Good thing I procrastinated on this one, cause everything seemed to hit the fan Sunday.

Gay Couple Arrested Over FB Page
In Indonesia, a gay couple has been arrested for running an LGBT Facebook page. They’ve been charged under Article 27, Point 1 of the Electronic Transactions and Information (ITE) Law on transmitting and spreading electronic information containing immorality.
https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/gay-couple-arrested-in-bandung-for-running-lgbt-facebook-page-as-homophobia-grips-west

Trump Wants To Redefine “Transgender” (To Revoke Rights)
The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. The Human Rights Campaign is calling on the administration to Not do that.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/21/us/politics/transgender-trump-administration-sex-definition.html
https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/21/politics/human-rights-campaign-hhs-transgender/index.html

PrEP Use Stops Overall HIV Spread
When enough people take pills to protect themselves from HIV, they also help control its spread, researchers reported Wednesday. It makes sense, but a study of 3000 has backed it up with proof.
https://nbcnews.to/2EBysOY

Ohio Opens Trans Wellness Clinic
The center, called Mozaic, received $1.9 million from the CDC as part of a five-year grant to reduce the spread of HIV among young transgender people of color. It’s the only grantee in Ohio, one of only five in the Midwest, and one of 30 nationally.
https://www.hivplusmag.com/testing/2018/10/19/ohios-first-transgender-wellness-center-offers-hiv-testing-safe

Library Sued Over Drag Queen Story Hour
A crew of anti-gay protesters rallied outside the federal courthouse Friday afternoon, announcing they have sued the Houston Public Library over a city-sponsored Drag Queen Story Hour which they say violates their freedom of religion.
https://m.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Houston-library-sued-by-anti-gay-activists-over-13322045.php

UK Stonewall Demands Acton As Hate Crimes Rise
The latest Home Office data shows that in Lincolnshire there were 65 incidents where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people were abused or attacked due to their identity, jumping from 33 in 2016-17.
https://www.gainsboroughstandard.co.uk/news/charity-demands-action-after-rise-in-transgender-hate-crime-incidents-in-lincolnshire-1-9404408

Kansas Sued Over Trans Rights
Citing privacy, discrimination and harassment concerns, Lambda Legal filed suit against the state of Kansas alleging that it violates transgender individuals’ rights by refusing to change the sex listed on their birth certificates to correspond with their gender identities.
https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article220041095.html

Asexual Awareness Week!
The “A” in LGBTQIA gets a week of visibility! Individuals, organizations, and activists around the world have announced that they’re hosting events to honor and bring awareness next/in the upcoming week~
Look into attending (or creating!) one near you!
https://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/act/i-m-an-asexual-ask-me-anything-smith-s-to-host-panel-discussion-20181018-p50aj6.html
https://wheatonwire.com/2018/wheatons-annual-asexual-panel/
http://teenhealthsource.com/blog/ace-torontos-aaw-2018-events/
http://asexualawarenessweek.com/events.html

Did I miss anything? Find a good news story next week? Got an idea for a blog you’d like to write? Comments? Concerns? Queeries? Email me at MxRowan@protonmail.com!
Rowan
Aromantic, Asexual, and Agender Activist