By Stevie St. John
A look at what’s happening in LGBTQ Los Angeles and a few things that I’ve been working on:
Tracy Gilchrist, editor of SheWired, was the featured guest at this month’s mixer hosted by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association -Los Angeles (NLGJA). She told us about some of her favorite SheWired scoops, including Kelly McGillis coming out.
- California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill with protections for transgender students. Predictably, some people are panicking and hoping to get the law overturned. This piece goes through common misconceptions about the law and refutes the myths.
- The passage of anti-LGBTQ laws in Russia has sparked the dumping of Stoli vodka and calls to boycott the 2014 Olympics, which will take place in Sochi. Both the vodka and Olympics boycott efforts have been criticized. Here’s what my colleagues at WEHOville and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center had to say.
- An adult film performer’s positive HIV test led to a production shutdown. Meanwhile, the legal fight continues over Measure B, which was backed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
- The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA) has announced its 35th season lineup.
- West Hollywood debuted its Pick Up bus, a free shuttle service that runs on Friday and Saturday nights. I rode along on its first official night on the town and wrote this piece for WEHOville about the experience.
- I’ve been contributing to the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Vanguard as a guest editor. This month’s cover story highlights the adult enrichment classes offered through the Learning Curve program. Among the offerings are photography classes, and an exhibit of work by photography students is now on exhibit at the Center’s Village location.
- GLAAD has released a report on portrayals of LGBT people in films released by major studios. Even as more LGBT (and particularly lesbian) characters are gracing the small screen, the results from the cinema are disappointing with only six films passing GLAAD’s new “Vito Russo test,” an analysis tool inspired by the Bechdel test. Fourteen of the 101 films included in the report included lesbian, gay or bisexual characters; there were no transgender characters in any of these movies.
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- Next month, the White House will hold a roundtable discussion on issues affecting the bisexual community
- Scandal-plagued San Diego mayor Bob Filner has resigned; the openly gay Todd Gloria will become the city’s acting mayor until an election takes place. According to SF Gate, that makes San Diego “the nation’s second-largest city to be led by an openly gay person.” (The largest is Houston.)
- Chelsea Manning, who leaked information to WikiLeaks, came out as a transgender woman.
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