Zach Wyatt-Gomez is among the rarest of political animals.
He is a former state lawmaker, elected to the Missouri House from a rural district. He is a lifelong Republican.
And he is openly gay.
Report is First of Its Kind, Covers Wide Array of Health Topics
Linn County Board of Supervisors and Board of Health release The Health of Linn County, IA: A County-wide Assessment of Health Status and Health Risks. This comprehensive report is the first of its kind for the county and unique in Iowa. The report’s purpose is to provide an overview of different health conditions and diseases in Linn County. The report also provides comparisons to state and national data. Pramod Dwivedi, Health Director at LCPH, says “This is a profoundly rich document with lots of meaningful information, and I hope the public and other agencies will use the information and data for prioritization, policy making, managing programs, allocating resources, developing budgets, and writing grants.”
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Linn County, followed by heart disease. Compared to Iowa and the United States, many of Linn County’s health outcomes were better, including life expectancy, but the benefits were not shared equally among all Linn County residents. Many different health disparities adversely affect certain groups of residents; these disparities are identified throughout the report. Other major findings for Linn County include:Read More
Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are by Jonathan Wilson
“Pretty clearly, God’s purpose for sex is reproduction.” The words came from my father after I, at age 44, first came out to my parents. Dad was a retired United Methodist minister, so these first words, and the religious reference, were understandable.
“Yes, I’d think that sex just for pleasure is hedonism,” added my mother.
This one-two punch to the gut was how the dialogue began as we shared a cup of coffee while sitting by a crackling fireplace. Clearly I had me work cut out for me.
We had a long family history of openness and civil dialogue on myriad topics. Never, however, had that history been put to such a test. It was like taking oral exams in order to pass the Gay 101 course.Read More
Cosmopolitan magazine is well-known for its sex advice, but until recently its content has focussed almost entirely on heterosexual sex.
Now, in a new coming of age (ignore the pun), Cosmopolitan has expanded to feature more gay and lesbian-friendly content. Hurrah.
Their most recent offering? A fully-illustrated online feature called ’28 Mind-Blowing Lesbian Sex Positions’, including our personal favourites ‘The Laconic Lounger’ and ‘The Rocket’…
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This is unexpected. The Fort Worth Police Department made national news five years ago when they engaged in a Stonewall-style raid on the gay bar The Rainbow Lounge. The Fort Worth PD is now attempting to repair its relationship with the gay community by reaching out with a recruitment video featuring out gay officer Chris Gorrie to display the increased diversity and sensitivity now present in the police department.
While it’s nice that the Ft. Worth PD is trying to improve its image and relations with the public, there’s still some work to be done. Gorrie himself even makes excuses for discrimination in his video with implications that an officer should prove himself before coming out and engages in a little victim-blaming…
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A second state judge in as many weeks struck down Florida’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional in a ruling handed down Friday that only applies to Miami-Dade County.
Circuit Court Judge Sarah Zabel found Florida law prohibiting same-sex marriage violates the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the U.S. Constitution and also offends “basic human dignity.”
“The flood of cases that have come out since Windsor amply demonstrates this truth as not one court has found a same-sex marriage ban to be constitutional,” Zabel wrote...Read More
In a statement to the AP, ExxonMobil spokesman Alan Jeffers said the company will continue to “abide by the law,” adding that it prohibits “discrimination on any basis.” He wouldn’t say if that meant changing the language in the company’s formal equal employment opportunity policy.
For 15 straight years, most recently in May, ExxonMobil shareholders have overwhelmingly voted down proposals to create specific LGBT protections. The proposal this year won 20 percent of voters holding roughly $41.5 billion in Exxon stock. The company claims that it has a “zero-tolerance” policy for discrimination, but the Securities and Exchange Commission has pointed out that this does not offer the same legal force as the regularly-rejected protections would…
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Michigan Democrat Adam Zemke has put a bill before his state’s House of Representative that seeks to ban so-called ‘ex-gay’ or ‘reparative’ therapies on minors that seek to alter a person’s sexuality.
Representative Zemke hopes Michigan can join California and New Jersey in banning attempts to ‘cure’ under-18’s of their sexuality while efforts to do the same in Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York state have been blocked or stalled.Read More
Several Illinois-based advocacy groups joined together today to praise the Illinois Department of Insurance for taking a crucial first step in addressing discrimination against Illinois transgender insurance coverage.
The groups — the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Lambda Legal and the TransLife Center of Chicago House & Social Service Agency — have a long history of working for the rights of LGBT people and people living with HIV.
Lawyers for three same-sex couples say they will ask judges to thrown out North Carolina’s ban on gay marriages.
Monday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in in Richmond ruled that Virginia’s constitutional and statutory provisions barring gay marriage and denying recognition of such unions performed in other states violate the U.S. Constitution.
North Carolina is also in the 4th Circuit, and federal judges in the state have to abide by the higher court ruling when deciding cases…
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