Downtown Sacramento Will Come Alive With Summer EventsDowntown Concerts

The countdown to summer has begun and the Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP) has announced its summer events schedule for Cesar Chavez Plaza with the return of the weekly Certified Farmers’ Markets and Friday Night Concerts in the Park in May.

The DSP will also introduce two new events this year including I Heart Art, a weekly craft market featuring local artists and Music Mondays, a lunchtime concert series.

Read more: Downtown Sacramento


Report Reveals Efforts to Find the Right Message for Marriage EqualityFreedom to Marry

Analysis from 75 research studies on getting the right message out on same-sex marriage has been released in a new report by the Let California Ring coalition, a public education campaign on marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

The report, Moving Marriage Forward, is based on studies that were conducted in California and across the country. Freedom to Marry, a member of the Let California Ring coalition, compiled and analyzed the studies. The Let California Ring coalition is hosted by Equality California Institute.

Read more: Research on Marriage for Same-Sex Couples


Lt. Dan Choi Arrested at White House ProtestLt. Choi

Lt. Dan Choi, an openly gay Iraq war veteran who has been an outspoken opponent of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, and former Army infantryman Jim Pietrangelo were arrested Thursday, March 18, after chaining themselves to a fence at the White House.

Pietrangelo has been discharged from the military under DADT, and Choi has a case pending regarding his discharge.

Read more: Lt. Dan Choi Arrested at White House Protest


Remembering Howard Wayne KernWayne Kern

Howard Wayne Kern lost his courageous battle with Leukemia on March 9, 2010. One of Sacramento’s most respected and talented artists, Wayne made art his career for over twenty years.

Wayne “Bent and Twisted” his way into hundreds of homes and offices, the Crocker Art Gallery, the California State Fair (2002 & 2003) and numerous shops and galleries throughout Sacramento and Northern California. He was also featured in the Sacramento Bee on three different occasions.

Read more: Howard Wayne Kern


Comments Sought on LGBT Housing Discrimination Study

While there have been no national assessments of housing discrimination targeting the LGBT community, there is a body of evidence suggesting this sort of bias exists, according to HUD.

To help fill that void, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has launched a new web site that allows citizens to comment on the design of an unprecedented national study that will examine housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Read more: LGBT Housing Discrimination Study


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