Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Youth Essay Contest entries due Friday

SAN DIEGO, California -- The San Diego LGBT Community Center’s is now seeking entries for the annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast Youth Essay Contest, sponsored by Cox Communications and the Imperial Court de San Diego.

The competition is open to all high school students ages 14-18 in San Diego County schools.

This year's essay topic is below.

UC San Diego's LGBT Resource Center celebrates 15 years

In the early 1990s, concerned staff, faculty and student activists sought to establish a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center at the University of California, San Diego. In 1999, UC San Diego finally opened the LGBT Resource Office—the last campus to do so in the UC system.

HRC warns high-tech industry: Dangerous anti-gay legislation looming in Arkansas

WASHINGTON DC – As Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson pitches Silicon Valley on investment opportunities in his state, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) president and Arkansas native Chad Griffin announced that the organization will run a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News, the largest paper in Silicon Valley and the high-tech industry’s paper of record.

U.S. Ambassador: Coming out is the "single most important thing" gays can do

SYDNEY, Australia -- The U.S. Ambassador to Australia has made an impassioned plea for gay people to come out of the closet, saying it is only by being honest that positive change for LGBTI people will occur.

In an, at times, emotional speech to LGBTI business people in Sydney recently, John Berry discussed his father’s struggle to accept him as gay, his prediction that same-sex marriage would be legalised across the US and that his country had now “overtaken” Australia on marriage equality.

Dolce & Gabbana respond to backlash over their remarks about gay families

Dolce & Gabbana designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are responding to backlash over statements they made about same-sex families, reasoning that their views are just "traditional" and not judgmental.

Demonstrators demand release of transgender woman in ICE custody

FLORENCE, Arizona -- A transgender Guatemalan asylum-seeker incarcerated at an all-male facility in Florence has been a victim of sexual assault and ill treatment by guards, activists demonstrating for her release said Monday.

About 20 people turned out in heavy rain at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office downtown to call attention to the case of Nicoll Hernandez-Polanco.

Vice President Joe Biden to speak at HRC Spring Equality Convention

WASHINGTON DC -- Vice President Joe Biden will address the the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) boards, steering committees, staff and volunteers at its Spring Equality Convention on Friday, March 6 in Washington.

“Vice President Biden is an incredible ally to the LGBT community and a strong advocate for fairness and equality for all people,” HRC president Chad Griffin said.

Profiles in Advocacy: Alliance San Diego

No doubt, 2013–14 were turbulent years for racial relations, due in no small part, to the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown and the subsequent lack of criminal justice.

Using "pseudoscience" to undermine same-sex parents

The paper has a straightforward title: "Emotional Problems Among Children With Same-Sex Parents: Difference by Definition." It's not hard to guess the conclusion of this research, released last month by Catholic University professor Paul Sullins: Kids with gay parents have more emotional problems than kids with straight parents, and it's because their parents are gay.

Civilities: How to prevent kids from learning to fear gay people

Dear Civilities: I guess it was bound to happen — and now it has. Our 9-year-old daughter, Mary (not her real name), has a new friend at school, and Mary invited her over for a play date. But this girl’s mom said she’s not allowed to come to our house because Mary has two mothers. This is the first time this has happened to us — I guess it’s kind of amazing it has taken this long — but Mary is upset and so is her friend, who would like to visit. How do we explain this to our daughter? Should we say something to her friend’s parents? — Name withheld, Queens (N.Y.)