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amfAR Unveils Launch Of HIV Cure Institute: We Plan To Have The Scientific Basis For The Cure By 2020

Big news today from amfAR. Via press release: amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, today announced the establishment of the amfAR Institute for HIV Cure Research, an innovative collaborative enterprise based at UC San Francisco (UCSF). As the cornerstone of amfAR’s $100 million cure research investment strategy, the aim of the Institute will be to develop the scientific basis of ...

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AUSTRALIA: Former Queensland Attorney General Reverses, Says He Now Supports Same-Sex Marriage

Within weeks of his 2012 election to his state’s legislature, former Queensland Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie engineered the downgrading of civil unions to registered partnerships. But in what is being called a “breathtaking reversal,” Bliejie has declared that he now supports same-sex marriage. Q News reports: Mr Bleijie, who is a committed Christian and a marriage celebrant this week told ...

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EGYPT: Anti-Gay Journalist Mona Iraqi Sentenced To Prison Over “Defamatory” Bathhouse Raid Story

Ahram Online reports: A Cairo court ruled on Thursday a six month jail sentence for controversial television presenter Mona Iraqi for defaming and spreading lies about a number of men in the central Cairo bathhouse incident. The sentence follows a defamation case filed by the mens’ defence team. Iraqi was also ordered to pay bail of LE1,000 and a fine ...

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World AIDS Day Photo Project: When Dogs Heal

A World AIDS Day photo project titled When Dogs Heal launches this week in Chicago and New York City. Watch below as the Associated Press explains. The exhibit opens tomorrow at Chicago’s FLATS Studio and on Thursday at NYC’s LGBT Community Center.

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AUSTRIA: Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Filed On Behalf Of Five Children Of Gay Parents

Austria’s The Local reports: Five Austrian children of same-sex parents are taking the government to court over Austria’s marriage laws, which don’t allow gay couples to marry. The children and their parents have taken their cases arguing for same-sex marriage to the Administrative Court in Vienna, and hope to change the law so that the children can become ‘legitimate’. Austria ...

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JAPAN: 51% Back Same-Sex Marriage In New Poll

Bloomberg reports: A majority of Japanese support changing the country’s laws to allow same-sex unions, with the highest backing coming from younger respondents, according to a poll. Fifty-one percent of people polled by researchers from universities and the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research back such partnerships, the Asahi newspaper reported. Support exceeded 70 percent among respondents in ...

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BRITAIN: Secretary General Of Commonwealth Nations Vows To Pursue Decriminalizing Homosexuality

Homosexuality remains criminalized in 40 Commonwealth nations. Newly-elected Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland wants to do something about that. Via the Independent: A report this month by the Kaleidoscope Trust shows that more than 90 per cent of LGBT Commonwealth citizens live in jurisdictions where they are treated as criminals or suffer discrimination. Testimony from LGBT people in that report ...

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CANADA: Gay Syrian Immigrant Worries That Refugee Policy Will Endanger Lives Of Gay Refugees

Early this week Canada announced that gay Syrian males will be admitted under their refugee policy, but other “lone males” will not. A gay Syrian who recently won asylum in Canada tells the local press that this policy could endanger the lives of gay Syrian refugees who identify themselves. Metro News reports: “If I was a refugee in a camp ...

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CYPRUS: Parliament Approves Civil Unions

Via ILGA-Europe: The Cypriot parliament has voted in favour of the Civil Partnership Bill, meaning that same-sex couples in Cyprus will be legally recognised for the first time. The legislation, which has generated lots of debate nationally, will offer couples the same rights as civil marriage. However, joint adoption rights are not included as part of the civil union law. ...

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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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