646 posts categorized "Health"

February 04, 2016

D.C. Council passes LGBT ‘cultural competency’ bill

GLAA is proud to have supported this bill.

January 30, 2016

Since Mormon church enacted anti-gay policy, 32 young LGBTI people have killed themselves

January 29, 2016

Michigan gave purified water to state workers in Flint long before it acknowledged a problem with the city's water

If there is a hell....

January 25, 2016

Anti-abortion activists behind secret Planned Parenthood videos are indicted

January 14, 2016

Mayor Bowser, Verizon announce support for LGBT homeless youth

Nearly half of D.C.'s homeless youth are LGBT

Blade: LGBT groups cautious over decriminalizing sex work

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D.C. Council member David Grosso said he was reconsidering introducing legislation to decriminalize prostitution in D.C. because he’s unsure it would pass. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Lou Chibbaro reports for the Blade on the push to decriminalize sex work, or at least to de-prioritize enforcement of anti-prostitution laws, an effort which many LGBT groups including GLAA have supported because so many already marginalized LGBT youth and trans women end up in the criminal justice system due to their having to rely on survival sex. Here is an excerpt that mentions GLAA and quotes me:

In D.C., the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance has been calling for decriminalization of sex work since 2008. D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large), a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, said at the time of the Amnesty International declaration last August that he was considering introducing legislation to decriminalize prostitution in D.C.

But Grosso has since said he’s uncertain about whether such a bill would have any chance of passing at this time and he was reconsidering his plans for the legislation.

At a news conference on Monday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and an official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced plans for a cooperative D.C.-federal government effort to crack down on human trafficking, including trafficking of sex workers. When asked by a Blade reporter what they thought about calls by some LGBT organizations to decriminalize prostitution, Bowser and Maria Odom, the head of a Department of Homeland Security project to combat trafficking stopped short of backing decriminalization.

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December 30, 2015

Dana Beyer's 2015 Trans Year in Review

Our friend Dana Beyer offers her two-part review of 2015 for the transgender cause.

December 29, 2015

2015: Year of the Arsonist

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Reichstag fire, 1933 (Photo public domain; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

My year-in-review column went online today at the Blade. My summary blurb is "Historic progress met the usual backlash." Here's an excerpt:

"Set the motherfucker on fire!" That recent call by a Donald Trump rally goer concerning a black protester, with another attendee yelling "Sieg heil," illustrates the viciousness fueling Trump's presidential campaign. If you take this lightly, Google "lynching." It is not just that what happened in Europe in the last century could happen here; what happened here could happen again. Trump's incitements, and those of his rivals, do not just pander to intolerance, they spray gasoline on the fire.

Hate-spewing demagogues were not the year's only newsmakers, but they produced its most dangerous legacy. The demons they unleashed cannot easily be tamed. But the haters cannot win the general election unless the rest of us allow it. Before we head back into battle, let us review some positive developments of 2015, though with cautionary notes.

The landmark victory for nationwide marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges, which President Obama celebrated by lighting the White House north front in rainbow colors, inspired opponents to switch tactics by pushing "religious freedom" laws (better dubbed "religious supremacy") to continue their anti-gay attacks. The Equality Act represented a new approach to LGBT anti-discrimination legislation, but stood no chance in a Republican-controlled Congress. Openly gay Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson and several colleagues launched the smart, well-designed Campaign Zero policy website.

Read the whole thing here.

December 28, 2015

Medical experts warn of highly antibiotic-resistant variety of gonorrhea

Rwanda keeping HIV incidence low and stable

(Hat tip: Ronald King)

December 21, 2015

Pricing-gouging Martin Shkreli resigns as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals

FDA drops blood ban on gay men, but....

December 11, 2015

D.C. ‘cultural competency’ bill passes committee

December 07, 2015

Martin Shkreli: I wish I raised price of AIDS drug more than 5,000%

This guy is building up some seriously bad karma.

December 04, 2015

Dec. 5 - Planned Parenthood Day of Solidarity

Please join us Saturday morning for the Washington, DC event:

Date: Dec. 5

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Location: All Souls Church Unitarian (1500 Harvard St. NW)

December 02, 2015

New documentary reveals Reagan administration's indifference to AIDS

A chronicle of a grim time.

In February of this year, Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed reported on documents unearthed by Mattachine Society of Washington researchers showing that Nancy Reagan turned down a request by her friend Rock Hudson for help nine weeks before his death. It was a simple request for help in transferring to another hospital.

December 01, 2015

Images that span three decades of activism in the fight against AIDS

Cuomo pledges $200 million in New York’s fight against HIV/AIDS

On World AIDS Day Obama anticipates AIDS-free generation

November 18, 2015

PrEP Demo Project: Truvada effective in preventing HIV

Trans Needs Assessment report reveals 'state of emergency'

November 04, 2015

Mayor Bowser expects to back cultural competency bill

I am quoted in this article on the LGBTQ Cultural Competency Continuing Education Amendment Act of 2015, a hearing on which was held on October 28. My testimony for GLAA is here.

October 15, 2015

Obama administration report denounces 'ex-gay' therapy

The campaign to end this discredited and dangerous practice gathers steam.

D.C. Ryan White Planning Council members ousted

The justification given for this massive purge reads like boilerplate. It raises questions of motive and of cronyism. In the past, there were times when criticism was suppressed because people feared retaliation. What is going on?

October 05, 2015

Gov. Brown signs controversial end-of-life bill

Thank you, Gov. Brown. GLAA's testimony on D.C.'s Death with Dignity Act can be found here.

September 23, 2015

Appeasing the Ignorati

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My column this week looks at how the GOP is sinking in brainlessness and bile. Here's an excerpt:

Any sufficiently shameless and ambitious politician knows that a smoothly delivered fabrication on live television impresses millions more than will read the next day's refutations. Take Carly Fiorina (please), the never-quite-senator from California with her bag of imaginary business triumphs, whose numbers shot up after her well-delivered zingers at last week's Republican presidential debate.

Never mind that repeated investigations of Benghazi have turned up no sinister actions by Hillary Clinton. Never mind that several state investigations have turned up no wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood. Carly has to appease the Ignorati (as I dub the right-wing base), so she touts a nonexistent fetus-harvesting video. Just as her $40 million golden parachute cushioned the impact of being sacked by Hewlett Packard, her bump in the polls softened the blow of being called a liar.

The facts don't matter any more. Donald Trump pushes a discredited link between vaccines and autism. Mike Huckabee says the Dred Scott decision remains in effect despite the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment. Ben Carson says no Muslim should be president, ignoring the Constitution's Article VI prohibition against religious tests for public office. Marco Rubio dubiously claims North Korea has the capacity to hit America with a nuclear weapon. Jeb Bush says, "My brother kept us safe," as if 9/11 never happened. Bobby Jindal (in the "undercard" debate) raises the specter of an influx of terrorists by falsely saying Obama wants to "short-circuit the vetting process" for Syrian refugees. If one lie flops, you move on to the next.

Read the whole thing here.

September 22, 2015

Ex-Hedge Funder Buys Rights To AIDS Drug, Raises Price 5,455 Percent

This self-satisfied young man needs to be on the lookout for falling pianos, speeding buses, and elevator cars that are not there. Somewhere, one of them has his name on it.

September 21, 2015

#AssistedDying: a missed opportunity in Britain; a chance to be seized in California

September 18, 2015

House votes to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding

The battle is on.

September 17, 2015

Refuting Donald Trump's falsehoods on vaccines

Carly Fiorina's lurid, lying rant on Planned Parenthood

Vox reporter Sarah Kliff refutes lurid Fiorina description of Planned Parenthood video: "Either Fiorina hasn't watched the Planned Parenthood videos or she is knowingly misrepresenting the footage. Because what she says happens in the Planned Parenthood videos simply does not exist."

September 03, 2015

New rules bar transgender discrimination in health care

No gay men contract HIV in 32 month #PrEP study

I believe the debate is over. PrEP saves lives.

August 30, 2015

Oliver Sacks Dead at 82

Rest in peace. Condolences to his partner Bill Hayes.

August 27, 2015

Gun violence and mental health

My initial reaction to Wednesday's horrific shooting death of a Roanoke television reporter and cameraman during a morning news broadcast, other than shock and sadness, was that we need fewer guns and better mental health care. But I like a friend's comments on Facebook:

There is a really offensive meme going around that says to "like & share if you blame [Vester Flanagan] for the Virginia shooting...not the gun." My response to the people who have posted it and it showed up in my feed:

"I blame every single person who prevents implementation of policies and procedures to keep people like him from having access to guns in the first place. I blame everyone who refuses to recognize the critical need and provide funding and help for people who suffer with mental health issues. Then I blame him. I don't blame the gun."

Mr. Flanagan was sufficiently responsible to know what he was doing...otherwise he would not have had the wherewithal to send a manifesto or liveblog his actions. He could and should have voluntarily walked into any hospital or police station and declared he was in crisis and the tragedy could have been averted.

He plainly was a troubled man. I hope his family tried to get him help. Even so, the system failed everyone in this case...same as it has before...same as it will again. Anyone who claims they are pro-life, pro-family, and a Christian, is anything but if they oppose fixing our laws and our society to prevent tragedies involving guns. It's just that simple. Stop playing along with them and they will lose their power.

Some on the right, I suppose inevitably, are blaming the shooting on #BlackLivesMatter activists, whose advocacy is nonviolent and in protest against state-sanctioned violence against black citizens. The fact that the shooter, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot, was also gay (according to a manifesto posted in his name, purportedly by him) only gives more red meat to the haters.

A few months ago, around LGBT Pride, I announced a policy of apologizing for every crime or calamity that anyone blames on gay people as a class. This of course is ridiculous, unless you are prepared to blame (say) Ted Bundy's serial murders of women on all straight guys. But reason has little to do with scapegoating of minorities, so I wish to apologize for these horrific killings. I am so sorry. What was I thinking. Please forgive me. And fuck you ignorant motherfuckers. Oh, sorry, I was temporarily channeling Samuel L. Jackson.

Seriously, we need to do something about the proliferation and glorification of guns in this country. Due to a second fatal shooting Wednesday, you couldn't bring up "the shooting" without clarifying which one you meant.

As another friend said last evening, in response to a colleague who snarkily suggested it is "peak assimilation" when a deranged shooter announces he's gay:

The fact he was gay, and his complaints around such, are irrelevant. He was severely mentally ill. If he'd been told they were out of his favorite cone at Dairy Queen, he'd have imagined some slight that was worthy of massacre.

Yes. Let's address the problem, not exploit it to score cheap points on social media.

August 21, 2015

Illinois becomes fifth state protect youth from conversion therapy

Congrats to our colleagues in Illinois, and welcome to the club!

Scott Walker, translated

August 20, 2015

President Carter discusses his cancer

A remarkable display of grace by our 39th president.

August 15, 2015

Cost of treating transgender troops called negligible

Stars and Stripes reports. Another anti-trans myth collapses under scrutiny.