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NYC To Open Five More MPX Vaccine Clinics [VIDEO]

New York City’s Fox affiliate reports: New York City is doubling the capacity to administer monkeypox vaccine shots as five new vaccine clinics are opening. The city also announced that it plans to open a clinic in the heart of Times Square in Manhattan. The move comes as the federal government declared a public health emergency. 79,000 doses have been …

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Florida Medical Board Moves To Ban Trans Healthcare

Florida Politics reports: Members of the state medical board have agreed to initiate rules that could ban physicians from providing gender-affirming care to transgender people under the age of 18, while also limiting access to care to adults. The vote by the Board of Medicine on Friday means the Board will begin a several month process that Chairman and Winter …

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CDC Issues New Guidance On Avoiding Monkeypox

Axios reports: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued updated guidance Friday recommending that people limit their sexual partners while waiting to get vaccinated against monkeypox. While monkeypox is not considered a sexually transmitted disease, it is often transmitted through “close, sustained physical contact, which can include sexual contact,” the CDC said. Infections are overwhelmingly among men who have …

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NOLA Health Official: Southern Decadence “Will Be A Superspreader Event” Without MPX Vaccine Availability

The Louisiana Illuminator reports: Southern Decadence, advertised as the largest LGBTQ+ festival held annually in the Deep South, is scheduled for Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1-5) in New Orleans. It typically attracts 100,000 to 300,000 participants and is a major economic boon to the city in a season when tourism is otherwise sluggish. Health officials at the state and local …

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Ukraine May Legalize Same-Sex Civil Partnerships

CNN reports: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has opened the door to legalizing same-sex civil partnerships in the country, in response to a petition that called for equal marriage to be introduced in the war-ravaged nation. In a written reply online, Zelensky explained that it would be impossible to legalize same-sex marriages while the country remained at war, because it would …

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HRC Sues Tennessee Over Anti-Trans “Bathroom Bill”

Changing America reports: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ rights groups, is suing the Tennessee Department of Education and its commissioner over the enforcement of a state law barring transgender students from using school facilities like restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court alleges that the …

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NY Man Gets 30 Months In Anti-LGBTQ Terror Threats

The Long Island News reports: A Bayport man who had mailed letters threatening mass shootings and bombings to those affiliated with LGBTQ+ organizations and businesses was sentenced in federal court in Central Islip Wednesday, officials said. Robert Fehring, 74, was sentenced to 30 months in prison for mailing more than 60 letters to LGBTQ-affiliated individuals, organizations and businesses. Many of …

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DeSantis Suspends “Soros-Backed” State Attorney For “Refusing” To Enforce Anti-Trans, Anti-Abortion Laws

Via press release from the state of Florida: Today, Governor Ron DeSantis suspended State Attorney Andrew Warren of the 13th Judicial Circuit due to neglect of duty. The Governor has the authority to suspend a state officer under Article IV, Section 7 of the Constitution of the State of Florida. The Governor has appointed Susan Lopez to serve as State …

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TONIGHT: NYC Offers 23K Monkeypox Vaccine Appts

New York City’s CBS affiliate reports: The next round of monkeypox vaccine appointments in New York City will go online Thursday, the health department says. City health officials say 23,000 first-dose appointments will be made available on the city’s vaccine portal starting Thursday at 6 p.m. The number of cases continues to rise both in the city and across the …

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CA Gov Declares State Of Emergency On Monkeypox

The Associated Press reports: California’s governor on Monday declared a state of emergency to speed efforts to combat the monkeypox outbreak, becoming the second state in three days to take the step. Gov. Gavin Newsom said the declaration will help California coordinate a government-wide response, seek more vaccines and lead outreach and education efforts on where people can get treatment …

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New York City Mayor Declares Monkeypox “Emergency”

New York City’s NBC News affiliate reports: New York City is declaring a public health emergency in response to the monkeypox outbreak, a step that officials say will unlock additional tools to help slow the spread in the city that’s become the epicenter of another health crisis. Mayor Eric Adams and Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan officially issued the declaration late …

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Michigan Supreme Court Backs LGBTQ Protections

Bridge Michigan reports: Michigan businesses cannot fire employees or discriminate against customers because of their sexual orientation, the state Supreme Court ruled in a closely watched case that will greatly expand civil rights protections. In a 5-2 ruling, the Michigan Supreme Court held that discrimination based on sexual orientation is already prohibited under the state’s Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, which …

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San Francisco Mayor Declares Monkeypox Emergency

Via press release: Mayor London N. Breed and the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) today announced a local emergency declaration to strengthen the City’s preparedness and response to the rapidly rising cases of Monkeypox. This action will expedite and streamline the availability of resources to better respond to this developing health emergency. The declaration of a local emergency …

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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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