When Designing Women Taught America About AIDS

(Photo: Dixie Carter) In the 1980s, where could Americans turn for the truth about HIV? Oddly enough, Designing Women was educating the country about AIDS when few others would. Season 2, Episode 4, entitled “Killing all the Right People” featured AIDS, gay men, and condoms … and of course a shouting speech by Julia Sugarbaker.…

The Epidemic

Two-Drug Regimen The FDA approves Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen to treat those who are virologically suppressed. BY VICTOR MELAMED The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen containing only two drugs to treat certain adults with HIV instead of three or more drugs included in standard HIV…

The State

CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Trans Ban, Sex Sting, California Legislature, Porn Star Arrest CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra has joined Massachusetts and 14 other states in an amicus brief in the case Stockman v. Trump—a federal lawsuit challenging Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Five men in San Jose have filed a federal lawsuit…

Trump Tax Plan Is Really Bad For LGBT People

The current tax bill in the Senate would devastate support systems and services for LGBT Americans, especially transgender people, by making deep cuts in their accessibility to healthcare and other programs they rely on, reports Newsweek. The bill would raise the cost for people living with HIV/AIDS, cut food stamps, housing and homelessness efforts and…

Love, Simon: Moving Trailer. WATCH!

Love, Simon stars Nick Robinson as Simon Spier, a 17-year-old who can’t quite bring himself to come out to his friends and family. The movie’s based on Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and also focuses on Simon’s deepening relationship with another closeted teen online. “Resolving both issues,” the official synopsis says, “proves…

Trump Trans Ban Loses in Court – Again

The US military must allow openly serving transgender recruits starting on January 1, a federal judge ruled on Monday, reports Vox. The ruling clarifies a previous injunction issued in October by US District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly in Washington, DC. The clarification follows yet another federal ruling that declared that the military must also pay for…

Mark Foster, Former Olympic Swimmer Comes Out

(Photo: Mark Foster) The former Olympic swimmer Mark Foster has come out as gay in an interview with The Guardian, declaring: “I tiptoed around in the shadows for so long, but now is the time to come out,” reports The Independent. Foster is a former world champion and has represented Great Britain at five Olympic Games.…

Second Judge Blocks Trump’s Proposed Transgender Military Ban

(Photo: U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis) Another federal judge has halted a proposed transgender military ban, expanding on an initial ruling issued last month against the plan by President Donald Trump’s administration, reports CBS Los Angeles. In a preliminary injunction issued Tuesday in Baltimore, U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis ruled that transgender service members have “demonstrated…

Transgender Lawmaker Danica Roem Joins Demi Lovato At American Music Awards

(Photo: Danica Roem) Demi Lovato brought a special guest with her to last night’s American Music Awards red carpet. The singer, songwriter, and actress was  joined by Danica Roem, who earlier this month was elected Virginia’s first transgender state legislator. Roem joined Lovato as part of the Together movement, GLAAD‘s campaign calling on all marginalized communities…