Helix Studios Performer Shane Cook Says He Has Cancer

Helix Studios performer Shane Cook announced on Twitter that he has cancer. Cook posted a photo of his torso, saying he was “tired of being embarrassed about something I have no control over.”

Tweeted Cook: “Hello everyone I’m posting this picture because I’m tired of being embarrassed about something I have no control over. So about 3 or 4 months ago I was diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer and in Short am handling it very well! … I’ve had some hair loss and I’ve lost muscle but I haven’t lost anything that I won’t be able to get back and some so I’m goi g to keep doing what I need to do for myself and look forward to filming later on!”


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California becomes the first state to stand behind intersex rights

California politician Scott Wiener

California’s state legislature passed a new resolution today (28 August) affirming the rights of intersex people. This makes them the first state in the US with such language and protection.

Senator Scott Wiener (D) first introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 110 (SCR-110) at the end of February. interACT Advocates for Intersex Youth and Equality California co-sponsored the resolution.

Other states have made moves to support intersex rights, including Indiana, Nevada, and Texas. This resolution in California, however, is the first to pass.

According to the language of the resolution, the purpose of it is to ‘foster the well-being of children born with variations of sex characteristics through the enactment of policies and procedures that ensure individualized, multidisciplinary care’.

Freedom to choose and be celebrated

The language of the resolution is telling and broad in its support of intersex people and specifically minors.

One element of it resolves to consider ‘intersex children a part of the fabric of our state’s diversity to be celebrated rather than an aberration to be corrected’.

Further, the resolution also recognizes that ‘intersex children should be free to choose whether to undergo life-altering surgeries that irreversibly—and sometimes irreparably—cause harm’.

Wiener celebrated the passage on Twitter.

Intersex people have surgeries performed on them as infants without their consent around the world.

Amnesty International revealed last year that babies in Denmark and Germany face up to five surgeries in their first year alone.

More and more people, however, are revealing the traumas these surgeries can inflict and asserting their pride being intersex.

Sara Kelly Keenan became the first person in the US to have intersex on her birth certificate last year.

It’s also the latest in a string of progressive LGBTI policies out of California, including bills for senior citizens and beyond.

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Canadian man charged with ignoring HIV medical treatment


A 34-year-old man from Vancouver, Canada has been charged by officials for ignoring a medical professional’s HIV treatment.

Authorities charged him under the Public Health Act, which is a rare action.

‘I cannot impress upon you to what extent this is an unusual step for us to take. This is not the norm,’ said Dr. Reka Gustafson. She is the medical director of communicable disease control in the city.

Gustafson further said the man is not being charged under the Criminal Code, but rather to protect public health.

‘Criminal prosecution is not appropriate for HIV,’ she said about the case. ‘It’s not appropriate for communicable diseases — period. It’s not appropriate and it’s not effective.’

According to court documents, the man did not collect his prescribed medication or attend appointments.

Putting safety above all else

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control published a set of guidelines about HIV/AIDS and public health risks.

According to the guidelines, medical professionals can issues orders like this one if they ‘reasonably believe that the person continues to pose a risk of harm to others, and voluntary and other measures have been exhausted’.

The guidelines are primarily for people who engage in risky behaviors without informing others of their infection. According to the court document, the man was supposed to attend daily appoiments once the virus reached a high point in his bloodstream.

This is the first time Gustafson and her office have gone to the courts to make someone comply with medical orders.

‘You don’t take a step like this lightly or without consultation with colleagues, with individuals who would have concerns about taking this step,’ she explained. ‘The order wouldn’t be very meaningful if you weren’t able to enforce that order with potential support of the courts.’

H/t: CBC

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