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Religious Freedom vs. LGBTQ Rights: Supreme Court Sides with Catholic Foster Care Agency – USA Today
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Catholic foster care agency in Philadelphia may turn away gay and lesbian couples as clients, a victory for conservatives with the potential to shift the balance between LGBTQ rights and the First Amendment's protection of religious exercise. 

Supreme Court Spares Obamacare from GOP Challenge – NBC News
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, remains valid, rejecting a claim by a group of conservative states that a recent change to the law made it unconstitutional.

Title IX Protection Extended to Transgender Students Amid Surge of Legislation Attacking Their Rights – CBS News
The Department of Education announced that transgender students in any educational setting that receives federal aid are now protected from discrimination under Title IX, a 1972 federal civil rights law.

Change to Gilead Assistance Program Threatens PrEP Access, HIV Advocates Say – PBS
Safety-net clinics rely on Gilead’s Medication Assistance Program to help low-income patients access PrEP and stay HIV-negative. Yet, in April, Gilead announced the reimbursement level will be changing.

Covid-Fueled Boom in At-Home Tests May Next Extend to STDs – POLITICO
As society reopens, officials in L.A., D.C., Alabama, and even rural Idaho are mailing thousands of free STD test kits to people who request them online.

LGBTQ+ Americans Aren’t Fully Counted by the Government. That’s a Big Problem. – CNN
Government data help policymakers find and fix problems for people in need. But that’s tricky if some groups aren’t represented in the stats.

HIV Is No Longer a Death Sentence. But Decades-Old Stigma Persists. – NBC News
Advocates want to see better health education in schools, better access to health care and, ultimately, an end to the epidemic.

How to Talk About Sex with Your LGBTQIA+ Child – Real Simple
Some parents meet the sex talk with a bit of trepidation. But if your kid(s) comes out as LGBTQIA+, that may present a new challenge, especially if that doesn’t line up with your experiences or education.

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