Exposing people to HIV remains a crime in most US States

Memphis, TN – Robin Lennon-Dearing writes in The Conversation and reprinted in Edge Media Network that despite the fact that HIV is now a treatable medical condition, the majority of U.S. states still have laws on the books that criminalize exposing other people to HIV. Whether or not the virus is transmitted does not matter. Neither does a person’s intention to cause harm. A person simply must be aware of being HIV-positive to be found guilty. These laws are enforced mainly on marginalized people living in poverty who cannot afford lawyers. The penalties — felony convictions and being placed on […]

Biden’s pro LGBTQ rights UN speech knocked by GOP club

New York City – Alex Bollinger write for LGBTQ Nation that President Joe Biden called on the world to do more to protect LGBTQ people while addressing the U.N. General Assembly, which angered gay conservatives in the U.S. “We all must defend the rights of LGBTQI individuals so they can live and love openly without fear, whether it’s Chechnya, or Cameroon, or anywhere,” Biden said on September 21 in his speech, referring to two specific countries that have made international headlines for state-sanctioned anti-LGBTQ arrests, internments, and violence in the recent past. “As we pursue diplomacy across the board, the […]

Cassandra Peterson – Elvira, Mistress of the Dark comes out

San Francisco, CA – David Reddish reports in Queerty that actress, comedienne and horror icon Cassandra Peterson, best known as her alter ego Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, has officially come out of the closet. Peterson made the confession as part of the publication of her new memoir, Yours Cruelly, Elvira. She further reveals that she and her female companion, Teresa “T” Wierson, have been in a relationship for 19 years. Peterson first spied Wierson while working out at Gold’s Gym in Hollywood. “Often, when I was doing my preworkout warm-up on the treadmill, I couldn’t help noticing one particular […]

LGBTQ-Affirming Healthcare Requires More Than a One-Hour Training

Gay men in Baltimore needed STI treatment in 1978, but continually found ineptitude and humiliation from providers who had no knowledge about their patients’ risks or their realities. Chase Brexton Health Care started out in a basement apartment near North Avenue to address that critical need.   Though LGBTQ legal rights and cultural legitimacy are a world away from the stigma of the past, too many of us are still facing clueless or cruel medical experiences in 2021. A recent study published in the Journal of Homosexuality, echoing the dismal findings of those from a decade or two ago, found […]

Swiss vote for same-sex marriage in landslide

Bren, Switzerland – Patrick Kelleher reports for PinkNews that Switzerland has voted overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage in a history-making referendum, proving that love always wins. Some 64.1 per cent of the population voted in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry, with just 35.9 per cent voting against. Every single one of Switzerland’s 26 cantons voted for same-sex marriage – the region that came closest to tipping into “no” territory was Appenzell Inner Rhoden, where 50.8 per cent voted in yes to marriage equality. Conservatives triggered a referendum on same-sex marriage after the country’s parliament voted in favor […]

Lil Nas X named first Suicide Prevention Advocate of Year

New York City – September is National Suicide Awareness Month, and the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people has honored Grammy award-winning artist Lil Nas X with its inaugural Suicide Prevention Advocate of the Year Award. A recent press statement from the organization highlighted Lil Nas X’s ongoing commitment to supporting their mission to end suicide among LGBTQ young people. Noting his openness about struggling with his sexuality and suicidal ideation, Lil Nas X has advocated for mental health awareness and has displayed an unapologetic celebration of his own queer identity. Also known as […]

Caitlyn Jenner gets 1% of vote in Newsom’s landslide win

Sacramento, CA – Caitlyn Jenner has failed in her attempt to become governor of California. In fact, the reality TV star got only 1.1% of the votes cast in the special recall election to unseat current Gov. Gavin Newsom. With almost 70% of the total votes counted, it is certain as the SGN goes to press that Newsom will retain his office. The governor is drawing nearly two-thirds of the votes against an initiative to remove him from office. California voters were asked to cast a two-part ballot. First, they had to vote on whether to remove Newsom from office. […]

Log Cabin Republicans to give award to Melania Trump

Washington, D. C. – The national Log Cabin Republicans, based in Washington, D.C., announced this week that former First Lady Melania Trump will be the guest of honor at Log Cabin Republicans & Liberty Education Forum’s annual Spirit of Lincoln Gala, where she will be presented with the 2021 Spirit of Lincoln Award. The Spirit of Lincoln Gala will be held in November at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. It is, according to the Log Cabin press release, “an annual tradition to honor those who exemplify a commitment to enhancing personal freedom, encouraging individual responsibility and ensuring equality under […]

Christian TV host who mocked AIDS deaths dies of COVID

Denver, CO – Alex Bollinger reports in LGBTQ Nation that a Christian radio and TV host who was known for mocking people who died of AIDS has died of COVID-19 at age 62. Denver Bible Church pastor Bob Enyart made local headlines last year when he sued his state over its mask mandate and then this year when he called for a boycott of the COVID-19 vaccines. A pastor at the Denver Bible Church, Enyart made the families of people who died of AIDS angry in the 1990s when he would “gleefully” read their obituaries on his show, Bob Enyart […]

Human Rights Campaign fires president Alphonso David

Washington, D.C. – Officials with The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced on September 6 that the LGBTQ rights organization has fired its president, Alphonso David, for cause. The move came following a joint meeting of the boards of the Human Rights Campaign and its affiliated Human Rights Campaign Foundation. According to a statement by board Co-chairs Morgan Cox and Jodie Patterson, David was fired “effective immediately, for violations of his contract with the Human Rights Campaign.” They said that on September 5th and 6th, David, “released a statement that included significant untruths about the [HRC internal] investigation and his status […]