Category: National

National news and events that affect Illinois.

National standards of care for TGIQ health announced

SEATTLE —RAD Remedy released the groundbreaking National Standards of Care for TGIQ Health at Gender Odyssey Seattle on Friday, Aug. 25. Based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CLAS standards (National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care) and adapted for trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer…

It’s official: 45 bans transgender people from military

WASHINGTON — 45 has signed a directive banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.

Politico reported that directive gives Defense Secretary Jim Mattis until Feb. 21, 2018, to submit a plan. It also leaves decision of whether to remove current transgender troops to Mattis. The order was sent to the Defense and Homeland Security departments. 

Health insurer reveals HIV status with envelopes

WASHINGTON — Health insurer Aetna may have revealed the HIV status of thousands in a recent mailing to customers, a medical news website reported. Aetna is one of the major health insurers in Illinois. From STAT: The letters, which Aetna said were sent to approximately 12,000 people, were meant to relay a change in pharmacy…

Gay publication barred from DOJ Pride event

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A reporter from the Washington Blade, the capital’s gay newspaper, was barred from a Pride event at the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday, the newspaper reported. During remarks by Assistant Attorney General for National Security Dana Boente, a Justice Department approached reporter Chris Johnson and told him that the event was closed to…

New kink survey available

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — This post is here to let you know about Project SPEAK. Project SPEAK stands for “Sexual and Personal Experiences Among Kinksters”. Last year, we collected hundreds of stories from kinky people from dozens of countries around the world. Based on those stories, this year’s survey has been designed to scientifically test…