Trump to allow LGBTQ discrimination by religious groups

Washington, DC – Alex Bollinger writes in LGBTQ Nation that on November 1st, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed a new rule that would allow adoption and foster agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ people. November is National Adoption Month. HHS defended the proposal by pointing to religious freedom, saying that organizations with religious objections to following the rules should still be allowed to get federal money. The rule would apply to adoption and foster care agencies, allowing them to refuse to work with LGBTQ families. But it would go much further and allow any organization that gets […]

A long history of physique magazines

Charlotte, North Carolina – (The following is abridged from Jesse’s Journal) Jesse Monteadudo saw his first physique magazine when he was 13 years old, in 1966, in a newsstand in downtown Miami. Though he did not yet know what he was, he knew that he found other men attractive, and he was instinctively drawn to the magazines’ models, who were completely naked from the back or tastefully covered with a posing strap upfront. By the time he came out of the closet (1973), the physique magazines were a thing of the past, victims of their own success. Full-frontal nudes were […]

LGB youth twice as likely to experience depression

Seattle – The rate of depression among straight teens has fallen over the last two decades, but that for LGB youth remained about the same. In fact, LGB youth are twice as likely to experience depression as their straight counterparts. That’s the verdict of a new study from researchers at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics. The findings are based on data from 1999 through 2017, compiled by the Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. Participants in the survey were asked, “During the past 12 months, did you […]

Queen Latifah headlines event that raises $1.15 million

Seattle – Now in its 24th year, Hopelink’s Reaching Out Luncheon held on October 21st, is the premier fundraising gathering on the Eastside and one of the largest and most popular events of the year. Past headliners included the likes of Dr. Jill Biden, and Dr. Tererai Trent and has made the event truly inspiring. This year was no exception with the incredible Queen Latifah! Unlike the lecture format of the last few years, this year was different featuring an interview set up with lots of conversation about Latifah’s childhood growing up poor. Also noteworthy was a performance by the […]

Homophobic preacher drowned out by guys with saxophones

New York City – Writing for Pink News, Patrick Kelleher reports that a preacher in New York City was trying to warn passers-by about “the homosexual community” – but two musicians with saxophones decided his message wasn’t important. In a hilarious video posted to Instagram, the preacher can be heard warning people that “the homosexual community has the highest suicide rate of any group.” Luckily, he didn’t get to share his message for very long, as two guys turn up with saxophones to drown him out. The preacher was reportedly claiming that gay people “will burn in hell.” The musicians […]

Smithsonian gets MCC and Troy Perry artifacts

Washington, DC – The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History recently received personal artifacts and records from the Rev. Troy Perry and the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) for its archives. After discussions with museum officials over the course of several months Perry chose more than a dozen items to be preserved in the museum’s archives. These items include a Book of Common Prayer that Perry used to lead worship at the first MCC worship gathering and other services over the years. Perry also donated a book of sermons that he wrote out by hand. The artifacts were symbolically donated to […]

Conservative Republican trans woman running for Congress

Wichita Falls, Texas – Monique Worthy, a conservative Republican trans woman has announced her candidacy for Texas’s District 13 seat in the US House to replace retiring Rep. Mac Thornberry, the Republican who has held the seat for 24 years, according to TexomasHomepage.com. Worthy – whose campaign website includes a plea for help in either raising the money to pay the filing fee or to get the 500 signatures necessary to file without paying the fee – told TexomasHomepage.com that her campaign slogan is “Make Congress great again,” and that she is the “outspoken, openly conservative candidate the 13th district […]

Trans woman tells Texas pols to stay out of trans child’s life

Dallas – Leslie McMurray, a transgender woman, and former radio DJ who lives and works in Dallas and blogs at Lesliemichelle44.wordpress.com., decries the actions of some Texas politicians. She writes, “On October 24th, Greg Abbot, governor of Texas, tweeted: ‘FYI the matter of seven-year-old James Younger is being looked into by the Texas Attorney General’s Office and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.’ Why the interest in a child custody case that had already been settled by an 11-to-1 jury verdict in the second-most populous state in the country? Because the child is transgender…. Our attorney general, Ken […]

Uganda may have reversed plan to execute gay people

Kampala, Uganda – On October 10th, Simon Lokodo, the Ethics and Integrity minister of Uganda, announced in an interview with Reuters that he planned to introduce to the Ugandan parliament a bill imposing the death penalty for same-sex relations and “promotion and recruitment” of homosexuality in order to curb a rise in “unnatural sex.” Fortunately, the government appears to have had a change in heart on going forward with this so called “Kill the Gays” bill according to the Peter Tatchell Foundation and Pink News in a post by John Milton on October 18th. LGBTQ activists were wrapped in fear […]

Was Stonewall possible without Dr. Alfred Kinsey?

Charlotte, North Carolina – There was a time when one out of every two Americans Gallup polled knew Alfred Kinsey’s name, and to gay men and lesbians he was a living hero, “the man who made the homosexual movement possible.” Kinsey died in 1956 at the age of 62. Finally, this year on June 27th, the late bisexual Indiana University zoology professor’s name was finally immortalized where it should have been long ago – in New York’s Stonewall Inn, along with Harvey Milk, Edie Windsor, José Sarria, Christine Jorgensen, Bayard Rustin, et al., among the 50 individuals on the permanent […]