Douglas Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain” on the Booker shortlist

Douglas Stuart’s debut novel Shuggie Bain has also made the Booker Prize shortlist (and last week was named to the longlist for the National Book Award) with his coming of age tale of a young gay Glasgow boy set during the 1980’s. Stuart spoke about his book earlier this summer: https://theface.com/culture/shuggie-bain-douglas-stuart-book-release-picador

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Brandon Taylor’s “Real Life” makes the Booker shortlist

Brandon Taylor’s debut novel Real Life, an LGBTQ themed novel set on a Midwestern campus, has made the shortlist for this year’s Booker Prize. Taylor gave this interview earlier this summer: https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/m7jkep/brandon-taylor-real-life-casual-racism-review-interview

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CEO’s story of coming out as transgender

This article discusses Wynne Nowland and how she came out to her employees, colleagues and clients.  Ms. Nowland is the head of Bradley & Parker, an insurance, risk management and financial services firm.  https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-happened-when-a-ceo-came-out-as-transgender-11600002000?mod=searchresults&page=1&pos=1

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“Meals on Heels” at Oasis in San Francisco

Oasis, a club in San Francisco famous for drag performances and parodies of television shows, came up with a plan to deliver meals and a drag show during the COVID pandemic.  In addition to adding a YouTube channel and a once a week sound stage performance, D’Arcy Drollinger, the club’s owner, has added “Meals on […]

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Track champion Caster Semenya loses appeal to defend her title at Olympics

South African track champion Caster Semenya lost her final appeal to defend her title at next summer’s Tokyo Olympics.  According to the New York Times, Semenya, who has elevated testosterone levels due to a rare genetic condition, will “continue to fight for the human rights of all female athletes ‘until we can all run free the […]

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Dictionary.com adds LGBTQ words

Dictionary.com announced additions of many LGBTQ words and also will replace “homosexuality”, using instead “gay”, “gay man”, “gay woman” and “gay sexual orientation”. https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2020/09/dictionary-com-just-added-lot-lgbtq-words-will-use-homosexuality-less/ https://www.out.com/books/2020/9/03/dictionary-replaces-homosexual-largest-update-ever A press release from Dictionary.com explained the updates, called their biggest ever, with changes in words relating to race, sexual orientation, climate and internet culture.

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Impact of COVID on the LGBTQ+ community

The University of Arizona Health Science Center’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion has issued an update about the impact of COVID on the LGBTQ+ community. The update includes tips, precautions and resources to help us continue to weather this pandemic. Read the full resource here: https://www.soazseniorpride.org/nov2017wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/COVID-LGBTQ-resources.pdf

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UPDATE: Proposed rule on transgender health blocked by judge

A proposed new rule by the Department of Health and Human Services that would have rolled back protection of transgender patients was halted by a judge this week until it can be heard by a court. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-rule-transgender-health-blocked-11th-hour-n1237044

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