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Trump Proposes Trans Shelter Ban

Politics

Trump Proposes Trans Shelter Ban

In yet another attack on the LGBTQ community, the Trump administration’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on May 22 rolled out a new proposed rule that would allow federally funded facilities to ban transgender and gender nonconforming people from shelters or force them to cohabit with people who do not share their gender identity. Comment
Health

AIDS Walk Raises Over $4 Million

Health

AIDS Walk Raises Over $4 Million

In its 34th annual AIDS Walk beginning and ending in Central Park on May 19, Gay Men’s Health Crisis raised more than $4 million to support living-saving services there and at other HIV/ AIDS organizations in the tri-state area. Comment
Politics

New Push to Keep LGBTQ Voice on Council

Politics

New Push to Keep LGBTQ Voice on Council

Recognizing that all five gay members of the City Council face term limits at the end of 2021, a group of queer political leaders, including some of the current councilmembers, gathered at City Hall on May 22 to announce an initiative to ensure that the Council will continue to have LGBTQ members after the citywide elections two years from now. Comments (1)
Janet Porter, a longtime anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ activist who is a chief architect of “heartbeat bill” abortion restrictions, is one of countless far-right leaders who have become emboldened by the appointment of conservative judges, a complicit Trump administration, and a group of state legislatures willing to implement harsh laws. Comment
They barreled down the Riegelmann Boardwalk chanting, “Hey ho, hey ho, homophobia has got to go,” and “We’re here! We’re queer! Immigrants are welcome here!” Comments (1)
A black transgender woman who just one month ago was hit with anti-LGBTQ slurs and beaten to the ground following a minor car accident in Dallas was found dead with gunshot wounds on May 18, according to police. Comment
In an historic step forward for LGBTQ rights, the House of Representatives on May 17 easily passed the Equality Act, a measure that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act and related federal laws to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Comment
International

Taiwan Legalizes Marriage Equality

International

Taiwan Legalizes Marriage Equality

Lawmakers in Taiwan on May 17 voted to approve same-sex marriage rights, making the island nation the first country in Asia to win marriage equality. Comment
OutRight Action International, championing the rights of LGBTQ and intersex people around the globe since 1990, raised trans visibility high at its annual awards gala on May 7, honoring Zimbabwean trans activist Rikki Nathanson and TV’s “Transparent.” Comments (1)
Out gay City Council Speaker Corey Johnson on May 16 voiced his opposition to the full decriminalization of sex work, breaking from other progressive politicians — including those who share his constituents — and drawing stinging condemnation from multiple advocacy groups that have championed the issue. Comments (2)
In a class action lawsuit filed May 14, AIDS activists and union health plans are accusing four pharmaceutical companies of illegally rigging the chemical composition of HIV combination drugs to always include drugs under patent that cost much more than generic alternatives. Comment
The New York City public advocate is supposed to be the elected official who stands up for the people. Comments (1)
Remembrance

Andy Vélez, AIDS Warrior, Dead at 80

Andy Vélez, an internationally prominent AIDS activist whose three decades of advocacy work resulted in improved drug access and civil rights for people living with HIV, especially in the Latinx community, died on May 14 at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan. He was 80. Comments (1)
Cuba’s government banned a Pride celebration from taking place in Havana on May 11 and police arrested those who defied the order, marking the latest troubling sign of a regressive shift on LGBTQ issues in a nation that until recently had shown encouraging signs of acceptance of queer rights. Comments (1)
More than a year after the US State Department shrugged off existing same-sex marriage and immigration laws and rejected citizenship for a child of two gay dads, the agency is now appealing a federal judge’s ruling that the child is an American citizen. Comment
Police departments in dozens of the largest US cities — including New York City and surrounding counties — are failing to establish appropriate public policies for dealing with transgender and gender non-conforming people, according to a new report commissioned by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). Comment

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