TODAY: North County LGBTQ Resource Center seeks community support through holiday fundraisers

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – With the holiday season approaching, the North County LGBTQ Resource Center (LGBTQRC) has created opportunities for community members to support its work through a poinsettia sale and holiday bazaar.

New comic book examines fate of gays in Nazi Europe

French graphic artists Michel Dufranne and Milorad Vicanovic-Maza with Christian Lerolle have produced the first comic book about the gay experience of the Holocaust.

It tells the story of "discreet, cheerful and romantic" designer and advertising art teacher, Andreas from the early 1930s in Berlin.

UN, Freedom Now, Thomson Reuters establish legal database on human rights cases

PARIS – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Thomson Reuters and Freedom Now, which advocates on behalf of illegally detained prisoners of conscience, have joined forces to establish a database containing publicly available opinions of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on cases of arbitrary detention worldwide.

ACTION ALERT: Tell Gov. Jerry Brown to tax the 1% and save California

As Thanksgiving approaches, even with 12% unemployment, crumbling city streets and schools with 51 kids to a class, Californians can find reasons to give thanks. But it's about to get even worse.

$2 billion in additional state budget cuts will be "triggered" in December. Working Californians -- who already subsidize corporations and the wealthy through an unfair tax code -- will bear the burden once again. The ax will fall on everything from public school budgets (California already ranks 47th in per pupil spending¹) to in-home health care for the elderly and infirm.

85,000 demand Ecuador close “ex-gay” clinics accused of torture

WASHINGTON – More than 85,000 people from over 124 countries have signed a Change.org petition calling on Ecuador’s Minister of Health to investigate and close more than 200 “ex-gay clinics” that allegedly use torture techniques turn homosexuals straight.

TONIGHT: San Diego ACLU chapter to host membership party at Rich's

SAN DIEGO -- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of San Diego-Imperial Counties will host its first ever Membership Cocktail Party tonight from 7-9 pm at Rich's.

Attendees of the "Liberties at Night" event will have the opportunity to learn more about the civil liberties work the ACLU does while supporting the organization.

Tickets to the event are $35 and include admission to the party, a year-long ACLU membership, a free drink and appetizers.

Arizona superintendent apologizes to LGBT community

Recently we wrote about the offensive comments made by Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal about gay and lesbian people. Along with Equality Arizona, GLAAD called on Mr. Huppenthal to apologize.

Today, his office shared with us a letter offering that apology, which was addressed to the LGBT community.

ACTION ALERT: Petition demands San Diego County to keep organic farms pesticide-free

SAN DIEGO – Hundreds of people have joined a new campaign on Change.org urging the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to protect local, organic farms from toxic pesticides.

Lady Gaga to launch anti-bullying foundation

Pop superstar Lady Gaga created her last album, Born This Way, to communicate a distinct message of acceptance and self-confidence with the LGBT community very much in mind; even going so far as to mention lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by name in the lyrics of the album’s same-titled debut single. Yet she has also been one of the fiercest public advocates for legislative action on behalf of the LGBT community on everything from Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to marriage equality.

VIDEO: Equality Forum seeking nominations for 2012 LGBT History Month icons

PHILADELPHIA -- Each October, Equality Forum celebrates LGBT History Month by spotlighting 31 icons who have made notable contributions to society.

With this year's series now complete, the organization is looking for nominations for LGBT History Month in 2012.

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