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The HIV-positive man who stopped thousands getting the virus
Greg Owen wanted a new drug, not available through the NHS, that would stop him becoming HIV-positive. But it was too late - he already had the virus. Despite this, he and a friend worked on an ambitious plan to help thousands of others get the new treatment.
"You know when you do one thing… when your whole life changes? Pressing that send on Facebook was actually the moment my whole life changed."
Greg Owen grew up in Belfast, the eldest of six children. It was the 1980s, the height of the Troubles, and he was, as he puts it, "very gay".
The Dangerous Fallout of Making Abortion Illegal Is Already Happening
It was September of 2015 when a Tennessee woman named Anna Yocca allegedly stepped into a bathtub filled with warm water and inserted a wire hanger into her uterus. She lost a lot of blood very quickly, and was rushed to a nearby hospital where, at 24 weeks, she delivered a 1.5-pound baby boy.
Yocca was jailed and the infant was taken into state custody and later adopted. In December 2016, Yocca was charged with aggravated assault with a weapon and two other felony accounts derived from laws dating back to the 1800s: attempted criminal abortion and attempted procurement of a miscarriage. Because Yocca couldn’t afford to pay her bond, she was incarcerated throughout her case—a year and a half in total. In early January, she pleaded guilty to attempted procurement of a miscarriage and was released on time served.
That same week in Texas, a Republican lawmaker took what felt like an inevitable, almost logical, step in the state’s trajectory of abortion restrictions: He introduced legislation that would jail women who have the procedure.
Why America could be about to ban gay marriage and abortion
The Next Time You Crave Chicken, Remember That Chick-fil-A Is Still Very Much Anti-Gay
In September 2012, after years of publicly opposing same-sex marriage and donating millions to anti-LGBTQ groups, Chick-fil-A — the Christian-founded fast-food chain known for their chicken sandwiches and billboards of half-literate cows encouraging folks to “EAT MOR CHIKIN” — said that it had “ceased donating to organizations that promote discrimination, specifically against LGBT civil rights.”
According to ThinkProgress, the Chick-fil-A Foundation’s most recent IRS filings from 2015 reveal hundreds of thousands in donations to anti-LGBTQ groups. They gave $1 million to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a religious organization with “a strict ‘sexual purity’ policy, prohibiting any ‘homosexual acts.'”
They also donated $200,000 to the Paul Anderson Youth Home, a Georgia-based group that runs a “Christian residential home for troubled youth.” The organization believes that the “sexual, physical and mental abuse of children” resulted in “the explosion of homosexuality in the last century.”
Six TN companies earn perfect LGBTQ scores
Six Tennessee companies received perfect scores for LGBTQ equality, including two based in Memphis.
For the 16th edition of its Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the Human Rights Campaign Foundation ranked companies based on non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion, public commitment to LGBTQ equality, and responsible citizenship.
Memphis-based FedEx Corp. and Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC were two of the perfect-scoring companies.
Memphis Business Journal
California Leads the Way Teaching LGBT History to Schoolchildren
As goes California, so goes the nation—at least, that’s what LGBT advocates in the Golden State are hoping when it comes to a set of new, inclusive K-8 history textbooks.
As first reported by The Advocate, the California State Board of Education approved 10 textbooks last week for use in K-8 classrooms that cover the contributions of LGBT people and people with disabilities to American history. The road to this point has been six years long: In 2011, the California state legislature passed Sen. Mark Leno’s Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, which required classroom instruction in the state to include information about the contributions of a wide range of Americans, including Native Americans, LGBT people, and people with disabilities.
The Daily Beast
Apple, Starbucks And Others Petition SCOTUS To Ban LGBTQ Workplace Discrimination
Some of the biggest names in corporate America have come together to urge the Supreme Court of the United States to end employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Seventy-six different businesses, scholars and LGBTQ rights organizations have organized around Lambda Legal, a nonprofit advocacy organization, to pressure SCOTUS into addressing whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act applies in cases involving discrimination against individuals based on their sexual identity.
Palm Springs Pride Announces Official Event Schedule
Greater Palm Springs Pride today released the schedule of official events that are expected to attract 75,000 - 100,000 people to the Coachella Valley November 3 - 5, 2017.
Considered to be one of the most scenic pride parades in the world, the Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival celebrates its 31st Anniversary, October 31 - November 5, 2017, with multiple block parties, a two-day festival and parade in Palm Springs, California. The 2017 theme, "Viva la Vida!" Live life... and celebrate that you live life as you please. Shout VIVA LA VIDA... yours, mine, ours... And celebrate that we feel alive, alive because we are different, because we are unique, free... happy. Palm Springs is a city where we live life; a life full of the things and people that we love.
Official events and programs of Pride Week 2017 include:
Edge Media Network
California Bill Seeks to Ban State-Funded Travel to Anti-Gay States
After spending the past few years attempting to beat back anti-LGBT legislation in multiple states, allies of the LGBT community are finding themselves on offense in California. A proposed bill slated for consideration by the legislature this session would ban government-funded travel to states with anti-LGBT laws.
Edge Media Network