Tag: Washington

NYT: Trump administration may try to define transgender people out of existence legally

WASHINGTON — The New York Times reported on Sunday that the Trump administration is considering defining gender as biological condition determined by genitalia at birth. This is the latest move by the administration against the LGBTQ community and at the transgender community specifically. From the New York Times: A series of decisions by the Obama…

New federal rules could allow LGBTQ employees to be fired for religious reasons

WASHINGTON — Media reported this week that the Trump administration is planning a new rule that would allow federal contractors to fire LGBTQ employees for religious reasons. The rule, which can be seen here, would “update” regulations with the current law for exemptions with “religion-exercising organizations.” Buzzfeed News reported that it could create a loophole…

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…

Lambda Legal urges senators to oppose Kavanaugh after third accuser

WASHINGTON — Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, issued the following statement: “We salute the courage of Julie Swetnick, who has now become the third woman to subject herself to public scrutiny and ridicule because Senate Republicans and the White House refuse to take allegations of sexual assault seriously.  With each…