Heather Cassell

Heather Cassell

Bi-National Same-Sex Couples Fight for Children’s Citizenship

Bi-national spouses Elad, left background, and Andrew, right background, are fighting the U.S. State Department for U.S. citizenship for their son, Ethan, right foreground, who is in the states on an expired tourist visa, so he can be with his twin brother Aiden, left foreground, who was recognized as a U.S. citizen. Photo: Ashli Shapiro of Images of Life by Ashli
National
A Los Angeles bi-national gay couple are suing the United States State Department for denying one of their young twin sons citizenship. They are one of two bi-national couples who filed two separate cases against the department claiming discrimination. ...
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Cher to Headline Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2018

Entertainment Travel
Gay icon Cher is set to headline the 40th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras party March 3. ...
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Redux: India’s Highest Court Could Reverse Gay Ban

Although it’s been a long fight for their rights, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in India is holding on to hope. Photo: The Better India
International
India’s Supreme Court ordered a review of Section 377 of the country’s Penal Code that criminalizes homosexuality in the South Asian country. ...
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Bulgarian Lesbian Couple Take Marriage Equality Case to EU

Bulgaria Pride event in the country’s capital city Sofia. Photo: Human Rights Watch
International
If the women win their case it could set a precedent for recognition of same-sex marriage by a EU court forcing Bulgaria to recognize the women’s marriage. ...
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Queer Comedy Show Will Benefit Sonoma School Destroyed By Fire

Comedian Irene Tu/KQED
Entertainment
Queer comedians are bringing much needed laughter and relief to Sonoma County for a good cause at the beginning of the New Year. They are raising money to support the temporary needs and rebuilding of the only nonprofit school for children with autism and other learning disabilities in the county. ...
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Napa Holiday Guide 2017: More Reasons Than Ever to Celebrate

Napa is festive for the holidays along its Riverfront. Photo: Super G
Travel
The vines might look eerie and twisted as winter descends upon California's famed Napa Valley, but spirits are up following October's devastating fires. The holidays are a great time to visit California's premiere wine country. ...
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LGBTs Mobilizing to Aid Queer Fire Survivors

Rainbow World Fund’s bus parked at the former site of the Fountaingrove Inn in Santa Rosa after volunteers delivered supplies to fire victims October 22, 2017. Photo: Rainbow World Fund
National
More than 20 LGBTs throughout Sonoma County, including heads of some of its LGBT organizations, met October 19 to come up with solutions to aid queer survivors of the wildfires. ...
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Trans Cyclist Wraps Up 25-Country European Adventure

Bart takes a selfie while cycles through Europe. Photo: TransBike Europe
Sports Travel
Trans Man Bart Bloem Cycled Through Europe on Six-Month Journey A trans man and his bike has nearly completed his six-month cycling journey across Europe. Bart Bloem, a ...
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National Queer Arts Festival Expands to South Bay

Femme Space participant Luna Merbruj. Photo: Elena Rose
Entertainment
The National Queer Arts Festival is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and is expanding to the South Bay. ...
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API Trans Men Plan TransFusion Summer Retreat

Chino Scott-Chung, left, Willy Wilkinson, and Jai DeLotto are three of the organizers planning this summer's TransFusion retreat. Photo: Pipi Ray Diamond
Travel
A group of API transgender men will gather to discuss their experiences and issues important to them as well as build skills to strengthen confidence in a variety of workshops during the inaugural API TransFusion Retreat in California. ...
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