In a lawsuit filed by seven same-sex couples challenging Nebraska’s gay marriage ban, Nebraska district judge Joseph Bataillon sided with the plaintiffs, making same-sex marriage legal in the state of Nebraska. The ruling will be effective in one week.
A short film depicting two parents’ coming to terms with their son’s homosexuality has gone viral in China, garnering over 100 million views on QQ, a popular video streaming site in China.
Once classified as a “mental illness”, homosexuality has been legal in China for almost twenty years. Same sex marriage remains illegal, however, and the cultural emphasis on continuing family lines has placed a stigma on homosexual behavior. Continue reading
The death of a transgender teen in Ohio — and the suicide note she left behind — has sparked a groundswell of support for LGBT youth who struggle with identity and acceptance. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality and Leo Sheng, a transgender man, about rising awareness and support for the transgender community. Continue reading
The FDA said in a statement that it will “recommend a change to the blood donor deferral period for men who have sex with men from indefinite deferral to one year since the last sexual contact.”
After a 13-year career in the NBA, Jason Collins, the first openly gay professional basketball player, is retiring. Eighteen months ago Collins came out as gay through a first person article published in Sports Illustrated. In the first line he wrote, “I am a 34-year old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” He announced his plans to retire today, again through first person, this time on The Players’ Tribune. Continue reading
As HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths around the world fall, rates in Uganda have been on the rise in recent years. Part of the problem, according to many of the world’s top public health experts, is that the populations most at risk for HIV infection — including gay men and sex workers — face laws that do little but increase stigma, drive these groups underground and make them reluctant to seek life-saving diagnosis and treatment. Among the most problematic laws, they say, are the the U.S. “anti-prostitution pledge” and Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act. Continue reading