NYC Pride March is just around the corner and, boy, are we ready. Before you get to stepping, visit Columbus & 74th this Saturday, June 22 to pick up vintage and new cameras and equipment. Also on Saturday, Brooklyn Heights and Hell’s Kitchen are hosting Queer Works, your one-stop shop for queer-themed art, colorful fashion and campy collectibles. The following Saturday, stock up on even more art, books and media at Yorkville’s Arts & Smarts event.
We’d love for you to join us on Sunday, June 30 at the March! We’re looking for a few good volunteers to join our friends, staff, and clients to celebrate hope, health and healing. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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Posted on June 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm
On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the HOPE Act, legislation that would end the federal ban on research into organ donations from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients. The HOPE Act, which stands for HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, would pave the way for growing the number of healthy and available organ transplants for people living with HIV/AIDS. According to recent figures, there are more than 100,000 people waiting for organ-transplants in the United States, and nearly 50,000 people are added to that list each year. However, due to shortages and other barriers, less than 30% of patients receive a life-saving organ.
In the United States, organ donations from HIV-positive people are still banned under the Organ …
Posted on June 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm
Earlier this April, the National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) learned of a proposal to move the Office on HIV/AIDS Housing (OHAH) to a division within the Offices of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS). Discussed at a Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee Hearing, this move was suggested in light of budget constraints but has since caught the attention—and ire—of HIV/AIDS advocates, allies, and people living with HIV/AIDS all across the country. We view such a merger as a significant diminution to an effective, well-managed program which currently helps thousands of people with HIV/AIDS manage their illness and build toward better individual and community health outcomes. Further, we believe that such alignment will severely …
Posted on June 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm
Last Friday, the Social Security Administration took a huge step forward by announcing that transgender individuals no longer require a record of gender reassignment surgery before being able to change their gender on their Social Security card. This policy change marks a huge step forward for transgender rights and also does away with the archaic assumption that all transgender individuals have gender reassignment surgery. As LGBT advocates have argued for years now, not all transgender individuals have surgery because it is very cost-prohibitive and because transgender identity is not reductive to whether one has undergone surgical procedures.
Instead, the SSA has chosen a more inclusive policy that requires a person show a passport or birth certificate that reflects their …
Posted on June 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm
Pride and More at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe: Queer Ladies Speed Dating, Grantland, Nouvella Books
We’ve truly got something for everyone the next few weeks at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe: a night of Linsanity, a pride week reading, a celebration of debut writers, an evening with sports quarterly Grantland, a night of New York stories with Capital, and the return of I Like Your Glasses with a Queer Ladies Speed Dating edition. Join us for these and for Happy Day Happy Hour, our celebration of that beloved publishing tradition, summer Fridays, with happy hour specials and board games all day long every Friday through August.
Posted on June 17, 2013 at 8:55 am
Originally published by Todd Heywood on June 13, 2013 on the American Independent
A bipartisan amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would require the Department of Defense to conduct an internal review of policies and prosecutions related to military members living with HIV.
Currently the military can try service-members with HIV under a variety of charges, including failing to obey an order for having unprotected sex, not disclosing an HIV-positive status, or for aggravated assault, wherein HIV is the factor for the more serious charge.
The amendment would be the first time Congress has voted on HIV-criminalization matters since the passage of the 1990 Ryan White CARE Act, which required states to certify they had a …
Posted on June 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm
Originally posted by Adam Peck and Scott Keyes on June 13, 2013 on thinkprogress.org.
WASHINGTON, DC — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is touted as a top GOP presidential prospect in 2016, thinks it should be legal to fire someone for their sexual orientation.
ThinkProgress spoke with the Florida Senator at the opening luncheon of the annual Faith and Freedom Forum on Thursday and asked him about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill to make discrimination against LGBT individuals illegal across the country.
Though Rubio bristles at the notion of being called a “bigot,” he showed no willingness to help protect LGBT workers from discrimination. “I’m not for any special protections based on orientation,” Rubio told ThinkProgress.
Posted on June 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm
Originally posted by Zack Ford on June 13, 2013 on thinkprogress.org.
On Wednesday, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments about whether or not a transgender student should be able to use the bathroom appropriate to her gender identity. When Nicole Maines was in fifth grade, she already identified and presented as a girl and was using the girls’ restroom at school. One boy insisted on monitoring her habits and ultimately his grandfather complained about her to the school. The school decided to force her to only use the staff bathroom, which isolated her form her peers and led to her being bullied and ostracized more.
Nicole is now 15 and planning to undergo a physical transition to further find authenticity in …
Posted on June 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm