Donna Ryu, Out Professor Selected for Federal Bench

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has announced the selection of Professor Donna M. Ryu for a full-time U.S. magistrate judge position to be located in Oakland.    Professor Ryu has served on the faculty of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law since 2002, where she taught and supervised students in the Hastings Civil Justice Clinic. Prior to joining the Hastings faculty, Professor Ryu was Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Women=s Employment Rights Clinic at Golden Gate University of Law in San Francisco.

LGBT Groups Support Haiti Relief

As lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, we know and have seen the power of a family standing together in support, and the pain of it falling away. Being part of the human family also comes with responsibility to our larger family. Today, our Haitian brothers and sisters are facing an enormous crisis and need our support.

Whatever members of the LGBT community may be doing as individuals in the wake of this tragedy, a community response is also necessary and appropriate. Please help to provide an organized LGBT community-wide response to this human catastrophe.

The Rainbow Word Fund Assists Haiti

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck the Caribbean island nation of Haiti on Tuesday, January 12 near the capital city, Port-au-Prince, causing widespread damage. Many buildings have collapsed and hundreds of dead are lying in the streets. Currently there is no official death toll, but thousands have been injured, hundreds of thousands are now homeless, and many remain unaccounted for. Water and power services are out due to the severe damage to Haiti’s already fragile infrastructure.

Since 2004, Rainbow World Fund has supported ongoing projects in Haiti focusing on improving nutrition and developing safe drinking water access. They have been able to help improve the lives of thousands of Haitians.

Eight men who hoped to compete in the first Mr. Gay China Pageant will not get that chance.  One hour prior to the event beginning, police officers shut down the event, citing, " did not do things according to procedures."  The winner would have gone to Oslo, Norway to compete in the Worldwide Mr. Gay Pageant in February.  Mr. Gay China organizers were not surprised, but obviously disappointed.

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Twitter Filtering Prop 8 Tweets

The Alliance Defense Fund has accused Twitter of removing tweets from their search index regarding the Proposition 8 trial.  Several Twitter accounts' tweets did not show up in search results, but surprising re-appeared after Twitter was contacted by attorneys for The Alliance Defense Fund.

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But 'New Times' Claims Gay Bashings Cause South Beach Exodus.

As New Times magazine wrote a feature blasting Miami for becoming less gay friendly, two important pieces of pro-equality legislation passed last week in Miami-Dade County.

On Wednesday, January 13, 2010, the City of Miami Beach unanimously passed a revised and strengthened Human Rights Ordinance. The ordinance strengthens the language and enforcement mechanisms against discrimination in the city. And on Thursday, January 14, 2010, the City of South Miami passed a Domestic Partnership Ordinance, which extends access to health insurance to domestic partners of city employees, just as is provided for spouses of employees.

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