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White House Floats Massive Cuts To HIV/AIDS Programs

Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed cutting $1.23 billion this fiscal year from research funded by the National Institutes of Health, according to a White House document sent to congressional appropriators. The reduction is part of $18 billion in cuts that the administration wants in fiscal 2017, which ends in October. Most of the proposed reductions at NIH ...

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NEW YORK CITY: Cops Hit With Lawsuit Over “Bogus Lewdness Charges” In Bus Terminal Sting On Gay Men

The New York Daily News reports: Port Authority cops have become bathroom police, according to a lawsuit filed Monday that accuses the department of targeting gay men for bogus lewdness charges. Plainclothes officers pretend to use the Port Authority Bus Terminal urinals while staring at suspects over the small privacy dividers, said the suit filed in Manhattan Federal Court. The ...

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MONTANA: Hate Group Vows Ballot Initiative After House Judiciary Panel Votes Down Bathroom Bill

Montana Public Radio reports: A Montana legislative panel has rejected a bill that called for a statewide vote on whether to bar transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that don’t match their gender at birth. The House Judiciary Committee voted 11-7 against the bill today. It is likely dead, though it could be revived if enough votes flip ...

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OHIO: Columbus Bans Ex-Gay Torture [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Officials in Columbus have voted to ban conversion therapy in the city. The Columbus City Council voted to ban the practice in a meeting Monday night. Conversion therapy is any practice that seeks to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Professionals in the medical community say the practice is illegitimate and does not work. LGBTQ ...

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ANCHORAGE: Dan Savage Unmasks Undercover Homocon Candidate Endorsed By Anti-LGBT Politicians

Back in January, I reported that an anti-LGBT Christian group has filed a ballot measure to gut Anchorage’s LGBT right ordinance, which was finally approved in 2014 after years of viciously fought battles. In that post I noted that two openly gay men, including longtime JMG participant Christopher Constant, are now running for the Anchorage Assembly (the city council). Alaska ...

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AUSTRALIA: High Court OK’s Adoption By Lesbian Couple Over Objections By Catholic Birth Mother

The Sydney Morning Herald reports: A court has allowed a four-year-old girl to be adopted by a same-sex couple despite her birth parents’ opposition on the basis of their Catholic faith. The girl was taken from her birth mother at four days old due to the mother’s long history of drug use and conviction for the manslaughter of her infant ...

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Associated Press Analysis: North Carolina’s “Bathroom Bill” Will Cost State $3.7B Over The Next Decade

The Associated Press reports: Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” isn’t hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis. Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility ...

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FLORIDA: Federal Courts May Not Have Jurisdiction In Pulse Victims’ Lawsuit Against Killer’s Employer

Orlando’s ABC affiliate reports: A lawsuit filed by the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre and their families against the gunman’s wife and employer is in jeopardy of being dismissed in federal court. Federal Judge Kenneth A. Marra filed the order questioning if the federal court system had jurisdiction in the case, determining that as presented it did not. The ...

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MINNESOTA: Ex-Gay Torture Clinics Run By Ladybird Bachmann Cited For Patient Records Violations

NBC News reports: A clinic that was accused of pushing bogus “pray away the gay” therapy — and is owned by former Rep. Michele Bachmann’s husband — was cited by Minnesota health inspectors for failing to properly keep patient records. Inspectors going through the paperwork at the Counseling Care clinic in Lake Elmo found last month that “developmental condition” and ...

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TENNESSEE: University Fires NPR Journalist After GOP Lawmakers Complain About Anti-Trans Bill Reporting

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga fired a reporter this week at WUTC, the National Public Radio affiliate, after local lawmakers complained about how she reported on the transgender bathroom bill. Jacqui Helbert, 32, reported and produced the story for WUTC, which followed a group of Cleveland High School students as they traveled to ...

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OKLAHOMA: State Senate Shoots Down Bill To Override All Local LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinances

Holy cow. For once some good news out of Oklahoma: Twenty-five Oklahoma State Senators took a historic stand against anti-LGBTQ discrimination today. SB 694 and SB 197 were both called onto the senate floor for a vote. The former would have stripped employment and public accommodation protections form municipalities around the state, the later was a North Carolina “license to ...

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FLORIDA: Federal Court Orders State To Reissue Death Certificates To Reflect Pre-Obergefell Marriages

CBC Miami reports: Gay marriage has been a hot topic in and out of courtrooms for the past several years. Another issue is being fixed to help those who lost loved ones before the epic court ruling. Florida widows and widowers whose spouses died before the U.S. Supreme Court declared state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional can have the death ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Neil Gorsuch Hearing, Day Four

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch yesterday completed his third and final day of questions from the Senate. Today we’ll hear from several panels of “outside witnesses” who either support or oppose his confirmation. In his defense we’ll hear from former judicial colleagues, law clerks, and law school professors. Among those testifying in opposition will be the Human Rights Campaign, the ...

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ARGENTINA: Buenos Aires Becomes World’s First City To Name Subway Station After An LGBT Activist

The Bubble reports: Today marked the opening of the newly inaugurated Carlos Jaúregui subway station. Located on the corner of Avenida Santa Fe and Pueyrredón, the stop was previously referred to as the “Santa Fe” stop on the H line. Following a measure approved unanimously last year by the Buenos Aires City Legislature, the station was opened under its new ...

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TENNESSEE: Bathroom Bill Dies In State Senate

The Tennessean reports: The bathroom bill, at least for this session, is dead in the Senate. Reintroduced by Sen. Mae Beavers [photo], the controversial bill, which would have required students in public schools to use the bathroom corresponding with the sex listed on their birth certificate, failed to receive a proper motion from the members the Senate Education Committee on ...

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COLORADO: Senate State Affairs Committee Kills Ex-Gay Torture Ban For The Third Consecutive Year

Via press release from One Colorado: Today, a Colorado senate committee — for the third year in a row — killed a bill that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) young people by banning the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy. One Colorado, the state’s leading advocacy organization for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families, released the ...

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Out/Advocate Shoots Down Rumors Of Sale

The management at Out and Advocate magazines last night responded to false reports of their impending sale as a shakeup unfolds across LGBT print media. They write: The industry is making headlines as LGBT media companies prepare to gather in Orlando for an annual convention. Journalists from all over the country will arrive this week in Orlando for the eighth ...

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Rick Perry Accuses Texas A&M Of Rigging Student Body President Election In Favor Of Gay Winner

The Houston Chronicle reports: U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a former Texas governor and Texas A&M University Aggies Yell Leader, said Wednesday the election of the first openly gay president of the institution’s student body was “stolen” and that the student who had the most votes was disqualified through a process that “made a mockery of due process and transparency.” ...

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GERMANY: Gay Men Convicted Under Nazi-Era Law To Be Given Compensation And Have Records Expunged

Yahoo News reports: The German government Wednesday approved plans to quash the convictions of 50,000 men sentenced for homosexuality under a Nazi-era law which remained in force after the war, and offer compensation. The measure marks a triumph for activists after a decades-long struggle to clear the names of gay men who lived with a criminal record under Article 175 ...

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Former GOP Sen. Alan Simpson Pens NYT Op-Ed Urging Trump Against Anti-LGBT “Religious Liberty” Order

The New York Times today published an op-ed by former GOP Sen. Alan Simpson which urges Trump to ignore the demands of anti-LGBT groups that he issue a “religious liberty” executive order which would legalize anti-LGBT discrimination nationwide. It begins: During Donald Trump’s campaign, he repeatedly cast himself as a supporter of L.G.B.T. rights. As president, however, he is being ...

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