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CDC Orders States To Report Monkeypox Cases Daily

Politico reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is set to make monkeypox a nationally notifiable condition, directing states across the country to share surveillance data, including case numbers, according to a senior administration official and two other people with knowledge of the situation. The move, which comes more than two months after monkeypox began spreading in the United …

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Ted Cruz Calls For Texas To Repeal Anti-Sodomy Law

The Dallas Morning News reports: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says Texas should repeal a decades-old state law that criminalizes gay sex. “Consenting adults should be able to do what they wish in their private sexual activity, and government has no business in their bedrooms,” Cruz’s spokesman told The Dallas Morning News. His remarks make Cruz the most prominent Texas Republican …

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WHO Declares Monkeypox To Be “Global Emergency”

The Associated Press reports: The World Health Organization said the expanding monkeypox outbreak in more than 70 countries is an “extraordinary” situation that now qualifies as a global emergency, a declaration Saturday that could spur further investment in treating the once-rare disease and worsen the scramble for scarce vaccines. Declaring a global emergency means the monkeypox outbreak is an “extraordinary …

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Tonight: NYC To Offer 17K Monkeypox Vaccine Appts

New York City’s NBC News affiliate reports: New York City says its next monkeypox vaccine allocation, which includes nearly 26,000 doses, will become available starting next week, with appointments being made available starting Friday evening. The appointments will be available through the city’s vaccine portal starting at 6 p.m. Those seeking one of the shots can book an appointment from …

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NYC Declares Monkeypox Outbreak To Be “Pandemic”

New York City’s NBC affiliate reports: Officials are scrambling to contain monkeypox in New York City, which finds itself the epicenter of another major public health crisis as the latest batch of reported cases keeps the Big Apple out ahead of all other state counts. The city’s department of health reported 618 positive cases on Monday, an increase of 34% …

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LIVE VIDEO: House Votes To Codify Marriage Equality

NPR reports: The House is set to vote to protect same-sex and interracial marriages, a direct confrontation with the Supreme Court, whose conservative majority in overturning Roe v. Wade abortion access has sparked concerns that other rights enjoyed by countless Americans may be in jeopardy. Tuesday’s vote in the House is part political strategy setting up an election-year roll call …

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Trump Judge Temporarily Blocks LGBTQ Protections

The New York Times reports: A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked the Biden administration from enforcing directives that extended civil rights protections to L.G.B.T.Q. students and workers. The ruling comes roughly one year after a group of 20 conservative state attorneys general filed a lawsuit against two federal agencies for their interpretation of the 1972 landmark civil rights statute …

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Christian Protesters Outnumber Revelers At Seoul Pride

The Associated Press reports: Thousands of gay rights supporters marched under heavy police guard in the South Korean capital on Saturday as they celebrated the city’s first major Pride parade in three years after a COVID-19 hiatus. Police established perimeters to separate them from conservative Christian protesters, also numbering in the thousands, who marched in nearby streets. They held up …

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HHS Orders Additional 2.5M Monkeypox Vax Doses

Axios reports: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that it has ordered an additional 2.5 million doses of monkeypox vaccines to respond to the escalating outbreak. “Our strategy is to secure additional doses for the near-term while also making sure we have a steady supply in the weeks and months to come,” HHS Assistant Secretary for …

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EU To Sue Hungary Over “No Promo Homo” Law

Reuters reports: The European Commission decided on Friday to sue Hungary over an anti-LGBT law and its refusal to renew the license of Klubradio, a broadcaster critical of the government, in the latest clash over values that risks damaging the European Union’s cohesion. The two lawsuits add to a long list of increasingly bitter standoffs between Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister …

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NYC To Release 8200 Monkeypox Vax Appts Tonight

New York City’s ABC affiliate reports: New York City plans to release thousands of new appointments Friday night for people at high risk of getting monkeypox – and that continues to be people in the LGBTQIA+ community. The rollout has been rocky. The multiple websites the city has been using for monkeypox vaccinations have been glitchy and unreliable, leaving people …

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Drugmaker Cleared To Ship 1.1M Monkeypox Vax Doses

The Associated Press reports: The U.S. government has purchased more than 1.1 million completed doses of the vaccine produced by Bavarian Nordic in Denmark. But the company said earlier this week it needed authorization from an on-site FDA inspection before it could begin sending most of them to the U.S. An FDA spokeswoman said late Wednesday that regulators “expedited and …

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Republicans Plot Multiple Anti-Transgender Bills

Reuters reports: U.S. Republicans in Congress are lining up behind legislation that critics say would roll back protections for transgender people, setting a playbook for action on a divisive social issue should they take control of Congress this fall. The bills have no chance of becoming law this year, as Democrats narrowly control both chambers of Congress. But they are …

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Florida County Takes Down LGBTQ Anti-Bullying Video

The Jacksonville Today reports: Duval County Public Schools has taken down a 12-minute anti-bullying video that taught middle and high school students how to support their gay and transgender peers, the latest in a string of vanishing LGBTQ resources in the district. Besides the video, the district is planning to dramatically reduce a LGBTQ+ support guide, and the School Board …

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Fine Reduced To $30K For Notorious Anti-Gay Bakers

The Associated Press reports: The state of Oregon has slashed the financial penalties it assigned a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple almost 10 years ago. In compliance with a state appeals court ruling earlier this year, State Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle said Tuesday that the Bureau of Labor and Industries is ordering Aaron …

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High Traffic Crashes NYC’s Monkeypox Vaccine Site

Politico reports: The city has tapped a new contractor to administer New York’s monkeypox vaccines, after the last provider botched appointment scheduling. Medical services company Affiliated Physicians will take over from walk-in clinic chain MedRite when the city resumes taking appointments on Tuesday — and handle things moving forward, according to reps from City Hall and the health department. New …

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Russia May Extend “Gay Propaganda” Ban To Adults

Reuters reports: Russian lawmakers have proposed extending a ban on the promotion of “non-traditional” sexual relationships to minors to include adults as well, a senior legislator said on Monday. Russia’s existing “gay propaganda” law, passed in 2013, has been used to stop gay pride marches and detain gay rights activists. Under the proposed changes, any event or act regarded as …

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WV Town Of Huntington Bans Ex-Gay Torture Of Minors

Charleston’s ABC affiliate reports: On Monday night, Huntington City Council voted to ban conversion therapy in city limits for children under 18. Huntington joins Charleston, Morgantown and Wheeling as the other cities in West Virginia to outlaw the practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender. These are practices that have been considered abusive by medical and mental …

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Boston LGBTQ Senior Housing Site Defaced By Haters

Boston.com reports: An LGBTQ-friendly senior housing project in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood was found vandalized with hate speech Sunday morning. LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc., a Massachusetts non-profit that works to create affordable housing for LGBTQ+ seniors, said in a Facebook post Sunday that signs at The Pryde — their current housing project in Hyde Park — had anti-LGBTQ+ hate speech …

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“LibsOfTikTok” Hate Account Spurs More Death Threats

CTV News reports: Youth and adults at OutLoud North Bay, the city’s 2SLGBTQ+ youth hub, have been subjected to harassment and death threats because of plans to host a youth drag show. It all started Wednesday when a controversial American account called ‘Libs of TikTok’ posted screenshots promoting OutLoud’s youth drag show, scheduled to take place July 15. The people …

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