UK opens inquiry into tainted-blood scandal that killed 2400

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LONDON (AP) | A long-awaited inquiry opened April 30 in Britain into how contaminated blood was used to treat thousands of people in the 1970s and ’80s, killing at least 2,400.

Thousands of hospital patients — many of them hemophiliacs — were infected with HIV or Hepatitis C through tainted blood products, largely imported from the United States.

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Philippines arrests US priest accused of abusing altar boys

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) | Philippine immigration authorities say they have arrested an American Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting altar boys in a remote central town in a case one official described as “shocking and appalling.”

Bureau of Immigration spokeswoman Dana Sandoval said Thursday the Rev. Kenneth Bernard Hendricks, who has been indicted in Ohio for alleged illicit sexual conduct in the Philippines, was arrested in a church in Naval town on the island province of Biliran.

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Parenting desires unchanged by HIV status

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LONDON | Approximately 40 percent of HIV-positive adults starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the United States would like to have children in the future, a proportion that remained unchanged after two years of follow-up, investigators report in Open Forum Infectious Diseases. The findings were published in the journal AIDSmap.

There was no significant difference in the proportion of women, men who have sex with women (MSW) and men who have sex with men (MSM) who said they would like to have children. Younger people and black MSM were more likely to want to have children, AIDSmap reports.

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Fit for Print: The warm familiarity of the rainbow flag

By : Steve Blanchard
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Recently, and for the first time in my life, I traveled to another country. My husband and I spent two weeks in Ireland, where we toured historic sites, drank plenty of Guinness and mingled with the locals in several of the country’s beautiful cities and towns. It was truly the trip of a lifetime and one I would do again in a heartbeat.

Ireland is a welcoming country and was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage by a popular vote back in 2015. Knowing that marriage equality was voted into place by the citizens of the country, I knew that we would be welcomed and respected as a couple. In fact, we didn’t see or hear any negativity toward the LGBTQ community during our travels.

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Polis could make history with Colorado gubernatorial bid

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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If Jared Polis wins the race for governor of Colorado, he would become the first openly gay person to win a gubernatorial race in the United States — but breaking through the pink ceiling isn’t a distinction that’s a priority for his campaign.

During an interview with the Washington Blade last week, the five-term member of the U.S. House identified renewable energy and education as marquee issues for his candidacy, downplaying the significance of achieving a potential first.

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Why LGBT issues matter this election year

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This story is part of AP’s “Why It Matters” series, which will examine three dozen issues at stake in the presidential election between now and Election Day. You can find the rest of them here.

NEW YORK (AP) — THE ISSUE: Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, but there are other battlegrounds related to civil rights and nondiscrimination protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. Two polarizing questions: What sort of access should transgender people have to public bathrooms? And are the advances for LGBT rights infringing on the religious freedom of some Americans?

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Orlando Fringe 2016 breaks all the right records!

By : Billy Manes
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As we gear up for our BIG GAY WEEKEND, it’s worth noting that our other BIG GAY WEEKEND – well, not necessarily “gay” – Orlando Fringe busted its girdle with another great showing. We reviewed so many shows that our collective aesthete’s heart hurts, but credit is given where credit is due, and doo doo doo doo doo doo. Congratulations to everyone who makes this such a fantastic bout with histrionics annually. We couldn’t live without the weird, and we’d never let it go, even if it tried to run away, dress like a lion, throw its legs in the air, pick its wig.

We live for Fringe love. Here are the results of this year’s roundabout. See you next year!

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President Obama’s Pride Month Proclamation is beautiful, of course

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Yesterday, President Barack Obama issued his annual Pride Proclamation via the White House in honor of June being Pride month. We won’t bore you with our swooning, so here’s the proclamation in full.

Look how far we’ve come, people. Thanks, Obama!

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Tampa and St. Pete mayors want North Carolina businesses to bring jobs here

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With businesses pulling out left and right in North Carolina due to the state’s governor signing a bill that prohibits municipalities from protecting their LGBT citizens, a plethora of companies will now be wandering the deserts looking for a new tolerant town to call home.

Enter the mayors of St. Petersburg and Tampa.

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Anti-gay preacher set to speak in Orlando

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Orlando – Dr. Farrokh Sekaleshfar, who preaches that gay people should die, will appear at the Husseini Islamic Center for two speaking engagements March 28 and 29.

Monday’s talk is titled “Gender Roles in the Spiritual Development of the Community.” Tuesday’s talk will center on “How to deal with the phenomenon of homosexuality.”

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UN ambassador takes co-workers to Broadway for a lesson in tolerance

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NEW YORK (AP) – Over 70 countries have anti-gay laws which is one reason why Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, decided to take 17 U.N. ambassadors to the theater Tuesday night to see the Tony Award-winning play “Fun Home” whose main character is a lesbian with a closeted gay dad.

Power, a strong advocate for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals, got a standing ovation at the end of the play, led by Tony nominee Beth Malone who thanked her and President Barack Obama for doing “so much for LGBT rights.”

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Oscar speeches look more like presidential debate at 88th Academy Awards

By : Jeremy Williams
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Oscar night is often filled with award shocks and surprises and the 88th Academy Awards did not disappoint as Sam Smith becomes the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. Well, okay so he wasn’t, but he wasn’t sure about it so he said it anyways.

Sam Smith was among the winners considered an upset by Oscar experts. The winner of the Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film Spectre was as shocked as the rest of the viewing world when his name was called instead of Lady Gaga and Diane Warren for the emotional song “Til It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground, a documentary about campus rape in the United States.

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