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Va. students warn against ‘don’t say gay’ policies

More than 600 students from across Virginia signed a letter from the Pride Liberation Project that calls for the Virginia Department of Education to clarify that teaching students about LGBTQ people and events is not “sexually explicit.” Senate Bill 656, which Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed earlier this year, requires parents be notified when instructional Read More

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Monkeypox: What you need to know

Anyone can get monkeypox, but the virus is currently disproportionately affecting the gay community. Photo: BlurryMe/Shutterstock Monkeypox cases are on the rise. Reported cases of monkeypox have increased to more than 5,100 in the U.S., compared with several hundred in late June, the Centers for Disease Control said. Worldwide, the number of reported cases is […]

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New 988 Suicide Lifeline seeks to meet LGBTQ community’s unique needs

LGBTQI+ individuals are more likely than their counterparts to exhibit suicidal behavior. According to data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2019, nearly half of students identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual reported seriously considered suicide. These students experienced a near fourfold increase in suicide attempts compared with heterosexual students. LGBTQI+ Read More

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Both/And: Religious and LGBTQ+ identities can coexist

Faith and LGBTQ+ communities are largely considered oil and water – they don’t mix. After all, organizations like the Evangelical Family Research Council fervently oppose queer rights, and policies nationwide threaten LGBTQ+ rights in the name of religious freedom. Queer people raised in religious communities often have psychological trauma from being deemed unnatural and sinful. Read More

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A guide to summer LGBTQ+ film festivals

When the weather gets hot, there’s nothing like stepping into a frosty movie theater to check out new LGBTQ+ cinematic offerings. The coronavirus pandemic forced LGBTQ+ film festivals to adapt quickly in 2020 and 2021. While some canceled their seasons, other festivals, such as Outfest and Newfest, switched to a virtual format. While still dealing […]

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Does Brittney Griner’s guilty plea mean conviction or release?

As her trial on drug smuggling charges continued on July 7, Olympic gold medalist and WNBA all-star Brittney Griner shocked the world with a surprise guilty plea. Griner has been in what the U.S. State Department calls “wrongful detention” since February 17. Griner’s Russian lawyers, Alexander Boykov and Maria Blagovolina told media that the guilty Read More

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The best and worst countries for LGBTQ+ travel

Since 2012, the international “gay guide” blog Spartacus has published the Gay Travel Index to rate 202 countries and regions and 50 U.S. states based on safety and acceptance for LGBTQ+ people. Criteria for countries include anti-discrimination legislation, transgender rights, and whether homosexuality is illegal, and Pride is banned. For those that are travelling internationally Read More

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Monkeypox vaccine criteria for gay men expands in Long Beach, LA

Gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals taking PrEP are eligible for the monkeypox vaccine today in Long Beach and Los Angeles County, health officials said. Monkeypox vaccine eligibility also was expanded to include gay and bisexual men and transgender persons in two additional categories: Attended saunas, bathhouses, sex clubs, circuit parties, or sex parties Read More

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Federal judge blocks guidance on anti-LGBTQ discrimination

In a ruling issued late Friday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee temporarily blocked the Biden administration from enforcing guidance on two federal statutes aimed at preventing discrimination against LGBTQ people. In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Charles Atchley blocked implementing the guidance which had been challenged by Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Read More