News Round-Up: January 12, 2022

Some news stories you might have missed:

The Advocate: France has lifted its homophobic ban on queer men giving blood. The regulation has been in place since the early days of the HIV epidemic.

Forbes: A new study indicates cannabis could prevent the coronavirus from entering cells and causing infection.

Gr8erDays: Pop legend Ronnie Spector of the famed girl group the Ronettes has died at the age of 78 after a brief battle with cancer.

Axios: Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require the federal government to provide universal free COVID-19 testing and provide three N95 masks to every American.

OUT: More straight actors got Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for playing gay than queer actors.

Insider: Quebec’s Premier François Legault announced on Tuesday that the province plans to tax people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 for non-medical reasons.

The Wrap: CNN’s Jim Acosta on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson pushing Viagra as a faux COVID treatment: “I suppose some people will justify those prescriptions with just about anything.”