California ballot initiative targets the trans community's right to use public facilities

Following a startling trend across the nation, a group called Privacy For All submitted a ballot initiative barring transgender people­ – and inadvertently, some intersex people – from using the bathroom which corresponds with their gender identity.

Lesbian asylum couple marry at San Francisco City Hall

History was made Friday as a lesbian couple, seeking asylum in the United States, celebrated their marriage at San Francisco City Hall.

After years of persecution in Angola, Mari and Cara, whose real names have been withheld to protect family members in Africa, made their way to the Bay Area, San Francisco, where they hope to receive asylum and start a new life, safely together.

There was not a dry eye amongst the guests who witnessed the moving nuptials, as the couple exchanged vows under the coveted majestic arch window on the fourth floor of City Hall.

Prominent Catholics call on Pope to oust San Francisco archbishop

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.”

Anti-LGBT donor fined for not reporting $200,000 spent to fight transgender student rights law

SACRAMENTO, California -- The hedge fund honcho who despises transgender kids and the gays has been fined for violating California campaign laws.

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White Party 2015: Jeffrey Sanker’s longtime love affair with the desert continues

PALM SPRINGS, California -- Jeffrey Sanker has been called the “father of the modern gay event party,” but don’t call him daddy!

“Ha! Ha!” Sanker said, laughing at the little joke. “I like ‘high priest of gay parties’ better! It sounds just a bit more youthful!”

The Miami Herald is credited with anointing Sanker with both of those titles.

Here it is 26 years since Sanker produced his first White Party in Palm Springs, and he insists that he had no clue it would become the premier party for gay men across the globe.

In Sacramento, Matthew Shepard’s parents urge law enforcement to protect gays, lesbians

SACRAMENTO, California -- The parents of Matthew Shepard, a gay college student whose brutal murder in 1998 helped transform the nation’s perception of gays and lesbians and their struggle for equal rights, brought their campaign for justice to Sacramento on Thursday.

Gay porn star blackmailed man for over a million bucks and sports car, feds say

A gay porn star known as Jerec Wentworth is accused of blackmailing an unidentified wealthy man out of $500,000 by threatening to broadcast the lurid details of his personal life, according to federal officials.

FBI agents arrested Teofil Brank -- better known by his stage name Jarec Wentworth -- on March 4 after investigators say he tried to exact the ownership of a condo and $1-million cash from the man, who is referenced in court documents as D.B.

San Francisco Supervisors pass ordinance preventing discrimination against LGBT seniors

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- A city ordinance prohibiting discrimination against senior lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender San Franciscans by long-term care facilities and nursing homes was unanimously approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The LGBT Senior Long Term Care Facilities Bill of Rights Ordinance, introduced by San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro neighborhood as well as the rest of District 8, was the result of a recommendation by San Francisco’s LGBT Aging Task Force.

California: Governor taps gay attorney for San Francisco court

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- A gay attorney who was part of the legal team that defended San Francisco's groundbreaking Equal Benefits Ordinance has been appointed to the San Francisco Superior Court.

Joseph Quinn, the husband of the presiding justice of the First District Court of Appeal's Division One, James M. Humes, was one of three people Governor Jerry Brown named to the lower court Friday, March 27.

Quinn, 46, who lives with Humes in San Francisco's Noe Valley neighborhood, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John E. Munter.

UPDATED! Governor orders mandatory water restrictions for California

SACRAMENTO, California -- With California's water supply dwindling at an alarming rate and no relief in sight, Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday issued the first mandatory water restriction in the Golden State's history.

Gov. Brown ordered the State Water Resources Control Board to achieve a 25% reduction in water usage statewide.

To illustrate the dire situation in California, Gov. Brown and other state officials summoned the media to the Lake Tahoe area to provide visual evidence of the problem.