Today the US Supreme Court ruled that gay and lesbian couples in all 50 states have a constitutional right to marry, striking down laws banning gay marriage in over a dozen states. As President Obama tweeted, “Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins”
Presidential Proclamation-- LGBT Pride Month, 2015LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER PRIDE MONTH, 2015
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
From the moment our Nation first came together to declare the fundamental truth that all men are created equal, courageous and dedicated patriots have fought to refine our founding promise and broaden democracy's reach. Over the course of more than two centuries of striving and sacrifice, our country has expanded civil rights and enshrined equal protections into our Constitution. Through struggle and setback, we see a common trajectory toward a more free and just society. But we are also reminded that we are not truly equal until every person is afforded the same rights and opportunities -- that when one of us experiences discrimination, it affects all of us -- and that our journey is not complete until our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.
Across our Nation, tremendous progress has been won by determined individuals who stood up, spoke out, and shared their stories. Earlier this year, because of my landmark Executive Order on LGBT workplace discrimination, protections for Federal contractors went into effect, guarding against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Federal Government is now leading by example, ensuring that our employees and contractors are judged by the quality of their work, not by who they love. And I will keep calling on the Congress to pass legislation so that all Americans are covered by these protections, no matter where they work.
In communities throughout the country, barriers that limit the potential of LGBT Americans have been torn down, but too many individuals continue to encounter discrimination and unfair treatment. My Administration supports efforts to ban the use of conversion therapy for minors because the overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that it can cause substantial harm. We understand the unique challenges faced by sexual and gender minorities -- especially transgender and gender non-conforming individuals -- and are taking steps to address them. And we recognize that families come in many shapes and sizes. Whether biological, foster, or adoptive, family acceptance is an important protective factor against suicide and harm for LGBTQ youth, and mental health experts have created resources to support family communication and involvement.
For countless young people, it is not enough to simply say it gets better; we must take action too. We continue to address bullying and harassment in our classrooms, ensuring every student has a nurturing environment in which to learn and grow. Across the Federal Government, we are working every day to unlock the opportunities all LGBT individuals deserve and the resources and care they need. Too many LGBTQ youth face homelessness and too many older individuals struggle to find welcoming and affordable housing; that is why my Administration is striving to ensure they have equal access to safe and supportive housing throughout life. We are updating our National HIV/AIDS Strategy to better address the disproportionate burden HIV has on communities of gay and bisexual men and transgender women. We continue to extend family and spousal benefits to legally married same-sex couples. And because we know LGBT rights are human rights, we are championing protections and support for LGBT persons around the world.
All people deserve to live with dignity and respect, free from fear and violence, and protected against discrimination, regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, we celebrate the proud legacy LGBT individuals have woven into the fabric of our Nation, we honor those who have fought to perfect our Union, and we continue our work to build a society where every child grows up knowing that their country supports them, is proud of them, and has a place for them exactly as they are.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists, and to celebrate the great diversity of the American people.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-ninth.
PrEP is a potent tool in the HIV prevention tool box and could dramatically reduce new infections, save the state billions in health care costs for care and treatment and spare many people lifetimes of significant health challenges.
The LA County PrEP Workgroup and Los Angeles County Division of HIV/STD Programs have been working on this for the past year. You can now access the document below to find PrEP locally in Los Angeles County.
Below please find our four priority areas for 2015:
1. Bring health education to South LA
2. Marketing the coalition to the community at large
3. Infusing HIV Education in non-traditional environments
4. Youth Involvement and Partnership
We are proud to announce that we have been chosen as a community collaborator for the LGBT People of Color Film Festival also known as Outfest Fusion. Join C2PLA for a screening of Paris is Burning on March 13th at the 2015#OutfestFusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival. Use discount code collab15 when purchasing your tickets for a discount offer. For tickets visit:outfest.org/fusion2015
We hope you're 2015 is off to a great start. Continuing in our tradition to advocate for self-care for our members and partners we've pasted some tips to help you restore the balance to your work/home life. We greatly appreciate the work that all of you do to bring structural change in the lives of youth. Just remember you can't do this work without taking care of yourself first. Wishing you all a very healthy, productive, and happy 2015!
We work every day to help create structural change in the lives of youth in Los Angeles.
2014 has been full of exciting moments for the coalition. Thank you all for the work you do year round.
We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year! We look forward to continuing the work next year.
C2PLA Project Staff
P.S. Don't forget to get some self-care in during this holiday season!
We would like to congratulate all of our 2014 Key Actor Award winners. The following people are winners of this year's awards:
1. Visionary - Actively inspires “upriver ideas
Joaquin Gutierrez – Altamed WINNER
2. Strategist - Translates ideas into workable objectives and strategies
James Moran- LA LGBT Center WINNER
3. Actor - Completes planned/unplanned action steps
Samuel Gonzalez- St. John’s Well Child and Family WINNER
4. Facilitator - Promotes open and effective dialogue
Percival Pandy-LA LGBT Center WINNER
5. Content Expert - Provides expertise on particular issues
Paulina Zamudio-Division of HIV/STD Programs WINNER 2 YEARS IN A ROW
6. Sustainer - Acquires funding and/or resources to sustain coalition activities
Shane Jenkins-Magic Johnson Foundation WINNER 2 YEARS IN A ROW
7. Broker - Negotiates and arranges the exchange of information or resources among
Jamellah Terrell –Behavioral Health Services WINNER
8. Mobilizer - Gets others directly involved in coalition activities
John Thompson –CHLA WINNER
9. Organizer/Manager - Orchestrates coalition or subcommittee logistics
Percival Pandy – LA LGBT Center WINNER
10. Spokesperson - Effectively represents and speaks on behalf of the coalition
Dale Madison-LA LGBT Center WINNER