LGBT Issues

COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQ+ community. According to research, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans are more likely to become unemployed as a result of the coronavirus epidemic. Join host Kris Kington-Barker as she speaks with guests Michelle Call and David Weisman of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance (GALA), and Jamie Woolf, chair of Tranz Central Coast, as they discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the LGBTQ+ community of the Central Coast, and how Pride is shifting it’s a celebration this year. 

Broadcast date: 3/16/17

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) individuals face discrimination in almost all aspects of their lives. They are often denied access to employment, education, housing, health care, and yes, even bathrooms. They are targeted for attacks solely because of their gender expression or perceived sexual orientation. Many face violence.

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Events for San Luis Obispo’s Pride week start Wednesday night and run through Sunday when the 20th Anniversary Pride in the Plaza takes place, celebrating the local LGBT community. 

Broadcast date: 3/24/16

Currently, more than 39 million people in the U.S. are over the age of 65 years, and of these more than 1.5 million identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). 

Stand with Pastor Frank: Support Equality Facebook Page

UPDATE: October 22, 2014 at 5:56 p.m.

The local minister who had his credentials stripped after presiding over his gay son's marriage ceremony is waiting for a final ruling on his standing with the church.

Pastor Frank Schaefer was reinstated to the United Methodist Church this past summer, just prior to his transfer to Isla Vista. That decision was challenged however, so Wednesday he went before the organization's global Judicial Council to plead his case.

Pacific Pride Foundation

Annual gay pride celebrations are underway along the Central Coast and will continue through Sunday.

Thousands are expected to turn out for Santa Barbara's main pride event at Leadbetter Beach on Saturday and San Luis Obispo's festival on Sunday in Mission Plaza.

In addition to these, both counties have a variety of other social and informational events. One popular annual offering is the free legal forum held at the San Luis Obispo County Library tomorrow morning.

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The public's perception of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members of our community is evolving, with issues such as the legalization of marriage rights for same-sex couples gaining ground.