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Rep. Robert Garcia calls out Peru for classifying trans, intersex & nonbinary people as mentally ill

The California Democrat, who is Peruvian American, called the move ‘discriminatory, dangerous and shameful.’

RFK Jr. makes California ballot by collaborating with political party with a bigoted, anti-LGBTQ+ past

The son of the former Democratic attorney general under President John F. Kennedy accepted the American Independence Party’s ballot spot in California. The group has a problematic history.

Gay lawmaker Robert Garcia hosted Free Comic Book Day on Capitol Hill

California Democratic Rep. Robert Garcia shared his love of comic books with anyone who wanted to stop by his office.

A gay designer was attacked at a California fashion show in 2019. His assailant was just sentenced

After years of legal proceedings, justice is served in the high-profile hate crime assault on fashion designer Pol’ Atteu.

Pattie Gonia takes drag and fierceness to Capitol Hill to voice environmental concerns

The performer and environmental activist led a rally and march in Washington, D.C., and met with key lawmakers to push for enhanced protections for mature and old-growth forests.

Hilton receives blowback for hosting Libs of TikTok event in California

The hotel chain is on the list of Equality 100 Awards recipients, but a Southern California property is scheduled to host anti-LGBTQ+ extremists.

It's unanimous — Sacramento is now a sanctuary city for transgender people

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said that "we debate the many issues in our city, but there's no shade of gray when it comes to civil rights."

First Lady goes to bat for LGBTQ+ rights: 'They want to take our victories away, but we won’t let them'

Amidst a backdrop of protest and advocacy, Dr. Jill Biden highlights the ongoing battle for LGBTQ+ rights and remembers LGBTQ+ teen Nex Benedict.

Surf City USA bans Pride flags

The measure requires a unanimous Huntington Beach city council vote to approve non-governmental flags.

San Francisco prosecutors will seek a retrial in bondage and poppers killing of gay man

An appeals court overturned the convictions last year.

Attackers yelled antigay, racist slurs during beach party stabbing of teen boy in California

Disturbing video of the attack has been circulating among local high schools.

Watch Libs of TikTok’s Chaya Raichik exposed in stunning, cringe-worthy interview

Washington Post columnist Taylor Lorenz allowed the right-wing extremist to show how little she knows about LGBTQ+ issues, even as she rallies people against queer people.

20 photos from the grand opening of Palm Springs' older LGBTQ+ luxury community

LGBTQ+ older adults are finding more and more communities tailor made for them. A new one has opened in Palm Springs.

Kamala Harris marks 20 years since first officiating same-sex marriages and reunites with gay couple she wed

On Valentine’s Day weekend in 2004, the vice president first performed same-sex marriages as San Francisco district attorney. The Advocate spoke exclusively to a gay couple she married.

Democrat Robert Garcia calls Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene ‘insane’ after she storms out of hearing

In a heated exchange over January 6 insurrectionist support, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hastily exited a House hearing, prompting Rep. Robert Garcia to label her behavior as ‘insane.’

Reps. Lee, Schiff, and Porter make their appeal for California U.S. Senate seat at LGBTQ+ forum

The three appeared at a candidates' forum organied by Equality California Saturday and showed support for LGBTQ+ equality across the board.

Gay Democratic reps demand Pentagon resolve cases of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ dishonorable discharges

Lawmakers have pressed the Department of Defense in a new letter for faster action on injustices stemming from the DADT policy.

San Francisco man convicted of poisoning, raping, and murdering young man adopted by gay couple

Twenty-three-year-old George Randall-Saldivar’s body was stuffed in a suitcase while he was still alive and dumped in the San Francisco Bay by Gerald Rowe and Angel Anderson, prosecutors say.

California judge blocks rule requiring police to disclose their gender identity

In response to a lawsuit, a Sacramento County judge temporarily stoped enforcement of a rule requiring law enforcement officers to report their gender identity.

LGBTQ+ group pulls Biden endorsement over 'perilous' handling of Israel-Hamas war

The Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club in San Francisco has rescinded its endorsement of President Joe Biden for the March primary.