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April 15, 2015

And why celibacy is not the answer either

I wish Leelah Alcorn was alive today. She would know how a petition on the White House website with 120,000 plus signatures calling for the enactment of ‘Leelah’s Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy’ not only went viral across mainstream and social media internationally, but how the petition was also swiftly supported by Obama and his administration.

April 14, 2015

The Victorian Government has announced it will move to repeal Section 19A of the Crimes Act which singles out the deliberate spreading of HIV as a separate crime to deliberately exposing people to other serious illnesses

Australia is to lose its last law singling out the deliberate transmission of HIV to another person or persons, 22 years after the Victorian state government decided that it needed to be treated separately to the deliberate transmission of other serious illnesses.

Section 19A of Victoria’s Crimes Act punishes the deliberate transmission of HIV with up to 25 years in prison and was originally intended to discourage the scenario where a person stabs another person with a syringe full of blood that they knew contains HIV.

April 14, 2015

US President had congratulated football player when he came out as gay

Last week, Mike Huckabee was one of several potential GOP presidential candidates who spoke at a "family leadership regional summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader.

April 14, 2015

'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter!'

A man who allegedly sent a letter to gay bar threatening to murder all of the patrons with deadly anthrax is being held in jail.

Eric Reece Wiethorn, from Ames, Iowa, is believed to have sent the note claiming he would 'punish' and then eat the 'faggots and dykes' who had 'sinned against God'.

In the letter, it is claimed he covered it with a white powder.

Sent to Blazing Saddle Bar, the note said: 'It's time for all the faggots and dykes to die on Capital Pride night!

April 13, 2015

Florida's Marco Rubio supported Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and is against gay marriage

Marco Rubio, the US Senator from Florida with a solid anti-gay record, announced today he is running for president.

Rubio, 43, is a Republican trying to become the first-ever Cuban-American elected to The White House.

Rubio tells ABC News he is 'absolutely' the most qualified person to be president.

April 13, 2015

World Bank is investigating one of its employees for an alleged leak of information. Fabrice Houdart, who was the president of the bank’s LGBT employee organization, denies any wrongdoing

A leading advocate for LGBTI global rights within the World Bank is under investigation for allegedly leaking documents.

But Fabrice Houdart denies wrongdoing and claims he is being targeted by his bosses because he criticised the organization’s president and his senior management team for awarding bonuses at a time of cut-backs in the bank.

Houdart has hired lawyers who specialise in working with whistle-blowers to represent him but currently remains employed and working at the bank.

April 13, 2015

'The goal is a once-a-year shot for prevention and a combination for cure'

A new lab-made antibody can suppress HIV for up to 28 days after only a single dose, researchers at the Rockefeller University in New York have found.

Their work was published in the journal Nature on 8 April and was the first time that a new generation of HIV antibodies had been tested in humans.

'We conclude that, as a single agent, 3BNC117 is safe and effective in reducing HIV-1 viraemia, and that immunotherapy should be explored as a new modality for HIV-1 prevention, therapy and cure,' wrote the study's lead author, Michel Nussenzweig.

April 12, 2015

'So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote — because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey'

The speculation is over. Hillary Clinton is running for president.

The former US Secretary of State announced her candidacy today, 12 April, in a two-minute video.

Various individuals, including a gay male couple, describe their plans for the immediate futures.

At the video's end, Clinton talks directly to camera.

'I’m getting ready to do something too. I’m running for President,' the Democrat announces.

April 12, 2015

While she now supports marriage equality, question remain about how, and when, the former Secretary of State 'evolved'

Papers released by the Clinton Library this past week do not show where then First Lady Hillary Clinton stood on the Defense of Marriage Act.

In 1996, the bill passed both the House and Senate by huge margins. 

It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

April 11, 2015

Eric Reece Wiethorn wrote: 'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter'

An Iowa man has admitted to sending a threatening letter to a gay bar in Des Moines and claiming it was fille with the poison anthrax.

A letter arrived at Blazing Saddle bar containing a white powder in late March and stated: 'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter.'

After receiving an anonymous tip, police this week arrested Eric Reece Wiethorn (pictured) of Ames, Iowa.

Wiethorn, 49, has been arrested for first-degree harassment and booked in to Polk County Jail.

April 11, 2015

'Look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas'

US Senator Ted Cruz warned a number of homeschool advocates the LGBTI community is waging 'jihad' in Arkansas and Indiana.

According to Right Wing Watch, the 2016 candidate for the White House was part of candidate forum this past week in Iowa (the first state in the presidential primary).

April 11, 2015

Earlier this week US President Barack Obama issued a statement calling for an end of the use of conversion therapy for LGBTI minors

Six White House staffers – some straight, some LGBT – are calling for an end to the dangerous, widely debunked practice of conversion therapy which supporters  falsely claim can change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

April 10, 2015

'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

BBC radio show Woman's Hour is being condemned for its debate on trans children.

Presenter Jenni Murray instigated the talk by referring to recent reports that said puberty blockers were being given to trans children under the age of 11.

She announced it by saying: 'What should we do with boys who like pink frocks and girls who live in dungarees?'

Speaking to feminism activist Dr Finn Mackay and psychotherapist Michelle Bridgman, they were asked to agree or disagree whether trans children should be given medical treatment.

April 10, 2015

The company, which is the third biggest health insurer in the US, is encouraging the LGBT community to ‘Be Proud. Be Well’

Health insurer Aetna has launched a concerted campaign to target the LGBT community, reports AP.

The United State’s third biggest health insurance company has launched a dedicated website and is utilizing mobile apps and print ads to target the country's estimated 9million-strong LGBT population.

The campaign’s tagline is ‘Be Strong. Be Well.’

April 10, 2015

China is changing for the better for the gay community, but trans people are still marginalized. Tingting Shen of Asia Catalyst reveals more

In a rapidly changing China, the gay community is becoming more visible, recognized, and accepted by the general public. The transgender community, however, remains extremely marginalized and face extreme stigma and discrimination.

Transgender people are neglected by policy makers, abused by State and non-State actors, and are unable to fulfill a range of rights, including on privacy, legal identity and personal autonomy.

April 9, 2015

Chad Allen was regular on TV's Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman and went on to play many gay roles

When Chad Allen was in the middle of a six-year run playing Jane Seymour's son on the TV series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, he was cruelly outed when photos of him kissing a guy were sold to a tabloid in 1996.

But instead of going away, Allen spent nearly two more decades working on television, in movies and on the stage as an openly gay actor.

This week, Allen publicly said goodbye to that part of his life - on his terms.

April 9, 2015

An Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination will affect all those working for federal contractors and subcontractors

President Obama’s Executive Order on LGBT Workplace Discrimination has now come into effect.

The US President signed the bill last July and it came into effect yesterday (8 April).

It is now forbidden for federal contractors and subcontractors to discriminate on the basis of sexual discrimination or gender identity.

April 8, 2015

Matthew Hodson, of UK-based gay men’s health charity, GMFA, explains why arguments for not having sex with gay men who are HIV positive make little sense – and could actually pose a danger for those who are HIV negative

I’ve been living with diagnosed HIV for many years. In that time I’ve had my share of sexual and romantic rejections on the basis of my HIV status.

While these don’t make up any of my happiest memories, I’ve tried to take it on the chin.

I’ve always been a firm believer that individuals have a right to work out the sexual strategy that is right for them – and that included rejecting people on the basis of their HIV status. But, you know what – I’ve had a change of heart. It’s bullshit.

Firstly, as a safer sex strategy, it just doesn’t work.

April 8, 2015

Jeremy Bernard is the first man to ever hold the post

Jeremy Bernard made history in early 2011 when he was appointed by President Barack Obama as White House social secretary.

He was not only the first man to hold the post, he also happened to be openly gay.

A little over four years later, Bernard is quitting the job thst has him responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of official social events at the White House.

April 6, 2015

'I thought for sure when one of us came out other people in our sports would come out too'

It's been more than two years since US soccer pro Robbie Rogers came out to the world as a gay man.

Later in 2013, NBA player Jason Collins came out then NFL-hopeful Michael Sam did the same.

So why have no other pro athletes in any of the major sports followed in their footsteps?

'Honestly, I've asked that same question and had discussions with my teammates and family, and I just don't know the answer,' Rogers tells GQ.

April 4, 2015

Transgender Wikileaks whistleblower must dictate her tweets by phone from military prison

Under the handle @xychelsea, imprisoned Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning made her debut on Twitter on Friday (3 April).

In one of her 15 tweets, Manning explained to 22,000-plus followers how she tweets without access to the Internet.

'Tweeting from prison reqs a lot of effort and using a voice phone to dictate,' she wrote.

April 4, 2015

'The reason that those corporations put the pressure on Indiana and Arkansas was because the militant gay community put the pressure on them'

Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and possible 2016 candidate for the White House, claims US business is controlled by the 'militant gay community.'

The Republican was a guest today (4 April) on CNN defending religious freedoms laws, like the one amended in Indiana late last week.

He rejected any comparison with the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

April 3, 2015

The ruling marks the first time a prisoner has won the right to transition whilst incarcerated in the state

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that the state of California must provide gender reassignment surgery for a transgender prisoner. 

Judge Jon Tigar made the ruling yesterday (2 April), insisting that denial of the procedure to Michelle-Lael Norsworthy, 51 – who is currently serving a 17 year sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder in 1987 – was a violation of her constitutional rights. 

April 3, 2015

'Would you want an ex-porn star who has tried to commit suicide by HIV representing you?'

Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn has questioned HIV positive Lib Dem candidate Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett's credibility. 

During an interview with Buzzfeed this week, Hyyrylainen-Trett, the Lib Dem candidate for Vauxhall, revealed how his clinical depression as a student led him down a self-destructive path to become purposefully infected with HIV.