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California steps up fight against ‘conversion therapy’

SACRAMENTO — California is stepping up its efforts to fight “conversion therapy,” Courthouse News reported last week. From Courthouse News: The state Senate on Thursday cleared a proposal to list so-called conversion therapy as a fraudulent business practice, bringing it under the umbrella of state consumer-protection laws and opening the door for victims to sue…

LGBTQ adults still struggle to afford health care

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A study from Brown University reported this week that although LGBTQ adults are insured at the same rate as heterosexuals, they still avoid medical treatment because of cost. From MedicalXPress.com: “I started looking at this question because I had read a few studies indicating that following the ACA’s implementation in 2014 and…

Vermont Democrat could be first transgender governor

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Christine Hallquist could be the first transgender governor in U.S. history if she wins election this November. Hallquist made history Tuesday night becoming the first major party candidate for statewide office. Other transgender people who have won nominations and offices have run for local and state district races. NPR reported that Hallquist, a former…

Colorado baker in court again for discriminating against transgender woman

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., on Tuesday filed another federal lawsuit claiming religious discrimination. Phillips was the plantiff in the Supreme Court ruling this year that said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had shown anti-religious bias in their ruling over Phillips refusing to make a wedding cake for a same…

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…