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Early gay rights activist Arnie Kantrowitz dies

Early gay rights activist Arnie Kantrowitz dies

  • by Brian Bromberger
  • Feb 11, 2022

Arnie Kantrowitz, the early New York-based gay rights activist who wrote a classic queer memoir, taught one of the earliest gay studies college courses in the nation, and was a founding member of GLAAD, died January 21 from complications of COVID-19.

HRC's ex-president sues over termination, alleges racial discrimination

HRC's ex-president sues over termination, alleges racial discrimination

  • by Chris Johnson, Washington Blade
  • Feb 3, 2022

Alphonso David, the former president of the Human Rights Campaign terminated by the board after he was ensnared in the Governor Andrew Cuomo scandal, sued the nation's leading LGBTQ group February 3.

LGBTQ Agenda: Counterfeiting ring sold fake Biktarvy, Descovy, Gilead says

LGBTQ Agenda: Counterfeiting ring sold fake Biktarvy, Descovy, Gilead says

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Feb 1, 2022

Gilead Sciences Inc. published a checklist so that folks can ensure that they are taking actual pills of Biktarvy or Descovy.

Breyer announces retirement, opens up new battle over Supreme Court

Breyer announces retirement, opens up new battle over Supreme Court

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 26, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, who had joined landmark decisions from the court in support of LGBTQ rights, announced January 26 that he'd retire, opening up a chance for President Joe Biden to make a pick.

CA insurance chief asks feds to lift gay and bi blood ban

CA insurance chief asks feds to lift gay and bi blood ban

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 26, 2022

After Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara's letter, four LGBTQ advocacy groups expressed appreciation and reiterated their support for ending the blood ban.

LGBTQ Agenda: State orgs push for bipartisan LGBTQ civil rights legislation

LGBTQ Agenda: State orgs push for bipartisan LGBTQ civil rights legislation

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 25, 2022

Nine state LGBTQ rights organizations announced a new coalition aimed at getting civil rights protections enshrined in federal law in a bipartisan fashion before the midterm elections.

Blood study seeks gay, bi men to challenge FDA ban

Blood study seeks gay, bi men to challenge FDA ban

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 19, 2022

Brian Custer, Ph.D., of Vitalant said he hopes the study's results will guide the federal agency to consider changing questions about men who have sex with men specifically to questions about sexual health and safety across orientations.

Out in the Bay: Why everyone should care about Supreme Court abortion cases

Out in the Bay: Why everyone should care about Supreme Court abortion cases

  • by Eric Jansen
  • Jan 13, 2022

LGBTQ civil rights may indeed be threatened by abortion cases now before the conservative-heavy U.S. Supreme Court.

LGBTQ Agenda: South Carolina attorney general sued over sex offender registry law

LGBTQ Agenda: South Carolina attorney general sued over sex offender registry law

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jan 11, 2022

South Carolina is the one of three states that requires people convicted of consensual gay sex prior to 2003 to register as sex offenders.

FDA OKs two pills for COVID

FDA OKs two pills for COVID

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Dec 22, 2021

The federal Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency use authorization of two drugs for the treatment of COVID-19.

LGBTQ Agenda: Catholic diocese criticized for banning LGBTQs from sacraments

LGBTQ Agenda: Catholic diocese criticized for banning LGBTQs from sacraments

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Dec 21, 2021

Bishop John Francis Doerfler of the Catholic Diocese of Marquette, in Michigan, is receiving criticism from LGBTQ Catholics and their allies for seeking to bar them from the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Political Notes: San Diego-based website aims to educate voters

Political Notes: San Diego-based website aims to educate voters

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Dec 20, 2021

Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, a San Diego-based website is aiming to educate voters about their congressional representatives.

LGBTQ Agenda: Queerency launches holiday gift guide

LGBTQ Agenda: Queerency launches holiday gift guide

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Dec 14, 2021

A new LGBTQ media company is releasing its 2021 holiday gift guide December 15. Queerency CEO Travers Johnson said "we are wanting to show the diversity, depth, and breadth of queer innovation."

New York City opens first US supervised injection sites

New York City opens first US supervised injection sites

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • Dec 10, 2021

New York City has become the first U.S. city to open government sanctioned supervised injection facilities, as San Francisco officials continue the process of doing the same.