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News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

News Briefs: B.A.R.'s Besties voting is now underway

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 9, 2022

Voting is open for the Bay Area Reporter's readers' poll known as the Besties.

US declares public health emergency for monkeypox

US declares public health emergency for monkeypox

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Aug 4, 2022

The U.S. declared a public health emergency for the monkeypox outbreak and federal officials are considering a new way to get more doses out of a vial of Jynneos, the vaccine currently used.

LGBTQ Agenda: InterACT hails HHS intersex rule proposal for ACA

LGBTQ Agenda: InterACT hails HHS intersex rule proposal for ACA

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Aug 2, 2022

It was an announcement Maddie Moran, and countless others like them, had waited a long time to hear.

Senate vote on marriage bill pushed back to Sept.

Senate vote on marriage bill pushed back to Sept.

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Aug 1, 2022

Hope for a quick vote on the Respect for Marriage Act in the U.S. Senate this week has faded, but lesbian Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) said over the weekend that she has 10 Republican senators willing to vote for the measure.

WHO declares monkeypox a health emergency; US could do so soon

WHO declares monkeypox a health emergency; US could do so soon

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Jul 26, 2022

World Health Organization director-general Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared July 23 that monkeypox is a public health emergency of international concern — the global agency's highest level of alarm — as cases continue to rise steeply.

House passes bill to protect same-sex marriage on bipartisan vote

House passes bill to protect same-sex marriage on bipartisan vote

  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Jul 19, 2022

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Tuesday with significant bipartisan support the Respect for Marriage Act.

Biden administration refocuses national HIV response

Biden administration refocuses national HIV response

  • by Mel Baker, San Francisco Public Press
  • Jul 12, 2022

After two years of focusing on COVID-19 pandemic response, the Biden administration is renewing attention to other ongoing public health challenges, including HIV and AIDS.

LGBTQ Agenda: Texas judge issues injunction against state family agency

LGBTQ Agenda: Texas judge issues injunction against state family agency

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Jul 12, 2022

A judge in Texas has issued yet another injunction against the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, at least temporarily halting the agency's efforts to investigate two families of transgender children for alleged child abuse.

Out US soccer star Rapinoe awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Out US soccer star Rapinoe awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

  • by Christopher Kane, Washington Blade
  • Jul 8, 2022

During a ceremony July 7 in the East Room of the White House, President Joe Biden awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 17 recipients, including lesbian soccer star and activist Megan Rapinoe.

Brittney Griner pleads guilty to drug charges in Russia

Brittney Griner pleads guilty to drug charges in Russia

  • by Michael K. Lavers, Washington Blade
  • Jul 7, 2022

WNBA star Brittney Griner on Thursday pleaded guilty to charges that she smuggled drugs into Russia.

Monkeypox vaccine rollout begins in SF and nationwide

Monkeypox vaccine rollout begins in SF and nationwide

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Jul 1, 2022

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is starting to offer monkeypox vaccines to more at-risk gay and bisexual men and transgender people in an effort to stem the growing outbreak.

California bans state-funded travel to nearly half of US

California bans state-funded travel to nearly half of US

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 30, 2022

State employees in California will soon be banned from using taxpayer funds to travel to nearly half of the country due to the enactment of anti-LGBTQ legislation in other states.

Political Notes: Biden backs federal LGBTQ data collection bill

Political Notes: Biden backs federal LGBTQ data collection bill

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jun 27, 2022

President Joe Biden has thrown his support behind federal legislation that would improve LGBTQ demographic data collection in the U.S.

CA officials decry Supreme Court's Roe decision

CA officials decry Supreme Court's Roe decision

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jun 24, 2022

California women lawmakers and elected officials decried the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade during a Zoom call Friday and vowed to make the state a "safe haven" for people who give birth.