Second-Oldest Women’s College Will Admit Trans Women

The second-oldest women’s college in the U.S., Stephens College, is now accepting transgender women as students, according to Inside Higher Ed. The 185-year-old Missouri university’s policy on trans students...

Azusa Pacific University Bans Same-Sex Relationships

Azusa Pacific University reinstated their previously-suspended ban on same-sex relationships, reported Outsports. The Board of Trustees sent a notice that the school - which has ties to the Christian church ...
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Emory students, alumni still want Chick-fil-A kicked off campus

Shane Windmeyer and Dan Cathy

LGBT alumni and students at Atlanta’s Emory University won’t back down from their call to kick Chick-fil-A out of campus dining, despite a national gay activist’s revelation that he has formed a friendship with Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy.

Shane Windmeyer, executive director of national group Campus Pride, drew headlines with his Jan. 28 column posted on Huffington Post, “Dan and Me: My Coming Out as a Friend of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A.”

Windmeyer wrote that “after months of personal phone calls, text messages and in-person meetings,” including attending the Chick-fil-A bowl with Cathy on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta, he now considers Cathy a friend.

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HIV/AIDS studies highlight importance of access to care

HIV study results

A recent study conducted on the access to HIV/AIDS services for gay men and men who have sex with men has found a continued global disparity between men in poor countries and those in wealthy countries.

The study, which can be read here, was conducted by Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) and interviewed 5,779 men from 165 countries.

Only one-third of men who were surveyed said that condoms were easily available while 36 percent of those surveyed reported easy access to HIV testing and 42 percent reported easy access to HIV treatments.

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Emory HIV team lands $6 million Gates Foundation grant

Gates Foundation

A team of researchers at Emory University has been awarded a $6 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to aid in finding an effective vaccine for HIV/AIDS, the university announced today.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was created by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, to combat global poverty and to enhance healthcare across the world.

The grant was awarded as part of the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery, an international network of researchers devoted to creating a variety of HIV vaccination candidates with the ultimate goal of advancing the most promising candidates to clinical trials.

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Facing protests over anti-gay policy, Shorter Univ. cancels classes after bomb threat

Shorter University

Two weeks after Shorter University revealed its new Personal Lifestyle Statement for employees, gay staff fear witchhunts, local citizens are planning petitions and protests, and some alumni worry that their degrees will appear less valuable in the eyes of employers.

The campus in Rome, Ga., has canceled classes for Thursday and Friday after a bomb threat this morning, according to the Rome News-Tribune. The threat, which has since been cleared, came as about a dozen people gathered to protest Shorter’s new policy.

Another protest is planned for 10 a.m. Friday on the sidewalk of Shorter Avenue, in front of Shorter University, Rome resident Gary D. Harrell told GA Voice. It is timed to coincide with the inauguration of Shorter President Don Dowless.