• FBI’s Los Angeles Office Urges Victims To Report Hate Crimes

    (CNS) – The FBI’s Los Angeles field office launched a multi-lingual campaign Wednesday to raise awareness about hate crimes and encourage victims to report them. The FBI considers hate crimes to be criminal offenses against a person or property that is motivated at least in part “by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, […]

  • Cinema Diverse Filmmaker on Gender Identity in “Dress Code”

    Melanie Notinger wrote and directed the short film “Dress Code” as a way to understand gender identity.  The result is a poetic look on representation and finding your truth.  I spoke with Notinger about the making of her film on NBC Palm Springs’ The Morning Show. “Dress Code” premieres Sunday, September 19th at 12:15 pm […]

  • House passes Equality Act

    The House has passed the Equality Act, which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to protect people from being discriminated based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing and other services as well as access to public accommodations such as restaurants. The final vote was 224-206. Advocates for the LGTBQ community argue the legislation […]

  • What is International Women’s Day and why does it still matter?

    Today is International Women’s Day (IWD), a global celebration of the economic, cultural, political and social achievements of women and, in the official organization’s own words, “a call to action for accelerating gender parity.” According to the IWD website, this year’s theme is, “Better the balance, better the world” or #BalanceforBetter, to advocate for more gender balanced lives. […]

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