FEMA to reimburse for COVID-19-related funeral costs

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced that it will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral costs that took place after January 20, 2020. This reimbursement operation went into effect on April 12, 2021, under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The announcement also came after the US COVID-19 death toll exceeded 500,000 American residents, and it continues to climb. FEMA, which operates under the US Department of Homeland Security, said in its statement, “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. […]

National LGBT Media Association to boycott Georgia

Washington, D.C. – The National LGBT Media Association (NGMA), composed of the 12 largest LGBT publications in the nation and the country’s largest LGBT media association, has approved a resolution to not hold any future meetings in the state of Georgia due to the Georgia Legislature’s recent passage of draconian voter suppression laws which primarily affect communities of color. “We in the LGBT community built a movement fighting for equality, and we stand with those who fight this ‘Jim Crow, Part 2’ legislation in order to make their voice heard and their vote count,” NGMA members said. “Too many people […]

What’s wrong with dietary supplements for male sexual enhancement?

Beginning March 24, 2021, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) began to issue a series of recall notices for “nutritional supplements for male sexual enhancement.” As of April 5, recalls have been published for 14 different brands. The brands recalled so far are listed in the box below. It is very likely that more, similar products will be recalled in the days ahead. All of these products are advertised as “natural.” According to their labels, many contain imaginary ingredients like “horny goat weed.” All the recalled products contain undeclared ingredients including one or more of three prescription medications: the erection medicines […]

Where Are We Going?

One of the ways I like to keep my spirts up is to schedule some fun events to attend. Having something to look forward to keeps me going. Needless to say, 2020 was a difficult year. With the other half away in Florida for the winter and everything canceled because of the virus, I spend most of my time home alone trying to stay safe. It didn’t help that some of my friends continued to go to play parties and gatherings even when it was unsafe to do so. One friend even calls me almost every day to tell me […]

Where is Everyone Going?

Has COVID Made You Think About Retirement? You are not alone! Recent research has suggested that the economic disruption of the pandemic and the booming housing market have resulted in record numbers of Americans opting to retire and relocate. According to a Pew Research Center report roughly 28.6 million members of the ‘baby boom’ generation decided to retire in the third quarter of 2020, over three million more than during the same period of 2019. There are a combination of factors that have made this a trend. First, high prices for the homes that these new retirees are selling have increased […]

LGBTQ Uxbek activist attacked; others going underground

Tashkent, Uzbekistan – Emma Powys Maurice writes for Pink News that the Uzbek LGBT+ community say they’ve been driven underground in fear of homophobic backlash after a vicious attack on a prominent blogger and his supporters. Miraziz Bazarov remains hospitalized with serious injuries, which he sustained in a savage beating by three masked men with a baseball bat on 28 March. The blogger is a vocal critic of President Mirziyoyev and had called for LGBT+ gatherings at holy sites in protest against the criminalization of same-sex relationships in Uzbekistan. An angry mob later attacked several young people who planned to […]

Philadelphia Gay News celebrates 45 year! Congratulations!

Philadelphia, PA – PGN’s first issue was published on January 3, 1976. The paper was 36 pages and included articles on the fight to get a gay rights bill through City Council, an update on the murder of Knight-Ridder heir John S. Night III, a feature gay and lesbian people in athletics, and a column about mobilizing the gay and lesbian vote in elections. Until September 1976, PGN was printed in Pittsburgh, along with the Pittsburgh Gay News, Ohio East Gay News, and the Atlanta Gay News, which made up the first LGBTQ media chain in the country. Longtime staffer […]

President Biden issues Transgender affirming proclamation

Washington, D.C. President Joe Biden on March 31 issued the first presidential proclamation honoring International Transgender Day of Visibility. “Their trailblazing work has given countless transgender individuals the bravery to live openly and authentically,” Biden wrote of transgender activists. “This hard-fought progress is also shaping an increasingly accepting world in which peers at school, teammates and coaches on the playing field, colleagues at work, and allies in every corner of society are standing in support and solidarity with the transgender community.” Noting that nearly 1 in 3 trans people have experienced homelessness, and that trans people routinely face discrimination in […]

Court may order Montana to purge registry of gay sex cases

Helena, MT – David Reddish reports for Queerty that eyes have turned to Montana, as a federal judge in the state will soon rule on removing citizens convicted of having consensual gay sex from the state’s sex offender registry. The decision hinges on the case of Randall Menges, an Idaho man convicted of sex offenses in the state when he was 18 years old, NBC affiliate KPVI reports. In 1994, a court convicted Menges of criminal sex offenses after he was discovered having sex with two male 16-year-olds. Though a police investigation found that the sex acts were consensual, Menges […]

Toxic chemicals cause sperm counts and penises to shrink

New York, NY – In an article in The Guardian, Erin Brockovich asks if the end of humankind is approaching? She writes that it may be coming sooner than we think, thanks to hormone-disrupting chemicals that are decimating fertility at an alarming rate around the globe. A new book called Countdown, by Shanna Swan, an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, finds that sperm counts have dropped almost 60% since 1973. Following the trajectory we are on, Swan’s research suggests sperm counts could reach zero by 2045. Zero. Let that sink […]