Some news items you might have missed:
• Boston.com: LGBTQ Senior Housing Inc., a Massachusetts non-profit that works to create affordable housing for LGBTQ+ seniors, said in a Facebook post Sunday that signs at The Pryde — their current housing project in Hyde Park — had anti-LGBTQ+ hate speech spray-painted on them.
• Instinct Magazine: On July 16, any US citizens who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or a mental health crisis will be able to call or text 988 to connect with someone for counseling
• Back2Stonewall: Russian lawmakers have proposed extending a ban on the promotion of “non-traditional” sexual relationships to minors to include adults as well. Under the proposed changes, ANY event or act regarded as an attempt to “promote homosexuality” could incur a fine or jail time.
— Back2Stonewall.com – Will Kohler (@BACK2STONEWALL) July 11, 2022
• Axios: Pharmaceutical company HRA Pharma has submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration asking to sell a birth control bill over-the-counter, rather than via prescription. It would be the first ever birth control pill to be available over-the-counter in the U.S.
• Texas Tribune: With a punishing heat wave across Texas driving record high power demand, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) sent out a request that Texans cut back on their energy use, turn up their thermostats and postpone running major appliances between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday.
We can’t rely on the grid when it’s hot.
We can’t rely on the grid when it’s cold.
We can’t rely on Greg Abbott. It’s time to vote him out and fix the grid.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) July 11, 2022
• NYC.gov: Coronavirus infection rates are spiking in the city with more than 15% of all tests coming back positive on average in the past week, data from the Health Department shows — and it remains unclear if Mayor Adams will take any new steps to address the pandemic resurgence.
• New York Times: It turns out the hearing former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony to the House select committee investigating the deadly January 6 riots was brought to bear quickly because Hutchinson had received some intimidating messages that basically amounted to witness tampering.
Cassidy Hutchinson: Why the Jan. 6 Committee Rushed Her Testimony – The New York Times https://t.co/4LK8Ih3cEY
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 10, 2022