Karen Ocamb

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti to LGBTQ Community on Coronavirus: Be Leaders, Save Lives

The LGBTQ community is not invisible to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been a strong ally for decades. He is keenly aware that his emergency order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is an inconvenience – [...]

Who can Defeat Trump? Preview of HRC/CNN Town Hall

To paraphrase Oda Mae Brown in "Ghost," democracy, you in danger, girl. This profound and dreadful moment in American history is worse than Watergate and far worse than the House impeachment of President Bill Clinton for lying about his affair with [...]

Breaking: Rep. Katie Hill calls for Trump's impeachment

Rep. Katie Hill, an out bisexual from Southern California's 25th District, announced her decision to vote for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. "I believe in our country, in the Constitution, and in the checks and balances we have in [...]

Out NFL Bisexual Ryan Russell Just Wants to Play

LOS ANGELES — It was a long two days. NFL free agent Ryan Russell came out twice in a personal column on ESPN on Aug. 29 and during the subsequent whirlwind of press — first as a bisexual and second as a defensive end who writes poetry and [...]

An Apparent Trump Win is Really a Huge Trans Victory

On first reading, the Reuters headline seemed like dismal news for transgender military servicemembers and advocates fighting the Trump trans ban. "U.S. Court Lets Trump Transgender Military Ban Stand, Orders New Review," the longtime wire service [...]

Emma González's Summer of Activism

LOS ANGELES — Emma González is famous now. She'd rather be enjoying the summer before college hanging out with friends. But the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, stole away that carefree freedom, [...]

Tammy Baldwin Under Vicious Attack in Re-Election Bid

"I had a lovely visit to Northern California. It's sunny and it was a welcome weekend away from the mess that is Washington, D.C. right now," says out Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, casually tossing off the understatement of the year. Baldwin was in [...]

Pelosi, Speaking Out

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is the embodiment of the feminist adage "the personal is political." She celebrated part of her 78th birthday at an LGBT equality weekend in Palm Springs, which she declared a "fabulous" fundraiser for the [...]

Joy Reid's Cathartic Public Apology (Video)

Perhaps this is what is meant by the phrase "standing in your truth." MSNBC anchor Joy Reid's opening to her popular AM Joy Saturday morning show was riveting. No frills, no fanfare, no histrionics. Just Joy-Ann Reid looking into the camera for four [...]

Family Research Council Whines, Fundraises Off Subpoenas from Trans Servicemembers Lawsuit

The Family Research Council posits itself as nonprofit advocacy group advancing "faith, family and freedom in public policy and the culture from a Christian worldview." Citing FRC's words and actions, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) dubbed [...]

Federal Judge in Seattle Extends Injunction on Trans Military Ban

A U.S. Army sergeant flies the American flag from the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The pilots and crew chiefs fly American flags to present with certificates to service members as part of [...]

NCLR's Kate Kendell Steps Down and Into LGBT History

LGBT politicos nationwide were struck by the March 15 announcement that National Center for Lesbian Rights executive director Kate Kendell was stepping down after more than 22 years of service advancing social and economic justice through the lens [...]