News Brief: President Trump Fires the Entire Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

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News Brief President Trump Fires Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

News Brief President Trump Fires Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

News Brief:  President Trump Fires the Entire Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

President Trump has dismissed the entire Presidential advisory council on HIV/AIDS.

The Republican leader has been harshly criticized over his handling of HIV/AIDS issues, with activists warning that his proposed cuts to healthcare, HIV prevention, and international aid threaten to spark a new epidemic.  But the politician has decided to dismiss the entirety of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS this past week.  The move comes after the quiet closure of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, which was shuttered as part of the Presidential transition and never re-opened as Trump failed to appoint a new director.

According to Newsweek, all members of the council were informed of their dismissal by a letter sent via courier.

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News Brief: Bermuda Posed to Repeal Marriage Equality

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News Brief Bermuda Posed to Repeal Marriage Equality

News Brief Bermuda Posed to Repeal Marriage Equality

News Brief:  Bermuda Posed to Repeal Marriage Equality

Bermuda, a British overseas territory in the Atlantic Ocean, is making moves to repeal its recent marriage equality law and replace it with domestic partnerships. 

Eight out of 11 senators voted to repeal marriage, according to Human Rights Watch.  The lower congressional body of the self-governing British territory has already approved the repeal.  All that is required for the legislation to pass is a yea or nay from Bermuda's governor, John Rankin.

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News Brief: Indonesian Supreme Court Blocks Appeal to Ban Gay Sex

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News Brief Indonesian Supreme Court Blocks Appeal to Ban Gay Sex

News Brief: Indonesian Supreme Court Blocks Appeal to Ban Gay Sex

The Indonesian Supreme Court has blocked a measure to ban gay sex in the country.  The Family Love Alliance, which launched a petition in Jakarta to ban extra-marital and gay sex last year has been left stumped after judges rejected its appeal to the Supreme Court.

The group wanted to expand the definition of adultery by appealing to change the morality articles within the country’s criminal code.  The expanded definition would include men who have sex with men and women who have sex with women, which would make the act of gay sex illegal.  The panel of nine lawmakers, however, narrowly voted to rebuff the petition five to four.

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News Brief: India’s First Gay Prince Set to Open an LGBT Center on Palace Grounds

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News Brief India’s First Gay Prince Set to Open an LGBT Center on Palace Grounds

News Brief India’s First Gay Prince Set to Open an LGBT Center on Palace Grounds

News Brief: India’s First Gay Prince Set to Open an LGBT Center on Palace Grounds

A gay Indian prince is set to open an LGBT center on the grounds of his family palace, despite their disapproval.  The center, which will be named Hanumanteshwar 1927, will be based on the grounds of Prince Manvendra’s palace in the Indian state of Gujarat. 

“It is important for the LGBT community to go to a place where they can experience the freedom to be who they are even if it’s for a moment,” Prince Manvendra told Gay Star News when interviewed about the center.

The center will be run in conjunction with his charity, The Lakshya Trust, which was founded by the Prince prior to his coming out in 2006.  The charity works with gay, bisexual, and transgender people on a wide range of issues, including social acceptance and health.

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News Brief: Anti-LGBT Rebulican Pled Guilty to Child Sex Trafficking

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News Brief Anti-LGBT Rebulican Pled Guilty to Child Sex Trafficking

News Brief:  Anti-LGBT Rebulican Pled Guilty to Child Sex Trafficking

Ralph Shortey, a senior member of Donald Trump’s primary campaign team in Oklahoma, has pled guilty to child sex trafficking.  The Republican recently stepped down as Oklahoma state senator after being found in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy, who Shortey allegedly hired as a prostitute.  In exchange for this plea, federal prosecutors will drop three counts of child pornography against the former politician. 

The two-term state senator, who was elected on a family values platform, consistently voted in favor of bills, which would harm LGBT people, according to AP.  One of which proposed allowing businesses to discriminate against gay people.

Shortey, who pled guilty on November 30, faces a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, but could be handed a life sentence.

His attorney, Ed Blau, said, “Mr. Shortey feels this is a necessary step in putting this painful and humiliating ordeal behind him, for both himself, his family, and for the state of Oklahoma.”

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