laglcIn response to President Trump’s order to ban immigrants and refugees from seven countries from entering the United States, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean issued the following statement:

“Banning refugees from coming to the U.S. is not only heartless, it’s un-American and clearly unconstitutional. Those who are fleeing violence, persecution and war in their home countries are already the most vetted people who enter the U.S., undergoing background and screening processes that take at least 18 months. Among those who will be particularly harmed by this order are LGBT people in the targeted countries where the current crisis makes it more likely they’ll face persecution, violence and even death because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Representatives from the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Lambda Legal, LA Pride / Christopher Street West and other individuals spoke this past Friday at a Town Hall meeting that focused on challenges that face the Gay community because of the Trump presidency. 

The Town Hall was held at The Fiesta Hall at Plummer Park and sponsored by the I Love Me Foundation, a non-profit Advocacy group for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence.

laglcIn response to President Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to serve on the United States Supreme Court, Los Angeles LGBT Center CEO Lorri L. Jean issued the following statement:

“I’m extremely concerned by President’s Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. His judicial philosophy and record is as out of the mainstream as any nominee could be, and the fact that he describes himself as the ‘second coming of Antonin Scalia’—the most notoriously anti-LGBT Justice to ever serve on the nation’s highest court—should be alarming to all. We urge all fair-minded people to call their senators and urge them to conduct an extreme vetting of Judge Gorsuch. If he cannot unequivocally say that the Supreme Court’s decisions upholding the constitutional freedom and equality of LGBT people over the last 20 years are—and will—remain the law of the land, then he must be rejected.”

jamesfrancoLA Times | Robert Abele | To watch James Franco go from radiant, intellectually curious gay activist to brooding anti-homosexual Christian in “I Am Michael” is a physical, facial and interior transformation worth your ticket/streaming price alone.

It’s fascinating, like a winged creature of color and movement trying a reverse metamorphosis, back into a shell represented by conservatively cut hair, crisp dress shirts and stony eyes. It’s a different identity, that’s for sure. But is this person really the “true self” his character claims to care so much about finding?

Director Justin Kelly’s first feature — although the second to get released (his sophomore movie “King Cobra,” also starring Franco, arrived last year) — is a soberly stylish, impressively non-judgmental portrait of a controversial real-life case of transformation.

moonlightLA Times | Tre'vell AndersonThe Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Assn. announced Thursday winners of its annual Dorian Film Awards.

“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-nominated tale about a young black boy in Miami growing up and grappling with his sexuality, led the pack with five awards. Also recognized were Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land,” Viola Davis and the late Carrie Fisher.

The honors for “Moonlight” included awards for best film of the year and best LGBTQ film, as well as for Jenkins’ winning for best director and screenplay. Mahershala Ali won for best actor. Trevante Rhodes, who played one-third of the picture’s lead role, also was recognized with the group’s rising star award, named after Oscar Wilde.

Davis was recognized as best actress for her turn in “Fences.”

west hollywood logoWEHOville.com | The West Hollywood City Council last night grappled with ways to support the troubled annual L.A. Pride event, suggesting that the city might integrate some of its own LGBT events into the June Pride festival to fill its gaps.

At last night’s city council meeting, Councilmember John D’Amico noted that the city’s One City One Pride events focus on LGBT history and culture. Christopher Street West (CSW), the non-profit that stages the annual L.A. Pride events, has been criticized for focusing instead on entertainment for a young audience, an audience which enjoyed the event according to research by a consultant engaged by CSW. Last year One City One Pride included 94 events over 40 days, including a tour of local spots with historic and cultural significance to the LGBT community.

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