662 posts categorized "Health"

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!

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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.

February 24, 2016

Report: Half of gay black men in U.S. will be diagnosed with HIV

The work is far from over.

New complaint against "ex-gay" group could shut down conversion therapy nationwide

February 12, 2016

Members of Congress take stand against gay conversion therapy

Catholic Church staying out of fight to ban gay conversion therapy in New York state

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.