LGBTQ people join protest in Arizona over police violence

Phoenix, AZ – Widescale outrage over the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black father of two, by a Minneapolis Police Department officer on May 25 spurred people of diverse backgrounds to take to the streets of Phoenix and communities across the nation demanding for an end to police violence against black people. The same day of Floyd’s killing, Dion Johnson — a 28-year-old black man — was shot and killed by an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper, adding to the swell of public outrage. Mass protests have continued to take place daily in response to these and other […]

Boston Pride changes focus to support Black Lives Matter

Boston, MA – Boston Pride stands with #BlackLivesMatter and other groups representing Black and Brown people as we move through Pride season and address the systemic racism, injustice and police brutality that has been inflicted on Black and Brown communities for decades. The first Pride Marches in the US were bold protests against systematic oppression and unjust police violence experienced by LGBTQ+ people, especially those who experienced multiple forms of oppression. In support and solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement, Boston Pride is shifting its focus from the virtual events that were planned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to […]

Black Transgender woman murdered in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA – “One more precious Black trans woman’s life has been violently taken,” said trans woman and community organizer, Deja Lynn Alvarez. Just before 7 p.m. on Monday, June 9, the body of 27-year-old Black trans woman Dominique Rem’mie Fells was discovered on the banks of the Schuylkill River on the 3500 block of Schuylkill Ave, near Bartram’s Garden. Fells’ was originally misgendered by 6ABC and PhillyVoice. But, sources from the Morris Home — a recovery residence for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals — realized that the victim was resident Fells, a trans woman. “Fells was an absolutely beautiful […]

Young straight U.S. men having a lot less sex now

Reuters reports that sexual activity among young American straight men has declined sharply since 2000, with nearly a third reporting no sex with a partner in the prior year, according to a survey study that suggests social media and electronic gaming might be filling the void. The trend is concerning as sexual relationships are important for well-being and health. There was no notable decline among gay men, researchers reported             The survey found that from 2000 to 2018, nearly one in three U.S. men aged 18 to 24 reported no sexual activity in the past year. Lack of sexual activity, […]

Presidential candidate Biden launches LGBTQ outreach

Wilmington, DE – Joe Biden has named his LGBT+ steering committee – aimed at turning out record numbers of LGBT+ voters in November. Meanwhile the Biden campaign has also launched a special section of its site with his plan for LGBT+ equality in America. In it he promises to bring in the Equality Act within his first 100 days in office, end the ban on trans people serving in the armed forces, and tackle both LGBT+ youth homelessness and violence against trans people, particularly trans women of color. Former Vice President Biden is now the Democrat’s official nominee for the […]

Trump removes protections for LGBTQ people in health regs

Washington, D.C. – On June 12, the Trump Administration announced that it would remove sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination language from seven federal regulations governing access to health care, health insurance, and services for nursing home eligible elders. The final rule would remove sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination provisions from the Affordable Care Act’s nondiscrimination regulation (implementing Section 1557), as well as rules concerning other major programs governed by the US Department of Health and Human Services including Medicaid enrollment and services, state and federal health insurance exchanges, insurance coverage, Qualified Health Plans, and the Program of All-Inclusive […]

Rule to let immigration judges dismiss cases before hearing

Washington, D.C. – A procedural change proposed by Trump’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would allow immigration judges to dismiss claims from transgender asylum seekers before they even have a chance to argue their case. The new rule “absolutely guts U.S. asylum law and procedures” according to experts. The changes would instruct judges and officials to “not favorably adjudicate the claims of aliens” who claim persecution based on their gender among other characteristics. Hearings for most transgender people and abused women could be mostly eliminated.             The revision would “effectively eliminate court hearings for entire swaths of asylum seekers,” according […]

George Bakan, Seattle Gay News publisher, has died

Seattle, WA – George Bakan, Capitol Hill resident and publisher of the Seattle Gay News from the days when the AIDS crisis dominated its pages through marriage equality and 2020’s pandemic-postponed Pride, has died. The 78-year-old reportedly passed away working at his desk on the paper he helmed since 1983 in a lifetime he also filled with fighting for civil rights, community activism, journalistic enthusiasm, and love of a good argument.             The Seattle Lesbian reported his death Tuesday: “A pioneer in the LGBTQ+, HIV and AIDS communities, Bakan was beloved by many who were influenced by his natural wit […]

Many political leaders taking part in virtual Global Pride

A worldwide LGBTQ Pride event has announced the first wave of speakers and acts appearing at the online event on June 27th, expected to attract up to 300 million viewers. They include Carlos Alvarado Quesada, president of Costa Rica – which this week legalized equal marriage – prime ministers of Norway Erna Solberg and of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark and Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil of India. All were approached by Pride organizations in their own country. More leaders will announce their participation in the coming weeks. Names from the world of entertainment including international musicians and […]

Texas top court temporarily blocks mail-in voting

Austin, Texas – The Texas Supreme Court on May 29th halted the expansion of mail-in voting in the state during the coronavirus pandemic. The court issued the stay after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) asked the Lone Star State’s top court to take action in a letter earlier this week. The state Supreme Court has set oral arguments in the case for June 3rd. Democrats and voting rights advocates have pushed for mail-in voting to be expanded during the pandemic, while Paxton has repeatedly argued that large-scale mail-in voting will lead to rampant voter fraud and corruption. The 14th […]