Marisa Romanelli

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Survivor of Chechen 'Gay Purge' Is Kidnapped by Father in Russia

A gay survivor of a Chechen concentration camp was kidnapped by his father.<p>Zelimkhan Akhmadov had been taking out the trash Friday from a safehouse …

Chechnya

Remember the Leesburg Stockade Girls

Fifty five years ago this month, a group of teenage girls were locked in a 19th-century stockade in the Georgia heat, imprisoned for their activism …

Black History

Blood in the stool could point to more than colon cancer

A standard test for colon cancer that looks for blood in the stool may turn up more risks than doctors or patients bargained for, researchers reported Monday.<p>They found that patients who had hidden blood in their stool had a higher risk of dying from colon cancer. That was no surprise.<p>But they also …

Cancer

Designer babies on horizon as ethics council gives green light to genetically edited embryos

Designer babies are on the horizon after an influential group of scientists concluded that it could be ‘morally permissible’ to genetically engineer human embryos.<p>In a new report which opens the door to a change in the law, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, said that DNA editing could become an …

Genetics

53 Gender Identity Terms Every Ally Should Know

We talk a lot about labels in the LGBTQ+ community. Are labels actually important? Or do they confine people to narrow boxes? Should we even be …

LGBTQI

How a cabal of romance writers cashed in on Amazon Kindle Unlimited

To cash in on Kindle Unlimited, a cabal of authors gamed Amazon’s algorithm<p>On June 4th, a group of lawyers shuffled into a federal court in Manhattan to argue over two trademark registrations. The day’s hearing was the culmination of months of internet drama — furious blog posts, Twitter hashtags, …

Writing

Needle Exchanges, Once Radical, Need An Update To Survive In Rural America

Rural areas face unique barriers when they try to adopt urban harm reduction methods from the ’80s and ’90s.<p>On paper, Charleston, West Virginia, seemed like a prime candidate for a clean needle exchange.<p>In 2015, West Virginia had the highest drug overdose rate in the nation and the federal …

Public Health

US charges Russian national with being a foreign agent

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Justice Department charged a Russian national who, along with her mentor, aimed to set up backchannel communications during the presidential campaign between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, with conspiring against the US as a foreign agent.<p>Mariia Butina, …

Donald Trump

A College In China Apparently Tried To Reject A Student Because His Dad Was On A Government Blacklist

People in China are criticizing the college, saying that it was unfairly punishing a high school student over his father's actions.<p>A prestigious college in Beijing that reportedly tried to bar a student because his father was on a government blacklist is causing huge controversy in China.<p>According …

China

Transcript: Trump And Putin's Joint Press Conference

<b>PUTIN:</b> Thank you so much. Shall we start working, I guess? Distinguished Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen. Negotiations with the President of the United States Donald Trump took place in a frank and businesslike atmosphere. I think we can call it a success and a very fruitful round of …

Russia

Cuban bars use right of admission to throw out LGBTI+ people

The Efe Bar is a disco and nightclub in Havana’s Vedado neighborhood. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)<p><i>Editor’s note: Tremenda Nota is an independent</i> …

LGBTQI

Indian state takes a step forward for transgender rights

<b>(CNN) —</b> The southern Indian state of Kerala announced this month that it would reserve places for transgender students in the state's higher education institutions, a move aimed at easing their stigmatization.<p>The transgender community is among the most marginalized in India, with access to …

LGBTQI

Why didn’t any ‘World Cup heroes’ stand up for Russia’s LGBTQ+ people? | Lee Hurley

As Dejan Lovren raised his hands to grab a protester sprinting across the pitch during the 2018 World Cup final, teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé raised his to high-five another. It seemed to some like the youngest player to score in a World Cup final since Pelé in 1958 understood something to which …

Soccer

5 trans actors who can play Dante ‘Tex’ Gill in ‘Rub & Tug’ now that Scarlett Johansson is out

Gay club posts public response to straight hen party ‘worried about getting HIV’

A gay club has posted a public response to a bachelorette party who wanted to check the club was “safe” from HIV for their night out.<p>Nectar Nightclub …

LGBTQI

The Putin paradox: he’s brutally repressive — and incredibly popular

We ignore history, and evidence, if we conclude Putin’s hyper-nationalist authoritarian regime rules through fear alone.<p>It is perhaps a distinctly American faith that authoritarians like Russian President Vladimir Putin rule purely by force, corruption, or trickery, lacking any substantial …

Russia

What is the true human cost of your £5 hand car wash?

There are drivers who are only interested in getting the cheapest wash. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is<p>Too often we rush in, give your £6 and drive off. We’re just saying, please stop and think first<p>One night in August 2015, after a long shift at the Bubbles car wash in east London, …

East London

Plutonium Was Stolen From the Back of a Van at a Texas Marriott

More than a year later, state and federal officials don’t know where the plutonium—one of the most valuable and dangerous substances on earth—is.<p><i>By</i> …

National Security

Psychology Itself Is Under Scrutiny

The urge to pull down statues extends well beyond the public squares of nations in turmoil. Lately it has been stirring the air in some corners of science, particularly psychology.<p>In recent months, researchers and some journalists have strung cables around the necks of at least three monuments of …

Psychology

Chinese 'highway to nowhere' haunts Montenegro

PODGORICA (Reuters) - Perched atop massive cement pillars that tower above Montenegro's picturesque Moraca river canyon, scores of Chinese workers are building a state-of-the-art highway through some of the roughest terrain in southern Europe.<p>The government has described the 165 km (103 mile) …

China

All you wanted to know about nuclear war but were too afraid to ask

<b>Which countries have nuclear weapons?</b><p>There are nine countries that possess nuclear weapons. Five of these (the US, Russia, the UK, France and China) are members of the official owners club, who made their weapons early and had them legitimised in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signed in …

Nuclear Energy

Pregnant male sharks? Researcher discovers 7 hermaphrodite sharks, 6 of them pregnant

The discovery of seven sharks with both male and female sex organs has one marine researcher convinced “there is something going on with sharks,” …

Marine Conservation

This just in: Not all gay men like casual sex. And that’s OK!

Casual sex. It's always been a pretty big part of gay culture. But what about gay guys who aren't into random hookups? Where do they fit in?

Democrats introduce law seeking to ban the 'gay and trans panic' defence across America

Using the defence is already banned in California, Illinois and Rhode Island.<p>Democrats have introduced new legislation which seeks to ban the use of …

LGBTQI

Men admit to having unwanted sex with women to ‘prove they are not gay’ or ‘weird’

An increasing number of men are admitting to having sex with women, not because they want to, but to prove they are not gay.<p>Jesse Ford, a PhD …

New York University

Airbnb is grappling with how to treat people with criminal convictions

Marlon Peterson served 10 years in prison for his involvement in a serious crime nearly two decades ago. He’s now a social justice activist and recipient of multiple distinctions recognizing his leadership work with youth and gun control causes. He has a podcast, and is working on his first …

Civil Rights

Oops! Federal officials divulge secret info about Native American artifacts

<b>A cliff dwelling preserved for millennia by the dry high-desert climate was included in a March 20 lease sale for oil and gas companies in southeast Utah. Officials from the federal Bureau of Land Management published confidential information online about locations and descriptions of almost 900</b> …

Forests

Tanzania president says prisoners should be kicked and made to work 'day and night'

Tanzanian president John Magufuli on Saturday ordered that prisoners be made to work “day and night”, that conjugal visits be ended and that lazy inmates should be “kicked”.<p>The leader, who has come under fire from rights groups over his authoritarian leadership style and a crackdown on freedoms, …

Africa

'Why I keep my vasectomy a secret'

<b>Michael is one of the few African men to have had a vasectomy, but he's ashamed. He tells the BBC how cultural beliefs in Africa make it impossible to talk about the procedure, which some experts believe could provide a solution to the continent's rapid population growth.</b><p>"I wanted it to be a gift …

Pregnancy

Trump: I Understand Why Women Fear Reversal of Roe v. Wade

President Donald Trump said he understands why women are concerned that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh may lead to a reversal of existing …

U.S. Supreme Court