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After several years of planning, UCLA faculty members, staff and students are finalizing a proposal to have the university join a small but growing number of schools offering college degrees in lesbian, gay and bisexual studies. If approved by the faculty senate, which has final say over new courses, the minor would be in place as early as next spring, said Raymund Paredes UCLA's associate vice chancellor for academic development. The program would include about 12 elective classes and an internship.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 6, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
When children kill children, the cry of social anguish almost always ends with "Why?" Even when we actually know the answers. When a child wins a gold medal or plays Carnegie Hall, we look to the people who supported that journey. But when one child kills another, society takes several steps back. How did this happen, we wonder, wringing our hands as the headlines decrease in point size, and then we all move on. Marta Cunningham's documentary "Valentine Road" is a profoundly disturbing and extremely effective attempt to make us stop in our tracks and try to answer the questions we so patly ask. PHOTOS: Families that changed TV On Feb. 12, 2008, while in the computer lab of E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, 14-year old Brandon McInerney took a gun from his sweat shirt pocket and shot his 15-year-old classmate Larry King in the back of the head.
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