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December 10, 2013 | By Anh Do
Vietnamese American activists say they will ask Westminster officials to block organizers from staging the colorful Tet parade because they refuse to allow gays to participate in the Lunar New Year event. Parade organizers barred LGBT individuals from marching in the 2013 event and last month voted to ban them again from the upcoming parade. Shunned by one of the community's signature events, many of the gay rights activists stood along the parade route to protest their ouster. Inspired by the activism, they formed Viet Rainbow of Orange County and plan to lobby Westminster council members Wednesday to intervene in what they say is outright discrimination.
December 8, 2013 | By Anh Do
Hieu Nguyen and fellow protesters stood on the sidewalk holding signs and waving an enormous rainbow flag as the traditional Vietnamese parade passed them by. Barred from the Lunar New Year's event - and largely ignored in their own community - members of the fledgling gay rights group decided it was time to stop playing nice. They took training sessions with established LGBT groups, sought out legal strategy from veteran gay rights defenders Lambda Legal and attended workshops.
November 28, 2013 | Matt Cooper
"Peter and the Starcatcher" alights at the Ahmanson, Bette Midler portrays super-agent Sue Mengers, and Brian Dennehy is "The Steward of Christendom. " Plus, a stocking stuffed full of seasonally -themed shows. Celebrating the Holidays with The Lion King Cast members from the hit musical perform seasonal favorites in this benefit show. Catalina Bar & Grill, 6725 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood. Mon., 8:30 p.m. $35, $50. (323) 466-2210. City of Light Concert reading of this Paris-set romantic-comedy musical.
August 8, 2013
It's the 26th anniversary of the Long Beach Jazz Festival, which gathers together a stellar lineup of some of the best jazz musicians in the country for a special three-day event in a gorgeous natural setting. This year's performers include Gladys Knight, Eric Benet, the Whispers, Everette Harp, DW3, Al Williams, Stanley Clarke, Jeanette Harris and more. Rainbow Lagoon Park, E Shoreline Drive, Long Beach. 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $55. (562) 424-0013;
July 18, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
Social media became a more colorful place in Britain as Queen Elizabeth II gave gay marriage the official OK. The rainbow emblem of the gay movement is seen in images including the queen in seven striking suits as supporters celebrated their controversial win. Twitter and Facebook exploded this week with photos and messages backing Britain's new gay marriage law .  The rainbow, as it happens, became the standard symbol of the gay community...
June 27, 2013 | By David Horsey
Never has the power of an idea whose time has come been demonstrated more dramatically than in America's rapid shift toward approval of same-sex marriage. The trickle turned to a steady stream and now, with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to open the way to gay marriage in California and strike down key provisions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it has become a flood. Once regarded as an abomination that would never find acceptance, marital unions of a man with a man and a woman with a woman are being normalized in state after state.
June 26, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Google is showing its stripes. Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage brought a surge of interest in the topic, and users were treated to a rainbow when they Googled the words "gay marriage. " The search engine giant has been marking gay, lesbian, bisexual and LGBT pride in the month of June, turning the search bar into the rainbow symbol of the gay community. As Global News reports , the rainbow pops up when searching  “gay,” “lesbian,” “homosexuality,” “LGBT,” “marriage equality,” “bisexual” and “transgender,” as well as searches for gay pride celebrations.
June 7, 2013
Earlier this week we posted one more sign of the American retail recovery, the expansion of the Land of Nod at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. Times photographer Allen J. Schaben's shot of the brick wall at the checkout counter prompted us to ask Land of Nod creative director Danielle Kurtz about her painting process. Kurtz finished the design by herself in 15 hours. Our edited Q&A with Kurtz: You started with a background coat of white? We first had the wall painted a solid, very pale, mint green.
June 3, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Although it has some of the new-colt wobbliness common to newborn series, "The Fosters," which premieres Monday on ABC Family, gets on its legs pretty quickly. Created by the alliterative team of Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, whose main previous writing credit is the short-lived CW reality series "Fly Girls" - a peek back into the archives reminds me that I did not like it much at all - and with Jennifer Lopez as a celebrity executive producer, it is a blended-family series that leaves no stone unblended.
May 8, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Happy birthday to Thomas Pynchon! The reclusive author  of "Gravity's Rainbow," "The Crying of Lot 49," "Mason & Dixon" and more turns 76 today. Unlike the attention-seekers that clog our cultural aqueduct, Pynchon isn't likely to show up on CNN or NPR. He's so averse to the spotlight that when "Gravity's Rainbow" won the National Book Award in 1973, he had a stand-in show up to give his acceptance speech. So to bring Pynchon out of the shadows, a British fan who calls himself John Dee launched Pynchon in Public Day in 2011.
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