A former Iowa State University scientist pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges alleging that he falsified research for an AIDS vaccine to secure millions of dollars in federal funding. Dong-Pyou Han, 57, entered his not guilty pleas to four counts of making false statements during his initial court appearance in Des Moines federal court.
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday threw out the conviction of a man who pleaded guilty to criminal transmission of HIV, a victory to activists who say laws in many states are outdated and based on fear instead of medical science.
BY ANDY TOWLE
At this week’s HIV is Not a Crime conference at Grinnell College, Nick Rhoades and Donald Bogardus were cut free from their GPS monitoring devices on stage in a symbolic celebration of the legislature overturning Iowa’s outdated HIV criminalization law.
Nicholas Rhoades was sentenced to 25 years in prison and became a registered tier-one sex offender because he had sex, used a condom, and is HIV positive with an undetectable viral load. Donald Bogardus, who is also HIV positive with an undetectable viral load, faced similar sentencing and felony charges. Neither men transmitted HIV to their partners, but that was irrelevant, because Iowa is one of more than 30 states that criminalizes HIV.
That is, until last week, when Governor Terry Branstad (IA-R) signed into law updated, modernized HIV transmission legislation. This made Iowa the first state to repeal outdated HIV criminalization, replacing it with a transmission statute that is grounded in science, public health, and a commitment to reducing stigma.
Much-heralded new legislation that update’s Iowa’s HIV criminal statute will be signed into law by Gov. Terry Branstad.
The editor of a small Iowa newspaper is out of a job after calling for a “fight” against LGBT people.
In a late night session, the Iowa House of Representatives unanimously approved changes to the state’s HIV-specific law.
An Iowa State University assistant professor resigned after being accused of spiking rabbit blood to falsely show that an AIDS vaccine was working in the research animals.
A Kansas prison inmate claims he’s being discriminated against because the Department of Corrections won’t allow visits from his husband, whom he married legally in Iowa.
Activist organizations spent $833,000 in Iowa last year trying to influence voters to decide whether to keep an Iowa Supreme Court judge who supported same-sex marriage, according to a new report that analyzed spending by special-interest groups and political parties.
NBC Nightly News on Sunday profiled 17-year-old Jake Stallman, a once bullied gay teen from eastern Iowa who decided he no longer could suffer in silence and now helps other kids who are bullied.
Students around the nation continue to use races for homecoming court to make a statement about LGBT rights. This weekend saw winners in Iowa and on Long Island.
Editors Note: Previous articles have stated that Sanchez identifies as both male and female and also as “gender queer.” The following article alternatively uses both male and female pronouns to refer to Sanchez. Steven Sanchez made history last Friday when fellow students at the University of Northern Iowa voted to crown him Homecoming Queen, making Sanchez the first transgender person to win such a title at her university.
Based on the 1998 murder of gay student Matthew Shepard, Moisés Kaufman’s “The Laramie Project” has played to great acclaim around the world. But the principal at an Iowa high school is giving the play a much chillier reception.
The debate about marriage equality often centers, however discretely, on an appeal to the Bible. Unfortunately, such appeals often reflect a lack of biblical literacy on the part of those who use that complex collection of texts as an authority to enact modern social policy.
As academic biblical scholars, we wish to clarify that the biblical texts do not support the frequent claim that marriage between one man and one woman is the only type of marriage deemed acceptable by the Bible’s authors.