Beyond the Beltway

Beyond the Beltway

Compiled by Jim Becker

Friday, August 18, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-August 18

Trans service members sue Trump over military ban

Washington, D.C. - Five Transgender service members filed suit against Donald Trump and other federal officials on August 9. The five are collectively identified as 'Jane Doe' in the 15-page complaint filed on their behalf by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders). The lawsuit - now known as Doe v. Trump - charges that Trump's tweets barring Trans people from military service “upset the reasonable expectations of plaintiffs and thousands of other transgender service members and the men and women with whom they serve and fight.” This undermining of Trans service members' expectation of continued military service amounts to a violation of the right to equal protection and due process under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit seeks a declaration that Trump's proposed ban on Transgender military service is unconstitutional, and asks the court for an injunction stopping it from going into effect.

Friday, August 04, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-August 4

Undetectable HIV+ men did not infect any HIV- partners

Paris, France – As reported in, the world’s largest study on HIV transmission has shown HIV+ men with undetectable viral loads did not transmit HIV to their sexual partners. The results from the Opposites Attract study were presented today at the IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris. Couples who participated in the study had different HIV statues – one of the men was living with HIV, while the other was HIV negative. The study involved 358 gay couples from Thailand, Brazil and Australia over four years from 2012–2016.

Friday, July 21, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-July 21

Report that Chechnya executed 27 including Gay men

Grozny, Chechnya - The Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta has reported that Chechen security forces executed 27 people on the night of January 26. Radio Free Europe (RFE) published an English-language summary of the story on July 9. While RFE did not explicitly identify the executed individuals as Gay, it linked the killings to the ongoing pogrom against Gay men in the Caucasian republic, which is part of the Russian Federation and is ruled by an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian LGBT Network corroborated the reports, noting that some of the names published by Novaya Gazeta were known to be members of the LGBT community.

Friday, July 07, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-July 7

Russians and Israelis like Trump but rest of world hates him

Washington, D.C. - The whole world hates Trump - with the exception of Russians and Israelis - according to a new Pew poll released June 27. The poll involved 40,447 respondents in 37 countries and was conducted from February 16 to May 8. Only 22% of the respondents said they had “confidence” in Trump, compared with the 64% who said the same about Barack Obama at the end of his term.

Friday, June 23, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation- June 23

Man drops case against Seattle mayor

Seattle, WA - Delvonn Heckard, the man who accused Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of paying him for sex when he was underage, has dropped his lawsuit against Murray. Heckard's attorney, Lincoln Beauregard, filed a motion to withdraw the complaint on June 13, and it was granted by a King County Superior Court. Beauregard filed the suit on Heckard's behalf in April. The suit was dismissed “without prejudice,” which means it can be filed again and Beauregard said his client would definitely do so after he completes his drug rehab program next year.


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