Sacramento’s Got Rainbow TalentTerry Sidie

Do you think you have what it takes to perform on the stage of Rainbow Festival 2010? If so, the Festival organizers want to see your act as they begin a search to fill the stages at this year’s Festival.

With a call out for local bands, acts, singers and performers of all types, the Rainbow Festival is looking to supplement the nationally known acts that headline the Festival each year with the best local talent Sacramento has to offer.

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Pioneers Reclaim Pride1970 Pride Marchers

by Mark Segal

This year, Gay Pride seems to be going on and on — especially for those of us who marched or help plan the first Gay Pride March in New York City on June 28, 1970.

While we knew it’s historic importance at the time, we often think that others have forgotten us, the reasons for that first march or its true significance.

Last Sunday proved to be a catharsis for many of us. On the 40th anniversary of the first parade, those of us who marched, marshaled or planned that event marched as a group with the banner “Original Marchers June 28, 1970.”

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DOMA Section Ruled Unconstitutional

By Boyce Hinman
In a stunning victory for the LGBTI community, a federal judge in Massachusetts has ruled that the US Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. The decision by judge Joseph Tauro came in decisions in two separate cases.

In the first case, the state of Massachusetts sued the US Department of Health and Human Services. In its briefs, the state said that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violates the state’s right under the federal constitution to sovereign authority to define and regulate the marital status of its residents. The state alleged that the Defense of Marriage Act is based on prejudice and forces the state to discriminate against its own citizens.

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Turkey Police want to Friend you on FacebookIstanbull

By Doug Hitchcock & Mark Jenkins

While sitting in the holding cell at Ataturk airport jail, we watched every man on the force update his Facebook status two or three times an hour. We couldn’t see what was so interesting, but it was probably just the language barrier …

Yep, we spent three action packed and fun filled days in a Turkish jail, experiencing the greatest incompetency and disorganization of the Turkish legal system and meeting the kindest and most gracious people along the way. We will always recall the elegant Turkish business man who lent us his attorney to get us out and the perky Russian prostitute, Nilu, who interpreted English to Russian and her co-worker who translated the Russian to Turkish for us.

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HUD Provides Housing Guidelines for Transgendered

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has provided new guidance on the Fair Housing Act, instructing HUD staff that discrimination against transgender people can be addressed under the existing federal law’s ban on gender discrimination.

The new policy, announced on July 1, 2010, offers additional help to transgender people who experience discrimination.

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