much everyone else squeezes into small apartments. And when it comes to buying films, the elite American distributors look for mainstream hits, while the masses are left to pick over the countless foreign-language titles, many of which will never be sold or seen.
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