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Political Notes: U.S. Senate delays marriage equality vote post midterms

Political Notes: U.S. Senate delays marriage equality vote post midterms

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 15, 2022

U.S. senators have punted voting to ensure same-sex couples can marry until after the midterm elections in November.

Political Notebook: Gay CA House candidate Rollins launches TV ads

Political Notebook: Gay CA House candidate Rollins launches TV ads

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 14, 2022

An increasingly confident gay candidate for a Southern California House seat launched his first TV ads this week.

LGBTQ Agenda: 9th Circuit upholds Washington state's ban on conversion therapy for minors

LGBTQ Agenda: 9th Circuit upholds Washington state's ban on conversion therapy for minors

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Sep 13, 2022

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously upheld a Washington state law prohibiting conversion therapy for minors.

Federal judge rules insurance companies can refuse to cover PrEP

Federal judge rules insurance companies can refuse to cover PrEP

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

A federal judge on September 7 ruled against a federal mandate that requires employer provided health plans to cover PrEP, a drug used for the prevention of HIV.

Political Notebook: Biden nominates out lawyer to northern CA judgeship

Political Notebook: Biden nominates out lawyer to northern CA judgeship

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 2, 2022

Should San Francisco attorney P. Casey Pitts be confirmed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California then he would be the only LGBT Article III judge actively serving on the court, according to the White House.

LGBTQ Agenda: Use of 'grooming' slur up 400% on social media, pro-LGBTQ groups say

LGBTQ Agenda: Use of 'grooming' slur up 400% on social media, pro-LGBTQ groups say

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Aug 30, 2022

Grooming, the practice by pedophiles of prepping a child for an eventual sexual connection, has been an accusation long lobbed at LGBTQ people by those who hate them.

Political Notes: Biden administration pumps $20M toward ending HIV epidemic

Political Notes: Biden administration pumps $20M toward ending HIV epidemic

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 29, 2022

The Biden administration is awarding $20 million to more than five-dozen health centers across the country to help fund their efforts toward ending the HIV epidemic.

Fauci to step down from public health positions in December

Fauci to step down from public health positions in December

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Aug 24, 2022

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, will be stepping down from his current positions by the end of the year.

California adds Georgia to its travel ban list due to trans female athlete ban

California adds Georgia to its travel ban list due to trans female athlete ban

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 19, 2022

State-funded travel to Georgia is now banned unless for emergency purposes due to the Peach State being added to California's "no-fly" list of states that have enacted anti-LGBTQ legislation is recent years.

LGBTQ Agenda: Bonta joins AGs in 14 states and DC to file briefs opposing Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law

LGBTQ Agenda: Bonta joins AGs in 14 states and DC to file briefs opposing Florida's 'Don't Say Gay' law

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Aug 16, 2022

Joining the attorneys general of 14 other states and Washington, D.C., California Attorney General Rob Bonta has signed onto an amicus brief in a lawsuit opposing Florida's notorious House Bill 1557 — the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

LGBTQ Agenda: Southern groups help LGBTQ kids as schools begin new year

LGBTQ Agenda: Southern groups help LGBTQ kids as schools begin new year

  • by Eric Burkett
  • Aug 10, 2022

When some LGBTQ kids go back to school in various Southern states this year at the end of their summer breaks, they may find support in a surprisingly intimate little detail. Handwritten notes of encouragement. From strangers.

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.