Era ending with San Francisco’s last male strip club closing

San Francisco – The last remaining male strip club in San Francisco plans to host its last night of entertainment on Sunday, August 19th. Nob Hill Theatre is among just a handful of increasingly rare adult male entertainment venues across the country. San Francisco used to have a second, the Tea Room, which closed two years ago after 35 years of operation. Nob Hill has been in operation for 50 years, and now its owners want to settle down. Proprietors Larry Hoover, 65, and Gary Luce, 63, will retire to Palm Springs. The owner of the building does not plan […]

LGBT community centers in US serve thousands every week

Fort Lauderdale – For many LGBT people, LGBT community centers are a critical and sometimes the only local source of targeted social, educational, and health services. According to the new “2018 LGBT Community Center Survey Report,” from the LGBT Movement Advancement Project, these centers are often understaffed, underfunded, and under resourced, yet they serve more than 40,000 people each week and provide targeted referrals to nearly 5,500 people. Surveying 128 centers located in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, the sixth edition of the report provides a crucial snapshot of the centers that provide vital services, programs, […]

Pennsylvania gov forms commission on LGBTQ atffairs

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order August 6th to form the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, the only one of its kind in the US. “The creation of the commission on LGBTQ Affairs is one step of many we have taken to ensure obstacles are removed for anyone who is facing an unfair disadvantage based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression,” Wolf said in a press statement. The commission will “help coordinate and drive statewide equality efforts,” he added. The commission is comprised of executive director Todd Snovel, formerly an assistant dean of Lebanon Valley […]

Lambda Legal head resigns; union seeks a fresh start

Dallas – After just two years on the job, Lambda Legal CEO Rachel Tiven resigned on August 3rd. The official statement from the organization said she resigned to work on the 2018 midterm elections. She said she was hired to make big changes in the organization and is proud of what she accomplished. “Ultimately, though, with Justice Kennedy’s retirement and Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, so much of what Lambda is fighting for rests on what happens in Congress,” she wrote. “I’ll be joining the Leadership Now Project, and spending the next crucial months helping save our democracy at the ballot box.” […]

Body-snatching fungi give rise to sex-crazed cicadas

Morgantown, West Virginia – The UK’s Daily Mail reports that researchers have determined that insects can suffer from a bad trip, too. Scientists investigating parasitic fungi that target cicadas have discovered traces of psychoactive chemicals in the infected insects, including an amphetamine and psilocybin, the potent compound found in hallucinogenic mushrooms. The infection leads to a horrifying outcome for the host; after the fungus takes root inside the body, cicadas begin to show ‘hypersexual’ behaviors, causing males to attempt to mate with females and other males alike. Eventually, the spores burst through the infected insect’s abdomen, ripping its genitals off […]

Gay man running for Texas Supreme Court

Dallas – Steve Kirkland, a judge of the 334th Civil Court in Houston. who also teaches communication law and ethics at University of Houston, said if he wins his race for the Texas Supreme Court, it would be as part of a blue wave. But would a lone Democrat on what’s now an all-Republican court make a difference? He said that if he wins, it is likely that two other Democrats running for seats on the court will too – and those three judges together would certainly make an impact. Kirkland is the first out gay man to run for […]

Justice Ginsburg: 25 years supporting LGBTQ people, others

Washington, DC – On August 10th, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrated 25 years as a Supreme Court Justice. President Bill Clinton appointed her to the position, making her the second female justice. Since assuming the role, Ginsburg – fondly called “The Notorious RBG” by admirers – has staunchly fought for civil rights, equality, and more. Ginsburg has long been a vocal supporter of marriage equality. Prior to the Obergefell decision making marriage equality legal across the land, Ginsburg was determined that the country was ready for it. Then, when the Supreme Court began hearing arguments for Obergefell, Ginsburg shut down […]

Queer army reservist highlights army war machine

Washington, DC – Business Insider reports that Brittany DeBarros is waging the kind of vehement public protest via Twitter against the Defense Department and US government that’s commonplace in the Trump-era – except that DeBarros is a captain in the US Army Reserve assigned to the Army’s Psychological Operations Command. According to DeBarros’s Twitter account, she has been called up on two-week assignment since July 14th, but each day since then DeBarros has posted tweets criticizing “the horror being carried out by our war machine for profit,” with the Army moving to investigate the officer’s remarks. I’m on Army Orders […]

New Cuban constitution to guarantee same-sex marriage

Havana – According to the Cuban state newspaper Granma, the country’s new constitution will define marriage as a “voluntary and consensual union between two people without distinction of sex.” According to Reuters, the secretary of the Cuban Council of State, Homero Acosta, told lawmakers, “The possibility of marriage between two people strengthens our project’s principles of equality and justice.” The draft constitution, currently being considered by the Cuban National Assembly, would also affirm “the principle of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity” but probably would be silent on adoption rights, sources said. The Cuban government began work on […]

Lack of funding risks resurgence of HIV, new report says

Seattle – Lack of funding for HIV treatment and prevention risks a resurgence of the HIV epidemic, a new report in The Lancet medical journal says. The report, compiled by the Lancet Commission, blames a “dangerous complacency” on the part of world governments for the problem. Experts quoted in the report warn that the world is no longer on course to halt the epidemic by 2030, a target agreed to by UN member states. New HIV infections have been falling in recent years, but the Lancet Commission said the fall was happening too slowly to reach the UNAIDS target of […]