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News is Good: Gay wrestling champ, “Bros” on the big screen and 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 […]

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Cuban voters overwhelming approve same-sex marriage, adoption rights

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

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Biden notes LGBTQ, intersex rights in UN General Assembly speech

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

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Biden announces release of Frerichs in Afghanistan; work continues to bring Griner, Whelan home

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

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White House officials to meet with bisexual activists

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

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LGBTQ+ Changemakers: Rayceen Pendarvis

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, […]

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Local advocates say Texas PrEP ruling will impact preventative care

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

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Fla. sued over exclusion of transgender healthcare from Medicaid

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

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BREAKING: Texas judge says requiring employers to provide PrEP coverage violates their religious freedom

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