Category: National

News from across the country affecting the bear, leather and kink communities.

National standards of care for TGIQ health announced

SEATTLE —RAD Remedy released the groundbreaking National Standards of Care for TGIQ Health at Gender Odyssey Seattle on Friday, Aug. 25. Based on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services CLAS standards (National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care) and adapted for trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer…

It’s official: 45 bans transgender people from military

WASHINGTON — 45 has signed a directive banning transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.

Politico reported that directive gives Defense Secretary Jim Mattis until Feb. 21, 2018, to submit a plan. It also leaves decision of whether to remove current transgender troops to Mattis. The order was sent to the Defense and Homeland Security departments. It does bar the military from recruiting transgender people and bars the military from paying for gender reassignment surgery for servicemembers.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White Friday confirmed in a statement to Politico that the department had received the guidance but provided no further details.

Health insurer reveals HIV status with envelopes

WASHINGTON — Health insurer Aetna may have revealed the HIV status of thousands in a recent mailing to customers, a medical news website reported. From STAT: The letters, which Aetna said were sent to approximately 12,000 people, were meant to relay a change in pharmacy benefits. Text visible through a small window on the envelopes…

World Bear Weekend coming to Lexington in 2018

LEXINGTON — A new bear event, World Bear Weekend, will be coming to Lexington’s Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa in August 2018. “I created this event to blend several communities together into one grand event!” said organizer Adam Rodriguez-Routt. “Bear, Leather, Puppy, Bootblack, Kink… there’s something for everyone.” The event is open to the…

Anti-transgender bill in Texas is officially dead

AUSTIN — A bill that would have restricted bathroom access for transgender people is officially dead. From Reuters: The House wound up its duties without taking action on any of the bills and adjourned “sine die,” a day ahead of the official end of the 30-day special session. House Speaker Joe Straus, a pro-business Republican…

Latinx legislators call for decriminalizing cannabis, LGBTQ rights

BOSTON — For the first time in its history, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) has taken a bold stance on two issues directly related to correcting chronic injustices committed against Latinos and many other Americans. NHCSL today approved two separate resolutions calling for the decriminalization of cannabis at the state and federal…