Trump praised for pledges to end HIV transmissions by 2030

Washington, DC – In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump announced that his administration planned to end HIV transmission in the US by 2030. Both political leaders and LGBT activists lauded the goal but also expressed skepticism about Trump’s commitment to help. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) praised President Trump for his commitment. “As the largest HIV/AIDS organization in the world, AHF stands ready to partner in this daunting effort,” said said Michael Weinstein, the group’s president. “The president’s call for ending HIV transmission in America is interesting, but if he is serious about ending the HIV/AIDS crisis, he […]

Will Arizona join states saying porn is a public health crisis?

Phoenix – Republican State Rep. Michelle Udall has put forth a resolution calling pornography a public health crisis, CNN reports. Arizona will be following the lead of about a dozen other states if the resolution passes. Utah led the way in 2016. “Like the tobacco industry, the pornography industry has created a public health crisis,” Udall claimed, according to a report at the Arizona Republic. “Pornography is used pervasively, even by minors,” she added. The resolution itself offers a laundry list of allegations about the effects pornography supposedly has on those who view it, including “toxic sexual behaviors, emotional, mental […]

Australian judge marries partner of 50 years

Sydney – Australian former High Court judge Michael Kirby married his partner of 50 years, Johan van Vloten, on February 10th. The pair tied the knot 50 years to the day after they first met at legendary gay venue the Rex Hotel in Sydney in 1969. Kirby told Radio National “the relationship that was made that night lasted from that moment on really, and it’s still going strong.” He said he had been “skeptical” about marriage. But, he said, they wanted to show their relationship was not “second class.” “When gays started to get married, they started to fall out […]

Gay people in the holocaust: Nazi persecution

Berlin – Stories have been written and films have portrayed what the life looked like of someone who was a marginalized community individual during the days of Nazi control. But those of queer survivors and the way in which they were treated have been difficult to retell for reasons known and unknown. The Nazi takeover and occupation of European and Asian territories took place between the years 1933 and 1945. The Homocaust website reported that up to 100,000 gay men and women were persecuted and imprisoned for their sexuality under Paragraph 175 of the 1871 German Penal Code. The code […]

Kentucky claims former clerk Kim Davis liable for fees

Frankfort, Kentucky – Attorneys for Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, in briefs submitted to the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals citing “conduct that violates civil rights,” are calling on the court to rule that Kim Davis alone is responsible for the nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs. The state incurred the fees when four same-sex couples sued her in 2015 after she defied a US Supreme Court ruling and refused to issue marriage licenses to the couples, according to reports in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Davis is the former Rowan County clerk who got famous by refusing “on God’s […]

Lesbian teacher sues school district for anti-LGBT bias

Richmond, Virginia – A lesbian former civics teacher is suing the Virginia school district where she used to work for harassment because of her sexual orientation and gender expression. Dina Persico says school officials told her to dress in a “more feminine” way, and at one point barred her from using the women’s restroom at her workplace. The ex-teacher said the alleged harassment was started by staff at Providence Middle School but got worse when she moved on to work at Midlothian High School. “It was suggested that if I seemed more feminine, I would be less intimidating as a […]

GLAAD slams Trump for 92 anti-gay policies

New York – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, slammed Trump’s record on LGBTQ people in a statement in advance of the President’s State of the Union Address and for his consistent attacks on marginalized communities, including the LGBTQ community. “There is no reason for LGBTQ Americans or anyone else to see tonight’s State of the Union as anything more than empty rhetoric designed to distract from what’s really happening behind the scenes every day,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO at GLAAD. “What LGBTQ people know is this: The Trump Administration is the most anti-LGBTQ in […]

Trans flag displayed at US Capitol

Washington, DC – A day after the US Supreme Court lifted an injunction stopping implementation of Donald Trump’s ban on transgender men and women serving in the military, US Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico), has posted a trans pride flag next to the New Mexico state flag outside her congressional office. Rep. Haaland, who with US Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas last November became the first Native American women elected to Congress, posted the photo on Facebook with the caption, “The trans flag is displayed proudly outside my office door. #ProtectTransTroops.” US Rep. Jennifer Wexton (D-Virginia) became the first member […]

Police disperse groups protesting at NYC Russian Consulate

New York City – Voices4, a non-violent and direct-action advocacy group, and their partner group RUSA LGBT, staged a protest on January 20th at the Russian Consulate. The Russian LGBT Network confirmed last week that about 40 LGBTQ people have been imprisoned and at least two people murdered since December 2018. Over 100 protesters stood in solidarity with LGBTQ Chechens affected by a new round of queer purges in Chechnya. Less than 24 hours after the protest ended, a message appeared on social media in Chechnya offering 300,000 rubles (about $4,500) to anyone who incited violence against LGBTQ people. The […]

Man faces hate-crime charge for attack at Seattle Seahawks game

Seattle – Jay Dee Harp III faced a judge and his victims at his arraignment in King County Superior Court on January 16th for the December 30th attack of a lesbian couple at CenturyLink field during a Seattle Seahawks football game. The charge was upgraded to a hate crime the previous week. After leaving several times to buy beer, stepping on the women’s toes and making sexual comments, in the third quarter, the man returned with another beer, but this time stopped as he passed the couple, unzipped one woman’s jacket, grabbed her breast and refused to let go, according […]