Tag: Washington

Federal lawmakers file legislation to protect transgender service members

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers have filed bills to protect transgender service members. The Washington Blade reported that U.S. Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), Joseph Kennedy (D-Mass.), John Katko (R-N.Y.), Susan Davis (D-Calif.) and Anthony Brown (D-Md.) introduced House Resolution 1032 in the U.S. House of Representatives. U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Susan Collins…

LGBTQ orgs react to SOTU pledge to end HIV transmissions

WASHINGTON — LGBTQ organization expressed a lot of doubt in response to Trump reportedly planning to promise to end HIV transmissions by 2030. From Politico: Under Trump’s 10-year strategy, health officials would target the U.S. communities with the most HIV infections and work to reduce transmissions by 2030. The strategy has been championed by top…

Illinois ranks high in HRC’s latest State Equality Index

WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign released the 2019 State Equality Index on Thursday and Illinois was in the top category for LGBTQ equality. Illinois, along with 15 other states and the District of Columbia, were ranked as “Working Toward Innovative Equality.” According to the HRC, these states have a broad range of protections to…

SCOTUS allows transgender military ban to go into effect

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court of the United States has allowed the Trump administrations ban on transgender military members to go into effect while the case goes through the courts. Multiple media outlets reported the ruling early Tuesday. The Washington Post reported that it lifted the nationwide injunctions courts had placed on the administration. From…

Brian Bond named new executive director of PFLAG National

WASHINGTON —Today, PFLAG National — the nation’s first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their families, and allies—announced that Brian Bond will join the organization as its new Executive Director, effective February 1st. Board President Kathy Godwin said, “I am thrilled to welcome Brian to the helm of PFLAG National.…

LGBTQ groups voice opposition to AG candidate William Barr

WASHINGTON — A coalition of LGBTQ organizations issued a statement today about their opposition to U.S. Attorney General nominee William Barr. Barr was nominated for Attorney General in December, a full month after previous AG was fired. Confirmation hearings started on Tuesday. An open letter, sent by Lambda Legal and signed by 32 organization. called…

NIH: With HIV, undetectable equals untransmittable

WASHINGTON — Officials with the National Institutes of Health said in a new report on Thursday that overwhelming evidence has established that undetectable equals untransmittable with HIV. From the NIH: U=U means that people living with HIV who achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load—the amount of HIV in the blood—by taking and adhering to antiretroviral…

Air Force approves use of PrEP

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has approved the use of PrEP for pilots and aircrew, overriding an older policy that prohibited its use, Military.com reported last week. From Military.com: The service in September officially approved the use of the pre-exposure prophylaxis treatment (PrEP) medication, commonly known as Truvada, which helps reduce the risk of…

Studies find that transgender hormone therapy is less risky than birth control pills

WASHINGTON — Novel studies published in the Men’s Health Issue of AACC’s journal Clinical Chemistry suggest that hormone therapy for transgender people increases the risk of blood clots less than birth control pills and does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease at all. These preliminary results could help more transgender individuals to access essential…