Pence doesn’t mention LGBTQ people in World Aids Day speech

Washington, DC – Last Saturday, December 1st, was World AIDS Day, and there were many events planned throughout the country and the world dedicated to focusing attention on the continuing AIDS epidemic and its devastating impact on our world. The White House held its World AIDS Day event on Thursday, November 29th, and for some unknown reason, Vice President Mike Pence was tapped to deliver the event’s keynote address. Pence once ran for Congress on a pledge not to support reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE (Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency) Act until “after completion of an audit to ensure that […]

British MP reveals that he is HIV positive

London – On November 29th, Labor member of Parliament (MP) Lloyd Russell-Moyle revealed he’s living with HIV. He is the Labor MP for Brighton Kemptown and is the only sitting MP to disclose his HIV status. “This Saturday 1 December will mark the 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day, and next year it will be ten years since I became HIV positive,” he told the House of Commons. “I was 22 years old, and diagnosed early. Since then, I have been on world-class treatment provided by the NHS – so I have not only survived, I’ve prospered, and any partner […]

Is there an outright cure for HIV in sight?

London – As reported in The Guardian, more than 50 years after it jumped the species barrier and became one of the most devastating viruses to affect mankind, HIV remains a stubborn adversary. Treatment has improved dramatically over the past 20 years, but people who are infected will remain so for the rest of their lives, and must take one pill daily – at one time it was a cocktail of 30. Dr Jonathan Angel, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Ottawa Hospital Research Institute said, “In my personal opinion, our therapies have become so good that looking […]

Trump trans military ban Supreme Court appeal premature

Seattle – On November 23rd, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) asked the US Supreme Court to review three preliminary federal district court rulings that have kept the Trump administration from implementing its plan to prevent transgender people from serving in the US armed services. The three preliminary rulings include one out of the US District Court for the Western District of Washington in the lawsuit, brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN and joined by the State of Washington, challenging the constitutionality of the proposed ban. “Today, the US Department of Justice announced its intent to short-circuit established practice, asking […]

Pope Francis expresses serious concern about gay clergy

Vatican City – Barbie Latza Nadeau reports in the Daily Beast that Pope Francis continues to send mixed messages on the acceptance of LGBTQ people in the church but is very concerned about their participation as clergy. Nadeau reminds the reader that back in 2013, shortly after Pope Francis was elected, he shocked the world with his words: “If a person seeks God and has goodwill, then who am I to judge,” when asked about a gay priest? In some ways, Francis has been eating his words ever since, constantly called to explain by conservatives in the church what he […]

Taiwan voters say no to same-sex marriage

Taipei – Reuters reports that on November 24th, Taiwan voters backed a referendum that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, dealing a blow to the self-ruled island’s reputation for liberalism in Asia amid a heated debate over marriage equality. In Asia’s first such ruling, Taiwan’s constitutional court declared in May 2017 that same-sex couples had the right to legally marry, and set a two-year deadline for legalization. But the island’s election authority earlier this year approved contradicting referendum petitions from both conservative and rights groups. More than six million voters approved a series of initiatives opposing marriage […]

Grindr prez: Marriage is between a man and woman

Los Angeles – The Guardian reports that the president of Grindr wrote on Facebook that he believes “marriage is a holy matrimony between a man and a woman,” sparking backlash inside the gay dating app company. Scott Chen, who became the president of Grindr after it was bought by a Chinese gaming corporation, wrote and later deleted a lengthy post on his personal page that criticized Christian groups fighting marriage equality, but also suggested that his personal beliefs clashed with gay marriage. After a backlash within the gay dating app company, Chen says he “supports gay marriage” and was voicing […]

Human Rights Campaign President Griffin to step down

Washington, DC – The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced that its president, Chad Griffin, he will leave his post at the organization in 2019 after serving it for seven years. Under Griffin’s leadership, HRC has become a leader in the resistance to the Trump-Pence administration, has doubled its membership, staff, and budget to meet its expanded goals and opportunities has led efforts to win marriage equality, introduced the Equality Act which would establish explicit federal civil rights protections for LGBTQ people, launched the largest grassroots expansion in the organization’s 38-year history ahead of the 2018 midterms, and established new programs […]

Former Dallas Cowboy to marry his boyfriend

Dallas – Jeff Rohrer, 59, who was a linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys for six seasons in the 1980s, has come out and is getting married to his fiancé, Joshua Ross, 36, according to the New York Times. The couple, who met two years ago, will marry in Southern California this weekend. Five other former NFL players have come out after retiring from football. The first was Dave Kopay in 1975. Rohrer is the first to marry a same-sex partner, according to the Times. Rohrer told the Times that had he told the Dallas Cowboys while he was on the […]

Gay artist’s ‘Portrait of an Artist’ nets $90 million in auction

New York – British painter David Hockney, 81, has just become the most expensive living artist after one of his paintings sold for $90.3 million. “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” sold at a Christie’s auction in New York City on November 15th. The sale broke Jeff Koons’s record $58.4 million sale in 2013 of his painting Ballon Dog (Orange). Currency trader and owner of soccer club Tottenham Hotspur, Joe Lewis, owned the painting before putting it up for auction. Lewis bought the iconic painting in 1995 from record-label owner and producer David Geffen. Christie’s described the 1972 […]