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Pharma Douche Martin Shrekeli Reverses Plan To Lower Price Of HIV/AIDS Medication

Arstechnica reports: Turing Pharmaceuticals AG will not reverse its decision to raise the price of a decades-old drug, Daraprim, by more than 5,000 percent, backing out of previous statements that it would cut the cost by the end of the year. In an announcement on Tuesday, the company said that the list price of Daraprim, which jumped from $13.50 a ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Man Charged In Chelsea Restaurant Chair Attack Sues Everybody For Defamation

The gay man charged with clubbing a Chelsea gay couple over the head with a restaurant chair has sued the couple for assault and defamation. Also being sued for defamation are witnesses who provided video and statements to the police. Courthouse News Service reports: An HIV counselor’s night out in New York City went off the rails when he was ...

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REPORT: Anti-Gay NYC St. Patrick’s Day Chair Bought “Male Enhancement Drugs” With Parade Funds

The notoriously anti-gay chairman of New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been accused of using parade funds to buy “male enhancement” drugs and make other unauthorized purchases. The Irish Voice reports: The board of directors of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade has notified the New York State Attorney General’s office about a “misuse” of parade ...

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“Verklempt” Obama Bestows Medal Of Freedom On Barbra Streisand & Stephen Sondheim [VIDEO]

Yesterday President Obama joked that he was “verklempt” as he bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Barbra Streisand. Other honorees included Stephen Sondheim, James Taylor, Steven Spielberg, Itzhak Perlman, Willie Mays, and Yogi Berra. Watch below.

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PHILADELPHIA: Judge Rules Alleged Basher Kathryn Knott’s Anti-Gay Tweets Can Be Used Against Her

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Remember those alleged anti-gay tweets posted by Kathryn Knott, one of the three Bucks County defendants charged in last year’s assault on a gay couple in Center City? Well, they can be introduced at Knott’s assault trial next month, a judge ruled Tuesday. Knott faces trial on a count of conspiracy, two counts of aggravated assault ...

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TRAILER: Countdown To Zero

Vice today released a second trailer for their coming documentary about the continuing search for an HIV vaccine and cure. Today’s trailer features legendary HIV/AIDS activist Peter Staley. The film debuts on HBO on World AIDS Day, December 1st, at 9PM.

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NEW YORK CITY: Leaders To Spend $6.6M On PrEP & HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

Duncan Osbourne reports at Gay City News: Moving on the Plan to End AIDS, the City Council will spend $6.6 million to fund pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis programs and efforts to aid people with HIV in staying on anti-HIV drugs so they remain non-infectious. “This initiative will help continue to provide programs and education to raise awareness of this devastating ...

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It Gets Better Celebrates Five Years [VIDEO]

Five years already! Via the Huffington Post: Five years after its launch, the It Gets Better Project is looking toward the future and continuing its work countering anti-LGBT bullying and suicide rates among queer youth. The organization announced today the “5 Years Better” campaign in honor of the five-year anniversary of founder Dan Savage posting the first-ever It Gets Better ...

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CANADA: Gay Male Syrian Refugees To Be Welcomed, Other “Lone Males” Will Not Be Allowed

The Ottawa Citizen reports: Gay men will be among the Syrian refugees the government is willing to bring to Canada under a plan that will otherwise welcome primarily women, children and families. Security concerns over extremists potentially slipping in to Canada mean the Liberal government will likely exclude unaccompanied males from its planned resettlement of thousands of refugees. But the ...

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All Out Launches Crowdfunded “Gay Cure Watch” Site

Via press release: A new online tool to fight gay “cures” has just launched, thanks to All Out, a global movement for the rights of lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people. Crowdfunded entirely by All Out members from all over the world, this online tool allows people to report conversion therapy “treatments” as they show up in their communities. Working ...

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SAN FRANCISCO: Man Shot At 2013 Pride Festival Settles Lawsuit Against Event Organizers

From the Bay Area Reporter: The nonprofit organization that runs San Francisco’s annual LGBT Pride parade and festival this week settled a lawsuit with a man who had sued it after he was shot at the June 2013 celebration. Trevor Gardner, 25, of Los Angeles, had claimed that the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee’s lax security led to him ...

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DALLAS: Gay Man Suffers Skull Fracture In Tenth Recent Attack To Hit Oak Lawn Gayborhood [VIDEO]

The Dallas gayborhood of Oak Lawn is enduring a rash of violent attacks on gay men. Last night there was another one. The Dallas Morning News reports: Police are investigating after a bartender was beaten up while walking to his friend’s home in Oak Lawn Thursday night — the latest in a spate of attacks in the neighborhood in recent ...

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PORTUGAL: Parliament Approves Gay Adoption

The Associated Press reports: Portugal’s Parliament has approved laws allowing same-sex couples to legally adopt children and permitting lesbians to obtain medically assisted fertilization. Left-of-center parties used their outright parliamentary majority to ensure the bills passed Friday. The Socialist Party, Communist Party and Left Bloc had promised those measures during their campaigns for last month’s general election. Parliament in 2013 ...

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TODAY: Transgender Day Of Remembrance [VIDEO]

Via GLAAD: Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. The Transgender Day of Remembrance was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. ...

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Nathan Lane Gets Married

Via People: Nathan Lane is a married man! PEOPLE confirms that the Tony Award-winning star wed his partner of 18 years Devlin Elliott at City Hall on Tuesday. “Nathan and Devlin were married in a small ceremony in New York City this week. Everyone is extremely happy,” his rep tells PEOPLE. Lane, 59, and Elliott, a producer and playwright, recently ...

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TRAILER: Transparent Season 2

The Guardian recaps: “Mom’s good, dad’s a woman …” The Pfeffermans are back, and in this full trailer for the second season, we see more of the new family dynamics unfolding: Maura hanging out with her new friends, Sarah dropping by to see her children and a pool party that looks like it’s imploding in proper Transparent style. One of ...

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Twitter Ends Blood Drive Over Gay Ban

Twitter has ended its participation in blood drives after a gay man was rejected from donating at their San Francisco headquarters. International Business Times reports: “These are the only policies that the FDA has based on a person’s identification and not any type of risky behavior that they’re engaged in,” said Jim Halloran, Twitter’s Associate Manager of Sales Operations and President ...

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Newly-Elected Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Outlines Agenda: Legal Pot, More LGBT Rights, Fewer Guns

Newly-elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a letter vowing to follow through on his progressive campaign promises. Deadstate recaps: Trudeau’s plans will include legalizing and regulating marijuana, reducing the number of hand guns and assault rifles, and securing rights for all citizens, especially focusing on LGBTQ rights. Trudeau’s letter lists several other priorities, such as fighting for the ...

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INDIANA: Lambda Legal Raises Alarm Over “LGBT Rights” Bill Introduced By State Senate Republicans

As an anti-gay continent led by the Indiana Pastors Alliance held a prayer vigil against LGBT rights at the Indiana Statehouse, state Senate Republicans today introduced an alleged LGBT rights bill that has LGBT groups alarmed. First the report from the Indianapolis Star: Indiana Senate Republicans introduced legislation Tuesday that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to state civil ...

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TRAILER: Countdown To Zero

Airing two weeks from tonight on HBO. Clip recap: Twenty years ago, HIV/AIDS was a death sentence. Now, through advances in medication, it has become a largely manageable chronic disease – and there may finally be a cure on the horizon. VICE investigates recent breakthroughs in medical science to see how close we are to life without AIDS. Hosts Shane ...

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