Is the end of HIV transmission in sight?

London – A study of gay couples published on May 2nd in the medical journal Lancet indicates that HIV-positive men in whom the infection is fully suppressed by anti-retroviral drugs have no chance of passing the virus to their partner, even through sex without a condom. The UK Guardian reported on the findings with the headline declaring “End to AIDS in sight,” and noting, “The success of the medicine means that if everyone with HIV were fully treated, there would be no further infections.” Earlier studies, the report noted, have shown that the drugs also stop transmission in straight couples […]

‘My gay-friendly mosque saved me from becoming a radical’

Berlin – Now 21-year-old openly gay Muslim Tugay Sarac tells his story of near radicalization and finally acceptance to Rahil Sheikh and published by the BBC. What follows is an abridged version of his story in his own words: “Sitting in my bedroom alone, a wave of fear washed over me. I was 12 years old, confused, and scared – I was beginning to realize I was gay. My dad was watching TV in the living room, and all I could think about was how disappointed he’d be if he ever found out. I grew up in a Turkish neighborhood […]

Kuwait prof: Killing anal worms cures homosexuality

Kuwait City – A Kuwaiti academic has claimed that she has developed a cure for homosexuality that targets semen-eating anal worms. Dr Mariam Al-Sohel, who claims to have qualifications in “Sex Management,” appeared on Kuwaiti channel Scope TV to sell suppositories that she claims kills worms making men gay. In a clip translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute Sohel claims that she has “discovered therapeutic suppositories that curb the sexual urges” of gay men and lesbians. Sohel explains: “The sexual urge develops when a person is sexually attacked, and afterwards it persists, because there is an anal worm […]

Trump issues new rule allowing bias in health care system

Washington, DC – The Trump administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, issued a new rule that expands current refusal laws, allowing providers and institutions involved in the delivery of health care to refuse services based on religious or moral convictions. Susan Berke Fogel, of the National Health Law Program (NHLP), criticizes the administration for ignoring input from patients and health workers. The new rule will likely result in widespread harm to the health of people all across the country, including those trying to survive in low-wage jobs that provide little to no access […]

US House Committee okays LGBT discrimination

Washington – The House Judiciary Committee approved the Equality Act on May 1st. The measure would amend federal civil rights laws to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. When she became speaker in January, Nancy Pelosi said that passing the legislation would be one of her signature goals, and the measure went through the Judiciary Committee on a straight party-line vote, 22 to 10. The bill is now in line for a floor vote. The Equality Act prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, […]

Gay tour group meets with ‘out’ Indian prince

Mumbai – Travelers on a tour through India with Miami Beach-based Source Events engaged in an up-close and personal meeting at a private reception with Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, India’s openly gay royal who has become one of the country’s most vocal advocates for LGBT rights. “Travel at its best enriches us with new connections and a deeper understanding of the world in which we live,” said Craig Smith, president of Source Events. “Given the high profile of Prince Manvendra, (including an appearance on “Oprah” in 2007), and his commitment to improving the lives of LGBTQ people in India, a […]

PrEP takers at risk for STIs but not for lack of condom use

Melbourne, Australia – People on PrEP are at risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STIs), but not because they’re using condoms less than those not on PrEP, according to new research. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, tracked 2,981 gay and bi men in the heavily populated Australian state of Victoria, in which Melbourne is located. Researchers found a 20% increase in the rates of new STIs among people on a PrEP trial called “PrEPX.” They also found there was an increased risk of acquiring an STI while on PrEP compared to before starting PrEP. […]

Family says 11-year-old’s suicide the result of bullying

Philadelphia – A family in Southwest Philadelphia is mourning the loss of an 11-year-old who they say died by suicide after he and his brother faced constant bullying at their school. Phillip Spruill, Jr., a fifth grader at Benjamin B. Comegys Elementary, ended his life April 5th in his Bartram Village home. Spruill’s grandmother, Linda Lash-Smith, 56, told Philadelphia Gay News that her grandson wasn’t a model student. He was a fighter. He had been suspended 15 times between November and March because he was involved in physical altercations on school grounds – but she said he had to fight […]

Chelsea Manning in jail for refusing to testify

Richmond, Virginia – A federal judge in Virginia on April 22nd denied a request from Chelsea Manning to be released from jail on bail. The judge further upheld a lower court’s decision to hold Manning in civil contempt for refusing to testify in an investigation about WikiLeaks. Federal judge Claude M. Hilton originally placed Manning in custody on March 8th. While the investigation for which Manning was asked to testify remains under seal, she told reporters outside the courthouse it had to do with WikiLeaks. “These secret proceedings tend to favor the government,” she said before the hearing and her […]

Natural History Museum nixes event with Brazilian prez

New York City – The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation praised the American Museum of Natural History for canceling an upcoming event featuring Brazilian president and anti-LGBTQ activist Jair Bolsonaro. The announcement came just hours after GLAAD joined environmental groups in calling on the museum to revoke [its] invitation for the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce’s planned gala that [would have] honored Bolsonaro as its “Person of the Year” at the museum. The museum confirmed [it] canceled the event with an announcement on Twitter. “The American Museum of Natural History has done the right thing by declining to host an […]