Court may order Montana to purge registry of gay sex cases

Helena, MT – David Reddish reports for Queerty that eyes have turned to Montana, as a federal judge in the state will soon rule on removing citizens convicted of having consensual gay sex from the state’s sex offender registry. The decision hinges on the case of Randall Menges, an Idaho man convicted of sex offenses in the state when he was 18 years old, NBC affiliate KPVI reports. In 1994, a court convicted Menges of criminal sex offenses after he was discovered having sex with two male 16-year-olds. Though a police investigation found that the sex acts were consensual, Menges […]

Arkansas to allow doctors to refuse to treat LGBTQ patients

Little Rock, AK – Attitude, a UK Gay magazine reports that Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson has signed a piece of legislation that will allow doctors and medical professionals to refuse LGBTQ people on religious, ethical or moral grounds. Republican Hutchinson signed the Medical Ethics and Diversity Act (also known as SB 289) on 26 March. The bill will come into effect by summer 2021. In a statement Hutchinson said: “I support this right of conscience so long as emergency care is exempted and conscience objection cannot be used to deny general health service to any class of people. Most importantly, […]

Toxic chemicals cause sperm counts and penises to shrink

New York, NY – In an article in The Guardian, Erin Brockovich asks if the end of humankind is approaching? She writes that it may be coming sooner than we think, thanks to hormone-disrupting chemicals that are decimating fertility at an alarming rate around the globe. A new book called Countdown, by Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, finds that sperm counts have dropped almost 60% since 1973. Following the trajectory we are on, Swan’s research suggests sperm counts could reach zero by 2045. Zero. Let that sink […]

Williams Institute releases new stats on LGBTQ population

Los Angeles, CA – The Williams Institute at UCLA released new statistics of estimated LGBTQ populations around the U.S. The Dallas-Ft Worth area has the largest LGBTQ population in Texas and the sixth largest in the U.S. With 706,000 LGBTQ people, the New York metropolitan area has the largest LGBTQ population. Next is Los Angeles with 523,000. Third is Chicago with 298,000 and San Francisco with 247,000. South Florida squeaks in just above Dallas- Ft Worth with 214,000 compared to 211,000 and the Washington, D.C. metro area right behind with 209,000. The population figures are estimates. The 211,000 number for […]

Transwomen gets Senate OK as Assist. Secretary of HHS

Washington, D.C. – Pennsylvania’s former top health official, Dr. Rachel Levine, on Wednesday became the first openly transgender individual to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a federal position. The Senate voted 52-48 to confirm her as an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. Two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, joined Democrats in supporting her nomination. Pennsylvania’s two U.S. senators, Democrat Bob Casey, of Scranton, and Pat Toomey, of Lehigh County, split on the vote, according to an official Senate roll call. Democrats and LBGTQ advocates heralded Levine’s appointment […]

Majority in GOP support marriage equality and fascist Trump

Washington, D.C. – A majority of Republicans now support same-sex marriage, according to a new poll from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). The poll, released March 23, shows that 51% of Republicans, 72% of independents, and 75% of Democrats agree with marriage equality. This is the first time a majority within all partisan groups, including Republicans, support same-sex marriage, according to the PRRI. In 2019, only 47% of Republicans backed same-sex marriage. Approval also increased among independents. In previous years, support among independents hovered in the mid-60s. Democratic approval was similar to previous polling years. The same survey found […]

Japanese court: Same sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Sapporo, Japan – After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality, everyone expected countries around the world to follow suit. Few have. A court ruling today in Japan, however, may lead to marriage equality in that country. The Sapporo District Court ruled that failure to recognize same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. In its decision, the court wrote that since sexuality is not a matter of preference, denying same-sex couples the same rights as opposite-sex couples is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was brought by three couples that each sued for 1 million yen (under $10,000) for psychological damage caused by the government’s […]

No blessings for same-sex couples from Catholic Church

The Vatican – Roman Catholic clergy may not bless same-sex couples, the Vatican said on March 15. The Vatican’s doctrinal office issued a document, said to be personally approved by Pope Francis, saying it is impermissible for clergy to pronounce blessings on any relationship outside of marriage between a man and a woman. Such blessings are wrong, the Vatican said, because they would seem “to approve and encourage a choice and a way of life that cannot be recognized as objectively ordered to the revealed plans of God,” adding that God “does not and cannot bless sin.” The document reaffirms […]

US charges Swiss queer hacktivist for exposing flaws

Seattle, WA – Matt O’Brien reports for The Associated Press that the Justice Department has charged a Swiss hacker with computer intrusion and identity theft, just over a week after the hacker embarrassed a U.S. security-camera startup and its clients by showing how easy it was to spy on the cameras watching over hospitals, schools and corporate offices. An indictment against 21-year-old Tillie Kottmann of Lucerne, Switzerland, who uses they/them pronouns, was brought by a grand jury in the Seattle-based Western District of Washington. Use the link below for the full story. Kottmann has described the most recent leak of […]

BBC Gay talk host says it’s weird to expect to have children

London, England – Josh Milton reports for Pink News that Graham Norton thinks it’s “weird” that queer men are now “expected” to get married and have children. The chat show host told The Sunday Times that he’s long been “fascinated” with how young queer men today consider having children. “It’s like, do you know how much that costs?” the 57-year-old said. “It’s so weird isn’t it, that there’s now an expectation that we’ll get married and have kids. I’m glad I’m not having to face those decisions.” Norton, who is single, said he has never wanted to go down the […]