Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

Gay labor calls for ENDA vigil Monday in SF

Pride at Work, an alliance of LGBT labor, has called for a 24-hour vigil beginning Monday, October 1 at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco office in an effort to put pressure on congressional Democrats to scuttle a version of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act that does not include gender identity.

Meeting in the city this weekend, Pride at Work also voted to oppose the current version of ENDA. As reported on the Bay Area Reporter’s Web site Thursday, Representative Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) announced that he’d introduce a version of ENDA this week that drops gender identity and gender expression. That decision was made after Democrats determined there were not enough votes to pass the trans-inclusive ENDA.

At a press conference Friday, Pride at Work Co-President T. Santora said the new version of ENDA is “unacceptable.”

“We’re not happy and we’ll express that very clearly to the speaker,” Santora said.

Pelosi is scheduled to be honored by the Human Rights Campaign at its national dinner October 6 in Washington, D.C. Pride at Work called for supporters to picket that event.

HRC has been notably silent regarding the changes to ENDA, legislation it has championed for years. On Friday, President Joe Solmonese issued a statement on his blog that said the group was not happy with last week’s developments.

Monday’s vigil starts at 8 a.m. outside the Federal Building, 450 Golden Gate Avenue. Participants are asked to wear black.

— Cynthia Laird, September 30, 2007 @ 11:35 am PST
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Guv signs sperm washing bill

State Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco) announced Tuesday, September 11 that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed her bill, SB443, to allow women to conceive safely with an HIV-positive partner through medical technology called “assisted reproduction.”

Reproductive technology has evolved to the point that it can now cleanse sperm of the human immunodeficiency virus but current law prevents would-be parents, where the father is HIV-positive, of taking advantage of these advances. In an attempt to lower the likelihood of HIV transmission during conception, Migden introduced SB 443 to allow couples to receive assisted reproduction under certain guidelines.


— Cynthia Laird, September 12, 2007 @ 9:45 am PST
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Idaho Sen. Craig announces resignation

Embattled Idaho Senator Larry Craig (R) announced Saturday, September 1 that he intends to resign his seat in the aftermath of his guilty plea to disorderly conduct stemming from his arrest following an incident in an airport men’s room.

Craig made the announcement outside the historic Idaho Depot. “I apologize for what I have done,” Craig said.

“I have limited control over what people say about me,” he said. “It is with sad and deep regret that I intend to resign, effective September 30.”

Last Tuesday, after news of his arrest and guilty plea broke, Craig said he is not gay.

Craig has served in the Senate for 18 years.

— Cynthia Laird, September 1, 2007 @ 9:45 am PST
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