Beyond the Beltway

Beyond the Beltway

Compiled by Jim Becker

Friday, September 15, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-September 15

After wanting to be a girl, boy says it was a mistake

Australia – states that The Independent and Now To Love have reported that twelve year old Australian schoolboy, Patrick Mitchell, believed he would be more comfortable being a girl. The child begged his mother to let him begin taking estrogen hormones after doctors diagnosed him with ‘gender dysphoria’ the condition which leads people to believe they were born as the wrong gender. “You wish you could just change everything about you, you just see any girl and you say I’d kill to be like that,” Mitchell explained on 60 Minutes. “When everyone went to sleep I’d stay up late researching trans people and potential surgeries that I could have to make me look more feminine,” he told Now To Love.

Friday, September 01, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-September 1

Trump moves to implement Trans military ban in 6 months

Washington, DC - The White House issued a two-and-a-half-page memo on August 23, ordering Secretary of Defense James Mattis to enact Donald Trump's policy barring Trans troops within six months. It was the first official action on Transgender military service since Trump's notorious July 26 tweets saying he would ban Trans people from the military. At the time of the tweets, the ACLU and other LGBT rights groups invited Trans service people to call on their legal services, and lawsuits are expected to follow once the Pentagon issues its rules.

Friday, August 18, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-August 18

Trans service members sue Trump over military ban

Washington, D.C. - Five Transgender service members filed suit against Donald Trump and other federal officials on August 9. The five are collectively identified as 'Jane Doe' in the 15-page complaint filed on their behalf by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders). The lawsuit - now known as Doe v. Trump - charges that Trump's tweets barring Trans people from military service “upset the reasonable expectations of plaintiffs and thousands of other transgender service members and the men and women with whom they serve and fight.” This undermining of Trans service members' expectation of continued military service amounts to a violation of the right to equal protection and due process under the Fifth Amendment of the US Constitution, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit seeks a declaration that Trump's proposed ban on Transgender military service is unconstitutional, and asks the court for an injunction stopping it from going into effect.

Friday, August 04, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-August 4

Undetectable HIV+ men did not infect any HIV- partners

Paris, France – As reported in, the world’s largest study on HIV transmission has shown HIV+ men with undetectable viral loads did not transmit HIV to their sexual partners. The results from the Opposites Attract study were presented today at the IAS Conference on HIV Science in Paris. Couples who participated in the study had different HIV statues – one of the men was living with HIV, while the other was HIV negative. The study involved 358 gay couples from Thailand, Brazil and Australia over four years from 2012–2016.

Friday, July 21, 2017

LGBTQ News Compilation-July 21

Report that Chechnya executed 27 including Gay men

Grozny, Chechnya - The Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta has reported that Chechen security forces executed 27 people on the night of January 26. Radio Free Europe (RFE) published an English-language summary of the story on July 9. While RFE did not explicitly identify the executed individuals as Gay, it linked the killings to the ongoing pogrom against Gay men in the Caucasian republic, which is part of the Russian Federation and is ruled by an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian LGBT Network corroborated the reports, noting that some of the names published by Novaya Gazeta were known to be members of the LGBT community.


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