PLEASANT HILL, Iowa — Alexander (AJ) Betts, a 16-year-old gay teen, took his own life over the weekend, becoming the fifth student from a suburban Des Moines, Iowa, high school to do so in the past five years.
Bullied gay teen is fifth suicide at Iowa high school in past 5 years (LGBTQ Nation)
Economic development official: Gay marriage will help Arkansas economy (LGBTQ Nation)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The argument by Arkansas’ top economic development official and advocates that legalizing gay marriage would lure business to the state isn’t likely to sway Republicans united in their opposition to same-sex unions. But it could nudge top Democrats who appear just as opposed to the idea.
IPN Disappointed Ottumwa School Officials Block ‘Laramie Project’ (Iowa Pride Network)
Ottumwa High School stops the production of "THe Laramie Project" in fear of potential controversy. In spite of this setback the school's gay and straight alliance will continuer to educate about tolerance and acceptance.
Polk County HIV Testing Day
While today has been declared the 19th annual National HIV Testing Day, every day is a testing day at the Polk County Health Department.
Testing is important for all people who are sexually active. Getting a negative test result can confirm information that sexual partners have shared with each other about their testing history or provide important health information in the absence of conversations about testing history between partners. It is also important to stress the long-term benefits of HIV testing, care, and treatment. HIV testing gives people living with HIV an opportunity to be connected to treatment and give them the support they need to remain in care and to take their medications appropriately. Currently, nearly three out of every four people living with HIV in the U.S. do not successfully navigate the stages of care, which are: HIV testing and diagnosis; actively linking those who test positive to care; retaining them in care over time; providing ART; and achieving “viral suppression” by using treatment to keep HIV at a level that helps individuals stay healthy and reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to others.
Minnesota committees to vote today on gay marriage bill (StarTribune)
In passionate back-and-forth testimony, the debate over same-sex marriage is playing out in a Minnesota Legislature moving toward the first votes on a bill to legalize it.
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