Tom Wray

Equality Illinois asks for Advisory Board applications

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO — Statewide LGBTQ rights group Equality Illinois is asking for members of the Illinois LGBTQ communities to join its advisory board. From the EI website: As part of our commitment to an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders across Illinois, Equality Illinois launched the Community Advisory Group in 2016. The group is a diverse cross-section of voices…

Study shows no HIV transmission with undetectable partners

AMSTERDAM — Researchers at the 22nd International AIDS Conference confirmed Tuesday that the chance of any HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting the virus to a sexual partner is scientifically equivalent to zero. Aidsmap reported that the results were presented during the opening press conference for the event. From Aidsmap: Final results from…

Mich. civil rights commission to protect LGBTQ rights despite AG

LANSING — The Michigan Civil Rights Commission said on Monday that they will stand by decision to include LGBTQ rights despite the opinion of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, local media reported. From MLive: At a meeting in northern Michigan Monday, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission reiterated its support for the interpretive statement members approved…

CVS pharmacist who refused to fill hormone prescription fired

PHOENIX — The pharmacist who refused to fill a transgender woman’s hormone prescription has been fired by CVS, USA Today reported Saturday. Hilde Hall got national attention with her blog post last week about being refused her hormone prescription by a pharmacist in suburban Phoenix. She wrote in the blog post that she hadn’t heard…

Ohio becomes a front line for transgender rights

COLUMBUS, Ohio. — According to Reuters, Ohio is the next battleground for transgender rights in the United States. Reuters reported that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit against officials at the Ohio Department of Health in March on behalf of three trans women and one trans man. Ohio is…

Michigan AG says state’s LGBTQ bias policy is ‘invalid’

LANSING — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Friday said the state civil rights commission’s interpretation of a civil rights law was “invalid,” local media reported. The Detroit News reported that Schuette said in a formal opinion that “the Michigan Civil Rights Commission overstepped its authority when it determined that an existing ban on “sex”…