North Carolina passes vicious anti-LGBT law
North Carolina state Republicans have overruled their own state’s local governments, barring municipalities from protecting gay rights or allowing trans people to use bathrooms of their choice. Last month, the state’s largest city, Charlotte, passed an ordinance that would have protected gay and trans rights.
UK health service won’t cover PrEP
In an unexpected reversal, NHS England, the body responsible for health coverage in the country, has decided not to cover PrEP drug Truvada. The NHS conducted a study that found PrEP overwhelmingly successful, but now says it is “not responsible for comissioning HIV prevention services.”
Mexican film attacks gay adoption
In the face of growing popular and legal support for same-sex marriage and adoption in Mexico, a new Mexican film attacks gay adoption while trading in the worst gay stereotypes. Pink, by filmmaker Francisco del Toro, tells the story of a boy who is corrupted by his gay fathers’ homosexuality, until one of them reads the bible and “repents.”
World’s largest psychiatric association condemns conversion therapy
The Word Psychiatric Association, which represents over 200,000 practitioners across the world, has condemned conversion therapy as unscientific and harmful. The organization has issued a statement saying that “the provision of any intervention purporting to ‘treat’ something that is not a disorder is wholly unethical.”
Austrian marriage advocates make “legitimacy” argument
Austria is the one country in the world where gay parents can adopt each other’s biological children, but cannot get married. Austrian gay rights organizations are now arguing in court that this violates children’s rights to grow up with legitimate married parents.