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LGBT+ Community at Heightened Risk of Coronavirus, Groups WarnReuters
More than 100 LGBT+ rights groups called on U.S. public health officials to address the heightened vulnerability of gay and trans people to the coronavirus, warning that their frequently weakened immune systems can put them at risk.

S. Carolina Law Banning LGBTQ Sex Ed Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules – NBC News
A U.S. district judge in South Carolina overturned a decades-old state law that prohibited discussion of LGBTQ issues in public school sex education classes. According to the ruling, the law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

Second Patient Cured of HIV, Say Doctors – BBC News
Researchers in the United Kingdom have confirmed that a stem cell transplant has cured a second person of HIV. Adam Castillejo is still free of the virus more than 30 months after stopping anti-retroviral therapy.

Love — and Sex — in the Time of Coronavirus – Vox
To get a better sense of how to apply best practices surrounding the coronavirus in our sex and dating lives, Vox asked an infectious disease expert to share her expertise about love and sex in the time of coronavirus.

Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison in Landmark #MeToo Case – NBC News
Harvey Weinstein, who was convicted of rape in a landmark #MeToo trial, remained defiant as he was sentenced to 23 years in prison, even as a group representing his accusers said "no amount of jail time will repair the lives he ruined, the careers he destroyed."

Alabama Moves Closer to Transgender Health Care Ban for Minors – NBC News
The Alabama Senate voted 22 to 3 in favor of the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act. If the bill become law, doctors could face 10 years in prison for prescribing puberty blockers to anyone under 19.

High Percentage of Transgender Youth Don't Disclose Identity to HCPs – Medscape
According to new research, almost of half of all transgender youth deliberately don't disclose their gender identity to healthcare providers outside of a specialized gender clinic.

Bill Requiring Comprehensive Sex Ed in Schools Passes State Senate, Awaits Governor’s Signature – The Seattle Times
A bill to require Washington’s 295 school districts to teach comprehensive sexual health education in grades K-12 is on its way to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

Does Spring Forward Affect Birth Control? Here's What You Need to Know – Romper
When Daylight Saving Time hits, your daily schedule will likely experience a little bit of a shake-up. An hour of lost sleep is the norm, but does it affect your birth control?

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