News Round-Up: June 14, 2021

France has lifted its ban on blood donations by gay and/or bisexual men which has been in place since the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

A young man donates blood (image via Depositphotos)

Some news items you might have missed:

The Advocate: Sexually active gay men who have had the same sexual partner for the previous three months will now be able to donate blood, platelets, and plasma in the U.K. after new eligibility criteria go into force on World Blood Donor Day.

OUT: The Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League suspended defensive lineman Chris Larsen after learning of his potential involvement in a hate crime that left the victim with a broken nose, cheekbone and orbital bone shattered, a splint required for his hip bone and a concussion. American Idol alum David Archuleta has come out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community in a new post on Instagram. “I like to keep to myself but also thought this was important to share because I know so many other people from religious upbringings feel the same way,” the 30-year-old wrote.

Wall Street Journal: A new Covid-19 vaccine from Novavax was found to be 90.4% effective at preventing symptomatic disease in adults in a large clinical trial involving nearly 30,000 participants. Those results could move the shot a step closer to global use.

The Daily Beast: Number crunchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle studied COVID-19 stats from all over the world, charted the trends and concluded that as many as 9.7 million people could die by late September. If the trend line continues, COVID-19 could kill 20 million by 2023, according to IHME’s model.

Politico: Out Democrat Matt Putorti is launching a campaign against Trump cultist Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), aiming to knock out one of the Republican Party’s rising stars and a newly minted member of House leadership. Putorti is a 37-year-old attorney from Upstate New York focused on LGBTQ+ equality, reducing gun violence, and immigration.

American Idol Runner-up David Archuleta Gets In Hot Water Over “Incomplete” Love Tweets

David Archuleta, the runner-up from Season 7 of American Idol, fired off a couple of tweets over the weekend that started a little uproar for the 24 year old singer.

 “Romantic love is incomplete. It is a prelude. Love nourished by the coming of children, who spring from the fountain of love expressed between a man and a woman.”

Quoting a speaker from a conference he was attending, the tweets got some fans riled up as he seemed to insinuate that marriage is only between a man and a woman, AND that a marriage without procreation is “incomplete.”

UPDATE: Archuleta has issued an apology on his official website.

I apologize if I have offended anyone with the quote I sent out Saturday. I guess I didn’t think about the line “expressed between a man and a woman in marriage” being stressed when the whole quote didn’t fit in just 1 tweet.

I am sorry my intentions were misunderstood, as my main focus was that too often romance is looked at as the end-all when there is so much more. The bonds that can be there within a family and raising kids, as that is the most valuable thing I have: my family.

I do hope however, that whoever may have been offended may know I respect everyone’s freedom to believe and live as they choose. I hope others can respect what I value most in my life as well. Again, I’m sorry and please forgive me if I offended you. David

David Archuleta to leave music for a two year Mormon mission

American Idol Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta announced to a crowd in his hometown Salt Lake City that he has decided to go on as a full-time missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS). The crowd cheered as David cried.

“I can’t tell you how special it’s been being able to come back here,” he told fans. “There’s no place like home. I always say that. While I’m home in front of you guys here tonight, I would like to make a special announcement that I’ve chosen to serve a full-time mission.”

In LDS, it is strongly encouraged for young men to served a full-time mission for approximately two years. During the two years on a mission, the missionary is dedicated 100% to serving others and teaching people about Jesus Christ. A Mormon in mission won’t be able to listen to music that isn’t religious, and music with any romantic lyrics will be banned.