Marin County Board of Supervisors Upholds Denial of Medical Cannabis Licenses

Revised ordinance to be considered in coming months San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Board of Supervisors upheld a decision by the County Administrator and denied appeals to seven prospective applicants who wanted to open medical cannabis dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Marin. The Board’s decision May 23 followed an April 10 decision by … More Marin County Board of Supervisors Upholds Denial of Medical Cannabis Licenses

Official Airlines for 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Offering Discount

A message from San Francisco Pride:   We hope that you can join us for the 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade on June 24th and 25th. As San Francisco also commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, our travel partners are here to ensure that you get the most out of … More Official Airlines for 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Offering Discount

IDAHOT 2017 Rally Pictures and African HRC Speech in Castro

Yesterday I was honored to be invited as a featured speaker for the San Francisco Castro IDAHOT rally:   Gary Virginia from Gays Without Borders organized and emceed the rally that featured speakers: • Tom Ammiano, former CA State Assemblyman; • Patrick Carney, Pride Week Pink Triangle , SF Twin Peaks; • Melanie Nathan, Executive Director, African Human … More IDAHOT 2017 Rally Pictures and African HRC Speech in Castro

San Francisco LGBTI Community to Rally for IDAHOT in the Castro

The date of Chelsea Manning’s liberation coincides with the IDAHOT, on May 17 The San Francisco Bay area community will gather for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on Wed., May 17, 2017, 6 to 7pm, at Harvey Milk Plaza (2401 Market at Castro Street.) Participants in IDAHOT events globally will be posting … More San Francisco LGBTI Community to Rally for IDAHOT in the Castro

On Passover LA Police Arrest Rabbis Protesting Immigration Persecution

On the third day of Passover in downtown Los Angeles, 35 Rabbis, Priests, and Muslim activists — in a coalition of local faith-based groups were arrested for an act of civil disobedience. In protest of the Trump administration’s inhumane efforts to tear immigrant families apart, these leaders physically blocked the entrance to the local detention … More On Passover LA Police Arrest Rabbis Protesting Immigration Persecution

Marin Second Healthiest County in California – While Worse than State Average for Income Inequality

County and community collaborating on addressing challenges –  San Rafael, CA – Marin County’s track record of being one of the healthiest counties in California is intact, according to new statistics, but several significant issues remain for those who deliver health care and other wellness services. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released its annual rankings … More Marin Second Healthiest County in California – While Worse than State Average for Income Inequality

California Chief Justice Urges Sessions and Kelly to Stop Stalking Immigrants

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye sent a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on March 16, urging federal authorities to stop “stalking” undocumented immigrants at state courthouses. Here is the letter: Dear Attorney General Sessions and Secretary Kelly: As Chief Justice of California responsible for the safe and fair delivery … More California Chief Justice Urges Sessions and Kelly to Stop Stalking Immigrants

Marin County Resolution for Immigrants

With Board of Supervisors  resolution, relationship of trust and respect urged for everyone (County Press Release): Social equity has been a top priority for the County of Marin for many years, and the Board of Supervisors emphasized its importance again after the Marin community expressed concerns about the changing immigration policy in Washington, D.C. At … More Marin County Resolution for Immigrants

California Appropriations Committee Vote 5-0 to Approve Religious Freedom Act

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Religious Freedom Act (Senate Bill 31) by a vote of 5-0 with two members abstaining. Sen. Ricardo Lara introduced the California Religious Freedom Act (S.B. 31).  Senate Bill 31 prevents California agencies from sharing data that could be used to compile a federal registry based … More California Appropriations Committee Vote 5-0 to Approve Religious Freedom Act

Marin Youth Still Targeted by Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

Statewide survey shows addictive products edge out healthy alternatives San Rafael, CA – A statewide review of tobacco, alcohol and food products in community stores shows unhealthy products edge out healthier ones, and Marin retailers near schools sell addictive products aimed at youths. “Healthy retail is an important part of community health,” said Dr. Matt … More Marin Youth Still Targeted by Tobacco, Alcohol Ads

Surgery Today for Precedent-Setting Transgender Former Inmate

Formerly Incarcerated, Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, Scheduled for Surgery Today, February 10 San Francisco, Calif. (February 10, 2017) – Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, most notably known for setting a precedent that the state of California needs to provide gender reassignment surgery for trans inmates, is finally undergoing her surgery today, February 10. In April 2015, in the landmark decision … More Surgery Today for Precedent-Setting Transgender Former Inmate

What Trump’s Inauguration Means to this Jewish Mother Lesbian Activist

As I write this it has come to my attention that Trump has been sworn in and within minutes the Department Of Labor has removed all reference to LGBT equality while the White House has removed reference to climate change from their respective websites…. I was awakened this morning at about 4.00 am by the formidable and … More What Trump’s Inauguration Means to this Jewish Mother Lesbian Activist

Influenza Widespread in Marin, Bay Area

Public Health Officer says it’s not too late to get a flu shot San Rafael, CA – County public health departments around the Bay Area are announcing that influenza activity is increasing and has reached “widespread” levels. Areas with the most influenza activity in the state include the Bay Area. Flu transmission in Marin County … More Influenza Widespread in Marin, Bay Area

Appeal by Family After Trans Teen Suicide

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255 Call for acceptance: “Remember how loving and passionate an activist Jai was…. Together we can make this world safer and softer for youth like Jai by treating everyone we meet with dignity and respect no matter how different they may appear.” After Bakersfield police confirmed that search crews found the body … More Appeal by Family After Trans Teen Suicide

Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination in 38 U.S. Metro Areas

Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California, National Fair Housing Alliance, and 19 Civil Rights Groups File Federal Lawsuit Over Neglected Foreclosures SAN RAFAEL, CA -Today, Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (formerly Fair Housing of Marin), the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and19 other local fair housing organizations from across the United States filed a housing discrimination lawsuit against Fannie Mae in federal district court in San Francisco, California.  The lawsuit alleges that Fannie Mae maintains and markets its foreclosures (also known as real estate owned or “REO” properties) … More Mortgage Giant Fannie Mae Accused of Racial Discrimination in 38 U.S. Metro Areas

Marin Rallies to Reject President Elect

Over a thousand rally behind high school organizers   By Melanie Nathan, Nov 20, 2016. San Rafael -“REJECT THE PRESIDENT ELECT” – “LOVE TRUMPS HATE” reverberated down 4th Street, San Rafael, Marin County as over 1000 people marched and rallied peacefully, to protest the looming Trump presidency.  Clearly Donald J. Trump is not a popular man … More Marin Rallies to Reject President Elect

Bank Accused of Redlining and Violating Fair Housing Act

CALIFORNIA REINVESTMENT COALITION AND FAIR HOUSING ADVOCATES OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FILE FAIR HOUSING COMPLAINT, URGING IMMEDIATE HUD INVESTIGATION INTO CIT GROUP’S ONE WEST BANK By Melanie Nathan, November 17, 2016. Yesterday, two nonprofit organizations formally filed a complaint requesting that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) investigate whether CIT Group violated and … More Bank Accused of Redlining and Violating Fair Housing Act

Marin County Passes Anti Discrimination Rental Subsidy Ordinance

 By Melanie Nathan, Nov 17, 2016. Fair Housing Anti discrimination measures extended to tenants with rental subsidies To further its commitment to promote housing affordability and housing equity in one of the nation’s most expensive places to live, the County of Marin took a historic step November 8 to establish equal opportunities for lower-income families, … More Marin County Passes Anti Discrimination Rental Subsidy Ordinance

Lawsuit Filed Seeking Information on ICE Policies for Asylum Seekers

San Francisco – The ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP), the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies at UC Hastings College of the Law (CGRS), and pro bono counsel at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila (RSHC) today filed suit against the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for refusing to release … More Lawsuit Filed Seeking Information on ICE Policies for Asylum Seekers

Marin County Vegetation Biodiversity Plan in Final Review

Two meetings in October to assess decision process in maintaining public safety and protecting wildlife San Rafael, CA – With its 34 preserves and more than 16,000 pristine acres of undeveloped wild lands, the Marin County Open Space District is charged with both promoting environmental stewardship and protecting public safety. To help achieve these goals, the … More Marin County Vegetation Biodiversity Plan in Final Review

Marin BOS Takes Positions on Statewide Measures

Ballot contains 17 state propositions; Supervisors render stance on 13 There are 17 propositions on the statewide ballot for the November 8 General Election, and the Marin County Board of Supervisors has taken positions on 13 of them. The Board of Supervisors discussed the ballot measures at length during its September 20 meeting and continued … More Marin BOS Takes Positions on Statewide Measures

Sacramento Church Lease will not be renewed due to Hate by Pastor Jiminez

After self proclaimed Pastor Roger Jiminez launched his hate attack and slandered the lives and memories of the 49 massacred LGBTQIA in Orlando, people from all over California traveled to Sacramento to protest outside the Church.  The protests were robust and heartfelt and Jiminez  is now starting to feel the brunt of one certain fact … More Sacramento Church Lease will not be renewed due to Hate by Pastor Jiminez

Headliner and Performers Announced for 2016 San Francisco Pride Celebration

PEACHES TO HEADLINE THE 46TH ANNUAL SF PRIDE CELEBRATION  | TWO DAYS AND OVER 20 ENTERTAINMENT VENUES ARE PLANNED TO CELEBRATE THE DIVERSITY OF THE LGBT COMMUNITY, COMMEMORATE LGBT HISTORY AND EDUCATE ATTENDEES ON TOPICS OF RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE  San Francisco, CA – SF Pride will culminate its 2016 Celebration at Civic Center with … More Headliner and Performers Announced for 2016 San Francisco Pride Celebration

Did Padres Participate in Out at the Park Homophobia

” Out at the Park event at Petco Park turns into mass homophobia” – SDGLN Headline. According to SDGLN: The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus (SDGMC) didn’t get a chance to sing the National Anthem at The annual “Out at the Park” event at Petco Park on Saturday, instead their microphones were turned off, and … More Did Padres Participate in Out at the Park Homophobia

Help Push California AB 1888 to stop funding for Bigotry against LGBT Students

Equality California is urging action – please alert you California lawmakers to pass AB 1888. Read on: “Californians don’t like discrimination.  Over the past 15 years, that’s been abundantly clear as our state has passed some of the world’s strongest laws protecting LGBT people. But did you know there are islands of discrimination within California … More Help Push California AB 1888 to stop funding for Bigotry against LGBT Students

Meet and Greet San Francisco Pride 2016 Celebrity Grand Marshals

San Francisco, CA – On Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00-9:00 PM, San Francisco Pride and AsiaSF are hosting a Meet-n-Greet with the cast of the trailblazing Fuse TV docu-series TRANSCENDENT. The TV show features a group of talented trans women from San Francisco, Bambiana, Bionka, L.A., Nya, and Xristina, as they navigate their professional, personal … More Meet and Greet San Francisco Pride 2016 Celebrity Grand Marshals

Marin County Confirms Case of Zika Virus

 San Rafael, CA – Today, the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed Marin’s first Zika virus infection. The disease was contracted by an individual who was in Central America recently. The spread of the Zika virus occurs primarily through infected Aedes mosquitoes, which have not been detected in Marin. Due to … More Marin County Confirms Case of Zika Virus

Lesbian Icon Sally Miller Gearhart Honored by San Francisco Pride

San Francisco Pride has announced lesbian icon Sally Miller Gearhart as the recipient of the Heritage of Pride, Pride Freedom Award, as chosen by the SF Pride Board of Directors, for outstanding contributions to advancing civil rights and freedom for LGBTQ people. “I am honored to receive the Heritage of Pride – Pride Freedom Award … More Lesbian Icon Sally Miller Gearhart Honored by San Francisco Pride

Free The Nipple To Protest Trump in Bay Area

Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump will be in Burlingame, California on Friday and so will the members and allies of Free The Nipple. The California GOP Convention will be held near SFO, and Free The Nipple will be there to protest Trump’s hateful rhetoric and offer a positive alternative: the Equal Rights Amendment. The old … More Free The Nipple To Protest Trump in Bay Area