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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.

LGBTQ Agenda: GOP subcommittee proposes cutting all Ending the HIV Epidemic funding

LGBTQ Agenda: GOP subcommittee proposes cutting all Ending the HIV Epidemic funding

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 25, 2023

Even though it was announced under former President Donald Trump (R), House Republicans have proposed cutting all $220 million in funding for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's portion for the Ending the HIV Epidemic program.

Political Notes: Attacks ramp up in gay Palm Springs House race, now seen as a toss-up

Political Notes: Attacks ramp up in gay Palm Springs House race, now seen as a toss-up

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 24, 2023

As the 2024 contest for a Palm Springs House seat tightens, the attacks on the gay challenger in the race and the Republican incumbent are heating up months before voters will cast their first ballots for who they want to represent them on Capitol Hill.

Analysis: Supreme Court rulings portend dismal outlook

Analysis: Supreme Court rulings portend dismal outlook

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jul 18, 2023

The only thing worse than a bad ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court is a poor decision that sets up the prospect that the worst is yet to come.

LGBTQ Agenda: 7 GOP AGs threaten Target in letter

LGBTQ Agenda: 7 GOP AGs threaten Target in letter

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 18, 2023

Following this year's homophobic outcry against Pride merchandise being available at Target, seven red state attorneys general sent a letter to the department store chain alleging the sales may violate child protection and obscenity laws.

Political Notes: West Coast LGBTQ US House races feature rematches, newcomers

Political Notes: West Coast LGBTQ US House races feature rematches, newcomers

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jul 17, 2023

The 10 contests for West Coast House races in 2024 with LGBTQ candidates that the Bay Area Reporter is already tracking feature a number of rematches and several newcomers seeking to serve in Congress.

Drag claims 1st Amendment wins in Florida, Utah

Drag claims 1st Amendment wins in Florida, Utah

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 12, 2023

The federal courts have given preliminary victories to the drag community in recent weeks in separate lawsuits against a Utah city and the state of Florida where judges ruled their anti-drag moves violate the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

LGBTQ Agenda: HIV-positive trans woman sues after solitary confinement

LGBTQ Agenda: HIV-positive trans woman sues after solitary confinement

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 11, 2023

A transgender woman is suing the director of the Missouri Department of Corrections and several staff, alleging that she was placed in solitary confinement for six years because of her HIV status after she was "violently assaulted," according to the suit.

US Supreme Court delivers blow to LGBTQ protections

US Supreme Court delivers blow to LGBTQ protections

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jun 30, 2023

On the last day of Pride Month, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a blow to LGBTQ rights when it ruled a Christian web designer has free speech rights to refuse to provide services to same-sex couples.

Gay man confirmed as federal judge in SF

Gay man confirmed as federal judge in SF

  • by Lisa Keen
  • Jun 20, 2023

The U.S. Senate this month confirmed a gay man to a federal district court seat in San Francisco — marking the first time an openly gay nominee has been appointed to the district court for what is often considered the world's gayest city.

Compromise may keep PrEP covered, for now, as federal court case proceeds

Compromise may keep PrEP covered, for now, as federal court case proceeds

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 14, 2023

A potential compromise would keep PrEP covered by insurers and employers as a case that would overrule federal protection for HIV preventative care moves through the courts.

LGBTQ Agenda: White House announces new LGBTQ civil rights measures

LGBTQ Agenda: White House announces new LGBTQ civil rights measures

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 9, 2023

The Biden administration will be appointing a coordinator to work on the issues and threats that book bans pose for civil rights, according to a June 8 statement from the White House.