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Trans Rights Repeal Misses California Ballot

By Lisa Leff | Monday Feb 24, 2014
A referendum to overturn a California law that gives transgender students protections including the right to use the public school restrooms of their choice will not appear on the November ballot after its backers failed to gather enough voter signatures

California Wine-Grape Growers Celebrate Bumper Crop

Monday Feb 17, 2014
California agriculture officials reported good news for wine lovers and vineyard operators alike: a record harvest of wine grapes.Growers in the nation’s premier wine region brought in a bumper crop last year.

Court Won’t Revisit California ’Gay Therapy’ Ban

Wednesday Jan 29, 2014
A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its ruling upholding a California law that barred mental counseling aimed at changing a minor’s sexual orientation.

West Hollywood City Hall Removes Rainbow Flag, Sparks Outrage

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Jan 15, 2014
Officials in West Hollywood’s City Hall have taken down its rainbow flag, sparking outrage in one of America’s most prominent gay neighborhoods.

Calif. Caterer Kiboshes Same-Sex Wedding

By Winnie McCroy | Monday Jan 13, 2014
A California caterer refused to work the wedding of a same-sex couple, telling them it went against her Christian beliefs.

Transgender Rights Referendum Reaches Next Step

By Lisa Leff | Wednesday Jan 8, 2014
Opponents of a new California law that spells out the rights of transgender students in public schools have cleared the next hurdle in their effort to repeal the law at the ballot box, state elections officials said Wednesday.

Calif. Schools Prepare for Transgender Rights Law

By Julie Watson and Lisa Leff | Friday Dec 27, 2013
With a law that spells out the rights of transgender students in grades K-12 set to take effect in California, school districts are reviewing locker room layouts, scheduling sensitivity training for coaches and much more.

Will Atkins Become California’s First Openly Lesbian Assembly Speaker?

By Matthew S. Bajko | Thursday Dec 26, 2013
Speculation in Sacramento is intensifying around the prospect of seeing the first lesbian lawmaker be elected to the powerful Assembly speaker position in the new year.

In CA, Domestic Partnerships Decline as Marriage Soars

By Matthew S. Bajko | Saturday Dec 21, 2013
California domestic partnerships dipped during the second half of 2013 compared to the same time period in 2012, as the demand for marriage licenses has increased since decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court led to resumption of legal marriage in the state.

California City OKs Parade Despite Gay Exclusion

Thursday Dec 12, 2013
A Southern California city granted a private group a permit Wednesday night to hold a Vietnamese new year’s parade, despite objections over its exclusion of the community’s gay and lesbian residents.