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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: The Enchanted Manor, Valley Village, California

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

The Enchanted Manor - Valley Village, California

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Event Location in Valley Village, CA, USA. The Enchanted Manor is a magical outdoor facility for an intimate wedding setting. It includes a custom designed grotto pool area featuring three waterfalls, color pool light effect and stone patio, a gazebo bar, an outside fireplace lounge area, fire Pit, multi-level wood deck and custom moon lighting that cast shadows of tree branches on the ground. A honeymoon suite is also available.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: A & S Mobile Notary Officiant, Long Beach, California

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

A&S Mobile Notary Officiant - Long Beach

Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Officiants in Long Beach, CA, USA. We offer services that are of the highest standard and at extremely competitive rates. We offer a variety of ceremonies from elopement, to standard, to personalized individual ceremonies. We travel to any wedding location in the Southern California. We’re authorized by the County of Los Angeles to issue Confidential Marriage License., Let us stand in line. We can issue you the marriage license. We’re in the business of making your wedding dreams come true.

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Steps on Toes, Oakland, California

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Steps on Toes - Oakland, CAPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Miscellaneous in Oakland, CA, USA. Offering private lessons for your First Dance, Father/Daughter, Mother/Son, or Mother/Daughter, Father/Son should you so choose. Laurie Ann’s been teaching couples to dance at their weddings for over three decades. Bring music if you have it and we’ll help you create a dance that works with your personality and your song. Private lessons on an appointment basis only. In thirty years, Laurie Ann has never had a student she couldn’t teach!

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Derek Chad Photography, San Diego, California

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Derek Chad Photography - San Diego

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Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in San Diego, CA, USA. A fresh, artistic, documentary-style approach to wedding photography in Southern California! Derek takes a modern, un-posed, and informal approach to photography. He is able to capture all the special moments and emotions on your big day in a relaxed and artistic way. Contact Derek for more information!

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Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: Friedman Fotography, Sacramento, California

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Friedman Fotography - SacramentoPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Photography / Videography in Sacramento, CA, USA. Friedman Fotography has been in business since 2000, offering personal, natural, and incredibly affordable photography for weddings and other events. You get all the photos, an album, and a DVD with all the photos to do with as you wish. Covering your event from beginning to end, including both posed and candid photos, your album will tell the “photographic story” of your special day, for years of wonderful memories.

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Transgender Rights Update 7/2/14

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Transgender FlagWe had a number of transgender rights stories come across the wires today – enjoy!

USA: President Obama says he will sign an executive order to ban workplace discrimination against federal employees based on their gender identity. full story

USA: At the same time, Labor Department Secretary Ton Perez announced that non-discrimination protections will be extended to transgender employees.full story

USA, California: A new law that took effect yesterday will make it easier for transgender Californians to change their name and gender on state documents. full story

USA, Texas: A transgender woman in Austin was turned away from a lingerie store. full story

California Conversion Therapy Ban Survives Challenge

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

California MapThe California conversion therapy ban survived a legal challenge as the US Supreme Court refused to take on the case.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for enforcement of a first-of-its-kind California law that bars psychological counseling aimed at turning gay minors straight. The justices turned aside a legal challenge brought by supporters of so-called conversion or reparative therapy. Without comment, they let stand an August 2013 appeals court ruling that said the ban covered professional activities that are within the state’s authority to regulate and doesn’t violate the free speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that California lawmakers properly showed that therapies designed to change sexual orientation for those under the age of 18 were outside the scientific mainstream and have been disavowed by most major medical groups as unproven and potentially dangerous.

One bit of good news on an otherwise dismal Supreme Court rulings day.

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USA: NCLR Launches Initiative To Abolish “Conversion” Therapy Nationwide By 2019

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Born Perfect NCLR

Advocates of “conversion” therapy often promote the practice as a means for gay children and adults to successfully rid themselves of “unwanted sexual desires.” This aforementioned “conversion” is supposedly accomplished through a wide variety of methods, which can include showing the subject images of gay sex scenes accompanied by sensations of extreme heat, extreme cold, or even extreme pain, and in some cases, may even include electroshock therapy. These methods among others utilized by “conversion” therapy practitioners and the detrimental psychological effect these methods have on the subject are contributing factors to the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the National Association of Social Workers (to name a few) all officially denouncing such efforts to change a person’s sexual orientation as likely to cause severe and long-lasting psychological harm to the subject.

As of this writing, the only U.S. states which have enacted legislation to ban “conversion” therapy for minors under the age of 18 are California and New Jersey. In the past year, there have been several efforts to enact similar bans on the practice in more than half a dozen other states plus the District of Columbia (which is scheduled to hold hearings on the subject starting Friday), however, most of these efforts have stalled.

Enter the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). On Tuesday, the group announced the start of a new campaign entitled #BornPerfect, which aims to ban “conversion” therapy throughout the entire United States of America within the next five years.

The Advocate reports:

The new campaign involves working with activists, organizers, lawmakers, and citizens to enact legislation in all 50 states outlawing the use of “reparative therapy” on minors by licensed therapists and counselors within the next five years. NCLR hopes to accomplish this by providing state legislators and LGBT leaders with comprehensive resources to build local campaigns against the discredited practice, then continuing to work closely with lawmakers and advocates as they draft legislation and testifying in support of such bills in state legislatures. The legal group is already in touch with a number of LGBT adults who were subjected to such treatment as children and can speak directly to the harm it caused them.

The campaign’s website hosted by the NCLR contains sections on the dangers of conversion therapy, survivor stories, proposed and active pieces of legislation, active legal cases, a resource center, and much more. Please do yourselves a favor and check it out. You won’t regret it!

Featured Gay Friendly Wedding Vendor: On Call! Hospitality Staffing, El Sobrante, California

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

On Call! Hospitality Staffing - El Sobrante, CaliforniaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Gay Wedding Food & Beverage in El Sobrante, CA, USA. Planning your wedding? Why not plan to enjoy yourself? We supply servers, bartenders and chefs for your special day. Our staff will make you feel like royalty, and will treat your guests as if they were their own. We also offer day-of coordination, as well as consultation on caterers, food, bar set-up, rentals, etc. Call On Call! We work hard so you don’t have to.

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Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in the San Francisco Bay Area

Marriage Equality Round-Up 6/23/14

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Gay Wedding - HandsHere’s our daily quick round-up of the marriage equality and LGBT rights stories that don’t warrant a full posting on the blog, or that we just didn’t have time to add. We’re able to get more news and analysis to you this way every day – enjoy!

Russia: A new poll says Russians would rather see nudity in public than transgender people. full story

UK: The new head of the Football Association’s discrimination panel says homophobia is unacceptable. full story

USA: Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) is urging the GOP to give up its focus on social issues, including gay marriage, in order to win elections. full story

USA, Florida: The Sun-Sentinel takes a look at the status of the marriage equality fight in the state. full story

USA, Indiana: Opponents of a proposed constitutional ban outspent supporters 2-1. full story

USA, South Carolina: Several Presbyterian churches in the state have indicated they will not try to leave the denomination over the Church’s acceptance of marriage equality. full story