Quickies: Same-Sex Marriage in Mexico, Decriminalization of HIV, Grindr at CPAC

  • The Fight for Marriage Equality in Mexico – “Courts in more than two-thirds of Mexico’s 31 states have granted same-sex couples the right to marry over the past two years in a series of rulings that will likely make marriage equality a reality nationwide in the near future.”
  • Homeless LGBTQ Youth Turning to Survival Sex Work – “A detailed new study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in New York City, released Wednesday by the nonprofit Urban Institute, sheds light on ‘survival sex,’ or trading sex for cash or shelter. The practice is common among teenagers and young adults who, the report finds, have few other ‘viable means for meeting their basic needs.'”
  • Ruling Could Revers Military Precedent Equating HIV+ Sex with Assault – A military court convicted airman David Gutierrez of aggravated assault for engaging in sex acts while HIV positive. However, his conviction was overturned on the grounds that prosecutors failed to show that Gutierrez’s actions were likely to infect his partners.
  • Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Still Uncertain for Vets – Despite the 2013 repeal of Title 38 of the U.S. Code, which denied benefits to veterans with same-sex spouses, the VA is refusing to grant benefits to the wife and daughter of Melissa Perkins-Fercha because her state of residence does not recognize her marriage.
  • Why Facebook’s Quest for Gender Sensitivity Is Doomed” – They’re still forcing us to classify ourselves by gender.
  • South Korea TV Gets First Lesbian Kiss, Sparks Controversy – The lesbian kiss aired on teen drama “Seonam Girls High School Investigators.” Following a slew of complaints, the Korea Communications Standards Commission is investigating to whether the kiss violated regulations.
  • We Got on Grindr at CPAC” – sent reporters to CPAC to interview conservative gays. How did they find the gay conservatives? Grindr, of course.

Featured image via Pink News

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    Way to go Alabama. Double down on bigotry in a case as poorly decided as any I’ve seen. It was pretty blatantly obvious that the petitioners didn’t have standing, and the Supreme Court of a state really can’t nullify a federal court ruling. But hey, them queers wanted to be people!

    Very sorry for anyone living in Alabama who’s been having trouble getting a license, or who had been planning on getting one soon.

    • Good for the Tlingit and Haida! Does rape by fraud have legal standing in this country? Note: if Gutierrez was under treatment, and his viral load was undetectable, it would be virtually impossible for him to infect anyone. You’d be safer with him than with someone who didn’t know their HIV status. Most people are infected by partners who are unaware of their HIV status and therefore are not receiving treatment.

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