Salvation Army says it isn’t discriminatory to LGBTQ people

Dallas – The Salvation Army has released a statement about the LGBTQ community following allegations that the group was anti-gay. The organization said: “We’re saddened to learn that a corporate partner has felt it necessary to divert funding to other hunger, education, and homelessness organizations – areas in which the Salvation Army, as the largest social services provider in the world, is already fully committed. We serve more than 23 million individuals a year, including those in the LGBTQ community. In fact, we believe we are the largest provider of poverty relief to the LGBTQ population. When misinformation is perpetuated […]

Library of Congress gifted AIDS Quilt & will house it in SF

Washington, DC – The Names Project Foundation (NPF) announced on November 20th that the National AIDS Memorial will become the new caretaker of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and Names Project programs. As part of the transition, the Names Project and the National AIDS Memorial have agreed to jointly gift care and stewardship of the quilt’s archival collections to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, making this collection available through the world’s largest public library. “The Library of Congress is proud to serve as the home of the National AIDS Memorial Quilt Archive to preserve its legacy and […]

Haitian LGBTQ activist Jeudy Charlot found dead

Port-au-Prince – Jeudy Charlot, one of Haiti’s most prominent LGBTQ activists, was found dead at his home in Pétion-Ville, outside of the capital of Port-au-Prince, on the morning of November 25th, according to officials with OutRight Action International, an LGBTQ rights group. The circumstances of his death are still unclear, OutRight officials said, “and an autopsy is needed to determine the cause of death.” Charlot was executive director of Kouraj, one of Haiti’s only LGBT organizations and OutRight’s partner in a multi-year project fighting sexual and gender-based violence in Haiti. While the cause of death has not yet been determined, […]

Univ of Penna drops claim trans workers are not protected

Philadelphia – The University of Pennsylvania has withdrawn its legal stance in a contentious court case that trans workers in the region aren’t protected from discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, a federal workplace-antibias law. In July, Penn and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania were sued by “Jane Doe,” a trans woman and former employee at HUP, who alleges she was illegally fired from her job at HUP after experiencing severe harassment while a patient there. One of her claims is employment discrimination covered by Title VII, which bans workplace bias on the basis of […]

Black-market silicone injections risk to trans community

Charlotte, North Carolina – The transgender community, particularly trans women, have often resorted to black-market silicone injections in order to achieve a more feminine appearance. While there is definitely a significantly high level of risk in undergoing this type of procedure, as well as it being illegal, it seems to be a risk many individuals have been willing to take. Q Notes discussed this with Kysha Wellington, a trans woman who has undergone black-market silicone injection procedures as well as having been a provider of these types of procedures for more than 20 years. Wellington, 45, and a North Carolina […]

Allentown LGBT center: mortgage-free

Allentown, Pennsylvania – Allentown’s Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center held a mortgage-payoff ceremony November 20th, to celebrate being one of a small number of LGBT centers that owns its building mortgage-free. At the community center’s 2019 Fall Gala on October 30th, Air Products offered a $25,000 challenge grant. Ninety-three community members came together during a 15-minute donating blitz, facilitated by GiveLively, to crowdfund the additional $25,000 necessary for the Bradbury-Sullivan Center to pay off its mortgage. A live display of donor gifts was on-screen, and each donor contributed an average of $311. About 50 people attended the mortgage-payoff event held at […]

Cyndi Lauper first recipient of the High Note Global Prize

New York City – Award-winning recording artist, composer, lyricist, and LGBTQ advocate and icon Cyndi Lauper has been named the first recipient of the High Note Global Prize, an award honoring and celebrating major recording artists for outstanding achievement in using their music and celebrity platform to advocate for social justice worldwide, according to a statement released on November 26th by the United Nations. Pop star and social activist Kesha will present the award on behalf of UN Human Rights during Lauper’s “Home for the Holidays” benefit concert at The Novo at LA Live on Tuesday, December 10th, which is […]

New Jersey issues statewide LGBTQ equality police policy

Trenton – New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal last week announced an LGBTQ-equality directive that applies to all state, county, and local law enforcement agencies. Every law enforcement officer in New Jersey must be trained on the new guidelines – stemming from a report by the Transgender Equality Task Force – by June 1st. All 21 county prosecutors must educate the public about the guidelines, and by December 31st, 2020, they must report to the attorney general’s office on their public education efforts. The directive requires police officers to address people by the name and pronouns corresponding to their […]

Drag queen joins crowd to watch impeachment hearings

Washington, DC – The nation’s capital, Twitter, and probably the whole internet was all abuzz November 13th as the official impeachment hearings began in Congress. But the real question on everyone’s mind seems to be, “So, who is the ‘Lady in Red’”? NBC News correspondent Heidi Przybyla tweeted out a photo of a statuesque blonde drag queen wearing a very short red dress and very high red pumps apparently getting ready to go in to watch the hearing. She wrote, “Just arrived for #ImpeachmentHearings. Someone did ask me last night if there’s anything in DC that surprises me anymore. @JohnBrabender.” […]

Improved HIV testing helps goal of zero transmission

Rock Hill, South Carolina – Over the years, there’ve been many advancements and improvements made in HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) testing. Early tests developed in the 1980s, such as the Western blot test, can take months for an infected individual to test positive. The OraQuick oral swab rapid test developed later has a similar window. The combination test (also known as the fourth generation test) used today, is now considered the recommended standard of testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The detection window period for the earlier tests is 90 days, whereas the combination test has […]