HHS announces leadership for advisory council on HIV/AIDS; HRC fights Trump-Pence proposal to restrict immigration for vulnerable groups
FINALLY -- HHS ANNOUNCES CO-CHAIR OF PRESIDENTIAL ADVISORY COUNCIL ON HIV/AIDS: In January, the Trump-Pence administration fired the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and refused to appoint new members until yesterday. For more than 22 years, PACHA has worked under both Democratic and Republican Administrations to ensure Americans affected by this illness have a voice in our government. Last year, six members resigned over the Trump Administration’s complacency in fighting the HIV epidemic.
GOP “BUDGET EXPERT” HAS HISTORY OF ANTI-LGBTQ ACTIVISM: Politico reports that the House postponed a hearing scheduled for yesterday on the minimum wage “after homophobic and sexist blog posts surfaced that were penned by one of the Republican witnesses, San Diego State University economist Joseph Sabia.” Sabia in the posts perpetuated lies tying being LGBTQ to being a public health risk. More from Politico.
ICYMI -- REP. JOE KENNEDY (D-MA) PRESS CALL TO DISCUSS TRANS EQUALITY: Kennedy was joined by HRC, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Palm Center, Lambda Legal, the ACLU and PFLAG. More from Washington Blade.
INHUMANE -- HRC CRITIQUES TRUMP-PENCE PROPOSAL TO BLOCK VULNERABLE PEOPLE FROM U.S. IMMIGRATION: This week, HRC submitted comments opposing a shameful proposed “public charge” rule from the Department of Homeland Security that would make it much more difficult for certain vulnerable immigrant populations to move through the U.S. immigration system. This is yet another cruel attempt by the administration to exclude as many people from the U.S. as possible and harming some of the most vulnerable people. More from HRC.
MORE THAN 150 LGBTQ ELECTED OFFICIALS ACROSS THE COUNTRY URGE CONGRESS TO PASS THE EQUALITY ACT: The priorities, drafted at the Victory Institute LGBTQ Leaders conference, calls on Congress to pass the Equality Act, as well as laws to further protect the transgender community and those living with HIV and AIDS. More from The Hill.
NEW REPORT -- LGBTQ YOUTH ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR ATTEMPTED SUICIDE: Mental healthcare professionals -- including the American Academy of Pediatrics -- call for supporting and affirming LGBTQ youth as a way to mitigate these risks. More from Medical Bag.
DON’T BE FOOLED -- THE ANTI-LGBTQ SO-CALLED “AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS” IS PEDDLING FAKE SCIENCE: One of the foremost voices opposing affirming care for transgender children and youth, the “American College of Pediatricians” is a recognized hate group that attempts to impersonate the legitimate American Academy of Pediatrics. More from OUT Magazine.
HOW LGBTQ PEOPLE USE HRC’S CORPORATE EQUALITY INDEX TO MAKE SMART INVESTMENTS: More from Forbes.
CANTON, OHIO, SCHOOL BOARD OPENS INVESTIGATION AFTER SUPERINTENDENT ALLEGEDLY MOCKED GAY STUDENT: More from The Columbus Dispatch.
FOR YOUR HOLIDAY SHOPPING -- THE BEST VIDEO GAMES WITH LGBTQ CHARACTERS: More from Pink News.
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NEW REPORT FROM HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH ON RUSSIA’S ANTI-LGBTQ SO-CALLED “ANTI-PROPAGANDA” LAW: More from RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty.
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Clarion Ledger interviews transgender Mississippians; NBC highlights the specific needs of non-binary people in health care; Gay Star News reports on a recent same-sex wedding in India following the repeal of Section 377; Pink News lists LGBTQ-inclusive mental health resources;