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UPDATED! San Diego's Toni G. Atkins becomes first gay person to be California's Acting Governor

SACRAMENTO, California -- Today, California will add a footnote to its history books when the Golden State will be headed by its first openly gay governor.

San Diego resident Toni G. Atkins, a Democrat, will be the Acting Governor because:

1. Gov. Jerry Brown is in Mexico on a trade mission and to talk about immigration issues.

2. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is out of state attending Special Olympics.

3. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is in Chicago on business.

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Gay Jeans ready to come out of the closet

Who's ready to celebrate their Pride with their very own pair of Gay Jeans?

Seriously!

Designer Steven B. Wheeler has created a U.S.-milled denim made from 100% U.S. cotton with classic five pockets and dark gold contrast stitching. The jeans are manufactured in San Francisco.

But what makes them Gay Jeans, you ask?

Ah. As the denim ages with each washing, the traditional indigo will fade to reveal rainbow threading underneath. So your jeans will "come out" when they are ready.

Why porn star Bruno Knight is in deep doo-doo

LOS ANGELES, California -- Gay porn star and rent boy Bruno Knight is in deep trouble with the law after getting caught trying to smuggle a half-pound of crystal meth crammed up his rectum.

The hairy muscle bear from the U.K., whose real name is Philip Peter Gizzie, was arrested on June 16 as he attempted to board a Virgin Atlantic jet bound for London, England.

Graphic details of Knight’s arrest at LAX last month are found in an affidavit obtained and posted by the str8upgayporn.com website.

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The king of tolerance speaks out | VIDEO

Mista Majah P is a reggae artist who doesn’t take gay rights and tolerance towards the gay community very lightly. He was the first reggae artist to create a song about the promotion of love for gays. The song "Rights" sparked some controversy in the reggae community because it was the first song of its kind to be recorded.

Mista, a longtime supporter of gay rights and tolerance, felt the time was right to change the tone in reggae music from killing gays to loving them.

California Legislature enshrines freedom to marry in state statutes

SACRAMENTO, California -- Senate Bill 1306, which brings California statutory law into line with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision restoring the freedom to marry in California, passed the Assembly on June 30 by a bipartisan vote of 54-16.

The bill now moves to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk for his signature.

Transgender Californians now have easier time changing birth certificates

SACRAMENTO, California – A new streamlined process for obtaining a court-ordered legal change in California for transgender people who wish to change their gender or name on their birth certificate, will begin today.

The first part of Assembly Bill 1121, by Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), which required the court to grant a name change petition without a hearing if there are no objections, was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last October.

San Francisco launches campaign to reduce LGBTQ homelessness

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- In a new campaign, civic leaders are connecting two of San Francisco's most visible populations to alleviate the hardships of what they say is a neglected group of LGBTQ and homeless communities.

According to San Francisco's 2013 Point-In-Time Count, 29 percent of the homeless population in San Francisco identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and city leaders say that number is growing.

WeHo council approves three transgender measures

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California -- The West Hollywood City Council unanimously adopted three proposals Monday night aimed at supporting the transgender community.

San Diego council president Todd Gloria named LGBT Hero for Excellence in Public Service

SACRAMENTO, California -- San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria was honored Monday as an LGBT Hero for Excellence in Public Service on the floor of the California State Assembly.

He was one of 10 members of the LGBT community from throughout the state honored in 2014 and was nominated by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Emeritus John Pérez.

Gay-friendly WeHo begins to embrace transgender causes

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California -- West Hollywood is getting on the transgender bandwagon.

The city, long hailed for its support of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights, has devoted most of its energy (and significant financial resources) to supporting the gay male community, which studies have shown make up 40 percent of the city’s population of just over 34,000 people.

But the City Council tonight will consider several proposals aimed at supporting transgender people, whose percentage of the city’s population is unknown.

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