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Los Angeles Couple Arrested For Torturing, Murdering 'Gay Acting' Eight-Year-Old Son - VIDEO

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Gabriel Fernandez, an eight-year-old from Antelope Valley, Los Angeles, was allegedly murdered by his mother and her boyfriend for ‘acting gay,’ reports the LA Times.

Gabriel, who died in May 2013, was allegedly beaten, doused with pepper spray, forced to eat his own vomit and locked in a cabinet with a sock in his mouth to muffle his screams.

FernandezGabriel’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, both of whom pleaded not guilty, are in jail awaiting trial on charges of capital murder and a special circumstance of torture.

Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said that Gabriel “was abused, beaten and tortured more severely than many prisoners of war” for eight months.

Two of the boy’s siblings confirmed that Gabriel was forced to eat cat feces, rotten spinach and vomit; that he slept in a locked cabinet and wasn't let out to go to the bathroom; and that Fernandez and Aguirre called him gay, punished him when he played with dolls and forced him to wear girls' clothes to school.

According to testimony, Pearl Fernandez once jabbed Gabriel in the mouth with a bat and knocked out several teeth.

One of Gabriel’s siblings said that on the day of the fatal beating, Fernandez began hitting her son because he didn't want to pick up his toys. She then dragged him into a bedroom, where Aguirre joined her, and the siblings heard screaming, banging and then silence.

James Kemp Ribe of the L.A. County coroner's office told the grand jury that Gabriel died as a result of blunt-force trauma and child neglect.  He added, "I have never seen this many skin injuries on one child.”

Gabriel's mother called 911 on May 22nd, 2013. She told sheriff's deputies that Gabriel had fallen and hit his head on a dresser. Paramedics found Gabriel naked in a bedroom, not breathing, with a cracked skull, three broken ribs and BB pellets embedded in his lung and groin. He died two days later.

The incident has prompted calls for reforms to the Los Angeles County foster-care system because child welfare workers failed to remove Fernandez from his home. Moves have since been taken to fire two social workers and two supervisors, while others involved in the case have received letters of warning or reprimand.

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L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin Marries Partner Sean Arian

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Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin married his partner Sean Arian in San Pedro, California on Saturday, Bonin's website 11th District reports:

The festive nuptials, held in the neighborhood where Arian was raised, featured works of art and music from several bands from the Venice area, which Bonin represents. The couple insisted on a sustainable and tech savvy event, using a wedding app instead of paper invites, and solar power to fuel the sound system. The reception took on a carnival feel, with a giant Jenja set, interactive art, and bouncy houses for both children and adults.

Bonin and Arian met at City Hall in 2009, when Arian was Director of Economic Development for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. At the time, Bonin was chief of staff to Councilmember Bill Rosendahl and a same sex marriage activist with the Courage Campaign.

The wedding was officiated by Mayor Eric Garcetti.

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Morrissey and Pamela Anderson Take in L.A. in 'Earth is the Loneliest Planet': VIDEO

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Following up his first spoken word song promo which featured iconic blonde Nancy Sinatra, Morrissey heads to the top of the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles for an existential interpretation of "Earth is the Loneliest Planet" with another iconic blonde: Pamela Anderson.

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Earth is the loneliest planet of all
Earth is the loneliest planet of all

Day after day you say “one day”
Day after day you say “one day”
But you’re in the wrong place and you’ve got the wrong face
And humans are not really very humane
And earth is the loneliest planet of all

Earth is the loneliest planet of all
Live with a lowness that no one else knows
Time after time you say “next time”
Time after time you say “next time
But you fail as a woman and you lose as a man; we do what we can
And earth is the cruelest place that you will never understand

But you're in the wrong skin
And the skin that you're in says
Oh, let it begin
And earth is the loneliest planet of all

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Los Angeles LGBT Center Announces Name Change, Historic Fundraising Campaign

The newly-named  Los Angeles LGBT Center (formerly the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center) has launched a $25 million fundraising campaign in an expansion effort that will double the beds it provides for homeless LGBT youth, and provide 100 units of housing for LGBT seniors, as well as create new facilities to support all its efforts:

LosangeleslgbtcenterWhen finished, the new building will form a campus with the Center's arts, educational and cultural facility—known as The Village at Ed Gould Plaza—directly across the street from it and span more than one city block. It will also become the Center's new headquarters, facilitating a major expansion of health and medical services at the current headquarters (McDonald/Wright building).

Together with longtime supporter Lily Tomlin, Center CEO Lorri L. Jean announced that donors have already pledged $19 million toward the $25-million goal. Jean was joined by philanthropist Anita May Rosenstein who has pledged the lead gift of $6.5 million. The donation will be made by the Anita May Rosenstein, Wilbur May and Anita & Arnold Rosenstein Family Foundations. This is the largest gift ever given by a living person to an LGBT organization.

The early success of the campaign is also attributable to six other pledges of seven-figure gifts, including a $2 million pledge by Ariadne Getty and the Fuserna Foundation and $1 million pledges by David J. Bailey and Ron B. Shalowitz; Jacinto Hernandez & Charles Callahan; Barry McCabe; Loren S. Ostrow & Brian Newkirk; William & Cindy Shopoff.

The project, which will be the result of the largest fundraising campaign in the history of the LGBT movement, will break ground in 2016.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center talks about its services and the changes it is making in a new video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Looking for Outgoing Peeps to Help Us Out at L.A. Pride and NYC Pride

Towleroad is hiring some energetic and enthusiastic folks to help us out with our presence at L.A. Pride on June 7 and 8 and NYC Pride on June 29.

LapridePrideFest responsibilities will include manning our mobile photo booth, walking around PrideFest engaging with people, taking and sending commemorative photos and collecting emails. We're looking for social, outgoing people who are up for long days.

NycprideParade responsibilities will include carrying a Towleroad banner in the parade or operating a mobile phone booth along the parade route, dipping into the crowds, taking photos, collecting emails and then catching up with the Towleroad banner.

Please email paul@towleroad.com as soon as possible and put L.A. Pride or NYC Pride in the subject line.


Towleroad Celebrates the Black AIDS Institute Gala and Honorees: PHOTOS

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Photographer and activist Duane Cramer, Rent actress Tracie Thoms, actor Lamman Rucker and a gala guest.

On Tuesday night, Towleroad was a sponsor of the Black AIDS Institute 15th Year Anniversary (for more about the Institute click HERE) at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.

On Tuesday night they honored three "Heroes in the Struggle" at their Gala Reception and Awards Presentation: Academy Award winning actor, comedian, and best-selling author Mo'Nique, finalist on The Voice and HIV-Positive Health Advocate Jamar Rogers, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Below, some additional photos from the elegant and energizing event.

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Cramer with Black AIDS Institute CEO/President and Founder Phill Wilson, and gala guests.

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Honoree and finalist on The Voice Jamar Rogers, and Cramer.

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Vanessa Williams (New Jack City, Soul Food), who co-hosted the evening with Alimi Ballard, and a gala guest.

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