Whether it’s a phone bank, a letter writing effort, or marching in the streets, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Resistance Squad has repeatedly been called into action over the past 12 months.

“I love the Resistance Squad,” member Jennifer Rivers said as squad members participated in the Keep the Dream Act Alive March in Westwood in February. “You get a call, something happens,and you’re there.”

The volunteer-based rapid response team was launched in the months after the 2016 presidential election when nerves were raw and spirits low.

Karl Schmid is a good-natured, Red Carpet kind of guy, reporting on stories such as the Oscars and the Vanity Fair after-Oscars party for KABC, the local Los Angeles ABC network affiliate. Unbeknownst to most of the city or celebrities he was schmoozing, Schmid had a secret that his colleagues advised him to keep in the closet.

But on March 23, he’d had enough, took to Facebook and at 9:03pm announced that he’s been HIV positive for 10 years.

March has been a dramatic month for Palm Springs residents, bringing rain showers, three St. Patrick’s Day fatalities, and a scandalous murder trial all in the course of a few weeks. Thankfully, the desert city and LGBTQ+ oasis is looking to make some positive moves in the near future when it comes to protecting their younger inhabitants. On Monday, March 12, the newest Sanctuary Palm Springs location opened its doors to LGBTQ+-identifying youth looking for transitional housing and foster homes.

A nonprofit organization that quickly grew from an outreach program in someone’s house into a full-fledged movement with many an impassioned employee, Covenant House California recently acquired a well-deserved and generous grant from Bank of America. The bestowment of $200,000 will help Covenant House not only continue the work they’ve been doing, but also expand upon it in order to better accommodate the 40 percent of LGBTQ and 10% of transgender homeless youth that it assists in the greater Los Angeles area.

Carl Blea was shot while holding hands with his husband, Mark Lange, in Puerto Vallarta. The men say Mexican media are not portraying the attack for what it was: a hate crime, reports The Advocate.

Carl Blea and Mark Lange were holding hands as they walked to their Puerto Vallarta condo after leaving a nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning. A man began yelling at them and when they turned around, he fired a gun, which pierced Blea’s thigh.

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