the Pride - The application process for the largest national LGBTQ+ scholarship program is opening next week.

On average, LGBTQ students accrue $16,000 more debt on than their heterosexual peers, according to a survey by StudentLoanHero.com.

Queer-identifying students enrolling in an undergraduate or graduate program for the 2019-2020 school year can can apply for a Point Foundation Scholarship, an L.A.-based organization that currently provides financial assistance to 97 students throughout the U.S.

The LA Blade - Casey Hoke, a transgender artist, activist and national public speaker dedicated to helping others combat marginalization, has died in Pomona, according to a family statement on his Facebook page. A spokesperson for Los Angeles County Deputy Medical Examiner Juan Carrillo told the Los Angeles Blade that the cause of death was deferred until after an official inquest. He died at his home in Pomona, outside Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, August 8.

LGBTQ Nation - Over the past few years, two young boys have been tortured and killed in Los Angeles after multiple reports of abuse, possibly because their parents thought that they were gay.

Now the California legislature wants answers.

This past Wednesday, the Joint Legislative Audit Committee in Sacramento approved a request to the California State Auditor to review the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

Anthony Avalos came out as gay in recent weeks, and authorities are now investigating whether homophobia played a role in the death of the 10-year-old Lancaster boy, a county official said.

Anthony was found mortally wounded at his home last week with severe head injuries and cigarette burns covering his body.

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