News Brief: More LGBT Killed in 2017 than in 2016 Thus Far

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News Brief More LGBT Killed in 2017 than in 2016 Thus Far

News Brief More LGBT Killed in 2017 than in 2016 Thus Far

News Brief:  More LGBT Killed in 2017 than in 2016 Thus Far

A report carried out by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has found that more LGBT+ people have been killed so far this year in the US than in 2016.  The report, which did not account for the Pulse massacre, which took the lives of 49 people, recorded 33 hate-violence-related murders as of August 2017.  This is compared to 28 homicides of LGBT people – excluding Pulse victims – for the entirety of 2016.

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News Brief: Trump’s Approval Rating at an All-Time Low

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News Brief Trump’s Approval Rating All-Time Low

News Brief Trump’s Approval Rating All-Time Low

News Brief:  Trump’s Approval Rating at an All-Time Low

Just weeks after announcing a ban on transgender troops in the US Military and days after white supremacists took to the streets in Charlottesville, Virginia, President Trump’s approval rating has hit an all-time low.  According to Gallup, just 34 percent of Americans said they approved of Trump’s actions as President. 

It is the lowest rating Gallup has recorded since his inauguration in January.  Conversely, disapproval for the President has hit an all-time high, at 61 percent of Americans saying they disapprove of his actions. 

Previous polls from other organizations have found Trump’s approval rating even lower. 

 Quinnipiac earlier in August found just a 33 percent approval rating, and 54 percent said they were “embarrassed” that Trump is US President.

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News Brief: South African Child “Virtually” Cured of HIV

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News Brief South African Child “Virtually” Cured of HIV

News Brief:  South African Child “Virtually” Cured of HIV

A nine-year-old child living in South Africa has been “virtually cured” of HIV, becoming the third child in the world to officially be in remission.  The child, who has not yet been identified, was given treatment as soon as he/she was born as he/she was infected with the virus at birth.  Doctors in the country have said that since that initial treatment the child has not needed any other medical attention for the virus in the past eight and a half years.

Although HIV cannot be detected in the child’s body, it has been detected in their immune cells.  This means that HIV is lying dormant and while they do not need treatment now it may be required in the future. 

The child may provide vital information for a breakthrough on learning how HIV can be cured.

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News Brief: President Trump’s Transgender Ban Denounced by Top U.S. Military Officers

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News Brief Transgender Ban Denounced by Top U.S. Military Officers

News Brief:  President Trump’s Transgender Ban Denounced by Top U.S. Military Officers

The highest-ranking officer in the US military has rushed to play down Donald Trump’s announcement of a transgender ban, saying there will be no action taken for now.  General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrote to military leaders to assure them that nothing has yet changed in the military’s inclusion of trans people.

In the message, seen by Reuters, General Dunford said there would be “no modifications to the current policy until the President’s direction has been received by the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary has issued implementation guidance.”

The letter emphasizes the shock at Trump’s announcement, even from figures in the highest levels of the US government, who seem to have been unaware of the President’s intentions.

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News Brief: Malta Passes Equal Marriage!

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News Brief Malta Passes Equal Marriage

News Brief Malta Passes Equal Marriage

News Brief:  Malta Passes Equal Marriage!

Malta’s Parliament has overwhelmingly passed marriage equality.

Earlier this year, the country’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, a strong supporter of LGBT equality, brought forward proposals to introduce equal marriage.  On July 12th, those proposals were given final approval by the country’s Parliament, thus paving the way for gay couples to start marrying.

The law furthers reforms first made in 2014, when civil unions were opened up to same-sex couples. 

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