Democrats

  • Log Cabin Republicans to House Democrats: “Shame!”

    [Last week], after 43 Republicans boldly stood up and passed an amendment that asserted no federal contractor could discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity, House Democrats voted overwhelmingly to kill the Energy & Water Appropriations Bill to which it was attached.

  • Miami LGBT Democrats Hold Kickoff Event

    Two openly gay candidates seeking political office in Miami-Dade County spoke to prospective voters at a kickoff event for the 2018 election season Jan. 20 at the Hotel Gaythering in Miami Beach.

  • Michigan Couple That Challenged Gay Marriage Ban Wed

    SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse — the two Michigan women who legally challenged the state’s ban on gay marriage — exchanged vows Saturday during a ceremony in suburban Detroit.

  • Mother's Cancer Diagnosis Motivates Gay Man To Run For Georgia Assembly

    (CNN) The first openly gay man elected to Georgia's General Assembly, Sam Park, spoke to CBS46 news about what role he will play in next year's session and what his win represents in his first on-camera interview Wednesday.

  • N.C. Dems Seek to Replace HB2 with LGBT Anti-Bias Law

    With business threats to North Carolina over House Bill 2 continuing to grow almost one year former Gov. Pat McCrory signed it into law, Democrats in the state offered a vision for undoing the measure with the introduction of new legislation Thursday.

  • New York Congressman Keynotes LGBTA Caucus Gala

    LGBT Democrats and their allies are arriving in Fort Lauderdale Beach this weekend for summer meetings.

  • News Analysis: Suggestions to State Dept. of Health On Improvement in STD Prevention and Care

    On Oct. 17 in Miami, the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) hosted a statewide meeting for providers and the community, about the health of gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). FLDOH wanted to obtain suggestions about the implementation of PrEP and troubling trends.

    Troubling Trends among gay, bi and other MSM in Florida

    New syphilis infections increased in 2014, by 29 percent from the yearly average of the previous three years. Gonorrhea cases rose by 80 percent and chlamydia cases by about 75 percent from 2010 to 2014. These increases occurred most often among gay, bi, and other MSM in their 20s.

    From 2005 to 2014, new HIV infections in Florida increased about 26 percent among gay, bi, and other MSM. At the same time, new HIV infections in Florida decreased among all other adult males. Gay, bi, and other MSM are the key to controlling the HIV epidemic in Florida.

    The Continuum of Care for the HIV Diagnosed identifies points of successful HIV care:

    1. Diagnosis of the HIV infected (HIV testing)
    2. First visit to an HIV care provider (Linkage).
    3. Regular visits to an HIV care provider (Maintenance), and 4) Minimal amounts of active virus in the body (A Suppressed Viral Load). When someone has a suppressed viral load, they will maintain their own health and have minimal risk of infecting others. Among gay, bi, and other MSM, all racial groups show about a 20 percent drop from Linkage to Maintenance in Care. This 20-point drop exceeds all other differences between two adjacent points in the Continuum. Maintaining people in HIV care has become the point of HIV care most in need of improvement to control the epidemic.

    As in most areas of life, racial differences occur in the Continuum of Care among HIV infected gay, bi, and other MSM in Florida. Among Black gay, bi, and other MSM, only 52 percent had achieved viral suppression. Among Latino and White gay, bi, and other MSM, these rates run from 63 percent (Latinos) to 68 percent (Whites). All three racial groups need improvement, but the greatest need for improvement occurs among Black gay, bi, and other MSM.

    Suggestions offered

    FLDOH set up the meeting for maximum idea generation. The meeting had no space for discussing the suggestions and no decision making power. Individuals made the suggestions below as individuals.

    HIV TESTING: The mobile vans should test for syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia as well as HIV.

    PrEP: Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) should be linked with PrEP, as people who need PEP would be good candidates for PrEP. A 24/7 PrEP/PEP hotline could increase uptake of PrEP and PEP. More providers need training in administering PrEP. In order to identify possible gaps in PEP and PrEP care, people have to create and maintain local PEP and PrEP resource inventories of providers, pharmacies, labs etc.

    CONDOMS: People need to develop a consistent dialogue about “bareback” sex and “bareback” porn for the PrEP era. Any condom campaign should be sex-positive and avoid “slut-shaming.”

    INCREASING LINKAGE TO CARE. It would be useful to co-locate testing and care more often. Phone aps used in Africa to increase adherence might be useful here.

    A full report of the feedback will be available by the end of the year.

    To read the full report on “The Epidemiology of HIV among MSM in Florida”, please visit http://bit.ly/1S9KkUh

    For information on financial assistance with co-pays for PrEP or for those without insurance, please visit http://bit.ly/1Yl9Zx4.

    If people want information about Truvada from its manufacturer, Gilead, they can visit Truvada.com and TruvadaPrEPrems.com.

  • NLGJA Announces 2015 Journalism Award Winners

    SFGN Editor takes home Second Place for Journalist of the Year

  • North Carolina Attorney General Kicks Off Run For Governor

    ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper began his long-planned bid to become governor Monday evening, telling a crowd of supporters the state has traveled down a path of income inequality and poorly-funded public education under Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's leadership and it's time to turn things around.

  • Obama At NY Fundraisers, Including Gay Donor Gala

    NEW YORK (AP) — To a raucous embrace, President Barack Obama told gay donors Tuesday that American society and its laws have advanced the cause of gay rights over the past 10 years but said the job was hardly over in the United States and especially abroad.

  • OpEd: Are the Democrats Dumber than Dirt?

    Okay, I need to vent. Institutional politics is why Trump triumphed. He did not just destroy the Democratic party in November. He took down the Republican establishment as well.

  • OpEd: Why I’m Now Supporting Hillary Clinton

    So, I finally did it. I didn’t really want to do it, and doing it didn’t fill me with pride or hope, but I did it.

  • Out on the Trail: Frank Endorses Clinton

    Speaking at a lecture on American citizenship Thursday evening, Sept. 24, at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank said he is backing Hillary Clinton’s campaign to capture the Democratic Party’s nomination.

  • Party Insiders Give Clinton Early, Commanding Delegate Edge

    Hillary Rodham Clinton has locked up public support from half of the Democratic insiders who cast ballots at the party's national convention, giving her a commanding advantage over her rivals for the party's presidential nomination.

  • Political Prediction Market: Clinton's Odds Up After Democratic Debate

    (CNN) -- The odds of Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic nomination rose after her debate performance, according to the Political Prediction Market.

  • Politicians React: Kim Davis Jailed After Disobeying Court’s Order On Same-Sex Marriage

    Judge attempted to compromise with her first

  • Race Tightens: Clinton, Sanders Clash on Guns, Health Care

    CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Turning up the temperature, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tangled repeatedly in Sunday night's presidential debate over who's tougher on gun control and Wall Street and how to steer the future of health care in America. It was the last Democratic matchup before voting begins in two weeks, and both sides were eager to rumble as polls showed the race tightening in the leadoff states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

  • Racial Allegations Surface As Broward Dems Reorganize

    Broward County Democrats are divided by the recent firing of party office director, Michael R. Howson.

  • Ready To Debate: A Guide To The Democratic 2016 Candidates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican presidential contest has been aflutter for months, but now it's time for the Democrats to spread their wings before a big national audience.

    Their first debate is Tuesday night on CNN. Grab your binoculars and bring along this field guide to the candidates.

  • Sanders Says Some Republicans Are Feeling The Bern

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is staking out ground to Hillary Clinton's left, but he said Thursday he's also winning over support from Republicans who identify with his impassioned criticism of income inequality.