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Talking Softly, Pope Holds Onto Big Sticks

Talking Softly, Pope Holds Onto Big Sticks

BY ANDY HUMM | While governors in North Carolina and Mississippi struggle to defend their anti-gay laws, Pope Francis has found a way to hold on to Catholic teachings that condemn LGBT people, exclude women from power, and forbid divorce by taking a softer tone that has won him plaudits from the mainstream media and kept […]

Trans People Remain Largely Invisible in Health Data  

Trans People Remain Largely Invisible in Health Data  

BY JD DAVIDS | The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections is the top HIV science and medical gathering in the US, so it’s not surprising that the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) chose this year’s CROI as the place to unveil new data estimating the lifetime risk of HIV based on […]

PrEP Screenings Seen as Tool to Combat STD Surge    

PrEP Screenings Seen as Tool to Combat STD Surge    

BY JD DAVIDS | With just three minutes on the mic at the 2016 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI), Sarit A. Golub, a psychologist with a master’s degree in public health, said, “I’m going to cut to the chase, since my title is a big spoiler.” And with that, she launched into the data […]

Anglicans Slap US Episcopalians over Gay Weddings    

Anglicans Slap US Episcopalians over Gay Weddings    

BY ANDY HUMM | Under pressure from right-wing African archbishops, the Anglican Church, led by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has punished the US Episcopal Church for allowing same-sex marriages and ordaining out gay bishops. Welby’s action, barring US representatives from sitting on key bodies and voting on matters of doctrine at international gatherings of […]

US Efforts to Fund Russian LGBT Groups Costly, Limited in Impact    

US Efforts to Fund Russian LGBT Groups Costly, Limited in Impact    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Given the recent bankruptcy announcement by American Apparel, two gay groups have responded to questions regarding the outcome of efforts between them and the clothing retailer to raise money for LGBT groups in Russia that were silenced when that country enacted a law banning pro-LGBT advocacy in 2013. In December 2013, Athlete […]

Intersex Activism to the Fore During UN Advocacy Push    

Intersex Activism to the Fore During UN Advocacy Push    

BY JASON CIANCIOTTO | Miriam van der Have is a married lesbian and mother of two. She came out publicly about being intersex on a television show in the Netherlands in 2003. Inspired by an out transgender participant on “Big Brother,” van der Have told me with a laugh, she thought, “If she can do it, […]

Prayers, Love for Paris Fill Washington Square Park

Prayers, Love for Paris Fill Washington Square Park

PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In the 24 hours after at least 129 people were killed in Paris in coordinated terrorist attacks for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, thousands surged into Manhattan’s Washington Square Park to show support for the people of France and to mourn those lost. For the most part, the gathering was quiet, […]

Catholic Bishops to Gays: You’re Still Going to Hell    

Catholic Bishops to Gays: You’re Still Going to Hell    

BY ANDY HUMM | The 270 Roman Catholic bishops meeting in a three-week synod in Rome on family issues could do no better on the essence of their approach to homosexuality and divorce than the Westboro Baptist in Topeka, home of the “God Hates Fags” ministry. The bishops would not budge off their stand that homosexual […]

In Iran, At Best, Seeds of Hope   

In Iran, At Best, Seeds of Hope   

BY ANDY HUMM | The mullahs and Revolutionary Guards who rule Iran are doing everything in their power to prevent a revolution in gay rights from happening there. A panel of experts on LGBT issues in Iran assembled at the CUNY Graduate Center on October 13 by OutRight Action International (which is the new name for the […]

IGLHRC is Now OutRight Action International

IGLHRC is Now OutRight Action International

  Jessica Stern, executive director of what to date has been called the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, with Chesterfield Samba, the director of Gays & Lesbians of Zimbabwe, whom the group honored in Manhattan on September 28 at its Celebration of Courage gala. On that occasion, Stern announced that the group was […]

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