thefightAmid the sexual harassment controversy surrounding Harvey Weinstein, The Weinstein Co. has “decided to withdraw” from Outfest’s Legacy Awards where the company was set to be honored as a corporate trailblazer by the LGBTQ festival later this month, reports The Los Angeles Times.

The festival’s executive director Christopher Racster, in a letter to “Outfest friends and family,” said that after conversations with the company, the following message was received this morning:

laglcPrEP may be increasingly popular among gay and bisexual men but has yet to catch on with transgender and gender non-conforming people.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center is seeking volunteers for a study delving into the reasons why, particularly since transgender women have a high rate of HIV infection.

This is the first PrEP study focusing specifically on transgender and gender non-conforming people. Participants will be monitored during the time they take the HIV prevention pill and compensated for their time.

“It’s a population that is at very high risk for HIV infection,” says Risa Flynn, the Center’s Health Services Senior Manager of Research. “But there’s some reluctance to be on PrEP or be part of the study at all. What we’ve found with studies like this is it takes time for word of mouth to spread.”

laglcOctober 5, 2017 - Today U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a memo to federal attorneys and agency directors that reverses a civil rights law protecting transgender people from discrimination in the workplace. This edict reverses the Obama Administration’s decision in 2014 to include gender identity as an additional protection under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act already given to categories of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion.

Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Policy and Community Building Dave Garcia issued the following statement:

“Reversing the Obama Administration policy that protects transgender people against discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act is one more shameful example of the Trump Administration’s ongoing war against the rights of LGBT people in this country.

laglcStarting in October, new and returning participants of all backgrounds and fitness levels will get a training jumpstart for next summer’s AIDS/LifeCycle through a series of special Southern California events, including a Kickoff Ride and a “Day on the Ride.”

“These events are a great way to get into your AIDS/LifeCycle experience. It’s a monumental, life-changing event for everyone who commits to the challenge and crosses the finish line in Los Angeles,” said AIDS/LifeCycle Ride Director Tracy Evans. “Not only will you be supporting two organizations that have been at the forefront in the fight against the disease, but you will also discover why we RIDE in the name of LOVE so that many may LIVE. We’ve made remarkable progress since the disease was first discovered in 1981, but the AIDS epidemic is far from over.”

wehoreadsThe City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program, the West Hollywood Library, the Friends of the West Hollywood Library, and Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre will celebrate the sixth anniversary of the opening of the West Hollywood Library.

On Friday, October 6, 2017 at 7 p.m., there will be a free open dress rehearsal of Back in Circulation by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. Light refreshments, provided by the Friends of the West Hollywood Library, will be served. Admission is free but space is limited and RSVPs are required. For more information, please visit the event invitation on Facebook at http://bit.ly/WeHoReads6thAnniv.

wehocitylogoThe City of West Hollywood is a co-sponsor of JQ International’s Teen Jewish Queer Straight Alliance’s (Teen JQSA) forum Today’s Teens: Voices of Queer and Ally Youth. The event will take place on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City of West Hollywood’s Council Chambers/Public Meeting Room, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. There will be a brunch at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 12 p.m.

Presented in partnership with BJE Impact, this unique, interfaith program will provide a forum for open and honest discussion with LGBTQ and ally teenagers as they navigate some of the most transformative years of their lives.

The panel will be moderated by teen sensation and YouTube influencer ElloSteph, and will feature five LGBTQ and ally teens who will provide a candid and enlightening look into their lives while sparking discussions and opportunities for audience participation.

The event is free to attend; RSVPs are requested by registering at www.JQInternational.org/TodaysTeens.

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