African Union endorses major new initiatives to end AIDS | LGBT Weekly

African Union endorses major new initiatives to end AIDS | LGBT Weekly:

“African heads of state have endorsed two major new initiatives to help end AIDS by 2030. The community health workers initiative aims to recruit, train and deploy 2 million community health workers across Africa by 2020. The western and central Africa catch-up plan aims to rapidly accelerate access to HIV treatment in the region and close the gap in access between African regions. The initiatives were endorsed at the AIDS Watch Africa Heads of State and Government Meeting, held on 3 July during the 29th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.”

One State Just Stepped Up to Protect Reproductive Rights – Mother Jones

One State Just Stepped Up to Protect Reproductive Rights – Mother Jones:

“At a time when reproductive rights are under siege at the federal level and in statehouses across the country, a handful of states are pushing back with legislation protecting access to reproductive health services. Oregon, already one of the least restrictive states when it comes to abortion access, added its name to that list last week with the passage of one of the most progressive pieces of reproductive health legislation in the country.”

Jade Logue, 16-Year-Old Child Of ‘Gotham’ Actor Donal Logue, Missing « CBS New York

Jade Logue, 16-Year-Old Child Of ‘Gotham’ Actor Donal Logue, Missing « CBS New York:

“The NYPD is asking for the public’s help in locating the missing child of ‘Gotham’ star Donal Logue.

Arlo Logue, 16, is transgender and goes by Jade. She was last seen leaving her home Monday afternoon on her way to Barclays Center in Brooklyn to meet a friend.”

Hawaii Film About Transgender Woman Is At Center Of Federal Debate – Honolulu Civil Beat

Hawaii Film About Transgender Woman Is At Center Of Federal Debate – Honolulu Civil Beat:

“A documentary film about a transgender woman in Hawaii that has received awards and won wide praise is being cited by a Republican congressman as a waste of government money and a reason to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting.”

The racing driver who became a ballerina – BBC News (Video)

The racing driver who became a ballerina – BBC News:

“Sophie is one of the first transgender students to sit a prestigious Royal Academy of Dance exam. She was a racing driver for nearly a decade before leaving motorsport behind and following her childhood dream of becoming a ballerina. After three years of lessons, she’s about to find out if she passed the test. Filmed and produced by Andrew Silke for BBC 5 Live”

Statement From NPR’s Michael Oreskes And Mark Memmott On WUTC : NPR

Statement From NPR’s Michael Oreskes And Mark Memmott On WUTC : NPR:

“March 27, 2017; Washington, D.C. – The University of Tennessee Chattanooga has said the decision to terminate the employment of reporter Jacqui Helbert was made by university officials, not the news editors at WUTC. The station’s news staff says the decision to remove from WUTC’s website the story that Helbert had done about meetings held by state legislators with students from a Gay-Straight Alliance Club was also made by university officials, not WUTC’s editors. (That story has been archived here.)

Serious questions have been raised about whether university officials were pressured to take those actions by state lawmakers — who could cut state funding to the school and WUTC.

In both cases we at NPR believe the decisions should have been left to the journalists in charge. Taking the decisions about enforcing ethics out of their hands did more to undermine the station’s credibility than the original infraction.”

(Via.)

House Republicans would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results

House Republicans would let employers demand workers’ genetic test results:

“A little-noticed bill moving through Congress would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information.”

(Via.Yahoo)