Love or Basketball

When Haley Videckis and Layana White first saw each other, it was — where else? — on the basketball court.

In February 2013, the women’s team at Arizona State University was facing off against its biggest rival, the University of Arizona. Videckis played for ASU, White played for U of A, and they both had a lot to prove.

“That game was lit,” Videckis remembered, laughing. ASU were down by 2 points when, 22 seconds before the buzzer sounded, Videckis sunk a 3-pointer — her third of the game — elbowing Arizona out of the lead for a final score of 59–58. White watched Videckis hit her incredible last-second shot and thought, Who is that girl?

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CA HIV Laws Changed

Any followers from California? How do you feel about this? Or even if you’re not from California, please tell me your thoughts. I’m not sure how to feel.

California updated its HIV laws on Friday, as Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that downgrades the crime of intentionally infecting a sexual partner with the virus from a felony to a misdemeanor.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the bill was authored by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), as today’s advances in the field of medicine now allow people with HIV to live longer, with a greatly reduced risk of transmitting the virus to someone else. Furthermore, the lawmakers emphasized that the change in California’s HIV laws would allow for the state to treat the virus like other serious infectious diseases.

“Today California took a major step toward treating HIV as a public health issue, instead of treating people living with HIV as criminals,” read a statement from Wiener.

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Inspiring Message from Kamala Harris

President Harris anyone???

Pride month came to a close on Friday, and while Donald Trump sent a clear message with his refusal to acknowledge it, especially in light of President Barack Obama celebrating it for eight years, Sen. Kamala Harris wanted LGBT people to know that she’s been on board for the fight for LGBT rights for more than a decade and that she’s ready to keep persisting.

In a video message posted to her Facebook page before the weekend, Harris, who recently caught national attention for her thorough grilling of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing on Russian election interference, sent a message to LGBT people to stay strong and focused.

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Wife of Pulse Shooter Arested

Well this is surprising news, I must say. I’m glad she’s been arrested, though. I’m tired of these women pleading ignorance when I’m quite sure the opposite is true.

Noor Salman, the widow of Pulse shooter Omar Mateen, has been arrested in California, where she faces charges for aiding and abetting, as well as obstruction of justice. After her husband killed 49 people inside Orlando’s gay nightclub this June, Salman relocated to San Francisco and will make her first appearance tomorrow.

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The problem with being gay in South Korea

I know we here in the US have it bad with all of the Ultra Conservatives all but calling for us to be burned at the stake, but we should remember that for the most part, we do have it better than those of our sisters and brothers in other countries.

Seoul, South Korea (CNN)Micky Kim remembers the day two years ago when he married Tony Ruse in California.

“All the people from City Hall suddenly came out and congratulated us,” he recalls.

“People who I don’t know are congratulating our marriage. But in (South) Korea, no-one even knows my marriage and I couldn’t even tell my family.”

As far as Micky’s relatives know, Tony is just his business partner at their recording studio in Seoul, South Korea’s capital.

When asked about his personal life at recent family event, Micky had his lines ready to go.

“It felt like I couldn’t breathe because now I had to suddenly pretend I’m a different person,” he recalls. “I put on this persona, and like ‘OK, I have a girlfriend and it’s been a year.’ I create these fake stories to cover up.”

He says he did the same thing when he worked as an intern at a major South Korean company.

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A Big LGBT Health Study Is Coming To The iPhone

We don’t know as much as we’d like about the role sexual orientation and gender identity play in health and wellness. And though there’s a clear need for it, comprehensive medical research into the health needs of the LGBT population can be tough to find. The Institute of Medicine summed it up this way in 2011: LGBT people “have unique health experiences and needs, but as a nation, we do not know exactly what these experiences and needs are.” It wasn’t until two years ago that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s annual National Health Interview Survey even accounted for sexual orientation.

Now, a team of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, is gearing up for what may prove to be the largest national study of LGBT health ever — and it’s using the iPhone to do it.

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Bathroom Police Could Collect $4,000 Bounty Under New California Ballot Initiative

This is sickening. Absolutely VILE. Though I am a biological woman, I would be terrified of entering a public toilet anywhere in California. I can’t imagine the humiliation to a transgender man or woman. I mean how do I know whether I am going to be assaulted by some Conservative crazy woman/man who demands that I drop my pants or lift my skirt so she can get her $4,000??? Harassment pure and simple. The grossest kind of harassment. But of course Conservative wackos ain’t gonna see it like that. Let’s turn everyone into a sexual predator so the real ones are safe, eh?

The blanket ban on transgender bathroom usage includes not only an enforcement mechanism, but an incentive to police other people’s gender. Modeled after a bill that failed in Kentucky earlier this year, the Act would create a civil claim against individuals for using the restroom in accordance with their gender identity, as well as against whatever government entity allows them to do so. “Such claim includes equitable relief and damages up to a maximum of three times the amount of actual damage but in no case less than $4,000, and attorney’s fees that may be determined by a court,” the proposed initiative reads. Anybody “whose privacy was actually violated” — presumably just by seeing a perceived-transgender person in the bathroom — or who decided not to use a bathroom because there was a perceived-transgender person inside would find relief under this claim. In other words, the law would place a bounty on transgender bathroom usage.

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California acts against poll measure to execute gays

I guess Christians are no longer commanded to love one another. What joyous people these are!

Los Angeles (AFP) – California announced legal action to suppress a “reprehensible” ballot initiative to outlaw homosexuality — on pain of execution — in the famously liberal US state.

The proposal — unlikely to advance, as it requires over 360,000 signatures to proceed — was submitted by lawyer Matthew McLaughlin to the California Attorney General’s office late last month.

The “Sodomite Suppression Act” ballot proposes that gay people “be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method.”

But the state’s Attorney General Kamala Harris said she was taking legal action to allow the state to effectively sideline the proposal.

“This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,” she said in a statement.

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Lawyer In California Proposes Killing Gays With ‘Sodomite Suppression Act’

We march ever closer to a Theocracy when issues like this arise.

A lawyer in California has submitted a ballot initiative with the state Department of Justice calling for the death of anyone who engages in sodomy in the state, the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports.

The proposal by Matt McLaughlin, who lists his address in Huntington Beach, was received by the initiative coordinator at the Office of the Attorney General on Feb. 26. Enclosed was a $200 check and the complete text of his “Sodomite Suppression Act.” The act outlines seven measures relating to those who engage in same-sex sodomy, “a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha.”

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Two Women Breastfeed This Baby

To be honest, I’ve never heard of this happening – even outside lesbian couples – but I know that breastfeeding an infant is a strong bonding period and for both mothers to be able to be involved is an amazing thing.

Three-week-old Sequoia is one lucky baby: She is breastfed by not one, but two women, her mothers Heidi and Mary Ellen Olson. The married couple from Santa Cruz, Calif. engage in a practice called “co-nursing,” in which they share breastfeeding duties.

“Our friends are fascinated by the fact that my wife and I both breastfeed our daughter,” Heidi, 26, a nanny and the baby’s birth mom, tells Yahoo Parenting. “We get a lot of, ‘Wow, that’s amazing!’ and ‘I didn’t know that was possible!’”

Induced lactation is indeed possible through dedicated nipple stimulation — either by putting baby to breast or with the aid of a breast pump — and is sometimes used by moms (and, very rarely, men) with adopted or surrogate children who want to breastfeed. Mary Ellen has opted for something called the Newman-Goldfarb protocol, a physician-developed approach that combines pumping with the taking of a drug called domperidone.

Heidi, who lactates on her own, gave birth to Sequoia at the couple’s home after a year-long struggle with endometriosis which included laparoscopic surgery to remove her ovarian cysts. She became pregnant through an intrauterine insemination (IUI), a process in which donor semen is implanted in the uterus with the help of a physician.

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