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LGBTQ Agenda: Parents of trans kids object to internet regulation bill

LGBTQ Agenda: Parents of trans kids object to internet regulation bill

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Sep 19, 2023

Over 100 parents of transgender kids have signed an open letter asking Congress to kill the proposed Kids Online Safety Act, which they claim is a threat to freedom of speech on the internet.

CDC recommends updated COVID shots for all

CDC recommends updated COVID shots for all

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Sep 13, 2023

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges all Americans ages 6 months and older to get updated COVID vaccines that more closely match current coronavirus variants.

B.A.R.'s Bestie balloting begins

B.A.R.'s Bestie balloting begins

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 12, 2023

It's time for Bay Area Reporter readers to cast their ballots for the LGBTQ newspaper's annual Best of the Bay contest.

LGBTQ Agenda: North Carolina insurer lowers copay for HIV drugs after discrimination complaint

LGBTQ Agenda: North Carolina insurer lowers copay for HIV drugs after discrimination complaint

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Sep 12, 2023

The largest insurer in North Carolina recently lowered the out-of-pocket cost of its HIV drugs, including PrEP, after complaints from advocacy organizations to the state and federal governments.

Pelosi announces she will seek reelection; Wiener won't run for congressional seat

Pelosi announces she will seek reelection; Wiener won't run for congressional seat

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 8, 2023

Congressmember Nancy Pelosi on Friday announced that she will seek reelection next year, dashing plans for gay state Senator Scott Wiener to run for her seat in 2024.

Pansy tattoo effort blooms a song

Pansy tattoo effort blooms a song

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 6, 2023

An anthem, of sorts, for the transgender community, and queer people in general, is blooming in an East Bay music studio with help from a former Oakland musician and songwriter now living in Ohio.

LGBTQ Agenda: Lara responds to report finding insurers making PrEP access more difficult

LGBTQ Agenda: Lara responds to report finding insurers making PrEP access more difficult

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 29, 2023

Gay California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara's office is responding to a report showing how insurers prevent patients from using preventative care mandated under federal law, including PrEP.

Political Notes: Report details attacks on pro-LGBTQ school policies cloaked as 'parental rights'

Political Notes: Report details attacks on pro-LGBTQ school policies cloaked as 'parental rights'

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 28, 2023

A new report has documented in stark detail how efforts to restrict what students learn and read about in schools have been sweeping across the country over the last two years.

First GOP debate sees trans youth attacked

First GOP debate sees trans youth attacked

  • by Christopher Kane, Washington Blade
  • Aug 24, 2023

Among the non-economic issues discussed by the eight candidates who appeared on stage for the first Republican Party 2024 presidential primary debate, several spoke against allowing trans students to play on sports teams that match their gender identity.

LGBTQ Agenda: Gay Libertarian presidential candidate says he's running 'confident, aspirational' campaign

LGBTQ Agenda: Gay Libertarian presidential candidate says he's running 'confident, aspirational' campaign

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 22, 2023

A gay Libertarian from Georgia is making waves in his run for his party's nomination for U.S. president — becoming the first-ever third-party candidate to speak at the Iowa State Fair Political Soapbox.

LGBTQ Agenda: Florida college DEI programs shut down as school year starts

LGBTQ Agenda: Florida college DEI programs shut down as school year starts

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 15, 2023

A national nonprofit that works for safer college campuses for queer students is condemning the "dismantling and closure" of LGBTQ support offices and diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida's public colleges and universities.

Lesbian Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo tapped to head NIAID

Lesbian Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo tapped to head NIAID

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Aug 9, 2023

Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, a world-acclaimed expert on HIV and sexually transmitted infections, has been chosen to head the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, replacing Dr. Anthony Fauci.

LGBTQ Agenda: House GOP nixes millions in proposed funds for queer groups

LGBTQ Agenda: House GOP nixes millions in proposed funds for queer groups

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 8, 2023

The United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted on party lines last month to strip funding for three LGBTQ groups in a decision Democrats said was motivated by bigotry.

LGBTQ Agenda: SF health officials respond to national syphilis drug shortage

LGBTQ Agenda: SF health officials respond to national syphilis drug shortage

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 1, 2023

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is responding to news that there is a nationwide shortage of the drug to treat syphilis.