Partners in prevention: HIV prevention drugs available in more Central Florida locations

By : Jamie Hyman
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Central Floridians interested in HIV prevention medications now have several options.

Planned Parenthood announced at the end of 2015 that they offer both PrEP and PEP (pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis) at local clinics.

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Malawi halts gay arrests and prosecution until anti-gay laws reviewed

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Johannesburg (AP) – The Malawi government has reaffirmed its decision to halt the arrest and prosecution of gay citizens while lawmakers review existing anti-gay laws.

Rights groups Human Rights Watch and the Centre for the Development of the People praised the Malawian government for upholding its 2012 commitment, after prosecutors dropped charges against a same-sex couple.

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Kansas panel considers whether same-sex couples should be foster parents

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislative committee’s chairman raised questions Nov. 17 about whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to serve as foster parents for abused and neglected children.

Testimony in front of the joint Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy touched on “family structure considerations” in placing children in foster care. It came from several sources – a sociology professor and Roman Catholic priest who published a recent study suggesting that children with same-sex parents fare worse than children in traditional, two-parent families, as well as an official of the American Psychological Association who said there’s no valid reason to discriminate against gays and lesbians in making foster care placements.

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Looking back on moving forward: New children’s book focuses on LGBT history

By : Ciara Varone
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Alexander the Great, Leonardo da Vinci and Walt Whitman are historical figures whose accomplishments have long secured their places in classroom curricula. They were all also either openly or likely gay or bisexual – but those details often get left out of history books. Author Jerome Pohlen is working to change this with his newest book, released in October, Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights.

Pohlen says he was inspired to write the book after noticing the lack of LGBT representation in children’s nonfiction.

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Feds take down Rentboy.com

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The chief executive of a Manhattan-based online male escort service and six of his employees at Rentboy.com are under arrest on charges of promoting prostitution.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn accused Jeffrey Hurant of selling advertisements to high-priced male prostitutes for several hundred dollars, then charging Rentboy.com customers up to $299 a month to access the ads. The operation took in more than $10 million since 2010, prosecutors said.

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“Hedwig” closing on Broadway

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After more than 500 performances, the Broadway revival of Hedwig and the Angry Inch is ending its run, reports The New York Times.

The musical about an East German singer who has a botched sex-change surgery won four Tonys last year, including Best Revival and Best Actor for its star, Neil Patrick Harris. Harris gained rave reviews and performed to sold-out crowds. The show reportedly recouped its budget within 15 weeks.

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Drummer Jon Moss on the return of Culture Club and the underestimation of Boy George … by himself

By : Billy Manes
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“Just to reiterate, you’ll be speaking with the band,” a publicist tries to coyly clarify before a scheduled telephone interview with a member (or several members) of classic ‘80s swaying drama phenomenon Culture Club. Boy George, the veritable foghorn of Culture Club’s legendary pop-cultural reign, is not doing publicity today, nor was he the previous week when we were first attempting to connect. Presumably he’s saving his voice – his vocal troubles nixed the band’s big British Christmas comeback tour and album launch late last year – or, more than likely, he’s still not comfortable sharing a soapbox with his reunited bandmates after years of acrimony and stop-and-start reunion volleys. Least of whom among the instrument-wielding contenders, we can only assume, is the man who inspired lovelorn hits like “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me,” “Karma Chameleon” and “Victims,” drummer (and former lover) Jon Moss.

“Roy Hay [the band’s guitarist] is sitting next to me eating his eggs if you want me to pass the phone over,” Moss jokes. No, you’ll do just fine.

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American Samoa questions gay marriage validity in territory

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AGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — American Samoa is the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.

As the Pacific island’s attorney general reviews the decision, legal observers and gay rights advocates are saying it should go into effect immediately. 

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Pentagon to lift military transgender ban

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

An announcement is expected this week, and the services would have six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details, the officials said Monday. Military chiefs wanted time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would be sufficient.

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Former police chief says firing was over sexual orientation

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A former police chief in southern New Mexico is saying she was fired over her sexual orientation.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Diana Mejia had been leading the Anthony police force for 18 months when she was fired following a closed-door meeting of four elected officials.

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Watermark’s 2015 Orlando Fringe Reviews: Sissy

By : Jeremy Williams
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Every year there is a show at Fringe that makes you talk. It isn’t necessarily the best or worse the festival has to offer, but it is usually the boldest. That show this year is “Sissy.”

“Sissy” is performed by a group called Kitty Puncher and takes place inside the men’s room on the lower level of the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, yes the actual bathroom.

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