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2021 Anti-Trans Murders Mount with Alarming Speed

2021 Anti-Trans Murders Mount with Alarming Speed

CRIME | By Kilian Melloy | Sep 18, 2021

2020 was the deadliest year since the Human Rights Campaign began tracking murderous anti-trans violence in 2013, claiming 44 victims. 2021 is well on track to equal or surpass that grim total.

Maskless San Francisco Mayor Bucks Health Order at Nightclub

Maskless San Francisco Mayor Bucks Health Order at Nightclub

LOCAL | Sep 18, 2021

San Francisco's mayor was spotted dancing and singing without a mask at an indoor nightclub, despite a strict order by her public health department that requires wearing masks at indoor establishments unless someone is actively eating or drinking.

US Panel Backs Boosters Only for Elderly and High-Risk

US Panel Backs Boosters Only for Elderly and High-Risk

NATIONAL | By Matthew Perrone, Lauran Neergaard | Sep 17, 2021

Dealing the White House a stinging setback, a government advisory panel overwhelmingly rejected a plan Friday to give Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots across the board.

Ex-House Speaker Settles Child Sexual Abuse Payments Suit

Ex-House Speaker Settles Child Sexual Abuse Payments Suit

NATIONAL | By Michael Tarm | Sep 17, 2021

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a tentative out-of-court settlement Wednesday over Hastert's refusal to pay the man $1.8 million

'Still Dancing,' Rev. Steve Pieters Relives his Iconic Tammy Faye Interview

'Still Dancing,' Rev. Steve Pieters Relives his Iconic Tammy Faye Interview

AIDS | By Steve Duffy | Sep 17, 2021

When the filmmakers of "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" included an interview with Rev. Steve Pieters in the film, they never reached out to him, assuming he was dead. Instead, the long-time AIDS survivor reached out to them.

Watch: Trans Woman of Color D'isaya Monaee Smith Murdered in Illinois

Watch: Trans Woman of Color D'isaya Monaee Smith Murdered in Illinois

CRIME | By Kilian Melloy | Sep 17, 2021

Violence has claimed another transgender woman's life, this time in Illinois, with the shooting death of D'isaya Monaee Smith. Her death marks the 36th known trans murder this year.

Same-Sex Couple Sues Aetna Over Fertility Treatment's 'LGBTQ+ Tax'

Same-Sex Couple Sues Aetna Over Fertility Treatment's 'LGBTQ+ Tax'

FAMILY | Sep 17, 2021

Aetna is being sued by a lesbian couple who allege discrimination because the company requires higher out-of-pocket expenditures before covering fertility treatment for non-heterosexuals.

2 Charged with Murder of N Ireland Journalist Lyra McKee

2 Charged with Murder of N Ireland Journalist Lyra McKee

INTERNATIONAL | Sep 17, 2021

Police have charged two men with the murder of Lyra McKee, a Northern Irish journalist shot dead as she covered rioting in Londonderry in 2019.

Florida Surpasses 50K COVID Deaths After Battling Delta Wave

Florida Surpasses 50K COVID Deaths After Battling Delta Wave

LOCAL | By Terry Spencer, Adriana Gomez Licon | Sep 17, 2021

Florida surpassed 50,000 coronavirus deaths since the pandemic began, health officials reported Thursday, with more than one fourth of those succumbing this summer as the state battled a fierce surge in infections fueled by the delta variant.

Justice Department Reviewing Policies on Transgender Inmates

Justice Department Reviewing Policies on Transgender Inmates

NATIONAL | By Michael Balsamo and Mohamed Ibrahim | Sep 17, 2021

The Justice Department is reviewing its policies on housing transgender inmates in the federal prison system after protections for transgender prisoners were rolled back in the Trump administration, The Associated Press has learned.

Jane Powell, Hollywood Golden-Age Musicals Star, Dies at 92

Jane Powell, Hollywood Golden-Age Musicals Star, Dies at 92

OBITUARIES | Sep 16, 2021

Jane Powell, the bright-eyed, operatic-voiced star of Hollywood's golden age musicals who sang with Howard Keel in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and danced with Fred Astaire in "Royal Wedding," has died. She was 92.

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1994, Pedro Got Real

50 Years in 50 Weeks: 1994, Pedro Got Real

LOCAL | By Jim Provenzano | Sep 16, 2021

1994 was a big year for LGBT arts. But perhaps the brightest — yet sadly briefest — star to shine was Pedro Zamora in Season 3 of MTV's "The Real World," set in San Francisco.

Diner Shot During Robbery at High-End NYC Restaurant

Diner Shot During Robbery at High-End NYC Restaurant

CRIME | Sep 16, 2021

A diner at a high-end Manhattan restaurant was shot in the leg during a stickup in the eatery's outdoor seating area, police said.

Polis, 1st Openly Gay Governor Elected, Marries in Colorado

Polis, 1st Openly Gay Governor Elected, Marries in Colorado

NATIONAL | Sep 16, 2021

Colorado's Jared Polis, who became the first openly gay man in the United States to be elected governor in 2018, has married his longtime partner and first gentleman Marlon Reis, a writer and animal welfare advocate.

Watch: After Losing Calif. Governor Bid, Caitlyn Jenner Says She 'Can't Believe' Results

Watch: After Losing Calif. Governor Bid, Caitlyn Jenner Says She 'Can't Believe' Results

POLITICS | By Emell Adolphus | Sep 16, 2021

Caitlyn Jenner earned just one percent of votes in California's recall election.

Draft of Cuba's New Family Code Opens Door for Gay Marriage

Draft of Cuba's New Family Code Opens Door for Gay Marriage

INTERNATIONAL | Sep 16, 2021

The draft of a new family code for Cuba released Wednesday proposes allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt as well as giving children greater participation in decisions that affect them.

As COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Rise, Religious Exemptions Grow

As COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates Rise, Religious Exemptions Grow

RELIGION | By Colleen Long, Andrew Demillo | Sep 16, 2021

An estimated 2,600 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination. In Washington state, thousands of state workers are seeking similar exemptions.

Thirst-trapping — and Knitting — with Tom Daley

Thirst-trapping — and Knitting — with Tom Daley

SPORTS | Sep 15, 2021

Tom Daley loves to thirst-trap. He also loves to knit and has an IG page dedicated to his work.

Watch: 'Fierce Looks' Earn Australian Fly Species a RuPaul-Derived Name

Watch: 'Fierce Looks' Earn Australian Fly Species a RuPaul-Derived Name

INTERNATIONAL | By Kilian Melloy | Sep 15, 2021

An Australian entomologist has given the name Opaluma rupaul to a newly discovered species of soldier fly, a metallic-looking, rainbow insect he says earned the name for "serving fierce looks."

Sudden Cardiac Death Risk Higher Among People Living with HIV

Sudden Cardiac Death Risk Higher Among People Living with HIV

AIDS | Sep 15, 2021

Sudden cardiac death — which occurs minutes after the heart suddenly stops beating — is far more likely to strike people living with HIV, according to a national study of U.S. veterans.

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