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An election advert has called out the “extreme” anti-LGBT record of the leader of Alberta, Canada’s United Conservative Party, Jason Kenney.

Kenney is the official leader of the opposition in Alberta, and is tipped to make massive gains in the April 16 regional election.

Ahead of the vote, the governing New Democratic Party have launched an ad campaign and a 10-minute documentary that targets his anti-LGBT record.

Jason Kenney fought to repeal same-sex partnership rights during AIDS crisis

The documentary explores Jason Kenney’s role in campaigning to overturn a 1989 San Francisco law that extended partnership rights to same-sex partners at the height of the AIDS crisis.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors had approved the measure to extend “hospital visitation rights” and “bereavement leave policy” to same-sex partners, but it was repealed after a public ballot measure supported by Kenney, who would later brag about his involvement in speeches.

The NDP ad features Gary, the surviving partner of a man who died during the AIDS crisis, watching a clip of Kenney describing San Francisco as “Sodom by the sea” and openly discussing his involvement in the campaign.

This short documentary is difficult to watch. But it’s important. Jason Kenney hasn’t apologized for any of this. He hasn’t acknowledged the damage he’s done to people who just want to love and live their lives, the same as anyone else. Is this a Premier? #ableg #abvote pic.twitter.com/3qJ9NjjkYg

— albertaNDP (@albertaNDP) March 21, 2019

In it, Gary sobs while discussing his partner’s death in hospital, hitting out at “that kind of arrogant smile” from Kenney.

Eileen, who was a nurse during the AIDS crisis, adds: “It would be sad if there were enough people to vote for him. It would make me sad. Talk about hope… it would take away my hope for the future.”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race knows how to make us feel Grease-y—by mentioning the T word. Was Trump: The Rusical the one that you wanted?

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 11 Episode 4: Trump the Rusical, the verdict

How much Charisma, Uniqueness, Nerve and Talent was episode four packing?

Overall: C.U.N.

If ever there was a week to sack the Season 7 syndrome slowly enveloping Season 11, this was it.

Yes, it may have been another acting challenge—but these aren’t normal times, and this wasn’t the usual Pharma-f-u-to-the-viewers-Rusical.

Drag Race deserves its dues for setting up camp in the middle of a minefield, but let’s not pretend it didn’t get maimed. It also, however, produced some of the most inspiring, and horrifying, personal narratives seen on reality TV.

Yvie Oddly screams ‘orange alert’ on Drag Race. (Netflix) Lewks: C.u.

Category is: Orange alert. 

Both Yvie Oddly’s Kellyanne Conway and her runway look were serving my Fanta-sea. She won this episode—all other opinions are fake news.

Shuga Cain’s concept was cool, but not that orange-inal. We’ve seen boy drag on the main stage, and a blue suit doesn’t scream orange alert. Maybe if she was in a giant Cheeto costume, or something..?

The rest were even less a-peel-ing.

Three guesses who Shuga Cain is channelling. (Netflix) Challenge: C.U.n.

Clearly there are many, many, many (repeat as necessary) issues with the Trump White House. But one of them is that it is almost impossible to parody.

I think it’s because he’s not an interesting type of evil, he’s not some House of Cards­-style Machiavellian genius we’re all dying to figure out. He hides in plain sight as a repulsive, incomprehensible mess.

There’s not much you can do with someone who is both uninteresting and unpleasant. Especially when hyperbole doesn’t touch reality.

So you can’t really parody—though Ginger Minj gives it a great go—only copy.

Ginger Minj returns to steal the show in Trump: the Rusical. (Netflix)

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A man living in Sydney was diagnosed with HIV despite taking Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) drug.

Steve Spencer is believed to be the second person in Australia and the seventh person in the world to contract the virus while taking the drug, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Thursday (March 21).

The 27-year-old had been taking PrEP for six years, following the “on demand” method, which means he took a higher dose before and in the 48 hours after a potential exposure to the virus.

“[PrEP] is so near perfect that it is amazing and I’ll always support it.”

— Steve Spencer

After his diagnosis in December, Spencer began HIV treatment. After six weeks his load was undetectable, meaning it cannot be transmitted through sex.

Spencer, who came out as HIV-positive on a float at the Sydney Mardi Gras—the annual LGBT+ Pride parade—decided to share his story publicly to fight the stigma and to keep advocating for PrEP.

“It is so near perfect that it is amazing and I’ll always support it,” he told Australian channel ABC, adding: “I’m not angry at all, I don’t hold a grudge at all.”

The Australian government began subsidising PrEP in 2018. (Don Arnold/Getty for RED)

PrEP has been found to drastically reduce HIV transmission during unprotected sexual encounters.

It is however not infallible, and it does not protect from any other sexually transmitted infection, such as gonorrhoea or chlamydia.

For this reason, advocates continue to promote condoms as the safest way to have sex, and regard PrEP as another tool in the sexual health arsenal that can help reach the groups that are most at-risk.

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A transgender man has claimed that a Catholic hospital in California refused to perform scheduled surgery at the last minute for “ethical reasons.”

Oliver Knight was due to have a hysterectomy—where the womb and cervix are removed—on August 30 2017 at St Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California.

However, Knight said that the operation was cancelled “minutes before” the scheduled time. He was allegedly told that they would not be rescheduling the surgery because it was a Catholic hospital.

“It seems the hospital doesn’t understand how it feels to be treated inhumanely just because your body parts do not match your soul.”

– Transgender man Oliver Knight

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in California today filed a lawsuit with law firm Rukin Hyland & Riggin LLP against St Joseph Health for denying care to a transgender patient.

Oliver Knight did not expect ‘anti-trans bigotry’ from hospital

Knight, who is now 29 years old, said he has had to deal with “a lot of anti-trans bigotry” in his life – but that he did not expect that treatment from a hospital.

“It seems the hospital doesn’t understand how it feels to be treated inhumanely just because your body parts do not match your soul,” he said.

Knight also wrote a blog post for the ACLU in which he explained that he felt “hopeful” when he arrived at St Joseph Hospital on August 30 2017, but that his hopes were quickly dashed.

“Fifteen minutes after that, the hospital staff asked me to leave. I still had booties on my feet as a nurse led me outside. I felt humiliated and queasy as I sat on the curb waiting for my roommate to pick me up.”

– Transgender man Oliver Knight

He said that he was repeatedly misgendered by hospital staff—and was made to wear a pink gown instead of a blue one because he was undergoing “female surgery.”

In the blog, Knight said that he was waiting for an hour before the surgeon came in and announced that the surgery would not be going ahead due to the hospital’s Catholic ethos.

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Actress Seyi Omooba has been dropped from an upcoming tour of musical The Color Purple after it emerged that she said homosexuality “isn’t right” in a 2014 Facebook post.

The Facebook post went viral when Hamilton star Aaron Lee shared a screenshot on Twitter and said she owed an explanation to the LGBT+ community, as she was set to play a queer character in The Color Purple.

The companies producing the show, Leicester Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome, announced this evening that they had axed Omooba from the production after the post resulted in “widely expressed” concerns about her casting.

“Following careful reflection it has been decided that Seyi will no longer be involved with the production.”

– Joint statement from Leicester Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome

“Following careful reflection it has been decided that Seyi will no longer be involved with the production,” the joint statement said. “This decision was supported by the Authors and Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

“The audition process, as ever, was conducted professionally and rigorously, led by an exceptional casting director with actors who are evaluated on what they present in the audition room.

“We do not operate a social media screening process in the casting of actors,” they finished.

Seyi Omooba was set to play queer character Celie in The Color Purple

Omooba was set to play the lead role of Celie in the musical production of The Color Purple, which is based on the Pulitzer prize winning novel by Alice Walker.

In The Color Purple, Celie is an abuse survivor who learns how to be confident and independent after meeting Shug, a woman who she develops an intimate and sexual relationship with.

Omooba’s historic Facebook post drew huge attention when it was shared on Twitter this week.

In the post, Omooba said that she does not believe people “can be born gay.”

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A number of LGBT+ rights groups have accused Google of refusing to remove a religious app that allegedly promotes conversion therapy from their store.

The app, which is called Living Hope Ministries, has already been removed by Apple, Amazon and Microsoft – but Google has not yet taken the app down.

LGBT+ rights groups have told Axiom that they have written to Google and asked to meet with representatives to raise their concerns in person about the app.

However, they claim that they have not yet received a satisfactory response from Google. They say that there have been “staff level” discussions, but they have not yet met with Google executives to discuss the issue face-to-face.

Human Rights Campaign said the app was ‘life-threatening’ to LGBT+ young people

A spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign told Axiom that they have been urging the tech giant to remove the app because it is “life-threatening” to LGBT+ young people.

They also claimed that the app “clearly violates the company’s own standards.”

“Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have taken action to remove the app from their platforms, but so far Google has refused despite our warnings about the dangers.”

– Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign continued: “Amazon, Apple and Microsoft have taken action to remove the app from their platforms, but so far Google has refused despite our warnings about the dangers.”

An organisation called Truth Wins Out started a Change.org petition earlier this year where they ask signatories to “demand” that Google “stop peddling dangerous ‘pray away the gay'” apps. At the time of publishing, the petition had been signed by 140,000 people.

Google is under pressure to remove the app.

The group called on the tech giant to “remove this hate app that marginalises and stigmatises LGBT people.”

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Conservative MP Philip Davies has single-handedly delayed regulations to make relationship education mandatory, amid a row over LGBT+ education.

On Wednesday (March 20), the MP for Shipley objected to a government motion that codifies new LGBT-inclusive guidance for relationships education in primary schools, and relationships and sex education in secondary schools.

Under Parliamentary rules, a single MP can hold up approval on the measure, stalling its passage.

Tory MP Philip Davies delays relationship education reforms

Davies, who sits on the Women and Equalities Committee despite opposing LGBT+ rights, sparked anger by voicing an objection to the regulations despite failing to attend the preceding 90 minutes of debate on the issue.

The MP has vocally opposed LGBT-inclusive education, claiming in 2017 it “introduces very young children to concepts, such as homosexuality and transgenderism, at an age where these cannot be critically assessed.”

Philip Davies

Davies also used the floor of the House of Commons to attack a secondary school in 2009, after it held an educational LGBT History Month production of ‘Romeo and Julian’.

He claimed: “It is better for pupils to learn about Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare, rather than politically correct Romeo and Julian.”

Supporters ‘gutted’ after Philip Davies stalls reforms

After Davies objected to the regulations, Labour’s shadow education secretary Angela Rayner tweeted: “Gutted that the motion didn’t pass unanimously tonight because one Tory, Philip Davies, who had not attended the debate, appeared at the last minute and objected to it.

“But we’ll carry on fighting and believe the House will pass it soon.”

Education minister Nick Gibb had said in the preceding debate: “One of the key elements of relationships education is ensuring that children are aware, including in primary schools, that loving families can be made up of two mothers, two fathers or one mother and one father.

“Children are being taught that other family structures are just as loving and caring as their own.”

The regulations, which Huffington Post reports will come back to Parliament next week, affirm guidance published in February that states: “We expect all pupils to have been taught LGBT content at a timely point.”

It stressed: “Schools must ensure that they comply with the relevant provisions of the Equality Act 2010, under which sexual orientation and gender reassignment are amongst the protected characteristics.”

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Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds has urged religious leaders to disavow gay cure therapy.

Reynolds, who is a member of the Mormon Church and a strong ally of LGBT+ rights, made the plea after a bid to ban conversion therapy was killed off in Utah.

Imagine Dragons singer Dan Reynolds: Orthodox leaders must denounce conversion therapy

In a series of messages on Twitter on Wednesday (March 20), Reynolds said: “I plead with our religious leaders across the world to stand up for equality together. true equality – not empty words of love – but statements and actions that show our LGBTQ youth that they are ‘sinless’ and perfect just as they are.

“Until these changes are made within the doctrines of orthodox faith, we will continue to see increased rates of suicidality and depression/anxiety amongst our LGBTQ youth.”

Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons attends the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty)

Reynolds added: “Until the leaders of all orthodox faiths denounce conversion therapy and accept our LGBTQ youth into full fellowship I believe we will continue to see a great exodus from all orthodox faith.

“We are not a generation that will stand for intolerance, homophobia or racism.

“And to those that say the simple answer is for our youth to just leave religion – it isn’t that simple.

“Many of these LGBTQ youth will be kicked out of the home and put into a more dangerous situation if they denounce the faith of their family.

“Also many find peace in their faith. they love it. it brings them comfort in a sad and oftentimes scary world.”

Reynolds continued: “It is now up to our leaders to LEAD. How many more children will be lose before we practice true love in our churches?”

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A former school counsellor has claimed that she was fired from her position at a Catholic school when authorities found out she was a lesbian and married to a woman.

In an opinion article for the Courier Journal, Allison King said she wanted to share how she had been personally discriminated against by the Archdiocese of Louisville, who run the school.

King, who lives in Louisville, Kentucky, said that her career was “forcibly ended” when school authorities discovered that she was a lesbian and that she was married.

“We need to know if it is true that you are married outside of the church and contrary to church teachings.”

– The school’s alleged statement to King

She said that she was asked to attend a meeting with the school principal and parish priest at Holy Spirit School four days before the end of the school year.

In the meeting, she was told that they had only heard “good things” about her.

Lesbian guidance counsellor Allison King said she was accused of introducing her wife to students

However, the school principal then read a statement where it was alleged that she had introduced her wife to students.

“We are not here to determine what was said or to judge a lifestyle, but we need to know if it is true that you are married outside of the church and contrary to church teachings,” the statement said.

King said she felt “ambushed and ashamed” when it was explained that she was in violation of the Archdiocesan Catholic Witness Policy, which all employees of the Archdiocese must sign. The policy states that employees who don’t live “according to Christian teachings” can have their employment terminated.

“Hiding the truth just makes me complicit in supporting a culture of shame that does so much damage, especially to young people.”

– Allison King

She said that she had agonised over signing the policy, but she did so as she never thought that her employer would interfere in her private life.

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Be a part of the success of a life-changing tool that allows women and same-sex couples the ability to maintain the intimate connection they crave while inseminating in the comfort and peace of their homes.

The cause behind this exciting tool is now running an Indiegogo campaign online to gain funding to make this invention available worldwide.

Project Aid’n was formed last year and the theory behind the movement to push this invention is beautiful, and one we all can relate to; maintaining an intimate, close, loving connection during the process of creating life together.

It’s simple, but often overlooked, when it comes to same-sex couples, who until now, have had very disconnected options and approaches available to them in the process of conception. Project Aid’n was created by Dione Wren, of Los Angeles, California, as the campaign to gain exposure and backers who believe in and can relate to this amazing tool, Aid’n.

Aid’n allows users to orgasm during home insemination

Its value comes in its function: allowing the user the possibility of orgasm while inseminating with the hopes of successful conception. Studies have shown that it is more likely for women to conceive while sexually stimulated, particularly close to, or after orgasm. Aid’n is the vessel connecting this moment, with the necessary ingredient for conception, sperm.

Aid’n is a dildo-like tool that allows couples to be intimate while inseminating at home.

In technical form, Aid’n is a dildo made of medical-grade silicone making it safe for the human body and easy to sanitize, clean, and reuse. The inner cavity of Aid’n has been proprietarily designed to house a small medical tool inside, that holds sperm for the user during love-making. When ready, the user pushes a button situated at the base of Aid’n and it ejects sperm into the receiving partner, hopefully resulting in successful insemination. The act is not only emotional for all involved, but life-changing in the process.

Same-sex couples can finally be intimate during artificial insemination at home

Dione Wren, came up with the idea for Aid’n after researching methods for insemination for herself and her partner and coming up short with products available that allowed for the moment to maintain its intimacy. Until now, same-sex couples have either gone to their doctor for insemination or they’ve inseminated at home using a turkey baster – straight from the kitchen drawer – or a sterile metal syringe.

The process has been disconnected and cold, impersonal and prosaic… forgetful and lacking the one thing that the moment is made up of: a physical expression of love. Aid’n changes this. Aid’n creates the bond that women crave during conception, a moment that many of them have planned for years and spent thousands of pounds to create.

Project aid’n

Project Aid’n is looking for backers who understand and believe in the void that has been but no longer needs to exist during at-home insemination.

This product is not to be regarded as a sex toy, it is a life-changing tool that many, many women are longing for, and until now, didn’t know had been designed for them. Project Aid’n is more than a company, it is a movement, a cause, and a story.

Become a part of this story, and please help Project Aid’n help make life out of love!

Go to https://igg.me/at/projectaidn to donate and go to www.projectaidn.com to find out more.

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