Gang mem­ber re­ceives life sen­tence in mur­der of gay man

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Those le­gal ea­gles at Lambda Le­gal, who fight the good fight for the LGBT com­mu­nity, gath­ered for a shindig Sept. 27 to toast the Supreme Court de­ci­sion on mar­riage equal­ity and raise some cash for their ef­forts in the process.

The group got a boost of at­ten­tion lo­cally last April when it filed a fed­eral class ac­tion law­suit against the state of Ge­or­gia to drop the 2004 same-sex mar­riage ban. Lambda Le­gal also made news last month by, fol­low­ing the fed­eral bust of Rent­boy. com, an­nounc­ing sup­port for the de­crim­i­nal­iza­tion of sex work, cit­ing the dan­gers cur­rent laws pose to LGBT youth and trans­gen­der women of color.

More re­cently, Lambda Le­gal touted vic­tory af­ter a les­bian teen was sent home from school for wear­ing a shirt that said “No­body Knows I’m A Les­bian.” The school re­versed its de­ci­sion and al­lowed the stu­dent to wear the shirt fol­low­ing re­ceipt of a let­ter from Lambda Le­gal at­tor­neys.

New LGBT news­pa­per to pub­lish in L.A.

Los An­ge­les’s thriv­ing LGBT com­mu­nity is set to be­gin re­ceiv­ing a brand-new LGBT pub­li­ca­tion. The first is­sue of “The Pride LA” is sched­uled to hit news­stands and go online on Oc­to­ber 9.

Troy Mas­ters, founder and as­so­ciate pub­lisher of New York’s Gay City News, along with Mir­ror Media Group, helm the new pub­li­ca­tion. Mas­ters has re­signed from his role at Gay City News to spear­head the new L.A. pe­ri­od­i­cal.

The pub­li­ca­tion will be a bi­weekly news­pa­per that will cover West Hol­ly­wood, Bev­erly Hills, Hol­ly­wood, Sil­ver Lake, Echo Park, down­town Los An­ge­les and univer­si­ties in those ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Gay City News.

“Not ev­ery pub­lisher has quite as much luck as I have had over 30 years,” Mas­ters said in a state­ment to Gay City News.

“The progress for my media oper­a­tions and the tra­jec­tory of gay rights have both been a sharp up­ward curve. I am thrilled to have this op­por­tu­nity in Los An­ge­les.”

Dar­rius Ader­hold, 25, a for­mer mem­ber of the Bloods street gang was sen­tenced to life in prison on Sep. 25 for his role in the deadly mo­tel slay­ing of 46-year-old gay man Robert Ross.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in the At­lanta-Jour­nal Con­sti­tu­tion, Ader­hold and co-de­fen­dants Jonathan Ray and Christo­pher Fore­man en­coun­tered Ross in Midtown, ask­ing him for a ride back to a mo­tel room they had re­served in Tucker. Once they got there they tied Ross to a chair and beat him with a clothes iron, part of Fore­man’s ini­ti­a­tion into the Bloods.

Ader­hold apol­o­gized to the vic­tim’s fam­ily dur­ing the sen­tenc­ing. “I’m not ask­ing for their for­give­ness be­cause I don’t think they should. I just feel in my heart I should say I’m sorry,” he said.

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