Category: National

National news and events that affect Illinois.

Larry Flynt offers $10 million for dirt on 45

LOS ANGELES — Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, is offering $10 million for information that will get the current president out of office. From NBC: The bounty was also published in a full-page ad in the Washington Post, the Associated Press reported, and represents a 10-fold increase from a reward Flynt offered last October,…

US clarifies vote on UN death penalty resolution

WASHINGTON — The U.S. State Department explained its “no” vote on a anti-death penalty resolution after an outcry on social media. From NBC OUT: In a press briefing on Tuesday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert explained why the U.S. voted against the resolution. “We voted against that resolution because of broader concerns with the resolution’s…

U.S. votes against UN resolution banning death for being gay

NEW YORK — Last week, the United States voted against a United Nations human rights resolution that condemned using the death penalty for same-sex relationships, the Washington Blade reported. From the Blade: The resolution — which Belgium, Benin, Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia and Switzerland introduced — passed by a 27-13 vote margin. Congo,…

Defense Secretary: Transgender troops can stay pending study

WASHINGTON — The Hill reported Tuesday evening that that transgender troops in the military would be allowed to continue serving pending the results of a study. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis made the announcement Tuesday. From The Hill: The announcement comes days after President Trump signed a memo barring transgender people from enlisting in the military while instructing Mattis…

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…