News Brief: Jessie Colter Assaulted by “Clients” in Homophobic Attack

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News Brief Jessie Colter Assaulted by “Clients” in Homophobic Attack

News Brief:  Jessie Colter Assaulted by “Clients” in Homophobic Attack

Jessie Colter, a sex worker and adult film performer, has been assaulted by two clients in what he believes was a homophobically motivated attack.  Jessie took to Twitter to give warning to other sex workers in the area.

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News Brief: Thousands Illegally Marry at Protest for Same-Sex Marriage

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News Brief Thousands Illegally Marry at Protest for Same-Sex Marriage

News Brief:  Thousands Illegally Marry at Protest for Same-Sex Marriage

Thousands of LGBT activists staged a mass wedding in Melbourne this past week in order to protest for same-sex marriage.  Equal Love Melbourne had arranged to hold a number of illegal mass weddings between same-sex couples.

The demonstration took place on August 26, in hopes of drawing attention to the restrictions that LGBT couples in Australia currently face.  Comedians, politicians and celebrities were expected to attend, including Joel Creasey and Australian Idol winner Natalie Gauci.

Organizers explained that the rally took place 13 years after the Australian government amended the Marriage Act to ban same-sex weddings.

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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 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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