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“The Most Anti-LGBT Platform” Ever

“The Most Anti-LGBT Platform” Ever

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In a year when the Human Rights Campaign argues, “The Trump-Pence ticket is the gravest threat the LGBTQ community has ever faced in a presidential election,” even the Log Cabin Republicans, who for decades have struggled to make lemonade out of the lemons in front of them, declared the platform adopted at […]

Love Must Prevail

Love Must Prevail

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In December 1950, when William Faulkner accepted the Nobel Prize in Literature in a speech in Stockholm, he confronted the agonizing existential fear that weighed heavily on the minds and spirits of people everywhere. Just five years after Hitler’s terror had been halted, it was impossible to forget that the World […]

UN Ambassadors Travel to Stonewall In Orldando’s Wake

UN Ambassadors Travel to Stonewall In Orldando’s Wake

Ambassadors and other representatives from 16 nations, the European Union, and the United Nations joined Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the UN, for a special roundtable at the Stonewall Inn on June 16. The visit’s purpose was to reflect on both the tragic events in Orlando four days before and also the impact of […]

In Two West Village Vigils, Message Is “We Shall Overcome”

In Two West Village Vigils, Message Is “We Shall Overcome”

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In two vigils in the West Village on Sunday evening, one crowd numbering in the thousands, another in the hundreds voiced shock, grief, and anger over the murder of 50 patrons of a Orlando, Florida, gay bar in the early morning hours of the same day. Speaker after speaker emphasized that […]

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, […]

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