Navy Gets Its First Female Four-Star Admiral

Navy Gets Its First Female Four-Star Admiral

The Navy has promoted Michelle Howard from vice admiral to admiral, making her the first female four-star admiral in its 236-year history and the service's new vice chief of naval operations.

Howard paid tribute to the nation's service members Tuesday morning at her promotion ceremony, held at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. In her brief remarks, she said that the "willingness to step up and contribute to a noble cause in your life is a sign of true selflessness." Read more »

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SCOTUS Approves California Ban on Conversion Therapy

SCOTUS Approves California Ban on Conversion Therapy

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially upheld a California law banning psychological counseling aimed at converting LGBT minors.

The justices declined to take the case brought by supporters of  “reparative therapy.” A standing appeals-court ruling from August 2013said that the ban applied to professional practices that are within the state’s authority to regulate and doesn’t violate the free-speech rights of licensed counselors and patients seeking treatment. Read more »

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Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers

Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers

A recent Chevrolet ad made its LGBT-friendly message clear: Against a montage of different families, including single and same-sex parents, a voice-over intones, "While what it means to be family hasn't changed, what a family looks like has."

Of course, it's not entirely new for mainstream brands to participate in gay pride parades or advertise in LGBT media. But as Gay Pride Month comes to an end, ads like this drive home the fact the last year has seen a sharp uptick in gay representation in mainstream ad campaigns. And these new ads, like Chevy's "The New Us," don't rely on the coded messages of earlier gay-oriented ads. Read more »

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In Wreckage Of Supreme Court Decision, Gay Rights Groups See Hope

In Wreckage Of Supreme Court Decision, Gay Rights Groups See Hope

Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on religious freedom was a blow to progressives, but leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights groups see a silver lining when it comes to workplace protections.

In a limited manner, the high court ruled that for-profit companies can claim areligious exemption to the Obamacare requirement that they provide health insurance coverage for birth control. LGBT rights groups have been waiting for this ruling to gauge how, and if, President Barack Obama will proceed with an executive order banning job discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors. Read more »

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Hobby Lobby Still Covers Vasectomies And Viagra

Hobby Lobby Still Covers Vasectomies And Viagra

Hobby Lobby -- now free to drop emergency "morning after" pills and intrauterine devices from its workers' health insurance plans -- has given no indication that it plans to stop helping its male employees obtain erectile dysfunction treatments.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the craft store chain, owned by evangelical Christians, doesn't have to pay for health care coverage of contraceptives prohibited by its owners' religion.

But pills and pumps that help a man stiffen his penis in preparation for sex are perfectly acceptable. Read more »

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Obama to Issue Executive Order Banning Gender-Identity Discrimination in Federal Jobs

The order would apply to federal employees

President Barack Obama revealed White House plans for an executive order that would ban job discrimination on the basis of gender identity among federal employees.

Obama’s announcement Monday fell during a White House reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month. His remarks followpreviously announced plans to also sign an executive order that would prohibit federal contractors from employee discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation. Federal employees are already protected on the basis of sexual orientation. Read more »

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Where to get tested for free in Arizona on National HIV Testing Day

Where to get tested for free in Arizona on National HIV Testing Day

It's easy to bury our heads in the sand and pretend that HIV is something that only happens to other people, but as of 2012, there were 15,228 people living with HIV in Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

And It's estimated between 1,800 and 4,000 Arizona residents don't know they are HIV positive.

Friday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, and organizations all over Arizona are teaming up to raise awareness and offer free HIV tests.

Visit one of the eight Walgreens locations open in Phoenix and Tucson for testingThursday, June 26, through Sunday, June 29, for a confidential HIV test with results in 20 minutes or less. Read more »

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