Some news items you might have missed:
• The Advocate: The ACLU sued the Texas Attorney General on Wednesday to prevent Senate Bill 12 from taking effect on September 1. The law, if permitted to move forward, would prohibit drag performances in most public venues.
• NBC News: Florida has “effectively banned” Advanced Placement Psychology classes in the state due to the course’s content on sexual orientation and gender identity.
• Queerty: As fans are swooning over the arrival of Season 2 of Heartstopper, conservatives in Iowa are attempting to ban the graphic novels the uplifting and affirming series is based on from public school libraries.
Under Iowa’s version of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, some school officials are saying ‘Heartstopper’ is inappropriate for students.
— Queerty (@Queerty) August 3, 2023
• Back2Stonewall: World swimming’s governing body (FINA) has adopted a new “gender inclusion policy” on Sunday that only permits swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women’s events. The organization also proposed an “open competition category.”
• Washington Blade: Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo has been named director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, becoming the first openly LGBTQ person to serve in the role. Dr. Anthony Fauci stepped down from the position in November 2022.
• Variety: Apple CEO Tim Cook today announced today his company now has more than 1 billion paid subscriptions across all apps and services, up 150 million year over year.
Apple now has more than 1 billion paid subscriptions across all apps and services. The company earned $21.21 billion during the June 2023 quarter. https://t.co/VH8m854Tsi
— Variety (@Variety) August 3, 2023