Gay Columbus: The Latest

US Banning Use of WeChat, TikTok for National Security

US Banning Use of WeChat, TikTok for National Security

NEWS | Sep 18
The Commerce Department will roll out a ban of transactions in the U.S. using TikTok and WeChat starting Sunday.

Wildfires' Toxic Air Leaves Damage Long After the Smoke Clears

Wildfires' Toxic Air Leaves Damage Long After the Smoke Clears

HEALTH_FITNESS | By Katheryn Houghton | Sep 18
While it's long been known that smoke can be dangerous when in the thick of it, research confirmed what public health experts feared: Wildfire haze can have consequences long after it's gone.

Gay Marriages Rise 5 Years After Supreme Court Ruling

Gay Marriages Rise 5 Years After Supreme Court Ruling

NEWS | By Mike Scheider | Sep 18
Five years after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriages around the U.S., more than a half million households are made up of married same-sex couples, according to figures the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.

Federal Funding Threatened Over Transgender Athlete Policy

Federal Funding Threatened Over Transgender Athlete Policy

NEWS | By Pat Eaton-Robb | Sep 18
The U.S. Department of Education is threatening to withhold some federal funding from Connecticut school districts if they follow a state policy that allows transgender girls to compete as girls in high school sports.

At Town Hall, Biden Blasts Trump's 'Criminal' Virus Response

At Town Hall, Biden Blasts Trump's 'Criminal' Virus Response

NEWS | By Alexandra Jaffe and Will Weissert | Sep 18
Joe Biden went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of COVID-19, calling Trump's downplaying of the pandemic "criminal" and his administration "totally irresponsible."

Trump Heats Up Culture War in Appeal to Wisconsin Voters

Trump Heats Up Culture War in Appeal to Wisconsin Voters

NEWS | By Zeke Miller | Sep 18
President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric on cultural issues, aiming to boost enthusiasm among rural Wisconsin voters as he tries to repeat his path to victory four years ago.

Making Gyms Safer: Why the Virus Is Less Likely to Spread There Than in a Bar

Making Gyms Safer: Why the Virus Is Less Likely to Spread There Than in a Bar

HEALTH_FITNESS | By Will Stone | Sep 18
The fitness industry has begun to push back at the pandemic-driven perceptions and prohibitions. "We should not be lumped with bars and restaurants," says an executive from the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association.

Group Appeals US Judge's Idaho Transgender Sports Ban Ruling

Group Appeals US Judge's Idaho Transgender Sports Ban Ruling

NEWS | By Keith Ridler | Sep 18
A conservative Christian group is appealing a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked an Idaho law banning transgender women from competing in women's sports.

Emmys, Live and Virtual: 'What Could Possibly Go Wrong?'

Emmys, Live and Virtual: 'What Could Possibly Go Wrong?'

ENTERTAINMENT | By Lynn Elber | Sep 18
Emmy host Jimmy Kimmel and an alpaca sharing the spotlight. Winners accepting at home in designer pajamas or maybe yoga pants. More than 100 chances for a balky internet connection to bring Sunday's ceremony to a crashing halt.

Netflix Streams 'Queer Eye,' 'Orange is the New Black' in Saudi Arabia with 'Troubling Compromise'

Netflix Streams 'Queer Eye,' 'Orange is the New Black' in Saudi Arabia with 'Troubling Compromise'

NEWS | By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 17
Saudi Arabia has allowed Netflix to stream LGBTQ-centric series "Queer Eye" and "Orange is the New Black" over what Netflix Co-CEO Reed Hastings as a "troubling compromise."


News

Miami Man Receives 2-Year Sentence for Homophobic Attack on Couple

Miami Man Receives 2-Year Sentence for Homophobic Attack on Couple

NEWS | By Kevin Schattenkirk | Sep 17
Convicted on hate crimes charges, a Miami man has been sentenced to two years in prison for assaulting and yelling homophobic slurs at two gay men.



Business

Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas Reopen as Strip's First Smoke-Free Resort

Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas Reopen as Strip's First Smoke-Free Resort

TRAVEL | Sep 18
It took a pandemic with high incidence of respiratory symptoms to nudge Las Vegas toward a smoke-free environment, but Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas are hopefully setting a trend that other casinos and resorts will soon follow.



Technology

Solace: The App That Supports Transitioning, One Step at a Time

Solace: The App That Supports Transitioning, One Step at a Time

HEALTH_FITNESS | By Merryn Johns | Sep 17
A support system, advocacy portal and resource guide, Solace empowers transgender individuals through their transition through a tech-savvy and easy-to-use app.



Cars

Consumer Prices Up 0.4% in August as Used Car Prices Surge

Consumer Prices Up 0.4% in August as Used Car Prices Surge

CARS | By Martin Crutsinger | Sep 14
U.S. consumer prices rose 0.4% in August as used car prices surged by the largest amount in 51 years, the Labor Department reported Friday.



Style

End of the Runway? Fashion World Mulls Post-COVID Future

End of the Runway? Fashion World Mulls Post-COVID Future

STYLE | By Sylvia Hui | Sep 18
With most designers showing their wares online only, style in the COVID era is largely limited to streaming fashion shows on an iPad from the couch - probably with slippers in place of stilettos.



Health/Fitness

Watch: Lower Body Workout with Azlia Williams

Watch: Lower Body Workout with Azlia Williams

More than 650,000 YouTube followers tune into Azlia Williams' workout videos, and with good reason. She's back at the gym (wearing a mask), this time concentrating on lower body strengthening and toning.