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ALHAMBRA, Ca. – On December 8, 2021, the LA County Department of Parks and Recreation’s Grants Division was awarded 15.5...
12/24/2021
LA County Parks & Recreation awarded $15.5 million in grants

ALHAMBRA, Ca. – On December 8, 2021, the LA County Department of Parks and Recreation’s Grants Division was awarded 15.5 million dollars in funding as part of Governor Newsom’s “Outdoors for All” Initiative, a project that aims to allocate $548.3 million in grant funding to deliver new parks and revitalize older parks all across California.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/24/la-county-parks-recreation-awarded-15-5-million-in-grants/

"Many thanks to Governor Newsom for his announcement of funding the County of Los Angeles’ Department of Parks & Recreation will receive"

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden, in a televised mid-afternoon national address from the White House, urged Americans to...
12/24/2021
Biden excoriates misinformation sources urges Americans get vaccinated

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden, in a televised mid-afternoon national address from the White House, urged Americans to get vaccinated, get a booster shot, and wear a mask plus take other precautions against being infected with the coronavirus as a new and much more rapidly infectious variant takes hold across the country.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/21/biden-excoriates-misinformation-sources-urges-americans-get-vaccinated/

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden, in a televised mid-afternoon national address from the White House, urged Americans to get vaccinated, get a booster shot, and wear a mask plus take other precautions against being infected with the coronavirus as a new and much more rapidly infectious variant tak...

SANTA MONICA – While smoking rates have declined nationally in the past 20 years, this decline has not been shared equal...
12/24/2021
COVID-19, Isolation, To***co and the LGBTQ + BIPOC Community

SANTA MONICA – While smoking rates have declined nationally in the past 20 years, this decline has not been shared equally among Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities or the LGBTQ+ community – and especially among those with intersecting identities.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/24/covid-19-isolation-to***co-and-the-lgbtq-bipoc-community/

Research shows that intense amounts of discrimination is linked to increased risk of to***co use. This is no coincidence

RIO DE JANEIRO, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil –  Openly Out Brazilian diving champion Ian Carlos Gonçalves de Matos di...
12/24/2021
Out Brazilian Olympic diving star Ian Matos dead at 32

RIO DE JANEIRO, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Openly Out Brazilian diving champion Ian Carlos Gonçalves de Matos died earlier this week on Tuesday from a non-COVID-related lung infection.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/24/out-brazilian-olympic-diving-star-ian-matos-dead-at-32/

During a 2014 interview Matos revealed he was gay saying he had been inspired to do so after seeing the YouTube coming out by diver Tom Daley

PHILADELPHIA – A powerful voice for the Trans community, writer and journalist Rebecca Juro died at hospital on Saturday...
12/24/2021
LGBTQ+ Media loses a powerful voice; journalist Rebecca Juro dies at 59

PHILADELPHIA – A powerful voice for the Trans community, writer and journalist Rebecca Juro died at hospital on Saturday, December 17, suffering from complications caused by lung cancer. In a Facebook post Sunday, her brother Steve Juro wrote, “Sad news…my sister Rebecca Juro passed away last night. She lived a tough, multi-faceted life that took her down a number of different paths.”
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/20/lgbtq-media-loses-a-powerful-voice-journalist-rebecca-juro-dies-at-59/

Juro's career as a Trans advocate and LGBTQ+ writer/journalist spanned several publications over the past fifteen plus years

INDIANAPOLIS – A student led Gay-Straight Alliance, (GSA) at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana filed s...
12/24/2021
Federal judge rules Indiana high school must allow GSA to fully function

INDIANAPOLIS – A student led Gay-Straight Alliance, (GSA) at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana filed suit against their school and the South Madison Community Schools District last Fall for banning public announcements and adverts in-school for their club. On Wednesday a preliminary injunction was granted that requires PHHS to provide the GSA with the same rights provided to other student groups at the school.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/23/federal-judge-rules-indiana-high-school-must-allow-gsa-to-fully-function/

“The student led Gay Straight Alliance group must be treated in the same manner that all other student groups are treated"

LAKELAND, Tn. – The creation of a “Gay Straight Alliance” (GSA) at a middle school in a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, sp...
12/24/2021
Tennessee school’s Gay Straight Alliance sparks debate at board meeting

LAKELAND, Tn. – The creation of a “Gay Straight Alliance” (GSA) at a middle school in a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee, sparked a heated debate at a local school board meeting last week.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/20/tennessee-schools-gay-straight-alliance-sparks-debate-at-board-meeting/

One parent said he would remove his three children from the school system if they continued to support the GSA

LOS ANGELES – Since 2006, at least 32 people have been arrested under Kentucky laws that criminalize people living with ...
12/24/2021
Women account for nearly two-thirds of HIV-related arrests in Kentucky

LOS ANGELES – Since 2006, at least 32 people have been arrested under Kentucky laws that criminalize people living with HIV, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Women account for nearly two-thirds (62%) of all HIV-related arrests but only one-sixth (17%) of the state’s population of people living with HIV.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/20/women-account-for-nearly-two-thirds-of-hiv-related-arrests-in-kentucky/

Using data obtained from the Kentucky State Police researchers found that all but one HIV-related arrests since 2006 were related to s*x work

LONDON – A survey conducted last month and released Wednesday by the global public opinion and data company YouGov, of o...
12/24/2021
Britons value stopping hate speech over free speech new poll shows

LONDON – A survey conducted last month and released Wednesday by the global public opinion and data company YouGov, of over 1,500 Britons, had some thought-provoking results according to the company’s researchers.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/22/britons-value-stopping-hate-speech-over-free-speech-new-poll-shows/

The survey also found that those with “less progressive” views were more “reluctant to express” them in public

BOSTON – Despite requests since the start of the COVID pandemic for the U.S. government to enhance data collection for p...
12/24/2021
Federal LGBTQ+ data collection for coronavirus pandemic impact lacking

BOSTON – Despite requests since the start of the COVID pandemic for the U.S. government to enhance data collection for patients who are LGBTQ, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is still falling short on issuing nationwide guidance to states on the issue, a leading expert health on the issue told the Blade.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/22/federal-lgbtq-data-collection-for-coronavirus-pandemic-impact-lacking/

“Only California has reported data publicly-They’re not reporting the data itself…And they’re also just asking people who tests positive"

WEST HOLLYWOOD – So here we are — what feels like inches and seconds away from the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 in...
12/24/2021
Why Electing Christy Smith to Congress is Critical

WEST HOLLYWOOD – So here we are — what feels like inches and seconds away from the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection when violent Confederate battle flag waving cult followers of Donald Trump breached the halls of Congress in an invasion not seen since the War of 1812.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/22/why-electing-christy-smith-to-congress-is-critical/

Editor’s note: The following piece is private political commentary endorsing a candidate for office and is not an official endorsement by the Los Angeles Blade or its staff. By Karen Ocamb | WEST HOLLYWOOD – So here we are — what feels like inches and seconds away from the one-year anniversary...

TALLAHASSEE – Two Florida lawmakers are working to close a loophole in the state’s hate crime law that allowed a man who...
12/24/2021
Florida bill could close hate crime loophole

TALLAHASSEE – Two Florida lawmakers are working to close a loophole in the state’s hate crime law that allowed a man who vandalized gay Pride display in Delray Beach, Florida, to avoid such charges over the summer.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/23/florida-bill-could-close-hate-crime-loophole/

The law lets prosecutors pursue hate crime charges when a crime involves defacing properties owned by local governments or organizations

SACRAMENTO – As we head into the new year, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is educating the public on traffic safety...
12/24/2021
California Highway Patrol highlights new 2022 traffic safety laws

SACRAMENTO – As we head into the new year, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is educating the public on traffic safety laws that were passed during this year’s legislative season and signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. The laws take effect January 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/23/california-highway-patrol-highlights-new-2022-traffic-safety-laws/

The laws take effect January 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. – A trans advocate in Colorado Springs uses his criminal justice and forensics knowledge to raise ...
12/24/2021
Colorado advocate raises awareness for missing LGBTQ+ people

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. – A trans advocate in Colorado Springs uses his criminal justice and forensics knowledge to raise awareness about missing LGBTQ+ people who would usually go unseen.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/20/colorado-advocate-raises-awareness-for-missing-lgbtq-people/

“How many other people are unidentified that could have been trans, but you never know it because they can’t speak for themselves anymore?"

BOCA RATON, Fl. – A360 Media, LLC, formerly American Media, Inc.’s celebrity gossip site Radar Online published an artic...
12/24/2021
Celebrity gossip website: Dr. Oz praises J.K. Rowling for anti-Trans stance

BOCA RATON, Fl. – A360 Media, LLC, formerly American Media, Inc.’s celebrity gossip site Radar Online published an article online this past Friday that claimed it had obtained the exclusive audio of remarks made by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the 61-year-old television celebrity physician running for a U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, at a private function Thursday in New York City.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/19/celebrity-gossip-website-dr-oz-praises-j-k-rowling-for-anti-trans-stance/

Oz, who is registered as a Republican candidate, was asked by another attendee regarding his stance on Trans issues

AUSTIN – Texas’ ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, the most extreme anti-abortion law in the country, has be...
12/24/2021
Trans people ‘have been left out’ of Texas abortion ban discussion

AUSTIN – Texas’ ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, the most extreme anti-abortion law in the country, has been in effect since September, getting extensive media coverage. But trans and nonbinary people are often left out of the United State’s discourse on abortion rights, meaning the consequences are “even more significant.”
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/23/trans-people-have-been-left-out-of-texas-abortion-ban-discussion/

“I didn’t want to be a pregnant man in Texas,” he said. “I didn’t know if I could even get somebody to look at me or even take me seriously”

TALLAHASSEE – Two Florida lawmakers are working to close a loophole in the state’s hate crime law that allowed a man who...
12/23/2021
Florida bill could close hate crime loophole

TALLAHASSEE – Two Florida lawmakers are working to close a loophole in the state’s hate crime law that allowed a man who vandalized gay Pride display in Delray Beach, Florida, to avoid such charges over the summer.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/23/florida-bill-could-close-hate-crime-loophole/

The law lets prosecutors pursue hate crime charges when a crime involves defacing properties owned by local governments or organizations

SACRAMENTO – As we head into the new year, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is educating the public on traffic safety...
12/23/2021
California Highway Patrol highlights new 2022 traffic safety laws

SACRAMENTO – As we head into the new year, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is educating the public on traffic safety laws that were passed during this year’s legislative season and signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. The laws take effect January 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/23/california-highway-patrol-highlights-new-2022-traffic-safety-laws/

The laws take effect January 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted

LOS ANGELES – Since 2006, at least 32 people have been arrested under Kentucky laws that criminalize people living with ...
12/23/2021
Women account for nearly two-thirds of HIV-related arrests in Kentucky

LOS ANGELES – Since 2006, at least 32 people have been arrested under Kentucky laws that criminalize people living with HIV, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. Women account for nearly two-thirds (62%) of all HIV-related arrests but only one-sixth (17%) of the state’s population of people living with HIV.
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/20/women-account-for-nearly-two-thirds-of-hiv-related-arrests-in-kentucky/

Using data obtained from the Kentucky State Police researchers found that all but one HIV-related arrests since 2006 were related to s*x work

AUSTIN – Texas’ ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, the most extreme anti-abortion law in the country, has be...
12/23/2021
Trans people ‘have been left out’ of Texas abortion ban discussion

AUSTIN – Texas’ ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, the most extreme anti-abortion law in the country, has been in effect since September, getting extensive media coverage. But trans and nonbinary people are often left out of the United State’s discourse on abortion rights, meaning the consequences are “even more significant.”
https://www.losangelesblade.com/2021/12/23/trans-people-have-been-left-out-of-texas-abortion-ban-discussion/

“I didn’t want to be a pregnant man in Texas,” he said. “I didn’t know if I could even get somebody to look at me or even take me seriously”

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