News Brief: Landmark HIV Vaccine Clinical Trials Take Center Stage at World’s Largest Health Conference

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News Brief HIV Vaccine Clinical Trials AIDS 2016

News Brief:  Landmark HIV Vaccine Clinical Trials Take Center Stage at World’s Largest Health Conference

Hopes for a truly effective HIV vaccine were mostly the stuff of dreams in 2000, the last time Durban, South Africa hosted the biennial meeting of the International AIDS Society.  The global HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN), based at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and led by virologist and former Fred Hutch President and Director Dr. Larry Corey, was just being organized.  No vaccine clinical trials were underway in South Africa, whose president at the time denied that HIV even caused AIDS.

Sixteen years later, things have certainly changed.

When Corey took the stage last week before fellow scientists, advocates, policymakers, and people living with HIV attending AIDS 2016, the world’s largest global health conference, his message was upbeat.

“The HIV vaccine field,” he said, “is open for business.”

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News Brief: Cleveland Pride Cancelled Due to “Changing Social Climate”

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News Brief Cleveland Pride Cancelled

News Brief:  Cleveland Pride Cancelled Due to “Changing Social Climate”

Cleveland Pride has been cancelled just weeks before it was set to take place, after “security” concerns.  The 28th annual Pride event had been set to take place in Cleveland, Ohio on August 13, 2016.  However, the event issued a release in late July confirming it had been cancelled.

Cleveland Pride CEO Todd J. Saporito said, “We have been entrusted by our community to create a secure parade and festival environment for our LGBTQ brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, friends, and allies.  Because of the changing social climate, Cleveland Pride did not have enough time to engage in the development of awareness programs and training that we believe is critical in today’s environment.  Therefore, we regretfully cancelled our 28th annual parade, rally, and festival this year.”

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News Brief: Canadian Church Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages... The Second Time Around

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News Brief Anglican Church of Canada Same-Sex Marriages

News Brief:  Canadian Church Recognizes Same-Sex Marriages... The Second Time Around

After an embarrassing miscount, it seems the Anglican Church of Canada will be recognizing same-sex marriage after all.

On July 12, 2016, the Anglican Church of Canada reported that same-sex marriage failed to pass by just one vote, but a day later revealed that the votes had been miscounted.

Delegates raised concerns after the General Synod meeting in Ottawa that their votes had been tallied incorrectly, which spurred the recount.  Both the bishops and lay delegates had voted to support the motion voting 68.42% and 72.22% respectively, but the original results showed only 66.23% of clergy in support.  This was just one vote shy of the two-thirds majority necessary for approval.

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News Brief: SuperMen.com Announces Sizzling Summer Competition!

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News Brief:  SuperMen.com Announces Sizzling Summer Competition!

Our favorite webcam community, SuperMen.com, has launched a contest that could potentially be worth thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

SuperMen.com is hosting an “epic battle” this summer, challenging its new and current performers to compete for massive cash bonuses and some custom shoes. 

SuperMen.com consultant Douglas Richter stated, “SuperMen.com is very excited to be hosting the Sizzling Summer Competition.  Rewarding our top performers is key to motivating them to do their best and to be proud of what they do.”

From the moment they sign up, Richter elaborated, performers are competing for the top spot in a number of categories, with the stakes only increasing as they compete for the coveted grand prize.

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News Brief: Two Teenagers Accused of Shooting at British Gay Bar

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News Brief Limes Lounge

News Brief:  Two Teenagers Accused of Shooting at British Gay Bar

In the wake of the Orlando massacre that killed 49 patrons of the gay nightclub Pulse, there have already been a handful of incidents in which copycats have evoked the crime or threatened to follow in shooter Omar Mateen’s footsteps.

San Diego police are investigating a Craigslist ad promising an Orlando-inspired attack; a drunken patron promised to come back to Brooklyn bar Happy Fun Hideaway to “take his fifty, Orland-style;” and an Atlanta man’s Twitter account vowed to turn two local bars into the “the next Orlando.”

Now, police are investigating an incident at a British gay bar that was apparently “shot at” on June 19th.

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