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International Mr. Leather announces 2018 judges

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WASHINGTON — The Renslow Charitable Foundation and International Mr. Leather have announced the judges for the 2018 contest at Mid Atlantic Leather Weekend. The judges for IML 2018 are: Ralph Bruneau, Los Angeles, Calif. – International Mr. Leather 2017 Q Darkqwolf, New York, N.Y. – Community Fundraiser/Activist, Mr. Eagle NYC 2016 Werner Hall, Munich, Bavaria, Germany…

Trump fires HIV/AIDS council by FedEx

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has fired the entire Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) – via a letter sent through FedEx. The Washington Blade reported Friday that the remaining 16 members of the council were fired on Wednesday. Six had left the council in June. Chicago-based advocate and Lambda Legal lawyer Scott Schoettes told…

Lambda Legal releases analysis on judicial LGBTQ issues

CHICAGO — Lambda Legal, a national legal advocacy organization for the LGBTQ community, published an analysis on judicial threats against the community from the Trump administration. Lambda Legal said in a blog post that the record speed with which President Trump is reshaping the courts, along with the number of judges with anti-LGBT records whom he…

Court tells Kink.com to defend self against HIV claims

SAN FRANCISCO — Porn producer Kink.com has been told that it has to defend itself against lawsuits from actors who say they contracted HIV on set. Courthouse News reported that Atain Specialty Insurance Company sued Peter Acworth, CEO Kink.com, and his companies in November 2015. Atain claimed has no duty to cover litigation costs related to a rash…

CDC says that particular words aren’t banned

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that seven words weren’t actually banned at the agency. On Friday evening, the Washington Post reported that the words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based” could no longer be used on official documents for the 2018 budget. CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said…