Activists say anti-gay attacks are increasing in Chechnya

Grozny, Chechnya – Gay Star News reports that activists are warning of a new wave of anti-gay attacks in the Russian republic of Chechnya. According to a social media post on January 10, activists are urging LGBTI Chechens to flee immediately, amid a new crackdown against LGBTI people. It is understood authorities received new contact details of LGBTI people living in Chechnya. “We ask anyone still free to take this message seriously and leave the republic as soon as is possible,” the statement read. It continued: “I ask you to turn to human rights activists, the media, friends who can […]

Activists say anti-gay attacks are increasing in Chechnya

Grozny, Chechnya – Gay Star News reports that activists are warning of a new wave of anti-gay attacks in the Russian republic of Chechnya. According to a social media post on January 10, activists are urging LGBTI Chechens to flee immediately, amid a new crackdown against LGBTI people. It is understood authorities received new contact details of LGBTI people living in Chechnya. “We ask anyone still free to take this message seriously and leave the republic as soon as is possible,” the statement read. It continued: “I ask you to turn to human rights activists, the media, friends who can […]

Maryland, 4 other states banned conversion therapy in 2018

Los Angeles, CA – New estimates from the Williams Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law find that 1,000 LGBTQ youth who range in ages from 13-17 will be protected from conversion therapy by a licensed health care professional in the five U.S. states that passed bans on the practice in 2018 — Washington, Hawaii, Maryland, Delaware, and New Hampshire. Currently, there are 14 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 40 localities, which have banned health care professionals from using conversion therapy on youth. Approximately 7,000 LGBTQ youth would have received the therapy […]

Mutual of Omaha ends insurance ban for PrEP use in MASS.

Boston, MA – One of the country’s largest insurance providers has agreed to stop denying all forms of insurance, including life and long-term care insurance, to Massachusetts residents using the HIV prevention medication Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). Following an investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office and a separate lawsuit filed by GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Mutual of Omaha has formally agreed to change its underwriting practices. Fenway Health was proud to assist both efforts with expert testimony and research by Kenneth H. Mayer, M.D., Medical Research Director and Co-Chair of The Fenway Institute. “Multiple studies have […]

Evangelicals Unhappy with anti-lynching bill: too restrictive?

Washington, D.C. – Edge Media Network reports that given the deeply entrenched divisions in Congress and the bitter partisan disagreements that keep the government in a constant state of legislative gridlock, any bill that passes the Senate with unanimous support ought to be a cause for celebration — and, for obvious reasons, be accepted as urgently moral. Not according to an evangelical group so vitriolic in its opposition to any and all protections for certain sections of America’s citizenry, though. NBC News reports that Liberty Counsel, an evangelical organization that has earned its designation as a hate group from the […]

New index grades U.S. on sexual & reproductive issues

Washington, D.C. – The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) launched the “Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Index: Grading U.S. Global Health Assistance” in partnership with the Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University during December. The index is the first tool ever to critically assess the U.S. government’s global health policies and funding that impact sexual and reproductive health and rights, and measures its performance by grading it annually. The launch of the index comes on the heels of reports of an aggressive campaign from the Trump administration to ban U.S. diplomats’ use of the terms […]

Episcopal ministry gives $80K to LGBT groups for seniors

Dallas, TX – Ministry with the Aging Inc. has donated a total of $80,000 to organizations in the LGBT community providing programming and services for older LGBT people. The ministry recently presented a check for $30,000 to the Coalition for Aging LGBT and a check for $50,000 to Resource Center. The donations came from proceeds from the sale of Cathedral Gardens Apartments in East Dallas. Coalition for Aging recently published its North Texas LGBT-Friendly Senior Housing Guide rating senior living properties on their LGBT inclusiveness in everything from employment policies to marketing to competency training. The guide, published for the […]

Second man dies in home of prominent Democratic donor

West Hollywood, CA – Protests have erupted outside the home of a wealthy Democratic donor in California, after a second man died there in 18 months. More than 100 people gathered at the house of Edward Buck in West Hollywood on the night of January 7 to demand the activist be arrested. Buck – a regular donor to Democratic campaigns including Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid – was investigated for a suspected murder when Gemmel Moore, 26, was found dead of a meth overdose in July 2017. The retired donor was again interviewed by police yesterday after another black man, in […]

Texas legislature has its first LGBTQ Caucus

Austin, TX – For the first time in Texas history, the state legislature will have an LGBT Caucus. State Rep. Mary Gonzalez, a four-term representative who identifies as pansexual and is the dean of the delegation, filed paperwork to create the caucus. When the Legislature convened on Tuesday, Jan. 8, four additional LGBT women were sworn into office. Rep. Celia Israel begins her third full term representing District 50. She was first elected in a 2014 special election to fill the vacancy created when Rep. Mark Strama resigned to become the head of Google Fiber in Austin. Three freshmen were […]

Dating in the BDSM World

Dear Andre, I’m a trans man in my early twenties and I’m entering into my first D/S (Dominant/Submissive) relationship with a femme top. I’m very new to the BDSM scene and met this woman through an online group that connects local kinky queers to each other. While I’m thrilled to find someone with like interests, my gut instinct is saying that something’s off. Only a few days after meeting online she was instructing me on what I should wear and eat, then ordering me to send her photos to verify I was “following rules”. A few hours after meeting for […]