Young men unaware of risks and need for HPV vaccination

New Brunswick, New Jersey  Young sexual minority men  including those who are gay, bisexual, queer, or straight-identified men who have sex with men  do not fully understand their risk for human papillomavirus (HPV) due to a lack of information from health care providers, according to Rutgers University researchers. A Rutgers study, published in the Journal of Community Health, examined what young sexual minority men  a high-risk and high-need population  know about HPV and the HPV vaccine and how health care providers communicate information about the virus and vaccine. About 79 million Americans are infected with HPV, with about 14 million […]

Young men unaware of risks and need for HPV vaccination

New Brunswick, New Jersey  Young sexual minority men  including those who are gay, bisexual, queer, or straight-identified men who have sex with men  do not fully understand their risk for human papillomavirus (HPV) due to a lack of information from health care providers, according to Rutgers University researchers. A Rutgers study, published in the Journal of Community Health, examined what young sexual minority men  a high-risk and high-need population  know about HPV and the HPV vaccine and how health care providers communicate information about the virus and vaccine. About 79 million Americans are infected with HPV, with about 14 million […]

Gay Trump troll is acting director of national intelligence

Washington, DC  Donald Trump named Richard Grenell, US ambassador to Germany, as acting director of national intelligence on Wednesday, February 19th. He becomes the first openly gay person to hold a cabinet-level position. He has no experience working in intelligence. Max Boot, in a February 20th article in the Washington Post said, President Trump has done a lot of crazy, scary things since being acquitted by the Senate on February 5th  from protecting his friends in legal trouble to punishing witnesses who testified against him. But quite possibly the craziest and scariest thing he has done is to appoint ambassador […]

Utah Senate passes bill decriminalizing polygamy

Salt Lake City  Reuters reports that the Utah state Senate voted unanimously on February 18th to decriminalize polygamy among consenting adults, reducing penalties for a practice with deep religious roots in the predominantly Mormon state. The bill, which would treat the offense of plural marriage as a simple infraction on par with a parking ticket, now moves to the Utah House of Representatives, where it is likely to face greater resistance. Under current law, polygamy  typically involving a man who cohabits with and purports to marry more than one wife  is classified as a third-degree felony, punishable by up to […]

Professor loses religious discrimination suit over pronoun

Portsmouth, Ohio  The Daily Mail and Associated Press report that a federal judge dismissed a professors lawsuit against a small, publicly funded university in Ohio that reprimanded him for refusing to address a transgender female student using the students preferred gender terms. Nicholas Meriwethers lawsuit alleged that Shawnee State University officials violated his constitutionally protected rights by compelling him to speak in a way that contradicts his Christian beliefs. Schools officials contended that such language was part of his job responsibilities, not speech protected by the First Amendment, and that the case should be dismissed. US District Judge Susan Dlott […]

Queers Against Pete crashes San Francisco fundraiser

San Francisco  Its that time of the primary season when things start turning ugly. On Friday, a gaggle of protestors descended upon a fundraiser in San Francisco for Pete Buttigieg. The dinner was being held at the National LGBTQ Center for the Arts. Just as Buttigieg was about to answer a question about his husband, Chasten, members of a group called Queers Against Pete jumped to their feet and began shouting at him. From the stage, Buttigieg replied, I respect your activism, but this is a gathering for supporters of our campaign and I just got a question about my […]

Cher endorses former Vice President Joe Biden for President

Hollywood, California  Legendary singer, Oscar-winning actress and LGBTQ icon and ally Cher has backed Joe Bidens struggling campaign to become president. Biden performed worse than expected in the Democratic caucus in Iowa and the New Hampshire primary, but came in second in the Nevada caucus on February 22nd. Now political pundits say he needs a strong performance in the South Carolina primary to stand a chance of staying in the race. Cher has said shes sticking with Biden  despite his struggles, or even because of them. In her tweets, the 73-year-old singer relates his current challenges to people who have […]

LGBTQ groups join those rallying at North Carolina capitol

Raleigh, North Carolina  On February 8th a crowd of 30,000 individuals marched and rallied in downtown Raleigh at the 14th annual Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HKonJ) Peoples Assembly and Moral March. Organizations, families, and friends walked together  singing, chanting, and carrying signs with messages like Love is Love and War is Costly, Peace is Priceless  through downtown Raleigh to the front of the state capitol building. (Plans for the march were reported in the January 31st Beyond the Beltway.) Those gathered heard speeches from those fighting for a number of issues, including higher wages, quality health care for all, […]

California Governor pardons black civil rights trailblazer Rustin

Sacramento, California – California Gov. Gavin Newsom posthumously pardoned gay civil rights icon Bayard Rustin on February 5th. Rustin, who died in 1987, had been arrested in Pasadena in 1953 for having sex with two other men in a parked car. He served 50 days in jail and had to register as a sex offender. Newsom pardoned Rustin at the request of California’s legislature. “In California and across the country, many laws have been used as legal tools of oppression, and to stigmatize and punish LGBTQ people and communities and warn others what harm could await them for living authentically,” […]

California Governor pardons black civil rights trailblazer Rustin

Sacramento, California – California Gov. Gavin Newsom posthumously pardoned gay civil rights icon Bayard Rustin on February 5th. Rustin, who died in 1987, had been arrested in Pasadena in 1953 for having sex with two other men in a parked car. He served 50 days in jail and had to register as a sex offender. Newsom pardoned Rustin at the request of California’s legislature. “In California and across the country, many laws have been used as legal tools of oppression, and to stigmatize and punish LGBTQ people and communities and warn others what harm could await them for living authentically,” […]