LGBT News

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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STUDY: Alcoholism Drug Can “Wake Up” Dormant HIV

Reuters reports: Scientists seeking a cure for the AIDS virus have made an unexpected discovery with a drug designed to combat alcoholism which they say could be a critical part of a strategy to “wake up” and then kill dormant HIV hiding in the body. The drug, branded as Antabuse but also sold as a generic called disulfiram, was given ...

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UTAH: Anti-Gay Judge Quits Adoption Case

The Utah judge who ordered a lesbian couple to surrender their baby has removed himself from the case. The Salt Lake Tribune reports: Seventh District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen signed an order Monday referring all pending matters in the case to the presiding judge of the district, Judge Mary Manley. Johansen’s disqualification comes amid a chorus of voices calling for ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: School Suspends All Clubs Rather Than Allow LGBT Student Group

From the Fayetteville Observer: After parents complained about a newly formed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Club at Rutherford County K-12 public charter school, the school’s board of directors suspended all clubs’ activities. Parents, teachers, pastors and concerned citizens voiced a mix of opinions to the club during Lake Lure Classical Academy’s regular board of directors meeting Thursday. The board ...

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia: Gay Rights Or Rights For Child Molesters – What’s The Difference?

The New York Times reports on his latest assholery: The Supreme Court’s decisions protecting gay rights were not rooted in the Constitution, and their logic could as easily apply to child molesters, Justice Antonin Scalia told a room filled with first-year law students at Georgetown University on Monday. “What minorities deserve protection?” he asked. “What? It’s up to me to ...

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IRELAND: Same-Sex Weddings Begin

Ireland’s same-sex marriage law went into effect yesterday and weddings began this morning after the required 24-hour waiting period. The first couple to marry was Richard Dowling and Cormac Gollogly. RTE reports: The couple who have been together for 12 years got married in Clonmel, Co Tipperary this morning. Senior Registrar for south Tipperary Mary Claire Heffernan confirmed they were ...

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INDIANA: Haters To Rally Against Non-Existent LGBT Rights Bill At Opening Of General Assembly

Tomorrow Pastor Ron Johnson and busloads of fellow haters will descend upon the Indiana Statehouse during the ceremonial first day of the legislative session. They will be there just in case anybody tries to pull a fast one and grant LGBT Hoosiers the same civil rights enjoyed by Christians. The Northwest Indiana Times reports: The Indiana Pastors Alliance, led by ...

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IRELAND: Marriage Law Goes Into Effect

Ireland’s same-sex marriage law went into effect this morning and weddings will commence tomorrow after the required 24-hour wedding period. Via the Independent: More than 300 same-sex marriages are expected to take place in the first fortnight after the new Marriage Equality Act comes into force. Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald will today sign the commencement order, with the first same-sex ...

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UTAH: Hundreds Rally Against New Anti-LGBT Mormon Policy In Mass Resignation [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Several hundred people with roots in the Mormon faith gathered in Salt Lake City on Saturday to renounce the church’s new policies targeting gays and their children in an event that marked the latest illustration of the fervor the rule changes have caused. Billed as a mass resignation by Mormons, people filled out paperwork and dropped ...

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UTAH: Judge Amends Order, Schedules December Hearing On Removing Baby From Lesbian Parents

Breaking from the Salt Lake Tribune: A Utah juvenile court judge has amended an order that a 9-month-old girl be removed from the home of her married same-sex foster parents because the two are lesbians, and has instead scheduled a hearing on the matter. Under the order issued earlier this week, 7th District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen had given state ...

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SEATTLE: Starbucks Joins “LGBT Safe Spaces” Program

The Seattle Times reports: Not one single business has turned away Seattle police Officer Jim Ritter when he’s asked them to join a program aimed at offering help and a safe haven to lesbian, gay and transgender victims of hate crimes. Starbucks announced Wednesday that it, too, is partnering with the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) Safe Place program, even though ...

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CALIFORNIA: Robert Oscar Lopez Faces Termination From University Over Retaliation Accusations

Anti-gay activist Robert Oscar Lopez faces termination from his professorship at California State University over charges that he retaliated against students who complained about him. The right wing Washington Times reports: A tenured, conservative Christian professor in California — who was raised by lesbian mothers but opposes same-sex marriage — is waiting to hear what action his university employer will ...

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UTAH: Anti-Gay Gov. Gary Herbert Says Judge Should “Follow The Law” In Gay Foster Parents Case

Shortly after same-sex marriage was legalized in Utah in 2013, Gov. Gary Herbert ordered state agencies to deny benefits to LGBT couples. Herbert was sued and lost. Therefore today he grudgingly said that the judge should “follow the law” when it comes the lesbian couple ordered yesterday to surrender their baby to heterosexual parents. Ben Winslow reports at Salt Lake ...

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UKRAINE: Parliament Temporarily Approves Gay Employment Protections To Win Visa-Free EU Travel

After rejecting the bill on last week’s first reading, today Ukraine’s Parliament approved gay employment protections in order to qualify for visa-free travel within most EU nations. But according to a local gay journalist, the protections are set to expire soon, making the bill a mere end-run around the EU’s requirements. In addition, the bill only passed after MPs were ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Former Knicks Draft Pick Michael Wright Found Murdered After Possible Grindr Hook-Up

Michael Wright, a pro basketball player once drafted by the New York Knicks, was found bludgeoned to death in his SUV on Tuesday. NYPD detectives believe Wright may have been murdered by a man that he met on Grindr. The New York Daily News reports: Wright was found dead from a head wound inside his Lexus SUV on E. 16th ...

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UTAH: Judge Orders Baby Removed From Married Lesbian Foster Parents Because They Are Gay [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Utah state child welfare officials on Wednesday were reviewing a ruling by a juvenile court judge who ordered a baby to be taken from lesbian foster parents and instead placed with a heterosexual couple for the child’s well-being. Judge Scott Johansen’s order Tuesday raised concerns at the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, agency spokeswoman Ashley ...

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MIAMI: Lawyer Now Says Gay Man Jumped To Death From Cruise Ship Balcony As “Act Of Protest” [VIDEO]

The lawyer for family of the married gay man who fell to his death from his cruise ship balcony now says that the man jumped as an “act of protest” after being called a “pedophile” by crew members. A newly released video shows the late man saying, “I have a husband. I am not a pedophile.” In earlier news accounts ...

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Veterans Day: Democrats Promote “Restore Honor” Bill To Correct Records Of Booted Gay Veterans

Sen. Brian Schatz, Rep. Charles Rangel, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand have written a Veteran’s Day column for USA Today in which they the promote the bill (introduced earlier this year) that would correct the records of gay veterans expelled for their homosexuality. They write: Congress’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was a watershed moment that ended institutionalized discrimination unjustly ...

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BRITAIN: Ban On Poppers Sales To Stand

Pink News reports: Selling poppers in the UK could land you in jail for seven years, according to new legislation being enacted by the Government. Home Office Minister Mike Penning has reportedly said he is insistent that amyl nitrates, widely used in the British LGBTI community, must come under new legislation that bans ‘legal highs’. Lawmakers are banning the drug ...

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TRAILER: The Queen Of Ireland

Today’s news out of Ireland reminded to tell you that the Panti Bliss documentary, The Queen Of Ireland, which is now playing there, will open on Friday in Northern Ireland, where a gay couple married in England yesterday filed suit over their “devalued” relationship status, which became a mere civil partnership once they crossed the border to return home. The ...

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