Autopsy: Honduran transgender woman died from AIDS complications

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ABOVE: Roxsana Hernandez (Photo from TransgenderLawCenter.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) | A Honduran transgender migrant, whose 2018 death while in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sparked protests and calls for an investigation, died of a rare disorder that developed quickly due to AIDS, according to an autopsy released April 9.

The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator released its findings on the death of 33-year-old Roxsana Hernandez saying the disorder, known as multicentric Castleman disease, can progress rapidly in people with weakened immune systems and lead to death within weeks.

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Oklahoma City’s first openly gay councilman takes office

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ABOVE: James Cooper with the Teachers’ Walkout at the Oklahoma State Capitol in April 2018. (Photo from JamesForOkC.com)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) | Oklahoma City’s first openly gay councilman has taken the oath of office.

James Cooper was sworn in April 9 along with other council members elected in February.

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Para lograr la igualdad LGBTQ, primero debemos abordar la discriminación dentro de nuestra propia comunidad

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Hacer compras en el supermercado es una tarea normal para la mayoría, lo que identificar los productos que desea comprar rápidamente mientras camina por el pasillo del supermercado resulta crucial. Por esto, mantener la consistencia de las formas, colores, tamaños y texturas de los productos hará su vida más fácil. Pregúntele a cualquier aficionado del mercadeo qué tan exitosa es esa botella específica de jarabe de maple con forma femenina, y qué dulce hace sus panqueques en la mañana.

Las etiquetas han visto beneficios a lo largo de nuestra historia, desde la definición de los movimientos artísticos a lo largo de los siglos como el Renacimiento, el período barroco o el arte pop hasta comprender la diferencia entre una rosa y un tulipán. Esta diferenciación puede ser una situación de vida o muerte al diagnosticar una enfermedad que requiere tratamiento y atención específicos. Las etiquetas son útiles, porque cuando hablamos de objetos, es clave discernir entre lo que te atrae y lo que no. La naturaleza discriminatoria de nuestro cerebro nos permite dar sentido al mundo físico, y en ese contexto, decidir cuándo dejar de buscar información adicional y comprometernos con una elección se convierte en una tarea orgánica.

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LGBTQ donors helping Pete Buttigieg defy 2020 expectations

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GREENVILLE, South Carolina (AP) | Jonah Burrell first contributed to Pete Buttigieg’s campaign after watching the first prominent openly gay presidential candidate on television. When Burrell later saw him in person in a cramped upstate South Carolina auditorium, he knew he had to do it again.

“I felt compelled to help,” Burrell, a nursing student who is gay, said after the event. “It makes me proud he’s a gay man.”

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Fans of ‘Queer Eye’ show raise nearly $100K for Kansas woman

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ABOVE: Bobby Berk hugs Jess Guilbeaux on her “Queer Eye” episode. (Screenshot via Netflix)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) | A woman whose experience of being kicked out of her home as a 16-year-old because she’s a lesbian was highlighted on the Netflix show “Queer Eye” has a fresh shot at college after fans raised enough to pay off her student loans.

The show tells the story of 23-year-old Jess Guilbeaux attempting to put herself through college at the University of Kansas before dropping out due to debt. It led a supporter to set up a GoFundMe last month, with a goal of raising $100,000 to “Send Jess Back to College!” A total of $97,282 has been raised so far.

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Sen. Kaine introduces bill to protect LGBTQ kids from child abuse

By : Chris Johnson Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) introduced legislation on April 9 for the first time ever that seeks to protect LGBTQ kids from child abuse.

The Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act seeks to prevent the mistreatment of LGBTQ youth. According to a 2011 analysis from the National Institutes for Health, LGBTQ youth are 3.8 times to face sexual abuse and 1.2 times more likely to face parental physical abuse.

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LGBTQ people urged to be counted in 2020 US Census

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The D.C.-based National LGBTQ Task Force was part of a coalition of more than 15 national civil rights and progressive advocacy groups that launched a campaign last week to encourage members of marginalized communities to make sure they are counted in the 2020 U.S. Census.

In a development that LGBTQ activists view as a positive change, the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire will explicitly ask couples living together to define their relationship to their partners in a new way – as “same-sex” or “opposite-sex” partners.

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Massachusetts becomes 16th state to ban ‘ex-gay’ therapy for youth

By : Chris Johnson of The Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: Gov. Charlie Baker (R-Mass.) has signed into law banning conversion therapy. (Photo by the Rappaport Center; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Massachusetts became the 16th state in the nation to ban “ex-gay” conversation therapy on April 8 after Gov. Charlie Baker signed a measure into law prohibiting the widely discredited practice for youth.

Brendan Moss, a Baker spokesperson, confirmed via an email to the Washington Blade his boss signed the legislation against conversion therapy.

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Mormon president surprises with transformative first year

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | At 94, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has proved a far more vigorous and transformative figure than scholars expected when he took office a year ago, pushing through a flurry of surprising changes on such matters as LGBTQ members and the name of the faith.

Russell M. Nelson made his biggest move yet on April 4 when he rescinded rules banning baptisms for children of gay parents and branding same-sex couples apostates subject to excommunication. Those 2015 policies had generated widespread backlash.

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Va. health officials take steps to ban conversion therapy

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) | The Virginia Board of Psychology has issued a letter of guidance stating that conversion therapy should be considered a violation of standard practices, which LGBTQ advocates hope is a major step toward halting the practice.

Conversion therapy, which aims to change the sexual orientation, gender expression or identity of LGBTQ individuals, has been banned in several states across the U.S. but is still legal in Virginia.

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FBI, Bureau of Prisons ordered to probe LGBTQ discrimination

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NEW YORK (AP) | Attorney General William Barr has ordered the FBI and the Bureau of Prisons to investigate allegations of discrimination against LGBTQ employees, he said in a letter released April 5.

The announcement came in response to concerns from DOJ Pride, a group that represents thousands of LGBTQ employees at the Justice Department and its component agencies.

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Buttigieg engages LGBT crowd by sharing personal struggle of being gay

By : Chris Johnson Of The Washington Blade, Courtesy Of The National LGBT Media Association
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The excitement within in the LGBT community over having a serious openly gay presidential contender was apparent April 8 as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg enticed an LGBT audience with his personal story of accepting his sexual orientation.

Buttigieg, a previously unknown candidate who’s rising in popularity as he pursues the 2020 Democratic nomination, made the remarks during the annual brunch for the LGBTQ Victory Fund in D.C.

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