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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.

LGBTQ Agenda: Community fights back in Utah, Florida against drag restrictions

LGBTQ Agenda: Community fights back in Utah, Florida against drag restrictions

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jun 6, 2023

The LGBTQ community isn't taking increasing threats to drag lying down — filing suits against a Utah city and the state of Florida arguing their anti-drag moves violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

DeSantis' anti-LGBTQ laws run afoul of 1st Amendment, attorneys say

DeSantis' anti-LGBTQ laws run afoul of 1st Amendment, attorneys say

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 31, 2023

Attorneys are questioning the constitutionality of some of the anti-LGBTQ laws signed by Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just before he launched his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination.

LGBTQ Agenda: Ongoing suit threatens PrEP coverage as patient groups fight for copay assistance

LGBTQ Agenda: Ongoing suit threatens PrEP coverage as patient groups fight for copay assistance

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 16, 2023

Patient groups have filed a statement with a federal court supporting a lawsuit seeking to overturn copay accumulator schemes; however, this suit comes as access to life-saving preventative HIV care faces an existential threat from a separate case.

Families fleeing Florida, Texas amid anti-LGBTQ legislation, nonprofit head says

Families fleeing Florida, Texas amid anti-LGBTQ legislation, nonprofit head says

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 12, 2023

Families fleeing states passing anti-LGBTQ legislation can get microgrants from one nonprofit, whose leader said people are "leaving everything they know and almost in a dark-of-night situation."

Reactions mixed as FDA further opens up blood donation to gay, bi men

Reactions mixed as FDA further opens up blood donation to gay, bi men

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 11, 2023

The United States Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday that it finalized new blood donation guidance will allow gay and bisexual men in sexually monogamous relationships to donate blood — but not if they are on PrEP.

New mpox cluster in Chicago prompts concern

New mpox cluster in Chicago prompts concern

  • by Liz Highleyman
  • May 11, 2023

Health officials in Chicago have reported a new cluster of 13 mpox cases among gay men, raising concern about a possible resurgence this summer, which unofficially kicks off during the upcoming International Mr. Leather contest over Memorial Day weekend.

LGBTQ Agenda: Queer youth mental health worsened by discrimination, violence according to survey

LGBTQ Agenda: Queer youth mental health worsened by discrimination, violence according to survey

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 9, 2023

Discrimination, physical harm, and conversion therapy correspond to suicide risk, the results of a Trevor Project survey of tens of thousands of LGBTQ young people show.

LGBTQ Agenda: Feds charge Ohio man with arson in attempt to burn LGBTQ-affirming church

LGBTQ Agenda: Feds charge Ohio man with arson in attempt to burn LGBTQ-affirming church

  • by John Ferrannini
  • May 2, 2023

An Ohio man is in federal custody, charged with using Molotov cocktails in an attempt to burn an LGBTQ-affirming church to the ground March 25.