Dutch Gay man killed by Nazis was leader of resistance

Washington, D. C. – In the final days before his execution in July 1943 at the hands of the Nazi party, Willem Arondeus asked his lawyer for one last request: to spread a message after he was gone. “Let it be known,” he said. “Homosexuals are not cowards.” A battle cry of defiance and a bold assertion of his strength, Arondeus lived his life by these words. An openly gay man and a tireless member of the Dutch resistance against the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, he willingly sacrificed his life for a mission that ultimately protected hundreds of thousands […]

Disney 50s child star who was let go for being Gay dies at 79

Las Vegas, NV – David Reddish reports for Queerty that Tommy Kirk, the child star of classic Disney films Swiss Family Robinson and Old Yeller has died. He was 79 years old. Kirk rose to fame as a pet project of Walt Disney himself, who cast Kirk in the original TV series The Hardy Boys, part of the popular show The Mickey Mouse Club. The popularity of the show made Kirk into a household star, as Disney used him as a host for newsreel specials for the show. Kirk attended both the Democratic and Republican conventions in 1956 and hosted […]

Exposing people to HIV remains a crime in most US States

Memphis, TN – Robin Lennon-Dearing writes in The Conversation and reprinted in Edge Media Network that despite the fact that HIV is now a treatable medical condition, the majority of U.S. states still have laws on the books that criminalize exposing other people to HIV. Whether or not the virus is transmitted does not matter. Neither does a person’s intention to cause harm. A person simply must be aware of being HIV-positive to be found guilty. These laws are enforced mainly on marginalized people living in poverty who cannot afford lawyers. The penalties — felony convictions and being placed on […]

LGBTQ-Affirming Healthcare Requires More Than a One-Hour Training

Gay men in Baltimore needed STI treatment in 1978, but continually found ineptitude and humiliation from providers who had no knowledge about their patients’ risks or their realities. Chase Brexton Health Care started out in a basement apartment near North Avenue to address that critical need.   Though LGBTQ legal rights and cultural legitimacy are a world away from the stigma of the past, too many of us are still facing clueless or cruel medical experiences in 2021. A recent study published in the Journal of Homosexuality, echoing the dismal findings of those from a decade or two ago, found […]

Swiss vote for same-sex marriage in landslide

Bren, Switzerland – Patrick Kelleher reports for PinkNews that Switzerland has voted overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage in a history-making referendum, proving that love always wins. Some 64.1 per cent of the population voted in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry, with just 35.9 per cent voting against. Every single one of Switzerland’s 26 cantons voted for same-sex marriage – the region that came closest to tipping into “no” territory was Appenzell Inner Rhoden, where 50.8 per cent voted in yes to marriage equality. Conservatives triggered a referendum on same-sex marriage after the country’s parliament voted in favor […]

Caitlyn Jenner gets 1% of vote in Newsom’s landslide win

Sacramento, CA – Caitlyn Jenner has failed in her attempt to become governor of California. In fact, the reality TV star got only 1.1% of the votes cast in the special recall election to unseat current Gov. Gavin Newsom. With almost 70% of the total votes counted, it is certain as the SGN goes to press that Newsom will retain his office. The governor is drawing nearly two-thirds of the votes against an initiative to remove him from office. California voters were asked to cast a two-part ballot. First, they had to vote on whether to remove Newsom from office. […]

Log Cabin Republicans to give award to Melania Trump

Washington, D. C. – The national Log Cabin Republicans, based in Washington, D.C., announced this week that former First Lady Melania Trump will be the guest of honor at Log Cabin Republicans & Liberty Education Forum’s annual Spirit of Lincoln Gala, where she will be presented with the 2021 Spirit of Lincoln Award. The Spirit of Lincoln Gala will be held in November at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. It is, according to the Log Cabin press release, “an annual tradition to honor those who exemplify a commitment to enhancing personal freedom, encouraging individual responsibility and ensuring equality under […]

Many southern Pride festivals delayed or canceled

Charlotte, NC – Most people around the globe agree the COVID-19 pandemic pretty much cancelled all of 2020. In Charlotte, the city’s annual Pride events were cancelled, resulting in a loss of an estimated $3 million in revenue for the city of Charlotte, as well as hundreds of thousands of tax dollars. This year, Pride organizers are moving forward with plans for the annual celebration, although all events have been pushed back to a later date. As of August 23, all Charlotte Pride events originally scheduled for late August and continuing through September 18 have been postponed until October, 2021. […]

Group seeks sainthood for Gay priest who died on 9/11/2001

New York City – Dan Tracer writes in Queerty that Mychal Judge was a Roman Catholic chaplain in the New York City Fire Department who often worked within the local LGBTQ community and other marginalized folks living with HIV. On September 11, 2001, the 68-year-old priest was the first to be recorded dead in the terror attacks that would ultimately claim nearly 3,000 lives. In the chaos of the initial attack on the World Trade center in lower Manhattan, Judge went to the Twin Towers to pray for the scores of victims and first responders. As he entered the lobby […]

Dallas mayor proclaims September LGBTQ Business Month

Dallas, TX – Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson issued a formal proclamation during the Dallas City Council Briefing on Wednesday, Sept. 1, declaring September to be LGBTQ Business Month in Dallas. Mayor Pro Tem — and North Texas Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Chamber of Commerce member — Chad West read them proclamation aloud at the meeting. Tony Vedda, the chamber’s president and CEO, explained that the chamber had asked for the proclamation to help highlight the economic contributions made by LGBTQ-owned business and support those businesses. Gary Sanchez, board chair for the chamber and director of public affairs at VisitDallas, […]