the world, LGBT people still struggling for acceptance
By Affan Chowdhry, The Globe and Mail, December 12, 2013
The global picture for gays and lesbians is grim reading – and often
a life-and-death reality for those involved. Of the 78 countries where
homosexual activity is criminalized, five countries – Iran, Saudi
Arabia, Mauritania, Sudan and Yemen – make it a crime punishable
by death. Parts of Nigeria and Somalia have similar laws.
53 most powerful coming outs of 2013
Towleroad.com, December 10, 2013
While the eschewing of labels is a major trend this year, there are still
plenty of people happy to declare, "I'm gay" — though
fewer are doing it on the front covers of magazines and many more are
using more subtle forms of delivery, like the mention of a "husband"
or "partner' buried in the third page of a magazine profile, or by
posting an Instagram photo with a significant other.
apparel for the modern tomboy
Edge Boston, November 25, 2013
Necessity is the mother of invention. So when tomboy Bridget Lovett finally
grew tired of waiting around for someone to create a comfortable boxer
brief made for women, she enlisted a few friends and founded Girls Will
Be Boys, a lifestyle active apparel company for the modern tomboy.
impact of HIV on the aging now that it is not a death sentence
Star Observer, November 19, 2013
Thirty years ago, the idea that HIV would one day be a manageable disease
was inconceivable. Yet today, thanks to the fantastic work of researchers,
an HIV diagnosis is no longer a death sentence. A better life expectancy
means there is an exponentially growing population of people over 50 living
with HIV who will require complex support.
to throw a (gay) wedding
Boston Globe, November 14, 2013
Congratulations! You’ve met the person of your dreams and have chosen
to spend the rest of your lives together! Only problem is that you want
a small, formal, traditional ceremony and you fiancé wants —
She or he doesn’t even know yet. But not that.
churches and houses of worship growing
Huffington Post, November 14, 2013
Nearly half of houses of worship in the United States now allow gay and
lesbian members who are in long-term relationships to be members, while
close to one in three now let gay and lesbian members hold voluntary leadership
posts, according to a new study of more than a thousand American congregations.
power: When coming out isn't a choice
Advocate.com, November 6, 2013
These men — both real and fictional — who could never 'pass'
might be considered the pioneers of gay visibility.
Obamacare will affect trans folks and families
By Alex J. Davidson, Advocate.com, 2013
I received a number of comments asking about how new health care regulations
will specifically affect the trans community. I turned to Anand Kalra,
Project Health program manager at the Transgender Law Center in Oakland,
Calif., to get answers.
natural protein in breast milk that fights HIV
Smithsonian.com, October 29, 2013
A group of scientists and doctors from Duke University has figured out
why these babies don’t get infected. Human breast milk naturally
contains a protein called Tenascin C that neutralizes HIV and, in most
cases, prevents it from being passed from mother to child.
couples, choosing to say ‘I don’t’
New York Times, October 28, 2013
Now that same-sex couples in 14 states have all the rights and responsibilities
of straight married couples, gay couples are rushing to the altar, right?
Not exactly. Plenty of gay couples do not want to marry, and their reasons
are as complex — and personal — as any decision to wed.
shows HIV ‘much harder’ to cure than previously thought
PinkNews.co.uk, October 25, 2013
Hopes of a total cure for HIV have been dealt a blow, after researchers
in the US discovered that the reservoir of inactive viruses in a patient’s
body may be up to 60 times larger than previously thought.
students can face long road to financial aid
USNews.com, October 23, 2013
For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, as well as those
questioning their sexuality, the questions on the FAFSA can present serious
roadblocks, says Thomas Krever, chief executive officer of the Hetrick-Martin
sale: Lists of gay high school students
Forbes, October 23, 2013
It’s the time of year when high school seniors declare their life
ambitions in college applications. Many also share intimate details about
themselves, including their sexual orientation, on Internet sites hoping
to win scholarships. Sometimes the names of these students and their lifestyle
details are sold by direct marketers.
federal benefits to gay couples: It's complicated
KQED.org, October 22, 2013
t has been four months since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law
that defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The ruling paved the
way for thousands of same-sex married couples to receive federal benefits,
and a special group of government lawyers has been working to make that
decline and fall of the ex-gay movement
MetroWeekly.com, October 17, 2013
How a multimillion-dollar industry that seeks to ''cure'' gay people was
brought to its knees.
so many US homeless are LGBT people
BBC.co.uk, October 16, 2013
A disproportionate number of homeless children are lesbian, gay, bisexual
or transgender, often forced to leave home after their families react
angrily when they come out.
'two-mom' approach to making babies lets gay couples share biological
NBCNews.comk, October 16, 2013
Fertility clinics have put a new twist on how to make babies: A "two-mom"
approach that lets female same-sex couples share the biological role.
One woman's eggs are mixed in a lab dish with donor sperm, then implanted
in the other woman, who carries the pregnancy.
LGBT nerds who could & can & will
Edge, October 10, 2013
With an accepted critical need for LGBT-focused research, it was clear
that a think group was necessary to fill an important void. The Williams
Institute serves that purpose.
couples twice as likely as gay men to end civil partnerships
Independent.co.uk, October 9, 2013
Lesbian couples are nearly twice as likely as gay men to end a civil partnership,
according to the latest UK government figures. Sociologists believe the
lower rates of ‘divorces’ among gay men may reflect a trend
of women committing sooner and having higher expectations for a relationship.
men, lesbians struggle to find caregivers and old-age facilities
Washington Post, October 7, 2013
Older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, including those among
the first to come out as a political and social force, are increasingly
apprehensive about encountering discrimination as they grow older and
more dependent on strangers for care.
fade away for some gay latinos
Las Vegas Review-Journal, October 1, 2013
A recent study published by the League of United Latin American Citizens
and the Human Rights Campaign found that although support for gay Latinos
continues to increase in society, at home Latinos face a greater challenge.
surpasses San Francisco for same-sex households
Cape Cod Times, October 1, 2013
For the first time, Seattle has surpassed San Francisco as having the
largest concentration of same-sex-couple households. Recent census data
show 2.6 percent of all Seattle households last year comprised gay and
lesbian couples - married and unmarried - the highest among the nation’s
Hispanics like Pope Francis and the Democratic Party
Salt Lake Tribune, October 1, 2013
A new survey of Hispanic political and religious values finds they’re
overwhelmingly Democrats who hold a largely negative view of the Republican
of gay and lesbian parents lag on insurance
Reuters, September 30, 2013
Kids with same-sex parents are less likely to have private insurance than
those with opposite-sex married parents, according to a new study. But
some of those differences go away when states allow same-sex marriage
or civil unions, researchers found.
experiences and unmet needs of LGBT homeless youth
Center for American Progress, September 26, 2013
Identifying as LGBT should not be the first step in a dangerous downward
spiral that ends in homelessness or worse for today’s youth.
and gay men: one happy family, or worlds apart?
Guardian.co.uk, September 23, 2013
Are lesbians from Mars and gay men from Venus? Or are the two groups bound
together like close and loving siblings, having separate interests and
lives but loving each other just the same?