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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.

California Democrats warn Rick Perry, thinking of retiring to Golden State

(Editor's Note: John Burton, chairman of the California Democratic Party, releases this open letter to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who hinted this week that he would love to retire in San Diego, California.)

Governor Rick Perry
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428

Rick,

The Associated Press has reported that for all of your incessant California-bashing, you may be considering a move to the Golden State after your term as Governor of Texas ends.

We don't blame you.

Rick Perry has another "oops moment," comparing homosexuality to alcoholism

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry, not known as an intellectual heavyweight nor as an expert on much more than right-wing rhetoric, stuck his foot in his mouth yet again, this time speaking in San Francisco to wealthy members of the Commonwealth Club of California.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone petitioned to not march with anti-gay hate groups

SAN FRANCISCO, California – Top California and San Francisco officials, along with faith, LGBT and civil rights leaders, have signed an open letter to San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, asking him to cancel his participation in an upcoming march and rally against civil marriage for same-sex couples.

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