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August 27, 2000
Re: "All Smiles After Kiss Commotion," Aug. 24: To put it mildly, I am disturbed that The Times would print a large photograph of two lesbians kissing! You might tell me to wake up and get a clue about our changing society, but not everyone agrees that such behavior is a morally acceptable thing. I particularly resent having to explain it, prematurely, to my young daughter who happened to see the photo and questioned it. Gay and lesbian folks--God bless them--are not the only people who should have rights in matters like this.
April 25, 2014 | By David Zucchino
LATTA, S.C. - Police Chief Crystal Moore was born and raised in this tiny farming crossroads and served as a volunteer police dispatcher while she was still in high school. She became the town's first female officer with a sterling 23-year record on the force - until she was ordered into the mayor's office this month and summarily fired. Mayor Earl Bullard handed Moore a list of seven reprimands citing, among other alleged transgressions, questioning authority and failing to maintain order at a council meeting.
July 14, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
In the middle of the rainbowy revelers at the pride parade in West Hollywood, Jeremy Stacy was questioned: Are you really bisexual? "One guy came up to me and said, 'You're really gay,' " said Stacy, who was standing under a sign reading "Ask a Bisexual. " "I told him I had a long line of ex-girlfriends who would vehemently disagree. And he said, 'That doesn't matter, because I know you're gay.' " Stacy had gotten the question before. From a friend who said anyone who had slept with men must be gay - even if he had also slept with women.
March 28, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- Marriage-minded gays and lesbians can begin tying the knot in Britain on Saturday, becoming the latest same-sex couples in Europe and beyond to have the right to do so and fulfilling a dream made possible by a Conservative-led government. A handful of town halls across the country prepared to open at the stroke of midnight to allow nuptials that jubilant supporters called long overdue and opponents deplored as an attack on traditional values. “It's a landmark,” said Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who arranged for rainbow flags to fly over two government offices in London on Friday in celebration.
May 22, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A North Carolina pastor may have thought he was simply addressing his local flock when he suggested that gays and lesbians be rounded up and held behind electrified fences until they die off. Now, he's finding himself under fire across the country. The sermon, captured on a video camera and posted Monday on YouTube, has gone viral: In the last 24 hours, it's been viewed more than  282,500 times and has been covered in blogs, in newspapers and by TV stations from coast to coast.
December 6, 1992
So Julia Phillips is writing about power lesbians in Hollywood (Film Clips, Nov. 22). Considering the misogyny so evident in "You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again," she seems an unlikely candidate to study the subject. Rather like assigning Stacey Koon to cover the black community in Los Angeles. Actually, her involvement in the subject doesn't surprise me. I saw her in the audience at a panel discussion recently concerning the sometimes-uneasy alliance between lesbians and feminists.
June 4, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times
On Sunday night at West Hollywood's last lesbian bar, Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" blared over the speakers. Dozens of women stood outside the Palms on Santa Monica Boulevard, hugging old friends and escaping from the heat inside the crowded bar. They congratulated one couple on their recent engagement then cheered as an older woman pulled up on a loud motorcycle. It was a wake for the Palms and for a way of life in West Hollywood. Gay men have always well outnumbered lesbians in West Hollywood, but until recently, the city managed to maintain a small but vibrant lesbian social scene.
April 18, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey
Lesbian, gay and bisexual teens are much more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual peers, research has shown, but a new study suggests that a supportive school and community might be able to reduce that risk, if only slightly, for both groups. Researchers from Columbia University analyzed a survey of 31,852 Oregon 11 th -graders in which the students were asked, among other things, about their sexual orientation, drinking habits, and whether they had attempted suicide.
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.
July 13, 1995
An article on lesbians (Westside, July 6) that doesn't stoop to preconceived notions and titillation is a welcomed relief. I take exception, however, to the suggestion based on the closing of Little Frida's, a lesbian-owned coffeehouse, that lesbians are not capable of supporting lesbian-owned businesses. On the contrary, like anyone else with money to spend, lesbians support businesses that offer quality, consistency and value. When the new owner of Little Frida's moved the coffeehouse to its last location, she chose to hire young and relatively inexperienced help with little customer service skills.
March 3, 2014 | By Michael McGough
SB 1062 , the Arizona bill that would have made it easier to discriminate against gays and lesbians (and other people), was vetoed last week by Gov. Jan Brewer. But some social conservatives won't let the subject go. They're making two (related) arguments: that critics of the bill who denounced it as “anti-gay” hadn't really read the legislation and that, if they had, they would have realized that it was simply a state variation on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act overwhelmingly passed by Congress in 1993 and signed by President Clinton.
February 23, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Chelsea McInturff and Samantha Curley were eager for a public conversation about film, gay sexuality and Christian life, but they weren't sure whether it was the right time - or the right place. They stood nervously inside an auditorium at Pasadena's evangelical Fuller Theological Seminary last spring, worried the drama they were about to screen - - about a teen coming out as lesbian - would end up offending an audience of students and professors who didn't necessarily approve of its story line.
February 19, 2014 | By Alexandra Sandels and Ramin Mostaghim
BEIRUT - A new, lesbian-themed music video by expatriate Iranian pop star Googoosh has sparked sharp debate among Iranians and controversy on social media forums in the Islamic Republic. It started on Valentine's Day when the video for Googoosh's latest song, "Behesht," or Heaven, dropped like a bombshell on the singer´s official Facebook page , which boasts more than 1,5 million followers. The video features a lesbian couple and seems to champion gay rights.  “I am scared of this doubt, I am scared of this blind alley,” Googoosh, 64, croons to the backdrop of a video showing a couple played by two well-known Iranian actresses.
January 8, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
In a groundbreaking effort to curtail bullying and harassment and make the group more inclusive, the National Soccer Coaches Assn. of America has added a "Gay, Lesbian and Ally" page to its website. "We have to make it clear the association stands for the acceptance of everyone," the group's president, Jack Huckel, told Soccer America magazine. Huckel said reports of hazing were part of the impetus to launch the page, along with the organization's mission to improve coaching.
January 4, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Father Robert Nugent, a Roman Catholic priest whose support of gays and lesbians in the church brought the Vatican's censure, ending his public role as an advocate for reconciling church doctrines with the realities of gay life, died Wednesday in Milwaukee. He was 76. The cause was cancer, said Sister Jeannine Gramick, the nun with whom he founded New Ways Ministry in 1977 to educate the church about gay and lesbian Catholics and advocate for their acceptance. For more than two decades, Nugent traveled the country with Gramick to counsel gay Catholics, give workshops for Catholic clergy and lay people, and write books on gays in the church.
December 18, 2013 | Helene Elliott
In hockey terms, appointing openly gay athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow to the presidential delegation that will represent the United States at the Sochi Olympics is a face wash - that quaint, queasy custom of rubbing stinky gloves in another player's face as an irritating tactic. Sending tennis immortal King and two-time Olympic hockey medalist Cahow to play significant roles alongside straight colleagues is a message of unmistakable defiance to Russia, which has adopted anti-gay legislation that bans "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relationships to minors," effectively prohibits gay-rights rallies, and jeopardizes those who express support of gays.
February 18, 1992
I wholeheartedly agree with David Tuller's commentary, "It's Still Winter for Russia's Gays" (Jan. 30). As Russia struggles to become a democracy it is imperative that the West encourage basic human rights, but it is doubtful that our leaders will speak to the plight of Russia's persecuted lesbians and gay men. Our politicians at best pay lip service to and at worst actively seek to destroy American gays. How could we possibly expect this pitiful group of politicians to stand up for a group of people in a foreign country when they can't--or won't--take a stand here?
January 27, 2010 | By Victoria Kim
The online dating site has reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by gays and lesbians who said the service discriminated against them. As part of the proposed agreement, the company will pay more than half a million dollars and make its website more "welcoming" to seekers of same-sex matches, according to court documents filed Tuesday. The Pasadena-based company had already launched a service last year for gays and lesbians, called Compatible Partners, as part of an unrelated settlement with the New Jersey attorney general's civil rights division.
November 21, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Gay, lesbian and bisexual adults in Los Angeles smoke at a rate more than 50% higher than their straight counterparts and suffer disproportionately from the ill effects of tobacco use, health officials reported Thursday at the introduction of a new countywide campaign to stamp out the habit. The Break Up With Tobacco campaign is intended to sharply reduce smoking in the gay, lesbian and bisexual community, currently an estimated 20.6% in Los Angeles County, public health chief Dr. Jonathan Fielding said.
November 19, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A San Bernardino County teacher filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the school district that fired her, claiming that she was targeted as a lesbian and for encouraging gay students to speak out against harassment and discrimination. Julia Frost, who taught at Sultana High School in the Hesperia Unified School District for two years, alleges that the campus was a hostile environment for her and for others who were lesbian, gay or gender non-conforming, according to a statement issued by Lambda Legal, the civil rights organization representing Frost in the case.
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