Category: National

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Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN to Ninth Circuit: Don’t breathe life into transgender military ban

PORTLAND – Lawyers in the lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN challenging the Trump Administration’s plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to maintain the preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the discriminatory ban. Lawyers also asked the…

Lambda Legal launches national billboard campaign: “Religious Freedom Is No Excuse for Discrimination”

NEW YORK — In the wake of efforts to weaponize the First Amendment in order to cloak discrimination in the mantle of freedom of religion, Lambda Legal on Monday launched a national billboard campaign “No Excuse” underscoring that “religious freedom is no excuse for discrimination.” The first set of billboards were unveiled today at high-traffic…

U.S. State Department to deny visas to same-sex partners of diplomats

WASHINGTON — The current administration started denying visas to the same-sex partners of visiting diplomats and UN employees on Monday, several media outlets reported. Foreign Policy reported that the Trump administration is  requiring those already in the United States to get married by the end of the year or leave the country. From Foreign Policy:…

Combination HIV antibody infusions safely maintain viral suppression in select individuals

WASHINGTON — A small group of people living with HIV sensitive to two potent anti-HIV broadly neutralizing antibodies (link is external) (bNAbs) — 3BNC117 and 10-1074 — tolerated multiple infusions of the antibodies and suppressed HIV for more than 15 weeks after stopping antiretroviral therapy (ART). The new findings, from a pilot clinical trial supported…