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Chick-fil-A Banned From High School Fundraiser Over CEO's Opposition to Gay Marriage: VIDEO

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A Venture County, California high school has barred a booster club from selling Chick-fil-a sandwiches on campus because of the company's position on gay marriage. 

In the past, the fast food chain's CEO Dan Cathy has made his displeasure with LGBT equality well-known, including saying that America is "inviting God's judgement" by letting gays marry.  

CBS Los Angeles reports:

Ventura High School Principal Val Wyatt told the Ventura County Star that the football booster club could not sell Chick-fil-A sandwiches at Wednesday’s back-to-school night because the restaurant’s beliefs could offend some students and their parents.

“With their political stance on gay rights and because the students of Ventura High School and their parents would be at the event, I didn’t want them on campus,” Wyatt told the newspaper.

ArriagaEvery principal has the discretion to invite community groups or businesses onto their campuses.

“We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus and all of our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission,” Ventura Unified School District Superintendent Trudy Tuttle Arriaga said.

Check out CBSLA's report on the story, including reactions from parents and students on both sides of the issue, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last week, we reported S. Truett Cathy, the Chick-fil-A founder who shaped the fast food chain's corporate culture around his Southern Baptist belifs, had died. 

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Founder Of Internatonal Gay & Lesbian Review Guilty Of Sex With Underage Boys - VIDEO

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Walter Lee Williams, the founder of the International Gay & Lesbian Review, has pleaded guilty to having sex with underage boys he met online, reports The Desert Sun.

Williams was a Fulbright Scholar, a tenured professor at the University of Southern California, and the founder of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. His 1998 book The Spirit and the Flesh: Sexual Diversity in American Indian Culture, won the Gay Book of the Year Award from the American Library Association, The Ruth Benedict Award from the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists, and the Award for Outstanding Scholarship from the World Congress for Sexology. Jpeg

According to the FBI, under the guise of academic research, Williams traveled to the Philippines and elsewhere to have sex with underage boys. Ten victims between ages 9 and 17 have been identified.

He pleaded guilty last Friday to one federal count of engaging in illicit sexual contact in foreign places.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors have agreed to recommend a prison sentence of no more than five years, 10 years of supervised release, lifetime registration as a sex offender and $25,000 in restitution to be divided between seven of his victims.

Richard L. Arlington, a one-time roommate of Williams’, was arrested last year in connection with the case. Arlington, who shared illicit computer images of children with Williams, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and will be sentenced November 17th.

Williams and Arlington were members of the Buddhist Universal Association in Los Angeles, which advocated for “extreme sexual freedoms,” according to the FBI.

District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez set December 15th for Williams’ sentencing.

Watch a 2013 FBI report on Williams' arrest, AFTER THE JUMP...

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San Diego Man Accused of Knowingly Spreading HIV Ordered to Stay Off Dating Websites

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Thomas Guerra, the 29-year-old San Diego man accused of knowingly exposing an ex-boyfriend and potentially dozens of other men to HIV has been ordered by a judge to no longer use Internet dating sites, including the site where he met victims. 

The Los Angeles Times reports:

A criminal complaint against Thomas Miguel Guerra lists one alleged victim. But officials from the city attorney's office said the investigation is continuing and more victims may be added.

Guerra has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge, which carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

Superior Court Judge Dan Link rejected a request from the city attorney's office to increase bail for Guerra, now living in Imperial Beach.

But Link approved a request from the prosecutor to order Guerra to stay away from Internet dating sites as a condition of remaining free on bond.

Guerra, who is also known as Ashton Chavez, currently faces a maximum of six months in prison and a $1,000 fine. However, his alleged victim is hopeful that additional text message records could prompt prosecutors to upgrade the case to a felony, punishable with up to eight years in prison.


San Diego Man Charged With Willfully Exposing Boyfriend To HIV - VIDEO

Thomas Guerra

The San Diego City Attorney's Office has charged a 29-year-old man with knowingly exposing an ex-boyfriend to HIV, who is now testing positive. Thomas Guerra has also been accused of infecting 24 other men with HIV, reports Gawker.

Guerra's unnamed accuser said that he was messaged by a man on Facebook who told him of Guerra’s HIV positive status.

The accuser also said that he discovered a number of text messages on Guerra's phone allegedly implicating him:

"Texts where he's stating he's negative to people then bragging to others about giving people his 'positive load.’ It's crude, it's...I don't know how someone could treat another individual like that."

Guerra, who is also known as Ashton Chavez, currently faces a maximum of six months in prison and a $1,000 fine. However, his alleged victim is hopeful that additional text message records could prompt prosecutors to upgrade the case to a felony, punishable with up to eight years in prison.

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Ban On 'Gay Panic' Defense Passes California Assembly, Heads To Governor Jerry Brown

JerrybrownUnder California state law, murder charges can be reduced to manslaughter if it is shown that the act took place suddenly or in the heat of the moment. These events could be deemed "panic" killings, but as of now it is viable for killers to suggest that a person's gender or sexual identity triggered the "panic." If AB2501, which passed the California Assembly in a 50-10 vote on Wednesday, is approved by Governor Jerry Brown, the "gay panic" defense will no longer be allowed in courts. 

The Sacramento Bee reports:

AB2501 by Democratic Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla of Concord would bar defendants from using their victims' gender or sexual orientation to support a so-called panic defense.

Bonilla says such defenses legitimize violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The American Bar Association urged governments to curtail the use of panic defenses. The gay rights group Equality California says California would have the first statewide prohibition.

Governor Brown has a good track record with LGBTQ issues; hopefully the Golden State is on its way to making history with this new legislation. 

Mills College Becomes First All-Women's School to Welcome Transgender Students

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Yesterday, Mills College in Oakland, California, became the first all-women’s college in the U.S. to openly welcome transgender and gender nonconforming students, reports Think Progress.

Last December, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill providing unprecedented protections for transgender students in the state.

Mills College is one of 119 single-sex universities across the U.S., 48 of which are women’s colleges.

According to Brian O’Rourke, vice president of enrollment and admissions, about three to five of the college’s 1,000 undergraduates identify as transgender or gender non-conforming every year.

The new policy allows for numerous ways to accommodate transgender students while still maintaining an identity as a women’s college:

  • The college welcome any student who self-identifies as a woman, regardless of what sex she was assigned at birth.

  • Applicants “who do not fit into the gender binary” are welcome provided they were assigned “female” at birth.

  • Female students who enroll but later identify as a man may stay and graduate.

  • The policy does not apply to undergraduate students who were assigned “female” at birth but who already legally identify as a man.

Last month we reported that George Fox University in Oregon and The California Baptist University continue to legally discriminate against transgender students.  Under exemptions, George Fox University can legally discriminate against a transgender student who identifies as a man and was refused permission to reside in housing for male students.  In The California Baptist University case, a scholarship student was expelled by the university on the basis of “fraud” after she appeared on a reality television program to discuss her transgender identity.


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