THIS FLORIDA CITY IS NOW ENTIRELY RUN BY LGBTI PEOPLE

A Florida city is now entirely run by LGBTI people. Wilton Manors, near Fort Lauderdale, has a local government made entirely out of gay, bi and trans people. Scott Newton, the last straight commissioner, lost his re-election bid in the US midterm elections. There were two spots available for commissioner, and Newton lost both seats….

MALCOLM KENYATTA MAKES HISTORY AS BLACK GAY POLITICIAN IN PENNSYLVANIA

Malcolm Kenyatta was among the many LGBTI candidates celebrating success in the US midterm elections yesterday. Kenyatta, 27, won the 181st District of Pennsylvania in the states house. He is the second openly gay Representative, joining fellow Democrat Brian Sims. Sims has been in office since 2012 and yesterday enjoyed re-election. Kenyatta, of North Philadelphia, is also the…

LATRICE ROYALE URGES FLORIDA RESIDENTS TO VOTE BECAUSE SHE CAN’T

RuPaul’s Drag Race star Latrice Royale took to Instagram Saturday, 3 November to urge her followers to vote on 6 November. What happened? Royale, whose real name is Timothy Wilcox, is a Florida resident who lost voting rights following a stint in prison. ‘I made a mistake, I paid for my crime, I pay my…

GAY MAN DIES AFTER INJECTING SILICONE INTO HIS GENITALS

A gay man has died after injecting silicone into his genitals. 28-year-old Jack Chapman (also known as Tank Heathcliff Hafertepen) died on the morning of 15 October at the Swedish Medical Center hospital in Seattle, Washington. ‘Silicon Injection Syndrome’ was listed as one of four causes of death, according to the death certificate. The other…

PrEP CREDITED FOR LOWEST HIV RATES IN 33 YEARS IN AUSTRALIAN STATE

HIV rates have dropped by about one third among men who have sex with men (MSM) and PrEP has a lot to do with that. The latest HIV figures revealed the lowest number of transmissions since 1985 in Australia’s biggest state, New South Wales (NSW). Researchers described them as ‘globally unprecedented reductions’. NSW was the first state to…

JAMAICA’S ANTI-BUGGERY LAWS MAY BE FACING THEIR BIGGEST LEGAL CHALLENGE YET

Jamaica’s anti-buggery laws might be about to face their biggest legal challenge yet. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights announced it would review whether it could make a case to challenge Jamaica’s anti-buggery laws. The IACHR is a principal and autonomous organ of the Organization of American States. It’s mission is to promote and protect human…

TRANSGENDER PEOPLE SUING KANSAS OVER DISCRIMINATORY BIRTH CERTIFICATE POLICY

Four transgender plaintiffs in Kansas — two men and two women — are suing the state, saying the state’s policy on birth certificates violates their rights. While the state allows changes to driver’s licenses and state ID cards, they refused to change the sex on four people’s birth certificates. Lambda Legal filed the lawsuit, Foster v….

GAY MAN ABUSES LYFT DRIVER

A Lyft driver has recorded the tirade of racist abuse he received from one of his passengers who also happens to be gay. Shawn Pepas Lettman from Brooklyn was working on the weekend when he picked up three men. One of the men, Robert Ortiz, started to hurl abuse at the Lettman after he refused…