I want to start out congratulating Good Morning America’s Sam Champion for coming out and announcing his upcoming nuptials, as was reported by many outlets, including JoeMyGod. After it happened, my mom called and couldn’t wait to tell me about it to make sure it ends up in The Fix. It’s funny which ‘comings out’ really resonate with middle America. A weather dude? OK, we’ll take it! Now here’s the news:
- On the heels of a similar ruling in Minnesota reported here, CTV reports the Canadian Supreme Court has made a major ruling on HIV criminalization, saying that HIV+ Canadians need not disclose their serostatus if they wear a condom and have a low viral load. However, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and several other Canadian HIV advocacy groups say the ruling does not go far enough because it requires a seropositive partner to disclose his or her status even when using protection, if they have a high viral load.
- The first bloodless at-home HIV test has gone on sale this week, and the New York Times has an interesting idea for an unintended use for the test 30 minute test: screening the tricks you bring home for HIV. Don’t forget, though, a negative test result only means your trick was HIV-free three months ago at best, since it only screens for antibodies to the virus, not the virus itself.
- AmericaBlog tells us Dan Savage tells FRC’s Tony Perkins “Sue me, Tony” after the anti-gay group’s leader threatened to take the gay columnist to court after some incendiary statements. What did Dan say that was so bad? “Tony Perkins sits on a pile of dead gay kids every day when he goes to work,” and that “every dead gay kid is a victory for the Family Research Council.” Hmm. What do you think about what Dan said? Comment bellow.
- Now that California has barred ex-gay therapy for minors, New Jersey is amping up to repeat the feat, says the Huffington Post.
- My brilliant friend over at Sirius/XM OutQ radio, Michelangelo Signorile, is calling out the big brands that back the Boy Scouts: time to stop funding discrimination, and use your massive donations to press for change.
- We’re also very sad to pass on that a married lesbian service member has been killed in Afghanistan, according to California gay magazine, Frontiers L.A. Though its good that today her partner will be notified and that she was able to finish her last year in uniform serving openly, unfortunately, because of the Defense of Marriage Act, her partner cannot be seen as her legal spouse, and therefore, not her beneficiary.
VIDEO | Rachel Maddow chats with Prop 8 attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies and it’s really incredible: