· Federal court orders California to reduce its prison population by 43,000 inmates within two years.
· California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announces he will file a lawsuit against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The suit contends the governor "violated his constitutional authority" in making line item vetoes when he ordered "huge and potentially disastrous cuts in vital California health and welfare programs, including those that affect people living with HIV/AIDS, seniors, the disabled, and the very young."
· Washington: Rejection rate rising signatures for Referendum 71, which would rescind the state's recently passed "everything but marriage" domestic-partnership law.
· For the seventh year in a row, the City of Chicago issues a mayoral proclamation and holds a ceremony "recognizing the service of GLBT veterans. It is the only such municipal recognition ceremony in the country."
· Congressional candidate Anthony Woods as a positive role for black gay youth: "Woods' ability to connect with a youth culture increasingly accepting of gays suggests a number of possibilities for black gay community. Should Woods win the seat and go on to enjoy a lengthy and successful career in politics, it will be very hard for history to downplay his contributions to the political world the way it was done with civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. Many—including a number of black gays—know little about Rustin's work to combat segregation, apartheid, and homophobia. In the digital age where everything is photographed, taped, and blogged, Woods' potential ascension from fallen victim of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' to the first black openly gay person elected to Congress will be a story told repeatedly to young gays of color."