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#KillTheSilence Resource Guide for Survivors of Sexual and Domestic Abuse

WYV RESOURCE GUIDE FOR HELP Here is a list of 24 Hour hotlines, shelters in the Bay Area, local legal services, resources, counseling, education and more. Wear Your Voice. Speak up, Speak out. You are not alone. #KillTheSilence2015 [highlight ] 24 Hour Hot Line[/highlight] A Safe Place 510.536.7233 Alameda County Medical Center | Oakland Consortium on...

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ALEX SCHMIDER: Los Angeles Trans* Heartthrob

When I was traveling through California, setting up pop-up shops for a company, we decided to hit up the Los Angeles LGBT Center and set up shop there. Upon arrival, this bright eyed, handsome transman introduced himself to me holding a fancy camera in his hands. Alex Schmider is the Assistant at The Center. The Los Angeles LGBT...

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Married Same-Sex Couples to Receive Benefits

This past month has been one awesome Gay Pride Month. On June 26th, America became GAYmerica; the 21st country to legalize gay marriage. Congrats, USA! First, same-sex couples gained the right to marry their loved ones (sad we even had to fight about it), then same-sex couples get extended the availability of benefits! Pop the champagne!...

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Your Queer Friendly Lesbian Guide to SF Pride

Image Credit Flickr user Charlie Nguyen via Creative Commons     This year is the first year that the ONLY lesbian bar that existed in San Francisco won’t be there anymore. The Lexington closed down due to gentrification from the tech boom. So where will all the lesbians be for SF Pride? Here is a run down...

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Ties to Love™’ and Trans Visibility

Image Courtesy Jack Jackson Have you noticed the pulse of Dappers wearing bow ties on Fridays? Well it might have to do with Jack Jackson’s Ties to Love™’ Campaign. Ties to Love™’, a movement created by Toronto based artist Jack Jackson has been built out of a labor of love for the gender non-conforming and trans community....

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Take The Pledge. End Rape Culture. #KillTheSilence.

When President Barack Obama took the reins of America back in 2008, he and Vice President Biden decided to try and fizzle out the burning embers of sexual assailants by reconditioning the men in our colleges. [highlight ]Be direct. Ask someone who looks like they may need help if they’re ok.[/highlight] The White House started an It’s On Us campaign...

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Chance Encounter With Transgender Funnyman Ian Harvie

Editor’s Note: This article is in part of an ongoing series titled One Suit One Story One Person, chronicling Natalie and their day to day life wearing the same suit everyday for a year . To find out more about Natalie and their project, read their story here.    Thursday I decided to hit the...

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Queer News Roundup

Earlier this week, there was a story floating around the internet about how a mother, Rachel Giordano, was scolded in Texas by a store clerk from Martha’s Minatures for supporting her daughter in wanting to try on a boy’s suit. Both Martha’s Minatures website and Facebook page has been taken down since the incident.  Apparently, the store clerk...