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SF archbishop stands firm in face of pressure on morality clauses

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone is holding firm in the face of controversy that has erupted since he unveiled new morality clauses earlier this month for employees at high schools under his control.

The clauses included in a new handbook call on teachers, staff and administrators to comport themselves publicly and privately with Catholic teaching and ask them to "affirm and believe" that masturbation, pornography and homosexual acts are "gravely evil."

Same-sex marriage and contraception are similarly described.

America's first privately-owned LGBT center opens in West Hollywood

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California -- The country’s first ever privately owned LGBT center opens this week, offering legal, mental health and vocational services to members of the LGBT community in West Hollywood.

The new center, Home, is being fully funded by Nir Zilberman, who is closing his LA Jock Sport shop on Santa Monica Boulevard in order to open the new center. He explained the vision of the center:

Scott Hines, former Rancho Mirage mayor, dies at 45

PALM SPRINGS, California – Scott Hines, an openly gay former Mayor and City Councilmember of Rancho Mirage, died Saturday night. He was 45.

Hines was mayor from 2012 to 2013, before voters did not re-elect him. He served on the City Council from 2010 to 2014.

California: 8 lawmakers ask SF Archbishop to rethink teacher morality clauses

Eight California Democrats, five from the Assembly and three from the Senate, wrote a letter to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone asking him to reconsider his recent inclusion of morality clauses in a handbook at four Bay Area Catholic high schools in the area.

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Groundbreaking report educates California policy makers on needs of LGBT community

California may lead the nation in taking significant steps to provide equal rights to its LGBT citizens, but the Golden State has a long way to go before providing full equality, finds a groundbreaking report titled Fair Share for Equality.

Leather community-themed parklet in the works for San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- A plan is in the works for a parklet in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood that would celebrate the area’s historic ties to the LGBT and leather communities.

According to the Bay Area Reporter, a developer of a new mixed-use housing and retail development is backing a proposal to turn part of a 12th Street between Harrison and Bernice into a leather-themed pedestrian plaza.

Transgender community in San Francisco holds die-in

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- Hundreds of people came out Tuesday and staged a die-in in front of San Francisco City Hall to honor all those transgender people who have died violent deaths.

Wearing bright clothes and makeup, many of the friends and supporters of 36-year-old Taja De Jesus, came out not only to remember the woman who was killed on Sunday in the Bayview District, but to decry violent death in general.

Police seek more victims of person accused of injecting silicone into transgender woman who died

SANTA ANA, California -- Santa Ana police are searching for more possible victims of a man who performed cosmetic procedures with no medical license or authorization.

Last week, police arrested 44-year-old Liborio De La Luz Ramos of Santa Ana in connection with the death of Katya De La Riva, a transgender woman who died from complications related to an injection she received at a silicone party in December, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

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California leads the nation in equality, report finds

WASHINGTON – California is one of 18 states in the U.S. that has explicit state-level workplace protections for all LGBT employees. It is also one of 36 states with marriage equality.

As such, California leads the nation in equality. The details can be found in the first national report assessing the status of state legislation affecting LGBT equality across America, including in California, issued by the Human Rights Campaign in partnership with the Equality Federation.

Boyfriend arrested in slaying of transgender woman

VAN NUYS, California -- A 25-year-old man wanted for questioning in the apparent stabbing and arson murder of a transgender woman in a Van Nuys apartment was in jail Monday in lieu of $1 million bail after he turned himself in and was booked on suspicion of murder, authorities said.