Patient in London has been ‘cured’ of HIV

Seattle – A second HIV patient has been “cured” of the virus, but doctors warn that the treatment – chemotherapy plus stem cell transplants – is not a practical method for dealing with HIV infections. The British patient, who has not been identified, was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, in 2012. He had chemotherapy to treat the cancer and, in addition, stem cells were implanted into the patient from a donor resistant to HIV, leading to both his cancer and HIV going into remission. He has now been in remission from HIV […]

Patient in London has been ‘cured’ of HIV

Seattle – A second HIV patient has been “cured” of the virus, but doctors warn that the treatment – chemotherapy plus stem cell transplants – is not a practical method for dealing with HIV infections. The British patient, who has not been identified, was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, in 2012. He had chemotherapy to treat the cancer and, in addition, stem cells were implanted into the patient from a donor resistant to HIV, leading to both his cancer and HIV going into remission. He has now been in remission from HIV […]

Methodists adopt anti-LGBTQ rules at conference

Saint Louis – The United Methodist Church has voted to continue its prohibition on LGBTQ weddings and ministers during a special meeting of the general conference in St. Louis last month. The delegation of more than 800 clergy and laity from multiple countries voted 438 to 384 to approve the “Traditional Plan.” The TP faced hours of delay as opponents of the plan made moves to stall the voting process or make the proposal unable to be voted on. Another plan that aimed to be inclusive of the LGBTQ community was defeated on multiple accounts during general conference proceedings. The […]

Country singer comes out via his new music video

Nashville – In discussing the inspiration for his new video, country singer Cameron Hawthorn says, “I remember always thinking how special it was to dance freely with my boyfriend in the living room of our apartment.” The video for “Dancing in the Living Room” features sweet, romantic vignettes and highlights the intimacy of dancing with one’s partner at home. In the video, there is a diversity of couples. Some include a lesbian couple moving in together and an elderly couple dancing in their kitchen. And of course, Hawthorne dancing with his own partner. “I’ve got you in my arms and […]

More than 11 million Americans say they are LGBT

Los Angeles – Some 11.3 million American adults self-identify as LGBT – about 4.5% of the adult population – according to a new study by the Williams Institute at the UCLA School if Law. The institute found that Washington, DC, has the highest percentage of self-identified LGBT people at 9.8%, and North Dakota had the lowest, at 2.7%. LGBT people are also economically disadvantaged, compared to the whole US population. LGBT people are more likely to have household incomes below $24,000, and to lack access to a sufficient nutrition, the analysis found. Although LGBT people come from all ethnic groups, […]

China to remove LGBT scenes from Bohemian Rhapsody

Beijing – The Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will have all overt LGBT scenes removed for its release in China, it has been reported. At least a minute will be cut from the film in order to secure permission for it to be screened in Chinese cinemas, including scenes where Mercury (played by Rami Malek) kisses other male characters. Scenes of drug use will also be removed. China’s reluctance to allow LGBT-themed films to reach cinema audiences was underlined when a domestic TV streaming service, Mango TV, was reported to have censored Malek’s acceptance speech for his Best […]

Honorary trans pages come to the Texas Capitol

Austin, Texas – The Texas legislature has been dominated by Republicans for a long time. The last time that a Democrat won statewide office was in 1994. The last Democratic presidential candidate to win the state was Jimmy Carter in 1976. Despite this recent history, there are small signs of change. The newly formed Texas LGBT Caucus celebrated Trans Day of Advocacy at the Texas Capitol by welcoming trans youth as honorary pages. This is just one example of the importance that the caucus can play in fighting for LGBTQ rights despite its inability to pass legislation. From its Twitter […]

West Virginia delegate draws fire for anti-gay slurs

Charleston, West Virginia – Eric Porterfield, Republican member of West Virginia’s House of Delegates representing the state’s 27th District, has come under fire from Democrats and some members of his own party. Calls for his resignation followed, after Porterfield made a string of homophobic statements in the media and the House of Delegates itself. During an interview with WVVA, Porterfield was asked what his reaction would be to his son or daughter coming out to him as gay or lesbian. Porterfield responded by saying he would see “if they could swim.” He wouldn’t come out and directly say he would […]

Gov. Cuomo launches WorldPride Ambassadors competition

New York City – Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has launched the WorldPride 2019 Ambassadors competition, ahead of the WorldPride and Stonewall 50 commemorations planned for June. WorldPride, the largest international LGBT Pride celebration, is coming to New York City in 2019, marking the first time it has been held in the US. The commemoration includes marches, performances and festivals that promote the LGBT rights movement, and the WorldPride Ambassadors selected to highlight the diversity of New York’s LGBTQ community will be invited to join “I Love NY” in New York City to be part of the celebration, including participating in […]

Court orders Trump to stop discharging HIV military personnel

Alexandria, Virginia – On February 15th a federal judge ordered the US Department of Defense and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to halt discharge proceedings against HIV-positive members of the US Air Force. The order came in the case of Roe and Voe v. Shanahan, filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, with partner law firm Winston & Strawn, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The two airmen serving as plaintiffs, who filed pseudonymously, were given discharge orders at the end of last year after being found “unfit for continued military service” despite compliance with […]