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SCOTUS refuses to hear challenge to anti-LGBTQ law

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a Mississippi law that would let businesses and government workers refuse service to LGBTQ people if they had a religious objection. Bloomberg reported that the court turned away two appeals by state residents and organizations that contended the measure violates the Constitution. A federal appeals court…

Trump fires HIV/AIDS council by FedEx

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has fired the entire Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) – via a letter sent through FedEx. The Washington Blade reported Friday that the remaining 16 members of the council were fired on Wednesday. Six had left the council in June. Chicago-based advocate and Lambda Legal lawyer Scott Schoettes told…

Quad Cities Planned Parenthood clinic to close

BETTENDORF, Iowa — The Des Moines Register has reported that the Quad Cities area will no longer have direct access to abortion services when Planned Parenthood closes its clinic in the area. The clinic was the only one in the Quad Cities, the third largest metro area in Iowa and the largest between Chicago and…

Court tells Kink.com to defend self against HIV claims

SAN FRANCISCO — Porn producer Kink.com has been told that it has to defend itself against lawsuits from actors who say they contracted HIV on set. Courthouse News reported that Atain Specialty Insurance Company sued Peter Acworth, CEO Kink.com, and his companies in November 2015. Atain claimed has no duty to cover litigation costs related to a rash…

CDC says that certain words aren’t banned

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that seven words weren’t actually banned at the agency. On Friday evening, the Washington Post reported that the words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based” could no longer be used on official documents for the 2018 budget. CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said…

Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable: Talking about Boundaries in Power Exchange

CHICAGO — Saturday, Nov 18. – Chicago Power Exchange Roundtable discussion group meets, talking about boundaries in power exchange. In power exchange, boundaries take on a new level, and with that comes new awareness, new responsibility / new surrender. Boundaries define where we end and where others begin. Our boundaries are the skin we live…

KINQC October Play party and demo-Masquerade/Costume Ball

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Come on out to KINQC’s October Demo and Play Party. Click Here for Event Link When: October 21st, 2017 Time: 4:00pm for Demo, Doors open at 7:00pm for entrance to party, with announcements and doors locking at 8:00pm until midnight-1:00am. Description: Demo: Breathplay: Basics to advanced with anatomy and physiology discussion. Presented by…