Matthew Lavietes

Air pollution costs each American $2,500 a year in healthcare - study

May 21 2021

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Air pollution from fossil fuels costs each American an average of $2,500 a year in extra medical bills, researchers said on Thursday, as climate change hurts both health and finances.

Suicidal thoughts for four in 10 young LGBT+ Americans - survey

May 19 2021

NEW YORK, May 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 40% of young, LGBT+ Americans say they considered suicide in the past year, laid low by COVID-19 lockdowns and political attacks in the Trump era, a survey found on Wednesday.

Singer Rufus Wainwright urges Americans to fight global LGBT+ threats

May 18 2021

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As conservative states seek to limit transgender rights in the United States, double Grammy Award-nominated singer Rufus Wainwright said Americans should not forget the hardships faced by LGBT+ people in other parts of the world.

2021 is worst year for gay and trans rights in 'war' on LGBT+ Americans

May 11 2021

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In less than five months, 2021 has become the "worst year" in recent history for LGBT+ rights in the United States, with dozens of gay and transgender rights-related bills passed by state legislatures, a leading advocacy group said on Tuesday.

Global economic growth to mask widening inequality in 2021, U.N. says

May 11 2021

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The world economy will fare better this year than previous projections indicated, but a slow roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines in many developing countries will hamper their economic recoveries, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Analysis-Are U.S. firms ready to do more than voice concerns on trans rights?

May 06 2021

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leading U.S. companies have become more vocal in criticizing proposed laws restricting transgender rights and taking a stand on LGBT+ issues but have failed so far to take concrete action against states with such legislation, advocates said.

State of LGBT+ rights after Biden's first 100 days

May 04 2021

(This April. 29 story refiles to correct spelling of name Talbott in par 20)

Hundreds of U.S. businesses call for LGBT+ anti-discrimination law

Apr 27 2021

NEW YORK, April 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tech giants Amazon, Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday were among some 400 companies to call for U.S. lawmakers to pass a key LGBT+ rights bill that would extend equal healthcare, housing and goods and services rights to all Americans.

Biden scrambles Plan B on LGBT+ rights as Equality Act meets resistance

Apr 13 2021

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Joe Biden vowed on the campaign trail to pass a law protecting LGBT+ Americans from discrimination within his first 100 days in office. But with the Senate's backing for the Equality Act seen as unlikely, he may already have opted for Plan B.

Biden urged to use clean energy benefits more to fight inequality

Apr 08 2021

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate justice leaders criticized President Joe Biden on Thursday for a measure designed to combat inequality caused by climate change, arguing it does not go far enough.

World News

Putin sees 'a lot of issues' at first summit with Biden

GENEVA (Reuters) -With deep disagreements likely and expectations of solving them low, U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down in a lakeside Geneva villa on Wednesday for their first summit since Biden took office.