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A liberal gay atheist living in the heart of central California's Bible belt, surrounded by oranges, walnuts, dairies and Republicans. A 9-1-1 dispatcher by career, a blogger and computer nerd by choice. If your emergency requires a cop, a fireman, a paramedic, or a blog, I'm the guy you need to call!

Fresno’s Reel Pride Celebrates 25 years

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Beginning in a classroom at Fresno State 25 years ago, Reel Pride is now the 6th oldest, and one of the largest, LGBT film festivals in the United States.  The 25th festival begins on Wednesday, September 17, and runs through Sunday the 21st.  30 films will be screened at venues in Fresno’s historic Tower District.  For information on films and times, visit the Reel Pride website.

LGBT Youth Activism Growing in Rural Community

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In 2012, rural Tulare County, California, saw a first.  That was the year local LGBT activists set up a booth at the Tulare County Fair (and even won a first place ribbon and trophy!).  Continuing that historic trend in this bright red section of otherwise blue California, a brand new group in the small city of Tulare secured space and set up a table at the 2014 Tulare County Fair. The Tulare LGBT Alliance is continuing the outreach to the wider community, and is joining other organizations in Tulare County to spread the word.  Congratulations from Queerlandia to the Tulare LGBT Alliance!

While SCOTUS ponders marriage equality in 2014, a look back at Dallas 1981

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Steven (Slade) Childers, 1974

In March, 1981, United States District Court, N. D. Texas, Dallas Division, issued a ruling in the case Childers v. Dallas Police Department.  That ruling was the final act in a years-long legal battle between an openly gay Dallas city employee and the Dallas Police Department.

Reading the Court’s “MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER”, two things stand out. One might be considered reasonable, from a particularly legal standpoint. The other, however, seems to say it was unreasonable to expect employees of the Dallas Police Department to behave in a professional manner around a gay man!
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Grindr reactivates distance feature for most users

grindr_logoGrindr users in the United States and other western countries have had the distance feature of the gay hook-up and social app restored.  After reports that the app could be manipulated to determine the exact location of a user, Grindr disabled the capability.  In order to protect users in locations where they could be at risk of arrest or violence if discovered, Grindr has deactivated the distance display, and taken steps to prevent the ability to triangulate user’s locations from the app.  Other users have had the feature reactivated.

Grindr’s blog has posted the following information:

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Grindr disables distance feature amid safety concerns

grindr_logo The gay hookup app Grindr has disabled the distance feature amid concerns that a recently published exploit could allow the exact location of users to be determined.  Although the feature only listed the distance to another user, but no direction, it became known that it was possible to pinpoint someone’s location using the application.  Concern was immediately expressed for users in places where being gay can get you arrested and killed.  (One hopes the 134 users in North Korea are all secret police, and that they will spend their time chasing each other!)

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California Legislature Passes Bill Outlawing “Gay Panic” Defense

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California’s state legislature has passed and sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk a bill that will remove “gay panic” as a defense in murder cases.  AB 2501 was approved by the Assembly August 27, 2014 with a vote of 58 to 15.  It passed the Senate on August 26, with a vote of 25 to 9.  If Governor Brown signs the bill (as is expected), California will become the first state to say discovering someone is LGBT is not a reasonable cause to act violently in a crime of passion that results in death.

By claiming “gay panic”, defendants would attempt to lower charges from homicide to voluntary manslaughter.  This bill: Continue reading