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Beyond the Beltway

Compiled by Jim Becker

Trump reissues so called “religious freedom” executive order

Washington, D.C. - An executive order signed by Donald Trump on May 4 will make it easier for churches to get involved in politics and for employers to deny reproductive health coverage to their employees, but it does not include language explicitly endorsing discrimination against LGBT Americans. Trump's so-called “Executive Order on Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty” was issued on May 4, designated as the National Day of Prayer, as a nod to Christian conservatives who promoted his candidacy.

Friday, April 28, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-April 28

Do gay men have more casual sex, and if so, why?

Philadelphia, PA - Apps like Grindr and Scruff have become the gold standard for men to meet men. These apps, and others like it, use geo-locational technology to connect users to other men currently logged onto the app within a certain physical range, creating easy opportunities to both meet and hook up with new guys. It is generally understood that Grindr, Scruff and the like are used for casual sex. But why are these apps seemingly reserved for gay men? What about a hookup app for lesbians or for straight people? Certainly, Tinder is the closest thing to a hookup app for non-gay men but it absolutely falls short of being a full-fledged hookup app. Surely, gay men aren’t the only group of people who want to engage in casual sex. In fact, much research shows that men and women, regardless of sexual orientation, choose to have casual sex (just for the sake of it) at roughly the same rate. But — and this is a very distinctive but — biological differences between men and women seem to be the cause of differences in hooking up habits.

Friday, April 14, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-April 14

Gay men being tortured and murdered in Chechnya

Grozny, Chechnya – Detainees in Chechen prisons allege that gay men are being tortured and murdered within the facilities. Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper, reported that detainees told them Chechen police rounded up more than 100 men suspected to be gay and have killed at least three of them. According to the early April report, some detainees said the men were tortured and electrocuted while they were imprisoned, and others described seeing prisoners beaten to death.

Friday, March 31, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-March 31

LGBT Caucus Decries Trump choice of Anti-Trans activist

Washington, D.C. -- The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus denounced President Donald Trump's appointment of Roger Severino as the head of the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services. “Appointing Roger Severino is another warning shot to those of us fighting for civil rights in the Trump era,” said Transgender Equality Task Force Chair Joe Kennedy III (MA).  “Mr. Severino has built a career on demonizing the transgender community, stoking fear about transgender identity, and -- in particular -- undermining equal access to health care. It's clear the President has no intention of keeping the promises he made to LGBTQ Americans.

Friday, March 17, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-March 17

Man comes out at 95 after 67 years of marriage

Los Angeles, CA – As reported by the BBC, a man married to his wife for 67 years decided to come out at age 95. Is it ever too late to come to terms with one's true nature? Perhaps not. Meet Roman, who decided at age 95 that it was time to set the records straight. In a three-and-a-half-minute video interview with popular YouTuber Davey Wavey - himself a gay man - Roman, who is now 96, says he has had a wife for 67 years, two children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild. But last year he decided it was time to "come out of the closet." Davey told the BBC that he was connected with Roman through his grandson Brandon Gross.

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