Holiday Shopping and More!

It’s that time of year, again, when we all try to balance family and friends against blatant consumerism. And more often than not, that balance comes out just right. With this issue of Outword we usher in the Holiday Season with this first part of a two part series. We call it Holiday Shopping One. Stay tuned for number Two. Because we all know who Number Two works for, don’t you..?

Read more: Holiday Shopping One is Out Now!



A serialized novel by Darrell Scheidegger Jr., This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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The three women stare at one, then the other, for what seems like forever.  It’s the climactic scene at the cemetery in the last minutes of “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”  Except these girls don’t have guns.

Finally, Abby speaks.  “I invited Deb.”

Read more: Out & About in Midtown - Chapter 10


Transgender Day of Remembrance

Commentary by Roman Venalonzo

Today, we remember transgender people from around the world – and right here in California – who have been stolen from their families and their communities by anti-transgender violence.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an opportunity to remember, and it is also a critical opportunity to commit to working toward a future without anti-transgender bias and the hate crimes that have taken too many people from our communities.

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Gay Skate Night, Drag Queens on Ice

Gay Skate Night, Drag Queens on Ice, was a huge success! Held Wednesday, Nov. 18 it was the largest Gay Skate Night yet, and raised $1,820 for the Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus, The NorCal AIDS Cycle and Golden Rule Services.

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HRC Releases LGBT Equality Scores of California Companies in 2016 Corporate Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has released the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, an annual report assessing LGBT inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including 100 in California.

Corporate America, propelled by HRC and its foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI), has led the way on LGBT inclusion for more than a decade. As the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, the 2016 CEI unveiled that a record 407 businesses – spanning nearly every industry and geography — earned a top score of 100 percent and the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”

Read more: HRC Releases LGBT Equality Scores of California Companies


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