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

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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.


Bear Alert: Fresno Police Chief Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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Though Fresno's Police Chief Jerry Dyer was originally going to just write a check to support ALS, he instead decided to get in on the ice bucket sensation and donate. And rather than just take the challenge in full uniform (like a certain superhero we know), the chief decided to take it off to feel the full brunt of the challenge.

Watch the 2 videos (part 1 and 2) that may have some of you saying "woof", HERE and HERE.

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Drone Captures Aftermath Of Napa's 6.0 Earthquake: VIDEO

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The 6.0 quake that hit Napa County, California early Sunday morning was the largest to hit the bay area in 25 years. The U.S.G.S. has estimated the damage from the earthquake may be as much as $1 billion. Scores of people were also injured and several historical buildings were damaged.

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California Bill Could Allow Same Sex Parents To List Selves On Birth Certificates

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AB 1951, a bill that would allow a child’s birth certificate to reflect same-sex parentage, is making its way through the California assembly after passing with a preliminary 50-8 vote. Sponsored by Equality California and written by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, the bill now awaits approval from California Governor Jerry (D.)

Currently birth certificates issued in California only allow for a child’s parents to be identified as mother and father. In the past, parents were only given the option to leave father blank in the event, for example, a child were born to two mothers. In addition to allowing for same sex couples to be listed as the legal parents of a child, AB 1951 also allows for a third, non-gendered identification “parent.”

"Every child deserves a parent or parents who love them, and AB 1951 will ensure an accurate representation of the child's family.” said Equality California’s executive director-elect Rick Zbur in a press release. "Birth certificates reflect real rights and responsibilities, and it's important to have them reflect the progression of what defines family."

More than a semantical issue, AB 1951 seeks to address the needs of California’s growing population of over 15,000 same-sex parents. Inaccuracies on birth certificates, even those resulting from the lack of proper identification boxes being provided, can cause significant problems for parents seeking to gain access to necessary identity governmental records, or enrolling a child in school.

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