690 posts categorized "Health"

September 21, 2016

Sept. 30 - Solutions for Wellness Conference

Solutions for Wellness 2016 flyer

September 15, 2016

Ivanka Trump Suggests Gay Male Couples Are Out of Luck in Donald Trump's Family Leave Plan

September 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton Body Double Conspiracy Theories Take Over Twitter

I wish this were a joke.

September 07, 2016

The cough nonsense

When you or I cough, it's allergy season. When it's Hillary, people lose their minds.

September 01, 2016

RNC head Priebus claims Clinton Foundation has 80% overhead — it’s actually 12%

Charity watchdog groups gave the Clinton Foundation high ratings

August 31, 2016

Obama to Congress: take action against the Zika virus

Congressional Republicans are holding funding to fight the Zika virus hostage to their other pet priorities, like gutting the Affordable Care Act and fighting Planned Parenthood. The moral treason of these cynical people becomes ever more evident.

August 30, 2016

'Safer Sex for Trans Bodies' guide released

August 25, 2016

Orlando hospitals announce they won't charge Pulse nightclub massacre victims

August 23, 2016

New lawsuit seeks to overturn pro-trans rule in Obamacre

August 14, 2016

Christopher Barry dies of drug overdose

I learned this awful, shocking news early Sunday morning from my friend Ronald King, who recently worked with Christopher on community outreach in Ward 8. Like so many others, I was rooting for this young man's healing. I met him last year during the special election, and found him very affable, though I was concerned that those who pushed him to run were exploiting him and not helping him. May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family and friends, and to all who did try to help him, who will be especially hurting today. It is so hard to free others of their demons. As Ronald wrote, may we redouble our efforts against the scourge of drug addiction in our communities. What a sad day. There was so much life ahead for him.

July 31, 2016

Answering Trump Supporters


Wayne Grudem, a Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary in Arizona, writes at the conservative website Townhall.com about why he supports Donald Trump. His article, "Why Voting for Donald Trump Is a Morally Good Choice," acknowledges several of Trump's character and behavioral flaws and then says it doesn't matter if the alternative is worse. He goes into a long list of issues on which he claims that Trump is better than Hillary Clinton.

I could not disagree more with Professor Grudem, so here I will respond to several of them. Given the enormous gulf between the candidates with regard to experience and qualifications, this election should not be close. The fact that the race is close should be a stark reminder not to treat the frightening prospect of a Trump presidency as something to dismiss lightly. Perhaps you may find some of my arguments useful in making the case to friends and family members who are sticking with Trump despite his almost daily barrage of appalling statements. Here goes, for what it's worth.

Abortion. I am sick of the religious bullying on this issue. The utter contempt for people making different choices in this area is very disturbing. I am personally troubled by abortion, and think that the ideal situation is for unwanted pregnancies to be prevented through contraception. But the question of whether to continue or end a pregnancy is not my decision. It is up to the woman. You can say a thousand times that this makes me pro-abortion, but that is not true. Respecting people's right to make a different choice than mine does not mean I agree with that choice. The point is that IT IS NONE OF MY BUSINESS.

As for contraception, the Catholic Church, in which I was raised, is stoutly opposed to it. A leading anti-choicer, former senator Rick Santorum, has made it clear that he does not just want to overturn Roe v. Wade, but also Griswold v. Connecticut, which legalized contraception for married couples, and Eisenstadt v. Baird, which did the same for single women. I find it stunning that people in this day and age are willing, much less determined, to mind their neighbors' business in such an intrusive way. The constitutional separation of church and state protects everyone by prohibiting us from imposing our religious dictates on one another.

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July 29, 2016

Jill Stein, anti-vaxxer

Disturbing. These days it can be hard telling the far left from the far right.

July 28, 2016

Chelsea Clinton: 'Ex-gay' therapy worst part of GOP convention

Hear what this gay black man with HIV had to say to the Democratic Convention

Meet Daniel Driffin. A must-watch.

July 14, 2016

"Survey Shows How the Trans 'Bathroom Predator' Myth Hurts Real People"

Gay Republicans 'mad as hell' over 'most anti-LGBT platform in party’s 162-year history'

Okay, honey, but I hope you were not surprised.

July 06, 2016

Chelsea Manning hospitalized after reported suicide attempt

Chelsea Manning violated the Espionage Act. She released vast numbers of documents in a reckless fashion. That being said, it does not justify abuse of a prisoner. Those who say that appropriate transgender healthcare should be withheld as punishment are damnably wrong. I hope that Manning will get the care that any prisoner deserves, as well as respect for her gender identity. Healthcare is a right; its denial is not a legitimate part of punishment.

June 28, 2016

North Carolina Republicans want trans people to literally show their papers at the bathroom door

All these desperate fear mongers are doing is exposing and diminishing themselves.

June 27, 2016

Congresswoman Norton fights for D.C. abortion services

June 22, 2016

Democrats Try Again to Lift FDA Blood Donor Ban for Gays

June 05, 2016

Obama on the 35th anniversary of HIV/AIDS in America

May 28, 2016

June 1 - LGBTQ Social Justice and Rights in the District: a community discussion

Please join us at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 1 in the Martin Luther King Library for a community discussion on LGBTQ social justice and rights. It is an interesting panel of participants. GLAA President Rick Rosendall will moderate.

May 27, 2016

AIDS activists accuse Sanders of lying about meeting

May 25, 2016

Vermont governor signs conversion therapy ban

Good news. GLAA's participation two years ago in the coalition that won passage of DC's ban on conversion therapy for minors is described here.

May 13, 2016

HHS Issues Regulations Banning Trans Health Care Discrimination

Another breakthrough ruling in what has become Transgender Week in the Obama Administration. Bravo.

Clinton calls for end to HIV/AIDS "once and for all"

May 09, 2016

Bernie Sanders cancels meeting with HIV activists

Our friend Ernest Hopkins, Director of Legislative Affairs at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, writes:

I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. The group pulling this set of meetings together went out of their way to accommodate Senator Sanders such was the interest in presenting our recommendations to him and his staff. Advocates even relented to a demand that only Sanders supporters be invited to the meeting. To my knowledge, no such bizarre demand was made by the Clinton campaign and now, there is no Sanders meeting. When you cut yourself off from the expertise on an issue, and predicate your engagement to the degree supporters can make the case, you come off as very thin skinned, a bit petty, and 'political' to the extreme. The Clinton meeting is Thursday in NYC, and I will report back.

Sanders diminishes himself the more he behaves like this. Meanwhile, Jane Sanders urges the FBI to speed up its investigation of Hillary's email scandal. Bernie's issue-driven campaign is sinking more and more into desperation and meanness.

April 28, 2016

Paul Ryan wants to end Obamacare protections for people with pre-existing conditions

How anyone can vote for the GOP and its callous destructiveness I don't understand.

Tennessee governor signs "religious freedom" bill enabling counselors to decline to treat LGBT patients

April 21, 2016

Transgender suicide hotline calls double since North Carolina's #HB2

On your doorstep, NC Republicans.

April 09, 2016

Dellinger: How to eat a newspaper

My friend Walter Dellinger shares a priceless anecdote on the WaPo letters page. Here is an excerpt:

Home Page Politics Opinions Sports Local National World Business Tech Lifestyle Entertainment Crosswords Video Photography Washington Post Live Live Chats Real Estate Cars Jobs WP BrandConnect Classifieds Partners washingtonpost.com 1996-2016 The Washington Post Terms of Service Privacy Policy Submissions and Discussion Policy RSS Terms of Service Ad Choices Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share via Email More Options Letters to the Editor Here’s one way to eat newsprint Resize Text Print Article Comments 0 Book mark article Read later list Saved to Reading List (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) April 8 at 7:30 PM In Dana Milbank’s March 27 Sunday Opinion column, “What goes well with fried newsprint?,” he wrote about fulfilling his promise to eat a newspaper.

My grandfather ate the Charlotte Observer. Regularly. The entire paper. I’m not making this up. Ray Lawing was an off-and-on alcoholic. Even though he had abandoned my mother when she was a child, she took him in when he had no place else to go. (She did not claim to be acting out of moral duty: “He was just such good company,” she said. “Always good for a laugh.”)

He would consume the Observer while sitting in the yard watching me play. (For understandable reasons, he was not allowed to eat the newspaper in the house.) He would carefully tear each page into strips, then liberally salt each strip and chew it.

The whole thing is here.

April 07, 2016

"The Daily Show" offers must-see takedown of "The Trans Panic Epidemic'"

Tennessee to allow therapists to discriminate against LGBT clients

April 05, 2016

'End Criminalization to End AIDS'

March 29, 2016

Happy birthday, Ernest Hopkins!


Happy birthday, Ernest Hopkins, one of the finest activists and persons I know. Many happy returns of the day.

(Photo: Ernest Hopkins stands behind President Obama as he signs the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009, October 30, 2009.)

March 19, 2016

French doctors admit to illegally helping gay couples conceive to protest discriminatory law

Vermont legislature moving towards banning conversion therapy

March 13, 2016

Hillary Clinton: A note on the fight against HIV and AIDS—and the people who really started the conversation

Thanks to Secretary Clinton for this statement.

We should all be embarrassed by our community's overreaction to Hillary's gaffe about Nancy Reagan on Friday. It was as if her entire record were reduced to one statement at a funeral. That was not true. Here is one example from her tenure as Secretary of State. She is a proven ally and we need to get serious. Too much is at stake in this election for us to be on a hair trigger, looking for excuses to be outraged.

The likelihood is that our next president will either be this woman or the Republican frontrunner, who never admits he was wrong much less apologizes or uses a gaffe as a teachable moment. This thoughtful, capable, and seasoned stateswoman, or an utterly self-absorbed, bullying goon. Let's help our country move forward, not be accessories in tearing it apart. So very much is at stake.

March 01, 2016

SD Gov. Daugaard vetoes anti-trans bathroom panic bill

Thank goodness. South Dakota Governor Daugaard has vetoed legislation that would have prohibited transgender students from using bathrooms that match their gender. Congrats to the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Transgender Law Center, and all who worked to persuade Gov. Daugaard to do the just and humane thing. More work ahead in states across the country, but this is encouraging.