Losangelesblade.com, Volume 05, Issue 28, July 09, 2021

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pug Oscar Wilde; composer and lyricist Todd Pawelek and Stephen Rutgers representing the Washington Blade and Blade Foundation. N-'3#/'$3"-)G#.$-++$3"#$#4#)3'$'H&)'&/'$-).$'#4#/-+$1).141.9-+'$C"&$"#+H#.$5-G#$3"#$ event possible and expressed gratitude for everyone who attended. IO$C-)3$3&$-0G)&C+#.*#$'&5#$H#&H+#$C"&$-/#$#L3/#5#+B$.#-/$3&$5#:P$N-'3#/'$H-9'#.:$ IAriadne Getty is our most generous benefactor and her son August is here tonight.” And C"1+#$3"#$0/&C.$>/&G#$&93$1)3&$0"##/'$6&/$(9*9'3:$N-'3#/'D$4&10#$>/&G#$C"#)$"#$'-1.:$IO$ want to thank them for an immense amount of love and a lot of compassion — thank you for making us part of your family.” Getty stood and was clearly moved. Masters also thanked Michael Weinstein of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation for his role in executing a successful LGBTQ-focused COVID-19 vaccination program. IMichael is one of our largest supporters as well. #$%$&'(%)''* 789:;:-<=-)>?@AB-/*-#B@C>D ().$ C#$ -HH/#01-3#$ N10"-#+$ -).$ -HH/#01-3#$ 3"#$ C&/G$ &6$ 3"#$ AIDS Healthcare Foundation,” Masters said. I@#$0-)$3"-)G$N10"-#+$1)$H-/3:P$'-1.$N-'3#/':$I6&/$C&/G1)*$ 3&$ #)'9/#$ 3"-3$ @#'3$ A&++BC&&.$ -).$ 3"#$ %7,!8$ 0&559)13B$ are near fully vaccinated.” He added, I('$-$0&559)13B$C#$-/#$ well on our way.” AHF says it has fully vaccinated tens of thousands of Angelenos. The agency also famously worked hard during the COVID crisis to make sure its patients were able to keep up with HIV medications and healthcare requirements. According to LA County Department of Public Health, in fact, the City of West Hollywood is more than 72 percent fully vaccinated. N-'3#/'$ '-1.$ "1'$ &>'#/4-31&)$ ->&93$ 3"#$ 0&559)13B$ >#1)*$ Inearly 100 percent vaccinated” is anecdotal. I(039-+$%7,!8$ statistics have not been maintained during the Covid-19 0/1'1':$'&5#3"1)*$3"#$%&'$()*#+#'$,+-.#$"-'$#LH&'#.$1)$5-)B$ articles,” he said. N10"-#+$ E. Fuller called out the LACCD luminaries and the student honoree Sofia Zaragoza, Chancellor Rodriguez, Trustees Fong and Vela who all gave short speeches. @#'3$ A&++BC&&.$ N-B&/$ %1).'#B$ A&/4-3"$ 3&&G$ 3"#$ 510$ */##3#.$ -).$ H/&0+-15#.$ IA-HHB$ E/1.#$ N&)3"QP$ !"#$ N-B&/:$ joined by City Councilmember Erickson then handed out proclamations to the LACCD leadership from the City of West A&++BC&&.R !"#$E/&0+-5-31&)'$/#-.R The City of West Hollywood honors the Los Angeles Community College District for EXEMPLARY SERVICE TO LGBTQ YOUTH on the occasion of Los Angeles Blade’'$ STU!$ GENERATION PRIDE EVENT Whereas, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) supports the rights, freedoms, and equality of persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and/or asexual (LGBTQIA+) and serves more than 20,000 LGBTQIA+ students through safe and inspiring learning environments; Whereas, LACCD adopted a groundbreaking LGBTQIA+ Bill of Rights to create welcoming college communities that affirm the lives of LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff; Whereas, LACCD provides academic opportunities for LGBTQIA+ students to accomplish 3"#1/$#.90-31&)-+$*&-+':$1)0+9.1)*$0&9/'#'$-).$H/&*/-5'$/#0&*)121)*$3"#$0&)3/1>931&)'$&6$ LGTBQIA+ communities; Let it be known, the City of West Hollywood commends LACCD’s inclusionary vision and leadership in supporting and advancing the LGBTQIA+ members of our community.

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Before long I was taken to another, much larger, !"#$%&"'(#"()*+(,##-(#.()*+(/010(234-$*(567(589:; office on a second or third floor with more officers and I finally received the call for which I had been waiting more immigrants. The open space was divided into a month. The Beta Group, a team from Mexico’s three sections: The first was for mothers with small immigration service that coordinates the legal entry of children, the second was for women who came alone, immigrants to the U.S., was talking to me on the other and the third was reserved for men. I saw the two end of the line. My time to cross had come and they Mexican women with their little ones who had entered asked me to come as soon as possible. with me because the partitions were not exactly solid. I had come to their facilities on the bridge that Each area had plastic benches, a television and divides the two countries several weeks ago to sign up very thin mats that covered the entire floor. It was a for a waiting list. This is the only way for asylum seekers makeshift shelter with the most basic of essentials. A to go north in an orderly and safe manner. They wrote large glass window in front of me allowed the light in my name and phone number, along with thousands of and let me see the landscape, which, by the way, was others, into a very thick book that had aged from being not very encouraging. I could see the border, covered used too much. with barbed wire, fences and surveillance cameras. A “We will call you when it is your turn, but the wait to railroad access gate was just below the building and a enter may take a month or two,” the officer said at the part of the American city of Calexico that was not far time. away was visible. It was never my intention to scale the wall and =>?@AB(C>B,D1(EFGHIBAH!789!:;<=!>?!@51!=;A;?A>B?!CBD!?;8D<E!8!E;8D4 A large room, where various officers, women and illegally enter U.S. territory. That is considered a crime F2<8=;!G:BAB!HE!6>I:8;<!J;EK men, worked nonstop, was behind me. I had access to and I did not want to start my new life by breaking the a bathroom with toilets, urinals, sinks and mirrors, as law. I preferred to knock on the door and ask for the well as drinking water from a drinking fountain. Women with babies were given milk, wet help I needed. wipes, disposable diapers and other amenities. I was staying at the home of Betty, a Mexican friend who is the wife of my father’s friend Officers from time to time called us for interviews or to take fingerprints. They took for whom I had affection for a long time. Betty opened her family’s doors to me and she my fingerprints three times. The system always looked out for me like a surrogate mother. She was the one who drove me that was not very efficient, which made the morning in her car to the Beta Group’s premises, where an officer was waiting for me. Two F2<8=;!G:BAB!HE!6>I:8;<!J;EK officers uncomfortable and delayed the women and their small children were also there. process. Access to the country was a trickle, depending on the capacity of U.S. officials on the The interviews almost always took other side of the border. They requested a certain number of people to enter each day and place in the early morning, in the same the Mexican officials called from the list they had made. My number was over 1,000. I don’t long room where the officers fill out remember exactly, but I was in the fifth and last group of the day. their paperwork. My interview was in the I said goodbye to Betty with a long, shaky hug. I also said goodbye to my father, who afternoon. It took several hours because was hundreds of kilometers from here, to my family and to my boyfriend in Cuba and to the officer interrupted me at every other Mexico, which had been my adopted home for a few months. question and ordered me to return to This goodbye left a bittersweet taste in my mouth, because my heart was torn. On one my seat. He was apparently not very hand, I felt as though I was doing the right thing, that I must run and save my life, but on motivated to work. the other hand doubt remained. My vision became cloudy and anguish permeated my His tone was somewhat aggressive, thoughts because I was unsure and terrified. My pulse began to race as I walked away. The defiant if you will, at first. He claimed survival instinct nevertheless still managed to win the inner struggle. that everyone came up with made-up Betty filmed the departure on her cell phone and sent it to my family, with whom she tales, sometimes nonsensical stories. had talked for a few minutes while we were on the way to the border. He no longer believed in anything. I was The officer led us to his American colleagues in a tiny office next to the immigration quite scared, but I slowly relaxed when I windows where they check passersby’s visas and screen residents or citizens who are proved to him the facts of my case were entering the U.S. true. I showed him the documents I had They sat me on a bench and we went one by one to a cell where they searched every that were evidence. He selected a few inch of our bodies. They made me take off my shoes, which they thoroughly checked for and attached them to my form. any forbidden items. 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has twice sought from justices review of her case, asserting her penalty under the Washington State law contravened her rights to freedom of religion and freedom of speech under the First Amendment. As a result of her first petition, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Washington State Supreme Court decision and remanded for review before the Washington State Supreme Court in light of the limited decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case. The Washington State Supreme Court, however, reaffirmed the decision it had reached earlier and upheld the $1,000 fine against Stutzman, who subsequent filed another petition before the U.S. !"#$%&%'()"$*+ The latest petition from Arlene’s Flowers has been pending before the Supreme Court for some time. Alliance Defending Freedom, a law firm that sought to undermine LGBTQ rights in the name of religious freedom, had made the legal filing before the court in 2019, so the petition has been pending for two years. Kristen Waggoner, general counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case the decision was “tragic.” “Although the outcome of this case is tragic, the critical work of protecting the First Amendment freedoms of all Americans must continue,” Waggoner said. “No one should be forced to express a message or celebrate an event they disagree with. A government that can crush someone like Barronelle, who kindly served her gay customer for nearly a decade but simply declined to create art celebrating one sacred ceremony, can use its power to crush any of us regardless of our political ideology or views on important issues like marriage.” It’s hard to see, however, where Alliance Defending Freedom can go with this case at this point, if anywhere. The course of the litigation appears to be complete.

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During his campaign and in his first few months in office, President Biden has spoken often of the need to get back to bipartisanship in government. He recalls his time in the Senate when that was how he liked to work but recognizes it was much more possible back then. It is widely accepted that what was once the Republican Party is now the Party of Trump. It is a party controlled by hardliners who have no desire to compromise on anything. Their leaders in Congress, Senate Minority Leader “Moscow” Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are beholden to and behave as sycophants of

Trump. So the fact that Biden appears to have reached a bipartisan agreement on a hard infrastructure bill with Republicans in the Senate must be seen as a major step forward. He is right when he said in an op-ed regarding the hard infrastructure bill: “The bipartisan agreement is a signal to ourselves, and to the world, that American democracy can work and deliver for the people.” But the country could still end up without any progress being made if progressive Democrats, through their intransigence, manage to screw-up the infrastructure deal because they aren’t willing to compromise. If that happens they will also be showing a total lack of understanding of how the Founding Fathers intended our government to work. President Biden made a big mistake suggesting he wouldn’t sign the deal on hard infrastructure he had just accepted from the group of Democratic and Republican senators he met with in the White House unless it reached his desk in tandem with a separate soft infrastructure bill. He has already walked that comment back and the bill appears to still be alive. So as the bipartisan deal moves forward it is important to recognize not only Republicans but Democrats could sabotage it and cause it to fall apart. Just reading Jamaal Bowman’s (D-N.Y.) quote is an indication of how that could happen. He said, “If it’s not where it needs to be, we’ll vote it down and see where it goes from there.” Well Bowman and his colleagues shouldn’t be shocked when it goes nowhere and they, not Republicans, are held responsible for hurting all

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Sanders (I-Vermont) and some others are talking about will not happen. Even a progressive stalwart like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has shown she understands that and wouldn’t specify a dollar figure she would agree to when appearing recently on Meet the Press. In the best of all worlds, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) would get the most left-leaning Democrats along with the more moderate ones in the Senate, lock them in a room, and not let them out until they have an agreement on a soft infrastructure bill they will all support. There is broad support for the bipartisan bill. According to a new poll even, “6 in 10 Republican voters say they favor the new $1.2 trillion infrastructure package negotiated by a bipartisan group of senators and endorsed by the Biden White House.” There is also broad support among Democrats for President Biden’s $1.8 trillion American Family Plan. It has been reported, “An overwhelming majority of Democrats back the plan (86%), while 54% of independent voters support it.” So congressional Democrats across the political spectrum should be able to get behind some form of this bill and pass it through reconciliation without any Republican help. If that happens, President Biden gets to show bipartisanship can work and Democrats get to move forward on a host of issues they campaigned on. It would be a tremendous win-win for the American people.


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