LGBT+ ER nurse says having sex now a “slap in the face”

London, England – An LGBT+ ER nurse has begged gay men to stop going out and bragging about it on social media and said they should protect themselves and others from coronavirus. While many around the world are following government advice to stay at home and avoid unnecessary socializing, others are ignoring the rules. If they catch COVID-19 they may get seriously sick themselves – even young people are ending up in hospitals. But even more importantly, they will inevitably spread the coronavirus to more people who may be vulnerable and could die. Meanwhile, others responded to the ER nurse, […]

Can the show go on? It is virtually possible

Dallas, TX – Theater, concerts, film festivals — all around the world, these have been canceled. You simply cannot see live entertainment anymore. Well, not so fast. Several organizations are pioneering ways to live the motto “The show must go on.” Rather than cancel events, some are offering live streaming through various platforms.             The upcoming production of The Imaginary Invalid, Dallas’ by The Classics Theatre Project will be streamed online. “When you buy a ticket to any of our performances… you will receive a link that will allow you to watch in real time live on YouTube,” the company […]

Before COVID there was HIV; we’ve been here before, sort of

Dallas, TX – It’s a scary time. There is a novel virus, never seen before by epidemiologists and therefore misunderstood. It is spreading silently through the population; carriers may not even be symptomatic. There is no treatment for it, no vaccine, no outright cure. It is deadly. And it’s forcing the community to radically rethink everything we thought we knew about social living, closing places where people congregate, and many are losing their jobs. There’s even victim-blaming of those who contract it: “You should have listened more carefully to the warnings,” they cluck… sometimes before coming down with the virus […]

Biden has strong lead but LGBTQ favorite Bernie still in

Seattle, WA – After three primary election losses to Joe Biden on March 17, Bernie Sanders says he’s still in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination but will focus on dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Initial reports that Sanders – the favorite among LGBTQ voters according to national polls – would suspend his campaign turned out to be incorrect. Sanders has, however, suspended Facebook advertising and is apparently no longer soliciting funds from supporters. Nevertheless, his campaign staff insists he’s still in the race.             “The next primary contest is at least three weeks away. Sen. Sanders is going […]

Idaho legislature OKs anti-Trans bill baring gender change

Boise, ID – On March 17, the Idaho Senate approved a bill already passed by the state House of Representatives that would ban transgender people from changing the sex listed on their birth certificates despite a federal court ruling two years ago declaring such a ban unconstitutional. Lambda Legal, which brought the lawsuit that resulted in that ruling, urged Idaho Gov. Brad Little to veto the bill when it lands on his desk. “We urge Gov. Little to veto this toxic bill that willfully flouts a court order,” said Lambda Legal staff attorney Kara Ingelhart. “Essential identity documents should accurately […]

Anti-LGBTQ groups growing fast and intertwined with Trump

Atlanta, GA – Anti-LGBTQ organizations were the fastest-growing sector of hate groups in the US in 2019, according to a new report released by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). If that were not disturbing enough, the report says that the growth of anti-LGBTQ extremism is “intertwined” with the Trump administration. “Anti-LGBTQ groups have become intertwined with the Trump administration, and – after years of civil rights progress and growing acceptance among the broader American public – anti-LGBTQ sentiment within the Republican Party is rising,” the SPLC wrote in the report.             “Though Trump promised during his campaign to be […]

First LGBTQ Cohousing community opening in Durham, NC

Durham, NC – Cohousing is defined as “community designed to foster connection” by the Cohousing Association of the United States. These communities often feature common grounds where neighbors can easily interact with each other and shared spaces like kitchens, dining spaces and gardens where residents, while living in private homes, can create collaborative living and management of their own communities.             The first and only LGBTQ cohousing community in the country, Village Hearth Cohousing (VHC) is located just 15 minutes from Duke University and Downtown. The community, which will be completed this spring, does not qualify as affordable housing in […]

Q Notes launches essay contest with for LGBTQ youth

Charlotte, NC – LGBTQ young people sometimes face risks because of their identities, but there are also rewards that come from being different. In honor of those young people at the forefront of the LGBTQ community, Q Notes and Time Out Youth are hosting the 2020 Youth Essay Contest and seeking essay submissions from youth aged 13-20 years old.             Have you always wanted to be a voice for the community? Aspiring writers are asked to respond to the following prompt. What does being an LGBTQ individual mean to you? In 500-1,000 words, essays should discuss the way you identify, […]

LGBTQ groups sue Trump Administration for discrimination

New York, NY  – On March 19, three organizations serving vulnerable populations — Family Equality, True Colors United, and SAGE —  sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its unlawful November 2019 announcement that it would stop enforcing anti-discrimination protections against federal grantees that deny services to, or otherwise discriminate against, individuals. The administration’s unlawful action endangers already vulnerable populations, especially as the country confronts the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit was filed by Democracy Forward and Lambda Legal in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.             As the coronavirus pandemic continues […]

Biden releases 17-page policy on LGBTQ issues

Philadelphia – Hard on the heels of his Super Tuesday surge, Joe Biden is out with his LGBTQ policy plan. At 17 pages (two of which are about his record of support), it’s a detailed document that rivals – and echoes – the plans that former competitors Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren issued last October. Sanders’ policy plan is similar to Biden’s, with some Sanders-esque flourishes, like making it easier for LGBTQ workers to unionize. The plan falls into seven categories: Preventing discrimination, supporting youth, working to end violence, expanding access to high-quality health care, ensuring fair treatment in the […]