With the Help of the ACLU, Chelsea Manning Files Lawsuit Demanding Medical Treatment for Gender Dysphoria

September 23rd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning filed a lawsuit in federal court in the DC against Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and others in the Department of Defense and Department of the Army officials for their failure to provide necessary medical treatment for her gender dysphoria, a condition with which she was originally diagnosed by Army doctors more than four years ago. The complaint is accompanied by a motion for preliminary injunction demanding that Ms. Manning be provided hormone therapy, permission to follow female grooming standards, and access to treatment by a medical provider qualified to treat her condition.

Although the military recognizes that she has gender dysphoria requiring treatment, critical care has been withheld without any medical basis. “The government continues to deny Ms. Manning’s access to necessary medical treatment for gender dysphoria, without which she will continue to suffer severe psychological harms,” said Chase Strangio, an attorney in the ACLU project and co-counsel on Ms. Manning’s case. “Such clear disregard of well-established medical protocols constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.”

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Finnair’s Transatlantic Flight Using Cooking Oil Ahead of UN Climate Summit Sets Standards High for Air Travel

September 23rd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Finnair Cabin Service. Image via Finnair.

Finnair Cabin Service. Image via Finnair.

Coinciding with the UN Climate Summit, Finnair will operate a flight from Helsinki to New York with an Airbus A330 using environmentally sustainable biofuel that consists partly of cooking oil. Most of an airline’s environmental impact arises from aircraft emissions during flight, and switching to a more sustainable fuel source can reduce net CO2 emissions by between 50-80 percent. The biofuel powering the flight to New York is partly manufactured from cooking oil recycled from restaurant that helps reduce net greenhouse gas emissions.

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Meet Our ‘A Taste of Zurich’ Contest Winners

September 23rd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Swiss Passport Magazine Winners.

Brian Givens and Jeffrey Hartinger

After weeks of crossed fingers and a nationwide contest, Brooklynite Jeffrey Hartinger was drawn from nearly 9,000 entrants as the winner of the Taste of Zürich contest. He is the lucky winner of a trip to Zürich, Switzerland aboard SWISS International Air Lines’ Business Class, a five-night stay at the Marriott Zürich, and three sumptuous, gourmet meals prepared by three of Switzerland’s most renowned chefs.

Jeffrey has chosen his boyfriend, Brian Givens, to accompany him on the trip (naturally), so we asked the two to tell us a little bit about themselves.

Find out more about the lucky couple over at Passport magazine online…

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India Gets First Transgender News Anchor

September 23rd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via GLAAD.

Image via GLAAD.

While gay and lesbian rights in India have taken a step back in recent years, the transgender community has seen slow gains toward public acceptance in Indian society. Now, another historic achievement has been made for the trans* community as Padmini Prakash, a transwoman, has been selected to anchor the news.  “I was very worried because I also had to focus on my diction and maintain a steady narrative pace to ensure that there was clarity and viewers could understand me,” Prkash told the Times of India about her anxiety hosting the evening news. Worries, though, that any reporter still has. Prakash has worked on the Lotus News in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu since last August, and quickly received a promotion due to her widespread popularity.

 

 

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Judge Rules Gay Marriage Ban in Louisiana Unconstitutional

September 22nd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Afer.

Image via Afer.

A federal judge, Edward Rubin, has ruled today that Louisiana’s ban on gay and lesbian marriage is unconstitutional. Rubin said, according to sources, that the ban “violates the due process clause and the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment, as well as the full faith and credit clause of the constitution.”

 

 

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Supreme Court Justice Officiates First Gay Wedding

September 22nd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via SCOTUS

Image via SCOTUS

Just a few months before the Supreme Court of the United States may once again take up gay and lesbian marriage in court, one justice, Elena Kagan, made her opinion on gay marriage crystal clear. Kagan presided over the marriage of former-law clerk Mitchell Reich and Patrick Pearsall’s wedding in Maryland on Sunday. Kagan  is not the first justice to perform a same-sex wedding—Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg have presided over one in the past. [AP]

 

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San Francisco Could Become First City to Offer HIV-Prevention Drug to Everyone

September 22nd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport.

Image via Passport.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is currently investigated whether it could offer the life-saving drug Truvada, which prevents HIV, at a significantly lower cost or even free to the city’s citizens. The drug can cost upwards of $13,000 a year for those who choose to take it, and San Francisco Supervisor David Campos hopes that he can persuade the Board of Supervisors to come up with a plan to offer the drug and prevent unnecessary new cases of HIV. “I’m sick of meeting people 18, 19, 20, 21 years old who are [HIV] positive. We know that this is not necessaryThis coming Tuesday, I will introduce a measure to allocate funds for navigators to educate patients about PrEP, and provide subsidies to San Franciscans who cannot afford the life saving medication.” [PinkNews]

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Priority List: 8 Style & Prep Tips to Keep You Looking Fashion-Forward While Traveling

September 22nd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Passport

Image via Passport

Getting to and from your various travel destinations can be a real jet-lag drag, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few basic tips and a little style know-how, you can arrive looking and feeling great.

Your appearance plays an important role in how others perceive, treat, and accommodate you. Looking fashion-forward, stylish, and “on trend” may make all the difference while traveling for leisure, attending a conference, or going on a business trip.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine…

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Gay Rights Group Demands iHeartMedia CEO to Speak Out Against Sen Hannity’s Anti-Gay Comments

September 22nd, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via Facebook.

Image via Facebook.

Gay rights group, GLSEN, is calling on iHeartMedia CEO Robert Pittman to speak out against comments made earlier this week on its radio properties by Sean Hannity after he made comments saying that he should be allowed to teach his kids that being gay isn’t normal. “This is my problem with liberals. Here’s where my fear goes with all of this – you guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do. For example, is it going to become illegal if a parent teaches the politically correct view that being gay is not normal?Some people disagree on the gay lifestyle, because of religious views,” he told listeners. “If they teach they’re kids, is the government going to come in one day and say ‘No, that’s wrong. That’s immoral’?”

GLSEN fired back with an open letter, read it after the jump…

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Global Cocktail: Jimmy Choo Inspired Cotton Berry Cloud at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong

September 19th, 2014 Joseph Pedro
Image via The-Ritz

Image via The-Ritz

The world-class mixologist of The Lounge & Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, Lewis Tsang, has unveiled exclusive “His & Her” cocktails inspired by Jimmy Choo’s Autumn/Winter 2014 Women’s and Men’s Collections. The collection of innovative fashion cocktails will be available at The Lounge & Bar at The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong throughout September. Check out this beautiful creation called the Cotton Berry Cloud that’s fit for the well-heeled clientele.

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