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Federal judge rejects dismissal of transgender military ban lawsuit

WASHINGTON — A federal judge tossed out the administration’s request to dismiss a lawsuit against the administration’s ban on transgender people in the military, The Hill reported on Monday. From The Hill: In an opinion issued Monday, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote that the transgender troop policy outlined…

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…

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…

Federal court denies another try at a transgender military ban

SAN FRANCISCO — U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied another attempt by the Trump Administration to implement its plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services on Wednesday, Lambda Legal said. The ruling in the lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN and joined by the State…

Episcopal Chruch to allow same-sex weddings in all churches

AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Episcopal Church voted to permit same-sex couples at all of their congregation as they wrapped up their General Convention. The Tennessean reported that the church had the vote on Friday. From The Tennessean: The General Convention, which wrapped up its triennial meeting in Austin, Texas, on Friday, passed a resolution with overwhelming…