LGBT News

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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Slovenia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage And Adoptions

Total Slovenia News reports: The Constitutional Court legalised same-sex marriage and adoptions with immediate effect after finding a law under which only heterosexual partners can marry and same-sex couples cannot adopt children to be in contravention of the constitutional ban on discrimination. Announcing the news on Friday, the court gave the National Assembly six months to amend the law accordingly, …

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NYC Exhausts New Monkeypox Vax Supply On First Day

New York City’s ABC affiliate reports: Thousands of doses of Monkeypox vaccines have arrived in New York City, and appointments were immediately filled. The city’s contractor opened the vaccine website prematurely Wednesday and the appointments filled up, then they released more, and those appointments quickly booked up as well. The pop up site is opening up inside the Central Harlem …

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Federal Court Axes Trump-Era HHS Anti-LGBTQ Rule

Law & Crime reports: Days before the end of Donald Trump’s tenure, the departing president’s administration imposed a rule that gutted the “non-discrimination” provisions for the receipt of the roughly $500 billion in funds administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A federal judge has rescinded that Trump-era rule, restoring the regulations that existed in the wake …

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Over One Million Attend London’s 50th Pride March

Reuters reports: More than a million people flocked to central London on Saturday for a record-breaking 50th-anniversary Pride parade. The three-hour-long parade, headed by veterans of the LGBT movement who took part in Britain’s first Pride march, retraced part of the original route of 1972. Organisers said there had been 30,000 participants. The first Pride had seen a few hundred …

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White House Encourages “Don’t Say Gay” Complaints

From White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre: Today, some of Florida’s most vulnerable students and families are more fearful and less free. As the state’s shameful “Don’t Say Gay” law takes effect, state officials who claim to champion liberty are limiting the freedom of their fellow Americans simply to be themselves. Already, there have been reports that “Safe Space” stickers …

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Same-Sex Marriages Begin In Switzerland [VIDEO]

Euronews reports: Geneva natives Laure and Aline have been waiting for this day ever since they met 21 years ago. “We sent out the invitations at the last minute,” Laure told Euronews. “People sometimes have trouble making themselves available on a Friday at 11 am.” Switzerland is one of the last countries in western Europe to allow same-sex marriage. Hundreds …

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