Jacob Nathaniel Pring, a D.C.-area LGBTQ rights advocate whose career included working as a mortgage loan officer and Lyft driver by day while organizing social events and parties at night and on weekends at D.C. gay bars and other venues, including “Gay Day” at the National Zoo, died Sept. 26, at his home in Springfield, Read More
Welcome to our weekly column, News is Good, where we feature positive news about the LGBTQ+ community. Too much of what we see in mainstream media coverage focuses on the challenges we face and not the celebrations. Here are five things we’re excited about this week. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQIeBB9XMe8 Billy Eichner’s gay rom-com “Bros” hits theaters. The […]
Cubans approved gay marriage and adoption by an overwhelmingly large margin in a government-backed referendum on Sunday, Sept. 25, according to number of sources. The referendum also boosted rights for women, Cuba’s national election commission said today (Monday, Sept. 26). National election commission president Alina Balseiro Gutierrez said in an interview broadcast on state-run television Read More
Welcome to the first installment of our new weekly column, News is Good, where we feature positive news about the LGBTQ+ community. Too much of what we see in mainstream media coverage focuses on the challenges we face and not the celebrations. Here are five things we’re excited about this week. Kelley Robinson to lead […]
After two years of not-quite-the-real-thing Folsom Street fairs, the massive kink and leather-focused street party is back in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood.
The National Center for Transgender Equality and the 2022 U.S. Trans Survey team are seeking volunteers to assist with outreach efforts for the 2022 U.S. Trans Survey, which is, they say, the largest survey of trans people in the U.S. and the U.S. Territories. According to a press release, “The survey will be launched soon, Read More
President Joe Biden on Wednesday reiterated his administration’s commitment to LGBTQ and intersex rights abroad. “The future will be won by those countries that unleash the full potential of their populations, where women and girls can exercise equal rights, including basic reproductive rights and contribute fully to building stronger economies and more resilient societies, where Read More
President Joe Biden The White House announced today (Monday, Sept. 19) that the Biden administration has secured the release of Mark Frerichs, the U.S. civil engineer and former Navy diver who was kidnapped in Afghanistan in January 2020 by the Haqqani network, a group closely aligned with the Taliban. Frerichs has been held in Afghanistan Read More
The Biden administration on Tuesday will hold a meeting with a group of more than a dozen bisexual activists. The meeting, which coincides with Bisexual Awareness Week, will take place at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services headquarters in D.C. The Washington Blade has learned National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Kierra Johnson, Read More
The LGBTQ+ Changemakers series features LGBTQ+ people all over the country who are making a difference through visibility and ingenuity. The High Priestess of Love, The Queen of the Shameless Plug, The Empress of Pride, The Goddess of DC, The iconic, the legendary, Rayceen Pendarvis is an unstoppable force for good. An event host, community advocate, […]
For the first time, gay and bisexual men who don’t inject drugs accounted for less than half of new HIV cases in San Francisco last year.
Last month, Amazon Prime debuted Abbi Jacobson’s explicitly queer take on the classic sports film, A League of Their Own. As a casual baseball fan and lover of queer media, this eight-episode dramedy stole my heart. Never again will I root as hard for a sports team as I did for the Rockford Peaches. As Read More
A federal judge in Texas ruled last week that employers in the state are no longer required to provide coverage for the HIV prevention medication PrEP, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A Christian-owned company called Braidwood Management is one of the plaintiffs in the suit against the federal government, claiming that compulsory Read More
The Disney-themed drag brunch scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11 was abruptly cancelled last week after an onslaught of threats of violence to the venue, the Cool Beans Bar and Grill, an LGBTQ+ friendly establishment. The threats of violence came after social media posts by the anti-LGBTQ+ Libs Of TikTok and far-right media outlet Blaze TV’s Read More
Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law several bills aimed at addressing anti-bias incidents, particularly those targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and expanding the collection of sexual orientation and gender identity data.
If you are like 41% of Americans, then you are likely listening to podcasts regularly. The world of podcasts is wide, with a niche for pretty much anyone who wants to learn something new, get lost in a story or find common ground. The number of LGBTQ+-centric podcasts is rising, featuring everything from finances to […]
Monkeypox vaccines are trickling in and, this weekend, there will be two more opportunities to get the jab in San Francisco.
An international law firm and a coalition of LGBTQ and healthcare advocacy groups filed a complaint Wednesday challenging a Florida rule that excludes transgender-related medical care from Medicaid reimbursements. The lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida against the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration by Lambda Legal, Read More
Decades-long activist for the lesbian rights movement Susan Silverman passed away at the age of 73 on on August 24, 2022. According to her obituary in the Philadelphia Gay News (PGN), she came out at age 19 and began her activism right away as a feminist in Manhattan. The next year the Stonewall Riots galvanized Read More
Judge Reed O’Connor U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor has ruled that requiring employers to provide insurance coverage for PrEP violates employers’ religious rights under the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The ruling came in a class action lawsuit filed in March 2020 by John Kelley and Joel Starnes, Kelley Orthodontics and Braidwood Management Inc. in Read More