Category: Regional

Gay man elected to Iowa City council in special election

IOWA CITY — Bruce Teague became the first gay black man to be elected to the Iowa City council this week in a special election. The Gazette of Iowa City reported that Teague had campaigned as a gay man. He defeated Ann Freerks, who has experience with the city’s planning and zoning commission. From The…

Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference updates name

Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference

LANSING, Mich. — On Monday, the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, America’s largest and oldest conference for queer and trans+ college students, changed its name and took the next step in intentionally recognizing and centering the needs of asexual students in its collective work. The program’s new name is the Midwest Bisexual…

Kenosha student sues over anti-LGBTQ bullying

KENOSHA — A high school student in this city just north of the Illinois state line is suing his high school because they didn’t do enough to prevent him from being bullied. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the school administration was “completely indifferent” to the anti-LGBTQ harassment that eventually forced him to leave school. From…

Ohio city may ban conversion therapy

LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The city council in this Cleveland suburb is considering an ordinance that would ban conversion therapy for minors. Cleveland.com reported on Wednesday that Ward 4 City Councilman Daniel J. O’Malley is sponsoring the ordinance. “We’ve seen some really tragic examples of how conversion therapy has impacted LGBT youth,” O’Malley told the website.…

Study: Indiana HIV outbreak could have been avoided

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The 2014 HIV outbreak in Scott County, Ind., could have been avoided with a quicker public health response, according to a new study published in The Lancet today. The study reported that the state government responded to the outbreak after new HIV infections had already peaked in the rural county. “Initiation…

LGBTQ orgs urge U.S. Senate to reject federal judge nominee

WASHINGTON — Lambda Legal and 18 other local, state and national LGBTQ organizations called for the U.S. Senate to reject Stephen Clark for the U.S. District Court for the District of Missouri. Sharon McGowan, Lambda Legal chief strategy officer and legal director, issued the following statement on Wednesday: “The Trump-Pence Administration has put forth a…

Transgenic rice plants could help to neutralize HIV transmission

AMES, Iowa – Extracts from transgenic rice plants could help stop the spread of HIV, according to research results from an international effort that included an Iowa State University scientist. Raziel Antonio-Ordonez, a postdoctoral researcher in agronomy, contributed to a research team that successfully developed a transgenic rice plant that expresses three different proteins that…