Survey finds depression higher in LGBTQ youth in the South

Charlotte, NC – LGBTQ youth in the south are disproportionally underserved. Many don’t have access to spaces that affirm their identity. According to a recent analysis by The Trevor Project, unsupportive environments are linked to an increased likelihood of depression and even suicide. The same survey found 69 percent of those same young adults had fair or poor mental health and that LGBTQ youth in the south had a nine percent greater possibility of a past-year suicide attempt when compared to other regions of the United States. The Trevor Project found that overall, nearly half of LGBTQ youth in the […]

Years & Years Alexander to be sexier after protests

London, England – Josh Milton reports for Pink News that Olly Alexander has vowed to be even sexier after the Years & Years BBC New Year’s Eve concert courted complaints for being “overly sexualized”. The British singer, 31, hosted The Big New Years & Years Eve Party on BBC One with guests Kylie Minogue and the Pet Shop Boys. But apparently, Alexander’s sheer beauty was simply too much for some viewers to handle – 179 of them to be exact. According to Metro, the broadcaster was slapped with complaints from pearl-clutching viewers. “179 people complained I was too sexy,” the […]

HRC urges Red Cross to update blood donation questions

Washington, D.C. – The American Red Cross said the U.S. is in the middle of its greatest blood shortage in more than a decade. On some days, there is less than a one-day supply of blood. The Human Rights Campaign called on the FDA to revise the questionnaire used to screen potential donors that excludes most gay and bisexual men from donating. “We are facing a national blood shortage. This is a crisis that can in part be addressed by modernizing the Food and Drug Administration’s discriminatory policy that bans men who have sex with men from donating blood,” said […]

Florida Gay activist murdered and body found in landfill

Tallahassee, FL – Alex Bollinger reports for LGBTQ Nation that Florida LGBTQ activist Jorge Diaz-Johnston – who was a plaintiff in a historic marriage case – has been found dead at age 54 in a landfill in Jackson County. Diaz-Johnston went missing on January 3 and his body was found face-down in a trash pile on the morning of Saturday, January 8. Tallahassee Police have ruled his death a homicide and said they suspect foul play. Tallahassee Police want anyone with information about the homicide to call 1-850-891-4200. They have not released any details of the ongoing investigation. In July […]

Man admits murdering a Gay man 34 years ago in Australia

Sydney, Australia – David Hudson writes in Queerty that the mystery of a gay man’s death in 1988 has finally been solved after another man admitted pushing him off a cliff. Scott Johnson, 27, was a US citizen who went to Australia to study for his math doctorate and be with his Australian partner, Michael Noone. His body was found at the foot of cliffs at Manly’s North Head Beach, outside Sydney. Police were quick to dismiss his death as a suicide. However, Scott’s friends and family never believed this to be the case. Scott’s brother, in particular, fought for […]

Dead pop stars to appear at Trump rally says QAnon boss

Florence, AZ – Michael Jackson, Prince, Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Tupac, and John Lennon will be the featured entertainment at Donald Trump’s Florence, Arizona, mass rally on January 15. Yes, they are all dead, but no, that’s not a typo. That’s the apparently sincere claim of QAnon boss Michael Brian Protzman. The idea that dead entertainers would be resurrected to perform “live” is not a new one for Protzman. In November he claimed that the Rolling Stones were replaced by Jackson, Prince, and JFK Jr., at their Dallas concert, with Aaliyah providing backup vocals. Protzman was also the source of […]

On 1/6/21 Gay Rep. knew Trump had to be impeached again

Washington, D.C. – Alex Bollinger writes in LGBTQ Nation that Out Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) discussed with The Hill what it was like working in Congress during the Capitol Insurrection and how the violence inspired him to help lead the second impeachment of Donald Trump. Cicilline said that his colleague Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) “came into my office because he had been evacuated from his office building, and asked whether he could stay in our office, and we of course said yes.” “And as we were watching the events unfold [on TV]… and as the day went on and there […]

Singapore arrest OnlyFans creator on obscenity charges

Singapore – Dan Tracer reports for Queerty that OnlyFans creator Titus Low Kaide was arrested on December 30 in Singapore and charged with “transmitting obscene materials.” The 22-year-old was charged with two counts of transmitting obscene materials via electronic means after police received reports he’d “transmitted images and videos of his private parts.” After allegedly defying a police order not to access his account, he was also given a charge under the Criminal Procedure Code. Low is believed to be the first OnlyFans creator arrested in Singapore, where the sale, distribution or possession of adult material is illegal. The country […]

Philly NBA team celebrates LGBTQ Pride Night; honors PGN

Philadelphia, PA – The Philadelphia 76ers celebrated their annual Pride Night on January 3 at the Wells Fargo Center, along with a victory over the Houston Rockets 133-113. The Sixers recognized Philadelphia Gay News and publisher Mark Segal during a halftime celebration on center court. The first issue of PGN was released on January 3, 1976. “When we host Pride Night each year, we use it as an opportunity to tie the event to a moment in history or a local influencer in the LGBTQ+ community,” Mike Goings, Vice President of Social Responsibility & Fan Development, told PGN. “Mark Segal […]

Germany appoints Gay man diversity commissioner

Berlin, Germany – Mishti Ali writes in Pink News that Germany has appointed Sven Lehmann its first-ever commissioner for the acceptance of sexual and gender diversity. Green Party politician, Sven Lehmann, will be overseeing a national LGBT+ strategy in his new position, which he took up on January 5. Lehmann has been a member of the Bundestag, the German parliament, since 2017. Alongside fellow lawmaker, Ulle Schauws, he spent three years from 2018 as spokesperson for queer policy and social policy within the Greens. Accepting his appointment, he asserted that “everyone should be able to live freely, safely, and with […]