Friday, September 30, 2016

Major reports: HIV, CA anti-discrimination order, UNHRC appointment

There is a new report, with videos, called “HIV: The Long View” discussing barriers to long term care for people with HIV, link here.
I may be getting an article written by the group, in New York City and Red Bank NJ.

One question of concern to me would be how common new HIV infection is occurring today specifically among gay men.  Among younger men in a campus setting, could it interact with other specific health threats like Meningitis (especially type B)?

In another matter, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed an executive order to protect LGBTQ students from discrimination at private universities, Equality California link here.

The United Nations Human Rights Council has posted a Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expert, Vintit Muntarbhorn from Thailand. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Center Global reception in October; Adoption Information Forum at DC Center in November

Center Global, of the DC Center, will hold its 4th Annual Reception on Thursday Oct. 6, 2016 in Washington DC in the Chastleton Ballroon on 16th St.  The basic ticket is $20 and it appears you must have a Paypal account to reserve it (the account can be linked to a credit card for automatic refreshing).  There are many enhanced sponsorship levels.  On the other hand, some CG events (like monthly dinners) are closed.

There will be an event on Oct. 19 regarded undocumented GLBT, details here.  The story of Washington Post reporter Jose Vargas comes to mind (Movies: May 30, 2014).

The DC Center will also sponsor an Adoption Information Night Nov. 16, details on Facebook here.  The event would seem to be of interest mostly to same-sex couples, but there is increasing, if guarded acceptance (and maybe even need) for singles to adopt.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Debate Party at Number 9 in Washington DC

Last night I attended a “debate party” at Number 9 in Washington DC, near Logan Circle.

Both levels were packed by the time the debate started.  It became impossible to even get to the top of the stairs.

The crowd acted as if Hillary Clinton won the debate with a blowout (see the TV blog).

AGLA was there, but it was impossible to find anyone by the time the debate started. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Trip to New York: connections to a gay short film in a bar

I did indeed visit the Big Apple this weekend to see the play "Lured" (about the way the Russian 2013 anti-gay propaganda law goads anti-gay violence) and to be interviewed by someone with a connection to the Paul Rosenfels Community and the former Ninth Street Center.

I did visit the Therapy on the upper West Side in the Theater District, still no cover and still a lively dance bar.  That was Saturday night, and everyone knew what had happened in Chelsea.

Sunday night I visited the Toolbox, on the Upper East Side, site of the short film "Seeking Jack Tripper" which had played in DC Shorts.

Yes, I was near the site of the Chelsea blast Saturday night, and made video, which I have posted on Wordpress blogs so far.  There will be more to say later.  Call it being in the wrong place at the right time. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Big picture on LGBTQ asylum seekers continues to get more nuanced

I’ve come across some more important stories on LTGTQ asylum seekers.

One was a story by John Riley from the Metro Weekly in May, 2016.  A number of people have come here with partners or on work or student visas and gotten “stuck” when visas expired, and have sought asylum.  You can’t work for the first six months after seeking it.  In a number of cases, people have been housed by private resources with little public attention, but there has been more attention to this since the summer of this year than before.

There is an organization which focuses on LGBTQ in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA). Called Spectra, link here.
Today, on “Who wants to be a millionaire?” there was a question about which group was barred from immigration before 1990, and the correct answer was gays (not unwed mothers).  The change in immigration law in 1990 is documented here, and the change with regard to HIV occurred in 2010 (CDC).

There is an increase in stories about abusive landlords and Central American asylum seekers,  in general, like in Washington’s City Paper.

Monday, September 12, 2016

I missed the Gays Against Guns DC demo Sept. 6, Facebook instructions confusing; Blade has details

Chris Johnson in the Washington Blade reports the development of a video about gun safety, by a survivor of the Pulse massacre, Chris Hayden, with video link here.

And Michel Laver report on a die-in outside the Rayburn building on Sept. 6, by the DC Chapter of Gays Against Guns, Code PINK, and WERK for Peace, link here.  The Group’s Facebook page is here  but doesn’t always have clear directions.

I attempted to find it around 1 PM Sept. 6 and did not find it.  Instead I checked Capitol Street South (as directed), and looked around the Supreme Court but did not think of walking a little further down Independence to find the Rayburn Building.

The Blade also has a front page story by Lou Chibarro, Jr. about the FBI arrest of a man in Florida for explicitly threatening a repeat of the Pulse attack at other locations in Florida, using Nazi-like ideology. The FBI moved in after the man was caught in a routine traffic violation by local police.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Trump seems vague on LGBT, even undocumented, in the military; the first lesbian Miss America contest

Two big stories this morning, and given time constraints (on me) I’ll let the original reporters speak for themselves.

A lesbian activist asked Donald Trump (at the NBC national security debate with Hillary Clinton, hosted by a permissive Marr Lauer) how he would handle LGBT, especially trans now (integration just starting) and also undocumented people in the military (which I was surprised could happen), Christ Johnson story here. Trump was non-committal but not necessarily hostile.  He seems to be aware that he LGBTQ vote can matter.

And Monica Hesse has a story in the Washington Post about lesbian Miss America candidate Erin O’Flaherty.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

A new LGBT history museum on the Mall in Washington? Now, the plans move to New York

I somehow missed a story on Slate (by Hugh Ryan) in October 2013, but better late than never.  There has been talk of building an LGBT History Museum as part of the Smithsonian, perhaps toward the eastern (Capitol) end of the Mall in Washington.  Slate also suggests what a lot of the content would he.

There are numerous museums or gay history collections around the nation, with the largest now being in Washington, New York, Ft. Lauderdale, and San Francisco.  I will be contacting them soon with information about my books and will have more details soon on one of my Wordpress blogs.

Update: September 10, 2016

Slate has suddenly deleted its story (it gets a 404 even when searched within its own site).  It seems that interest in a museum on the DC Mall has waned and the new idea is to build one in New York City. Washington Business has a story by Rebecca Cooper (paywall) here.  It seems like the New York Mets won this one, metaphorically ("Washington at New York" in MLB parlance).  Stay tuned on this one;  more could change. 

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

CNN publishes guide for HIV care and Obamacare

There is a very helpful post on CNN about health insurance, Obamacare, and long-term HIV treatment, mostly with protease inhibitors.

Some people stop the medication because of financial concerns, or sometimes side effects, although these have become much less troublesome than they once were.

In one case, a man who had Kaposi’s Sarcoma in 1992 and cured it with protease inhibitors and got his HIV load to almost zero, stopped medication and around 2012 or so found the lesions coming back, and they again disappeared with treatment.

KS is known to be associated with a specific herpes virus.  Like some lymphomas, leukemias, and uterine tumors and brain tumors, it is one of the relatively few cancers for which specific causative viruses are known or strongly suspected. .

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Is refusing to date someone of another race itself racist now?

Christine Emba has a stinging column in the Washington Post, Why not being ‘racist’ is not enough, Sept. 2.

She implores people to reach out socially to people of different races.  Underneath the essay is the question, if someone says they will not date someone of an opposite race, is that now racist?

When watching people on a dance floor, I am often approached by people, usually not of my ethnicity or race, and often female, to dance with them.  Spectator sports have themselves started to be perceived as racist.

Update: Sept. 8

The Post has a LTE, "Watch your thoughts" -- to actions, to habits, to character -- seems relevant. What about "watch your fantasies"?  Or "be careful what you wish for."

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Huffington Post explains LGBT asylum seekers and refugees

The Huffington Post has an important story Sunday by Becki Young and Ruth Young, “Welcoming the Most Vulnerable: LGBTI Refugees”, link here.
The article does explain that asylum seekers usually are not refugees and don’t have the formal social services that refugees receive.  It also explains that some LGBT refugees are settled in rural areas where they do have social services but little practical social support.  There are some detailed case studies in the article. 

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Transgender activist in DC area held on murder charges; she says she was defending herself

There is a controversial and troubling case of transgender activist Gigi Thomas, facing murder charges for an incident that happened in her own Temple Hills, MD (near Washington DC) apartment. She claims self-defense.  DC Center has a story.   The Washington Blade ran a story on Oct. 21 2015 here.

Another transgender activist named Gigi (white) was denied entrance to Dubai UAE for being transgender. 

Friday, September 02, 2016

Some gays want to kick out the "T"; is gender a social construct, or is that just radical feminism?

Zac Alston has an article in Mercato and Intellectual Takeout, “Why some gays are trying to drop transgenders from LGB”, link.  (What about the "Q", which trips up Donald Trump?)

I wasn’t aware of the idea that the history of Stonewall was hijacked, as claimed here.

I get that gender is a social construct, and that one can desire to be a gender different from biological sex.  Sometimes that desire does not persist.  I don’t necessarily agree that marginalization of trans youth justifies simply allowing anything, without adult supervision (and maybe expecting birth certificate changes to be made).  I don’t like seeing this go down into identity politics.

There is also the Rosenfels idea of “polarity”, which seems in practice to be separate from both biological sex and gender.  I go into that in detail in my books, especially Chapter 3 of the first one.

Ashley Wylde above explains gender as a social construct, but then explains that it is not a social construct (second video  ).