It’s official: CDC says undetectable means not transmittable

Atlanta – “For HIV-positive MSM [men who have sex with men], taking ART [antiretroviral therapy] regularly greatly reduces the risk of HIV transmission to a negative partner. For persons who achieve and maintain viral suppression, there is effectively no risk of transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative sexual partner,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says. “This translates to an effectiveness estimate of 100% for taking ART regularly as prescribed and achieving and maintaining viral suppression. Effectiveness is lower, and there is a risk of transmitting HIV, when persons do not take ART as prescribed or stop taking […]

18-to-34-year-olds are more uncomfortable with LGBTQ people

Washington, DC – While the amount of non-LGBTQ adults “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with the gay community has stabilized after a large dip last year, more Americans ages 18-34 are less comfortable with queer people, a new study found. The fifth-annual Accelerating Acceptance Index, a national survey of 1,970 US adults’ attitudes toward LGBTQ people, was released June 24th. It was run by the Harris Poll alongside LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD. Responses were gathered online Jan. 8-11. The number of “allies” – those who indicated being “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with these plots – remained at 49 percent, the same […]

18-to-34-year-olds are more uncomfortable with LGBTQ people

Washington, DC – While the amount of non-LGBTQ adults “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with the gay community has stabilized after a large dip last year, more Americans ages 18-34 are less comfortable with queer people, a new study found. The fifth-annual Accelerating Acceptance Index, a national survey of 1,970 US adults’ attitudes toward LGBTQ people, was released June 24th. It was run by the Harris Poll alongside LGBTQ advocacy organization GLAAD. Responses were gathered online Jan. 8-11. The number of “allies” – those who indicated being “very” or “somewhat” comfortable with these plots – remained at 49 percent, the same […]

House votes against trans military ban, passes PRIDE Act

Washington, DC – The US House of Representatives voted on July 11th to overturn Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military. The vote was 242 to 187, with 10 Republicans joining Democrats to pass the measure. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced the reversal as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a must-pass piece of legislation that funds the military. Speier is chair of the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. The full committee is chaired by Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA). Speier’s amendment stipulates that any person who meets gender-neutral occupational standards […]

Ross Perot donation saved Dallas center for HIV patients

Dallas – Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot and former independent candidate for president of the United States, who died last week at 89, once made a donation that saved a Dallas center supporting people with AIDS. What follows is a first person, slightly abridged, account by Dallas Voice writer David Taffet. “I met Perot soon after moving to Dallas 40 years ago. I had been transferred to Dallas from New York by the Custom Shop to manage a store in NorthPark Center. Our store sold shirts and Perot was a regular customer. He’d come in once or twice a year […]

NAACP approves three pro-LGBT resolutions

Detroit – On July 23rd, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, voted unanimously on three pro-LGBTQ resolutions with far-reaching impact on its 2,000-plus units/chapters across the country. The NAACP was a champion for marriage equality and remains a strong advocate for the Equality Act. It is now taking action to do deeper work with its units and chapters to invoke change locally. The resolutions marked the next chapter in the NAACP’s support of our community: ending murders and violence against transgender women and supporting the transgender community, prevention and earlier […]

UK extends gay marriage to Northern Ireland

London – Britain’s parliament voted on July 9th to extend marriage equality to Northern Ireland [Editor’s note by JB: I prefer to call it Occupied Ireland]. The count was a landslide 383 to 73, with 194 members absent or abstaining. The marriage bill was introduced by a Labor member, Conor McGinn, and allowed to proceed as a “free vote” – in other words, one where the members were not bound to vote their party’s line. The Tory government headed by Theresa May said it would honor Parliament’s vote despite its own misgivings. While Northern Ireland is part of the United […]

Brazilian lesbian couple mutilate, behead nine-year-old son

Samambaia, Brazil – The Daily Mail reports that a Brazilian mother and her lesbian lover are accused of ripping off her nine-year-old son’s penis before beheading him because he reminded her of her dad. Rosana Candido, 27, and Kacyla Pessoa, 28, also allegedly sewed a fake female sex organ onto the body because he “wanted to be a girl” before scraping the boy’s skin off his face. They also tried to gouge out his eyes using a knife after mother Candido stabbed her son Rhuan a dozen times. The child was killed and mutilated at their home in Samambaia, about […]

Istanbul police attack Pride marchers

Istanbul, Turkey – Istanbul authorities have banned the annual LGBT pride parade for the last five years. Turkish police fired tear gas at pride marchers in Istanbul on Sunday, June 30th. Organizers of Istanbul LGBT Pride Week had hoped the march could go ahead despite authorities banning the event for the last five years. Police allowed people to gather in a side street as organizers read a statement, according to Turkey-based Bianet. But riot police then used shields and fired tear gas to disperse the crowds, local media reported. Police also closed off streets. “These walks have become more and […]

Psych association apologizes for saying LGBT people sick

San Diego – Reuters reports that the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) apologized June 21st for previously treating homosexuality as a mental illness, saying its past errors contributed to discrimination and trauma for LGBT people. It may be the first US medical or mental health organization to issue such an apology. Although psychiatrists declassified homosexuality as a disorder in 1973 and psychoanalysts came around nearly 20 years later, the APsaA says it is unaware of any related professional group that had apologized. “It is long past time to recognize and apologize for our role in the discrimination and trauma caused by […]