Sex During COVID: Tips for Gay and Bisexual Men

Oakland, CA – Sex can be affirming, pleasurable and positive for a range of health-related reasons including stress reduction. It is also an opportunity to (re)discover our bodies. Like many gay and bisexual men, you might be wondering about sex during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some tips to help you make choices that are right for you.             Knowledge is power: COVID-19 is highly transmissible. The virus is airborne through droplets when a person coughs or sneezes, meaning it can be transmitted from talking, singing or shouting. The virus is found in saliva, mucus and feces. Having this knowledge […]

Federal Judge blocks anti-LGBTQ Trump health care rule

Washington, D.C – On September 2, Federal District Court Judge James Boasberg granted Lambda Legal’s request for a preliminary injunction in a challenge to Trump administration rules announced earlier this summer that would remove anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ from the Affordable Care Act. Boasberg’s ruling on the injunction puts “an immediate stop to key aspects of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ health care discrimination rule which seeks to carve out LGBTQ people and other vulnerable populations from regulatory protections under the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination provision known as Section 1557,” according to a press release from Lambda […]

Gay store picketed by vicious homophobe hatemongers

Charlotte, NC – On Aug. 25 around lunchtime, a group of mature white men with large signs of hate took to the sidewalk right in front of White Rabbit. Some of the man yelled at the top of their voices colorful words of hate and condemnation. They were extremely ugly to our customers and our staff. Then came the caring concern from our neighbors. The store’s neighbors poured out support for the store with love and compassion. A store employee described the scene.             Randi Salvatore said, “being from N.Y., things don’t scare me easily, and my self-confidence doesn’t make […]

Study: Pride Nights lessen teammates homophobic language

London, England – Edge Media Network reports that groundbreaking research shows that Pride nights and Pride games decrease the homophobic language that team members use, reports UK newspaper The Guardian. Pride nights have become commonplace in a variety of sports, and in different countries such the U.S., Canada, Britain, and Australia, and they are appreciated by LGBTQ fans, but until now no one had done academic studies into what effect such events might have on the athletes, the Guardian noted.             Such research is meaningful, the Guardian said, because “a lack of research into — and conclusive evidence of — […]

Polish Gay couple go to the Vatican asking Pope for help

The Vatican – LGBT+ YouTubers and campaigners Jakub and Dawid Mycek-Kwiecinski’ went to The Vatican with a simple message for Pope Francis—HELP!. Their journey comes as homophobia appears to be spiraling out of control in Poland. The pair wanted to highlight Polish Catholic leaders’ involvement in stirring up this hate. The couple unfurled the LGBT+ Pride Flag with the word ‘Help’ written on it as Francis conducted Angelus Prayers from his balcony in the Vatican. They returned to St Peter’s Square several times during the week.             Jakub and Dawid said: “Polish bishops called us pedophiles. They say that we […]

Gay couple experiences COVID-19 Up close and personal

Charlotte, N.C. – Initially it was reported that the first cases of a flu-like disease came from a Chinese province called Wuhan in December 2019. This, while now in question, led to the naming of the seventh coronavirus known to exist — C = China, O = Origin, VI = Virus, D = December, 19 = 2019. The numbers of infected and dead have continued to tic ever upward. According to details from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, COVID-19 mutated ever-so-slightly once it began to spread across the United States and Europe, creating […]

Navratilova against trans women playing in women’s sports

Boise, ID – Lesbian tennis legend Martina Navratilova has shown her transphobia again – by signing a letter backing an anti-trans law in Idaho. Idaho passed the “Fairness in Women’s Sport Act” in March. It bans transgender women and girls from girls’ interscholastic sports. It also attacks intersex young people’s ability to take part in sport, as the law will also cover them. The US National Collegiate Athletic Association opposes the law. And it is about to decide what sanctions to take against Idaho. This could include moving its annual Men’s Basketball Tournament – famous as March Madness – out […]

Democratic Party platform is the most pro LGBTQ ever

Washington, D.C. – The Democratic Party has unveiled its platform for November’s elections and it is the most LGBT+ inclusive ever. The party makes major pledges to reverse President Donald Trump’s anti-LGBT+ policies. Meanwhile it pledges to ban “conversion therapy”, pass the Equality Act and make America a world leader in LGBT+ rights. It recognizes the differing needs of various parts of the community in more detail than ever before. In particular it refers to “non-binary” and “non-conforming” people and recognizes intersectionality, talking about “trans people of color”, for example.             Symbolizing this commitment to tackling discrimination in the US, […]

GLAAD Awards held virtually, Mark S. King wins best blog

Los Angeles, CA – GLAAD, the world’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, hosted a virtual ceremony on Wednesday night July 30th to announce the award recipients of the 31st Annual GLAAD Media Awards. The event streamed live on GLAAD’s Facebook and YouTube, and aired on Logo on Monday, August 3. The virtual ceremony was hosted by comedians Fortune Feimster and Gina Yashere, and featured special performances from Chloe x Halle, Shea Diamond, and Ben Platt. Baltimore Outloud writer Mark S. King won the Best Blog award for My Fabulous Disease.             During the virtual […]

Raleigh MCC continues to serve meals during the pandemic

Raleigh, NC – Rev. Vance Haywood welcomed congregants during a livestreamed service on a Sunday. In a green chasuble, he spoke about the challenges of coming together during a pandemic and welcomed viewers even beyond North Carolina. “We’re in this work together,” he said. “Pastor Vance” or just “Vance,” as Haywood prefers, became the fifth pastor of St. John’s MCC in February 2018. The church, situated in downtown Raleigh, began as a small group in 1976. As the coronavirus has shuttered shelters throughout Wake County, St. John’s has stepped up their services with their partners at the Love Wins Community […]