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 […]

Williams Institute releases new stats on LGBTQ population

Los Angeles, CA – The Williams Institute at UCLA released new statistics of estimated LGBTQ populations around the U.S. The Dallas-Ft Worth area has the largest LGBTQ population in Texas and the sixth largest in the U.S. With 706,000 LGBTQ people, the New York metropolitan area has the largest LGBTQ population. Next is Los Angeles with 523,000. Third is Chicago with 298,000 and San Francisco with 247,000. South Florida squeaks in just above Dallas- Ft Worth with 214,000 compared to 211,000 and the Washington, D.C. metro area right behind with 209,000. The population figures are estimates. The 211,000 number for […]

COVID-19 Pandemic Creates Growing Need for Behavioral Health Services

The physical toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is measured in new cases and medical outcomes, but hidden costs of the pandemic are often borne by those who may never contract the virus. The stresses of the pandemic and the restricted lives most Americans face have caused a surge in the demand for behavioral health services. This need comes not just from those already in care who find themselves cut off from their traditional appointments and groups, but also from individuals who might never before have needed behavioral health assistance. Dr. Stephanie Saunders, PsyD, Director of Behavioral Health for Chase Brexton […]

COVID Testing and Long COVID

Dear Dr. Eva, I was sick for 3 weeks. It seemed like COVID. I had a bad cough, was short of breath, was totally exhausted and my sense of taste and smell were less than normal (but didn’t disappear completely). I had five COVID tests and they all came up negative. My doctor says she thinks I probably did have COVID. Is it possible to have COVID and keep testing negative for it? Been Pretty Sick   Dear BPS, Testing for COVID is very finicky and time-sensitive. There are three main kinds of COVID tests: antigen tests, DNA tests, and […]

The Politics and Pitfalls of HIV Community Language

Kiara St James, Ben Plumley, Jose Romero, and Mark S. King Two broadcasts this week took a look at the words we use as people living with HIV – and the words others use to describe us. Those words can be hurtful or weaponized, even among ourselves. As a participant in both conversations, the question boils down to, “how willing are we to update our vocabularies to make the world a little safer for other people?” It might be as simple as naming your pronouns, which was one of the topics of a webinar hosted by the HIV Caucus this week. The […]