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Help! A grim report about LGBTQ foster kids in LA

LOS ANGELES, California -- A first of its kind study finds that approximately 1 in 5 (or 1,400) foster youth in Los Angeles County, home to the nation’s largest population of foster youth, identify as LGBTQ.

LAPD want to question 3 men regarding the beating death of Ramon Estrada

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California -- Ramon Estrada stopped by Gold Coast Bar last month, had a couple of drinks, and called his longtime partner to say he was headed home.

He called his boo of 14 years, Michael Shutt, at about 1:30 am July 7 to tell him that he has forgotten his keys and would he please unlock the door for him.

About 40 minutes later, Estrada was found unconscious after being beaten badly and left for dead. He was rushed to a hospital emergency room, where he was treated as a "John Doe" since he had no identification, cellphone or wallet on him.

"Panic defense" bill sent to California Gov. Jerry Brown

SACRAMENTO, California -- The so-called "panic defense" bill, AB 2501, passed the California Assembly on Wednesday by a bipartisan vote of 58-14.

The bill is now on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to sign it into law.

AB 2501 would prohibit the use of the “panic defense” to support a finding of sudden quarrel or heat of passion, which is necessary to reduce a charge of murder to manslaughter. The groundbreaking bill is the first of its kind in the nation.

California reaches deal on massive tax credit to keep cameras rolling

SACRAMENTO, California — Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins joined Gov. Jerry Brown and other legislative leaders to announce a historic deal to extend and improve California’s Film and Television Tax Credit Program, making it the second largest tax credit program in the nation.

Hueso's DUI arrest came just hours after his vote against ridesharing | VIDEO

SACRAMENTO, California -- A state senator who voted to add hefty regulations to the state’s ridesharing industry was arrested on suspicion of DUI hours later, after California Highway Patrol officers spotted him driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Sen. Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), who some question whether he had a conflict of interest since his brother owns a cab company, has since released a statement apologizing for his “unacceptably poor personal judgment.”

California: State senator from San Diego arrested for DUI

SACRAMENTO, California -- Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, was arrested on Thursday night for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Sacramento County jail’s website registers a Benjamin Hueso being booked with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher at 3:27 a.m. He was arrested by the California Highway Patrol in the south Sacramento area. No other details were available.

First elected to the Legislature in 2010, Hueso traded the Assembly for the Senate last year, claiming a seat left vacant when Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, won a spot in Congress.

Bill to modernize California birth certificate sent to Governor

SACRAMENTO, California -- AB 1951 today passed the California Assembly by a preliminary bipartisan vote of 50-8 and now moves on to Gov. Jerry Brown for a signature.

The bill, authored by Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez and sponsored by Equality California, will modernize California’s birth certificate to reflect accurately the gender of a child’s parent or parents. The updated birth certificates will allow each parent to identify as mother, father or parent.

San Francisco police academy graduates first transgender officer

SAN FRANCISCO, California — The class of recruits the San Francisco Police Department graduated Friday night show the diversity of the City by the Bay in many ways, but one of them is a true pioneer for the department: Mikayla Connell is the first transgender person to enter the academy and graduate.

"I wanted a job that I was going to love," said Connell, who was also elected president of her class. "A job that was going to be different every day, was going to be interesting, and a job where I got challenge, not just physically, but intellectually and morally."

California shelves bill that would have banned bareback porn

SACRAMENTO, California -- The California Senate this week shelved a bill that would have banned the filming of bareback porn in the state.

The measure would have made condom use mandatory for all pornographic studios, with filmmakers required to provide documentation to show that condoms had been used.

However, the bill failed to make it past the Senate Appropriations Committee, stalling indefinitely.

Radical faeries mourn beating death of Bryan Higgins, 31

SAN FRANCISCO, California – The radical faerie community in San Francisco is in mourning today after the beating death of Bryan Higgins, 31, known as Feather.

Feather died at San Francisco General Hospital at 3:33 pm Wednesday, a time designed by his husband and family for the life support system to be turned off.

Also at the same time, the counter-culture faerie community was conducting a vigil at Duboce Park, located between the Duboce Triangle and Lower Haight neighborhoods.

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