Federal Judge Orders Military To Reinstate Gay Nurse
US District Judge Ronald B. Leighton ruled that an Air Force nurse, Reserve Major Margaret Witt, who was discharged under the military’s ban on openly gay service members, should be “reinstated at the earliest possible moment.” In his 15-page opinion, he stated that she “was an effective leader…and an integral member of an effective team. Her loss within the squadron resulted in a diminution of the unit’s ability to carry out its mission.”
Televangelist Says He’ll Fight Sex Allegations
CNN reports Baptist televangelist Eddie Long, accused of coercing at least four teenage male church members into having sex with him, announced from his pulpit in Georgia that he will fight the allegations in court. He said, “I am not the man that has been portrayed on television.” He faces four civil lawsuits that claim he used his status as Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church to force the teenagers into sexual relationships with him.
19 Percent of Gay, Bisexual Men in US Cities Have HIV
According to a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, nearly 20 percent of gay and bisexual men in 21 major US cities are infected with HIV, but almost half of them don’t know it. The researchers also found that the lower a man’s socioeconomic status, the more likely he is to have HIV. CDC recommends that all men who have sex with men get tested for HIV each year, and those who have multiple sex partners or use drugs during sex get tested every three to six months.