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Monday October 23rd 2017



Calif. legally recognizes trans, non-binary people

According to Josh Jackman on California has legally recognized non-binary people on official documents for the first time.

In May, the State Senate passed a bill which allowed people to choose a third gender on official forms like driving licences and birth certificates.

That bill was signed into law on Sunday by Governor Jerry Brown, making it official.

The law – which means that in addition to ‘F’ and ‘M’, Californians will be able to choose ‘X’ – is set to come into effect in 2019.

Until this law was passed, Californians wanting to change their gender on government documents had to submit a physician’s sworn statement that they had undertaken medical treatment.

The Gender Recognition Act instead allows people to choose their identified gender without having to prove it physically.

And the options will include a third choice, reading: “Non-binary”.

Democratic State Senator Scott Wiener, who co-authored the bill, welcomed its passage into law while taking aim at Donald Trump’s administration.

“With the passage of [Senate Bill 179] California continues its fight for a more inclusive society, even as some in Washington continue to try to take away rights from LGBT people,” he said.

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LGBTQ students can apply for Point scholarships on Nov. 1

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students enrolling in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2018-2019 academic year are encouraged to apply online for a Point Foundation Scholarship.

Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit and currently is providing financial assistance and programmatic support to 98 students.

Applications open online at on November 1, 2017.

Students may submit the application until 11:59 p.m. PST January 29, 2018.

A short application information video is available online.

“Point Foundation provides support and opportunities for LGBTQ students who would have had a significantly more difficult path—or a totally nonexistent path—to higher education,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “Our scholars often tell us that becoming part of Point was pivotal in their lives because it was the first time they ever felt accepted and supported.”

Point’s scholarship support addresses the particular challenge LGBTQ students face paying for college: 83% of LGBTQ students are using their own money for school, compared to 53% of all first-year college students. Even then, about 70% of LGBTQ students need financial assistance to start school, compared to 44% of all first-year students.

The selection process for awarding Point Foundation Scholarships requires candidates to demonstrate academic excellence, leadership skills, community involvement, and financial need. Attention is given to applicants who lost financial and social support as a result of revealing their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Once selected, each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development training with fellow Point Scholars. Point Scholars also give back to the LGBTQ community by completing an individual community service project each year. After graduation, scholars become part of Point’s growing alumni network, connecting them with caring individuals and professional contacts in a wide range of fields throughout the nation.

“Point Foundation is a community of survivors – people who have survived a world that tells them that they are unwanted or unworthy or ‘lesser than’ just because of who they are,” said 2017 Janssen Infectious Diseases Scholar Omar Salman, who is studying at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. “But thanks to the resilient LGBTQ+ community that is Point, we are thriving together.”

Introductions to current Point Scholars are on Point’s YouTube channel. The activities and accomplishments of Point Scholar and Alumni are featured on the ViewPoint blog.

Suggested Social Media post:  #LGBTQ students – apply for a @PointFoundation scholarship

About Point Foundation
Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society.

Point Foundation has awarded approximately 400 scholarships since 2002. The Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training.


I was working in my lab late one night… Monster Mash dance is Oct. 21

Eat, drink and be scary! The Monster Mash Halloween Dance will take place from 6– 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 21.

Those 21+ are welcome. Tickets are $12 advance & $15 at the door. DJ Solidbear Todd Spicer, costume contest & adult refreshments. The madness takes place at Lake Riley Lodge, 100 Norris Drive, Cobbs Hill Park. For information, contact

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