Tokyo set to recognize same-sex partnerships

Tokyo, Japan – Japan is the only member of the G7 that doesn’t allow same-sex marriage. Next year, Tokyo, the country’s largest city and capital, will do what it can to recognize relationships by introducing same-sex partnerships. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike didn’t provide details about what benefits registered partnerships would provide nor how these partnerships will remain unequal to marriage. In opinion polls, the Japanese population supports marriage equality. The Japanese organization Marriage for All put out a statement that they hope Tokyo’s move will put pressure on other local governments to follow. They pointed out partnerships will not allow […]

Gay for Good — change the world with acts of kindness

Long Beach, CA – At the core of service organization, Gay for Good is the idea that acts of kindness bring people together. Founded in California in 2008 by Steve Gratwick, Tony Biel, and Frank Roller, the now national nonprofit mobilizes LGBTQ and ally volunteers to participate in service projects in their communities. Gratwick, Biel, and Roller established the organization in response to the passage of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California by public vote. The Gay for Good founders believed the way to change people’s hearts and minds was to build relationships in the community through service. […]

National AIDS Memorial observes World AIDS Day

San Francisco, CA – At the beginning of December each year, people united in the fight against HIV/AIDS come together to observe World AIDS Day. The National AIDS Memorial remembers, honors, and supports stories of the pandemic to ensure they are never forgotten. On November 30 and December 1, the memorial hosted events in San Francisco and online to “offer inspiration, hope, remembrance, and reflection,” as 2021 marks the 40th year of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the US, with over 700,000 lives lost in the past four decades. “Today, while much progress has been made, HIV rates continue to rise […]

Gay Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim dies at age 91

Roxbury, CN – The news on November 26 that Stephen Sondheim had died was sudden and surprising. Although he was 91, Sondheim was not reported to be in ill health and had just spent Thanksgiving with friends. The breadth of Sondheim’s musical oeuvre and concomitant genius will be written about extensively in the coming days and weeks — and for years to come — by music critics, musicologists and academics. I shall leave it to them to deconstruct his genius in those contexts, noting his many awards from Tonys to the Pulitzer Prize to Grammys. But for some of us […]

Connection between untreated HIV and COVID-19 variants

KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. Molly Sprayregen writes for LGBTQ Nation that Tulio de Oliveira, the South African scientist who first detected the COVID-19 Omicron variant, believes it likely originated in someone with poorly treated HIV. Oliveira, a professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), explained to the Los Angeles Times that variants are more likely to arise in COVID-19 patients with compromised immune systems, and those with untreated HIV have severely weakened immune systems that make it extremely difficult to fight off illness. In sub-Saharan Africa, approximately eight million people are living with HIV that has either been undiagnosed or […]

Justice says LGBTQ cases support reversing abortion case

Washington, D.C. – Dan Tracer writes for Queerty that the Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in the most consequential abortion case in decades, and noted beer lover, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, suggested landmark LGBTQ rights cases could support overturning federal abortion rights. Yes, it’s come to this. Conservative justices, Kavanaugh among them, appear willing to uphold the Mississippi law before the court that would ban abortions in the state after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and possibly overturn Roe v. Wade. The liberal justices expressed serious concern that reversing the 1973 Roe ruling would be too political for the court. Kavanaugh […]

Scott Robbe, activist, movie, TV & stage producer has died

Hartford, WI – Veteran progressive activist and TV-film-stage producer Scott Robbe died on Sunday, Nov. 21, according to a statement by Paul Algiers, a longtime friend and the executor of Scott Robbe’s estate. Robbe was in hospice care at the home of his sister, Angela, in Hartford, Wisc. He was 66. Robbe died of complications from Myelodysplastic Anemia, a blood cancer he had battled for more than a year. Robbe was a prominent member in the founding of two direct-action groups in New York City: ACT UP and Queer Nation. Robbe was a member of an ACT UP undercover team, […]

Biden nominates 2nd out woman to federal appeals court

Washington, D.C. – Juwan J. Holmes writes for LGBTQ Nation that just weeks after the first LGBTQ woman was confirmed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, Biden is sending another out woman to join the same bench. The White House announced this week that Biden is nominating Alison Nathan, currently a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals of the Second Circuit. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) recommended her, as he did when she was nominated to her current judgeship by President Barack Obama […]

Rehoboth Beach gets new Gay bar

Rehoboth Beach, DE – David Hudson reports for Queerty that a beloved gay bar and restaurant in Arlington, Virginia has just expanded its operations into Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Freddie’s Beach Bar, owned by Freddie Lutz, first opened in Arlington in 2001. It’s that area’s only LGBTQ hangout. The business has just launched its second venue, with Freddie’s Beach Bar finally finding itself a true beachside location a block from the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. The second site is located at 3 South First Street, the premises formerly occupied by The Pond Bar and Grill. Freddie’s Beach Bar in Arlington is known […]

Gay men have highest rate of bachelor degrees

South Bend, IN – Gay men have the highest rate of bachelor’s degrees among all demographic groups in the US, according to a new study from Notre Dame University. Women, regardless of sexual orientation, have long outnumbered men in educational attainment, getting more bachelor’s degrees by about a 3:2 ratio. The new study suggests that those numbers may vary according to sexual orientation. The study, titled “Intersecting the Academic Gender Gap: The Education of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual America,” found that Gay men earn significantly more degrees than straight men, while the overall number of Lesbian women earning degrees is […]