FEMA to reimburse for COVID-19-related funeral costs

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced that it will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral costs that took place after January 20, 2020. This reimbursement operation went into effect on April 12, 2021, under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The announcement also came after the US COVID-19 death toll exceeded 500,000 American residents, and it continues to climb. FEMA, which operates under the US Department of Homeland Security, said in its statement, “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. […]

Biden names Gay man head of Customs & Border Protection

Washington, D. C – President Joe Biden named Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus to head Customs and Border Protection. Magnus was the first police chief to marry a same-sex partner. Magnus was a vocal critic of former President Trump and his immigration policies and he was recognized for carrying a Black Lives Matter banner while in uniform. If he’s confirmed, his biggest challenge will be to handle the record number of children from Mexico and Central America crossing the border into the U.S. Magnus was police chief in Richmond, Calif., where he met his husband, who was chief of staff […]

AZ Republicans to allow parents to say no LGBTQ history

Tucson, AZ – David Reddish reports in Queerty that Republicans in the Arizona state legislature have passed a bill that would allow parents to opt their children out of educational classes which would include LGBTQ history, or sex education topics including HIV prevention. If signed into law, SB 1456 would mandate the “school governing board to develop procedures by which parents will be notified in advance, and given the opportunity to opt their children into, any instruction regarding sexuality, gender identity or gender expression.” It would further require parental permission for students to attend any sex education classes. Sex ed […]

National LGBT Media Association to boycott Georgia

Washington, D.C. – The National LGBT Media Association (NGMA), composed of the 12 largest LGBT publications in the nation and the country’s largest LGBT media association, has approved a resolution to not hold any future meetings in the state of Georgia due to the Georgia Legislature’s recent passage of draconian voter suppression laws which primarily affect communities of color. “We in the LGBT community built a movement fighting for equality, and we stand with those who fight this ‘Jim Crow, Part 2’ legislation in order to make their voice heard and their vote count,” NGMA members said. “Too many people […]

LGBTQ Uxbek activist attacked; others going underground

Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Emma Powys Maurice writes for Pink News that the Uzbek LGBT+ community say they’ve been driven underground in fear of homophobic backlash after a vicious attack on a prominent blogger and his supporters. Miraziz Bazarov remains hospitalized with serious injuries, which he sustained in a savage beating by three masked men with a baseball bat on 28 March. The blogger is a vocal critic of President Mirziyoyev and had called for LGBT+ gatherings at holy sites in protest against the criminalization of same-sex relationships in Uzbekistan. An angry mob later attacked several young people who planned to […]

Gay rapper Lil Nas X satin video freaks out the rightwing set

Atlanta, GA – Rapper Lil Nas X has stirred up those with anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments with the recent release of his music video “Montero (Call Me by Your Name),” which dropped on March 26. Two days later, he also released blood-infused Nike sneakers, in keeping with the satanic theme of his new song. What was his intent? To embrace and celebrate his sexuality, while simultaneously refusing to accept societal shame for his sexual orientation. In a tweet posted following the video release, Lil Nas X stated, “i spent my entire teenage years hating myself because of the shit y’all preached would […]

Ex Gay porn star now straight and an anti-Gay politician

Durness, Scotland – Graham Gremore reports for Queerty that a German-born ex-gay adult film star living in Scotland says he’s turning over a new leaf. He’s putting his X-rated past behind him and focusing his attention on local politics. 43-year-old Philipp Tanzer began working as a gay adult film star in 2007, performing as Logan McCree. He became known for his distinctive tattoos that cover most of his body, including his penis and butt. In 2008, he won a Grabby Award for Best Fetish Video. And in 2010, he launched his very own website, “loganmccree.tv”, which was sort of like […]

Philadelphia Gay News celebrates 45 year! Congratulations!

Philadelphia, PA – PGN’s first issue was published on January 3, 1976. The paper was 36 pages and included articles on the fight to get a gay rights bill through City Council, an update on the murder of Knight-Ridder heir John S. Night III, a feature gay and lesbian people in athletics, and a column about mobilizing the gay and lesbian vote in elections. Until September 1976, PGN was printed in Pittsburgh, along with the Pittsburgh Gay News, Ohio East Gay News, and the Atlanta Gay News, which made up the first LGBTQ media chain in the country. Longtime staffer […]

President Biden issues Transgender affirming proclamation

Washington, D.C. President Joe Biden on March 31 issued the first presidential proclamation honoring International Transgender Day of Visibility. “Their trailblazing work has given countless transgender individuals the bravery to live openly and authentically,” Biden wrote of transgender activists. “This hard-fought progress is also shaping an increasingly accepting world in which peers at school, teammates and coaches on the playing field, colleagues at work, and allies in every corner of society are standing in support and solidarity with the transgender community.” Noting that nearly 1 in 3 trans people have experienced homelessness, and that trans people routinely face discrimination in […]

Are straight guys having gay sex closeted? Prof says no!

Vancouver, Canada – Earlier this month Edge Media Network reported on Dr. Joe Kort who argued that “when straight men have sex with men it’s not a gay thing, it’s a guy thing.” He added: “In general, men have more transactional sex with one another, in general women don’t. Men have objectified sex where it’s just about the act, it’s just about getting off.” This week University of British Columbia sociology professor Tony Silva offers new insight on sexual attraction, behavior and their implications in his book “Still Straight: Sexual Flexibility Among White Men in Rural America.” “Drawing upon interviews […]