California steps up fight against ‘conversion therapy’

SACRAMENTO — California is stepping up its efforts to fight “conversion therapy,” Courthouse News reported last week. From Courthouse News: The state Senate on Thursday cleared a proposal to list so-called conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice, bringing it under the umbrella of state consumer-protection laws and opening the door for victims to sue…

LGBTQ adults still struggle to afford health care

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A study from Brown University reported this week that although LGBTQ adults are insured at the same rate as heterosexuals, they still avoid medical treatment because of cost. From MedicalXPress.com: “I started looking at this question because I had read a few studies indicating that following the ACA’s implementation in 2014 and…

Transgenic rice plants could help to neutralize HIV transmission

AMES, Iowa – Extracts from transgenic rice plants could help stop the spread of HIV, according to research results from an international effort that included an Iowa State University scientist. Raziel Antonio-Ordonez, a postdoctoral researcher in agronomy, contributed to a research team that successfully developed a transgenic rice plant that expresses three different proteins that…

Phoenix Center needs volunteers for HIV study

SPRINGFIELD — Phoenix Center, the LGBTQ community center of Springfield, is looking for study volunteers, Illinois HIV Care Connect said. From Illinois HIV Care Connect: The Phoenix Center in Springfield is conducting a study called “IMPACT,” with the SIU School of Medicine. They need men who fall into one of 4 categories: Living with HIV…

Vermont Democrat could be first transgender governor

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Christine Hallquist could be the first transgender governor in U.S. history if she wins election this November. Hallquist made history Tuesday night becoming the first major party candidate for statewide office. Other transgender people who have won nominations and offices have run for local and state district races. NPR reported that Hallquist, a former…

LGBTQ newspaper publisher to be inducted into Chicago Women’s Journalism Hall of Fame

CHICAGO — Tracy Baim, publisher of the Windy City Times, is in the inaugural class of the Chicago Women’s Journalism Hall of Fame. The news came out on Tuesday on Robert Feder’s media news blog. The Chicago Women’s Journalism Hall of Fame is a project of the Association for Women Journalists Chicago. AWJ Chicago supports women in journalism…

Colorado baker in court again for discriminating against transgender woman

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., on Tuesday filed another federal lawsuit claiming religious discrimination. Phillips was the plantiff in the Supreme Court ruling this year that said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had shown anti-religious bias in their ruling over Phillips refusing to make a wedding cake for a same…