Queer News Tonight - Wed. Jul 8, 21020 - Daily LIVE LGBT News Broadcast
Researchers say that HIV has gone into remission in a man who was treated with a new cocktail of medications in a break-through that could lead to a cure for the virus. The study involved a 34-year-old Brazilian man who was diagnosed with HIV in 2012. He started antiretroviral therapy and was given other medications which included nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3. Researchers said that he was given that treatment for 48 weeks, and then he stopped taking the medications. Fifty-seven weeks later, HIV DNA could not be found in his cells and HIV tests come back negative.
In Variety's latest Actors on Actors interview, Tessa Thompson and Ramy Youssef have a frank discussion on race and representation in Hollywood. Thompson, who herself is bisexual, reflects on Afro-futurism with her role in HBO's Westworld, as well as the importance of and dire need for queer representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and what she hopes to accomplish as Valkyrie.'The truth is these movies travel globally in such huge ways, and if you can represent people that are of color, if you can represent people with disabilities, if you can represent the LGBTQ community inside of these films, it’s a pretty big deal,' Thompson said.
In a follow-up story, A Tennessee woman has been fired after a video showing her yelling racist and homophobic comments towards protesters went viral over the weekend. During a protest sponsored by the New Panther Initiative, a Black Lives Matter group, in Elizabethton, Sonya Holt is filmed yelling, "White lives matter!" and 'White lives are better!' She also tells a protester, "You're just a poor little Black girl with a messed up mind." In another clip, Holt is shown berating a protester with homophobic slurs before telling him that he is going to 'burn in hell.'
President Donald Trump and his White House have repeatedly claimed this week, falsely, that the United States has the lowest novel coronavirus mortality rate in the world. Trump's series of tweets on the matter -- and his press secretary's insistence to reporters -- reflected an attempt to explain his comment during a speech over the weekend that 99% of coronavirus cases are 'harmless,' which received significant blowback. As of Tuesday, the United States had the ninth-worst mortality rate in the world, with 39.82 deaths per 100,000 people.
On July's first episode of All Stars 5, the contestants participated in the Snatch Game of Love, with special guest stars Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman and Tommy Dorfman, and then sashayed down the runway in their best Prom Queen Fantasy. While critiquing Blair St. Clair’s gender-bent tuxedo dress, RuPaul admitted: “You know, my husband and I do an impersonation of you walking down the runway. On your season, she had a fur coat and she walked to the end of the runway and she went, ‘Oooh, shhh!' The confession caused the judges to burst into laughter right then and there.
This Fourth of July, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, American patriotism has fallen to its lowest point in nearly 20 years. According to a new poll, less than half of Americans are 'extremely proud' to be American. According to Gallup, pride in the U.S. is the lowest it's been since the analytics company first measured it in 2001.The survey shows 70% of U.S. adults are proud to be Americans in the new poll, but just 45% said they are extremely proud.
'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling angered the trans community on Monday for comparing hormone treatment for people seeking to transition gender to gay conversion therapy, fueling a row over transgender rights. 'We are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people,' the author tweeted on Sunday, referring to hormone prescriptions for youths questioning their gender identity as the ' new anti-depressants.' Rowling’s public relations manager said on Monday that she would not be commenting further.