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Snarky Email from Opposing:

Opposing, while misspelling my name at the top in all bold caps: 

“We wish that we had an opportunity to meet you at the Expedited Hearing. However, our search of the State Bar website indicates that you are not licensed to practice in California. If in fact that is correct, we are surprised that the firm would permit a non-attorney to make such grave decisions in a litigated case.” 

Response after I addressed other concerns: 

“Additionally, my California state bar number is #. In the future, spelling my last name correctly, which is “Smith” and not “Smyth,” would likely aid in accurate search results.”


Lgbt Hero: Jose Julio Sarria 

December 13, 1922 -  August 19, 2013

José Sarria, a drag performer and gay rights advocate who many historians contend was the first openly gay person to campaign for public office in the United States when he ran for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1961.

Mr. Sarria worked as a waiter and performed at the Black Cat Cafe, a gay bar in the North Beach section of San Francisco, in the 1950s and ’60s. His campy satires of operas like “Carmen,” performed in elaborate regalia and makeup, made him a recognizable face in the city’s gay neighborhoods and a de facto community leader.

Laws against sodomy were in place throughout the United States at the time. In California, bars serving homosexuals could legally be raided and their patrons arrested. Mr. Sarria helped found civic groups to fight discrimination against gay people. His frustration with the system led to his run for a seat on the Board of Supervisors, the legislative body for the city and county of San Francisco.

“I had a right to run for office,” Mr. Sarria told The Atlantic in 2011. “I was angry, and I did it to prove a point.” He borrowed a suit for campaign photos and ran under the watchword “Equality!” He came in ninth out of a field of more than 30 candidates for five spots on the board and received more than 5,000 votes.

“From that day on,” Mr. Sarria said, “there’s never been a politician in San Francisco, not even a dogcatcher, that did not go and talk to the gay community.”

José Julio Sarria was born on Dec. 12, 1922, in San Francisco. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and after the war stayed in Berlin, where he was active in theater. He returned to San Francisco in 1947 hoping to become a teacher but was arrested on morals charges that year in a public bathroom at the St. Francis Hotel. He was fined and, because of his arrest record, not permitted to teach, so he began working at the Black Cat.

Mr. Sarria helped found the League for Civil Education, a group dedicated to overturning laws that prohibited serving alcohol to gay people, in 1960; and the Society for Individual Rights, a broader gay advocacy and community group, in 1963. He worked at the Black Cat until it closed in 1963.

In 1965, Mr. Sarria proclaimed himself the first Empress of San Francisco and founded a gay rights organization called the Imperial Court de San Francisco (playing off a tradition of comically exaggerated royal titles among gay men). It became the International Court System, which now has 65 chapters (each of which elects its own empress and emperor) in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Mr. Sarria did not run for office again. He was an ardent supporter and friend of Harvey Milk, who was elected supervisor in 1977, becoming the first openly gay elected official in California more than a decade and a half after Mr. Sarria’s attempt.  

Sarria reigned over the Courts for 43 years until 2007. During his reign, he and members of the Imperial Court appeared in the opening scenes of the film, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995). On May 25, 2006, the city of San Francisco named a portion of 16th Street in the Castro District Jose Sarria Court, and a metal plaque commemorating the event (with a picture of the Empress I) was embedded in the sidewalk. 

LOS ANGELES — The California attorney general, Kamala D. Harris, moved Wednesday to block a proposed voter initiative that would mandate the execution of sexually active gay men and women, calling it “patently unconstitutional” and a threat to public safety…
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The LGBTQ community has always had my support. Murder should never be legal. It’s mind boggling to see people within our justice system continuing to perpetuate legislation that threatens the life of others.
Let’s get as many signatures on this as possible. The sky’s the limit:

California assembly passes bill to ban ‘Redskins’ as high school team name

California could be the first US state to bar high schools from using the racially charged term “Redskins” for athletic teams. An assembly bill passed on Monday would require public schools in the state to phase out their use of the term by 2017.Just four high schools in California, where the country’s largest Native American population resides, continue to use the name Redskins.

2010 -- Laura Chick's Former Husband -- Robert Chick of Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company -- to Serve on LACERS Board of Administration
Robert A. Chick has been appointed by Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, and was confirmed by the City Council on Friday, August 20, 2010, to serve on the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System’s (LACERS) Board of Administration for the term ending June 30, 2015. Chick has served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company since 2009 and as Vice Chairman from 2003 to 2009. He was President and Chief Executive Officer from 1978 to 2003.

Sign this petition to disbar Mr. Matthew McLaughlin for trying to pass “The Sodomite Suppression Act” that calls for the execution of LGBT members by bullet to the head. Which makes him unfit to practice law.