Seven AIDS activists on Nov. 27 entered U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s Office and stripped naked to protest pending cuts to HIV/AIDS funds.
The activists were with QUEEROCRACY, ACT UP NY and ACT UP Philadelphia. When they stripped, the revealed painted slogans on their bodies: “AIDS Cuts Kill” and “Fund PEPFAR, Fund Ryan White, Fund Global Fund, Fund Medicaid, Fund HOPWA.”
A new Municipal Equality Index scores cities – 137 of them – on their LGBT policies. The inaugural index, released by the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Federation Institute and Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute, shows 11 cities with perfect scores – “these cities came from both coasts and in between, were of varying sizes, and not all are in states with favorable laws for LGBT people,” a news release stated.
The Obama administration this month moved forward to implement provisions in the Affordable Care Act that would make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.
The provisions also would make it easier for consumers to compare health plans and employers to promote and encourage employee wellness, according to a news release from the White House.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is monitoring a report from Libya, where 12 men said to be gay may face execution.
GLAAD’s website, referring to a post from the Gay Star News, said the militia in Libya has taken into custody men who attended a private party in Ain Zara, a suburb of Tripoli, on Nov. 22.
President Barack Obama on Nov. 27 nominated openly lesbian Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. If confirmed, she would become the first openly gay Hispanic federal judge.
The president also nominated Judges Luis Felipe Restrepo and Jeffrey L. Schmehl for U.S. District Court judgeships.
In an attempt to neutralize journalistic descriptions of people who actively oppose gay civil rights, The Associated Press has banned use of the word “homophobic” in its stylebook, which is followed by the majority of the American press.
AP said the word “homophobia” wrongly suggests that the hatred of LGBT people is irrational or represents a psychological problem.
A Change.org campaign is urging authorities in Mobile, Ala., to prosecute as attempted murder an attack on a lesbian attending Thanksgiving dinner with her girlfriend’s family.
Mallory Owens, 23, was invited to the home of her girlfriend’s family to celebrate Thanksgiving on Nov. 22. Details of what happened were not immediately available, but various activists websites allege that Owens was severely beaten by her girlfriend’s brother, Travis Hawkins Jr.
When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer tea party-backed House Republicans from the class of 2010 who sought a second term.
Overriding those changes, though, is a thinning of pragmatic, centrist veterans in both parties. Among those leaving are some of the Senate’s most pragmatic lawmakers, nearly half the House’s centrist Blue Dog Democrats and several moderate House Republicans.
Advances in scientific and medical communities along with expanded government health programs have leaders in the fight against HIV/AIDS making ambitious declarations for World AIDS Day, which is observed annually on Dec. 1.
A report from a coalition of LGBT groups details the negative effects that sequestration would have on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in employment, health, housing, higher education, and safety.
The Center for American Progress, in partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and 23 other national LGBT groups, released the study, “Caught in the Budget Battle: How the ‘Fiscal Showdown’ Impacts Gay and Transgender Americans.”
The nation's largest LGBT civil rights groups wants consumers to buy for equality when they hit the department stores, the outlet malls, the boutiques and the online markets this holiday season.
The Human Rights Campaign, continuing a holiday tradition, has published the "Buying for Workplace Equality 2013" guide, which helps consumers support the businesses with the best LGBT policies.
A group of about 50 Wisconsin demonstrators has been singing protest songs inside the Madison Capitol every day at noon for almost two years.
Their target is Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who pushed a law stripping public employees of certain labor rights. The demonstrators have a songbook of 44 songs, many of them traditional songs that have had the lyrics changed to target Walker.