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Presidential Proclamation – World AIDS Day, 2012

President Barack Obama, today, signed and issued the following proclamation regarding World AIDS Day, 2012. “On World AIDS Day, more than 30 years after the first cases of this tragic illness were reported, we join the global community once more in standing with the millions of people who live with HIV/AIDS worldwide. We also recommit […]

Statement by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis on World AIDS Day

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today issued the following statement highlighting the U.S. Department of Labor’s ongoing efforts in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. “On World AIDS Day, we reflect on friends and family members we have lost since the emergence of this pandemic more than 30 years ago. And while an encouraging United […]

Conversion therapist: Lawsuit won’t stop us

(CNN) — The conversion therapy center being sued by gay men who paid the counselors to make them straight vowed it would continue to “assist those with unwanted same-sex attractions.” “The lawsuit is without merit, and is designed to create a chilling effect upon speech and programs that assist people in overcoming unwanted same-sex attractions,” […]

Students forced to hold hands as punishment

Mesa, Ariz. (CNN) — Two Arizona high school students were forced to hold hands in front of their classmates as punishment this week for fighting. Now that punishment is drawing criticism. The students at Westwood High in Mesa, Ariz. were apparently given the option to hold hands instead of being suspended. “Kids were laughing at […]

Supreme Court takes no action yet on same-sex marriage appeals

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Supreme Court took no action Friday on a pending series of appeals over the divisive issue of same-sex marriage. The justices had a closed-door conference to consider whether to accept for review several challenges to federal and state laws restricting the ability of gay and lesbian couples to legally wed. But […]

Dr. Oz agrees with medical professionals that ‘reparative therapy’ is dangerous

Following the controversy surrounding the Dr. Oz Show for airing an episode debating the merits of reparative therapy and the subsequent call from three LGBT organizations for Dr. Oz to distance himself from the practice, he has now written a blog post agreeing with the established medical opinion that the practice is dangerous. Dr. Oz […]

World AIDS Day statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, issued the following statement regarding World AIDS Day 2012. “On December 1, World AIDS Day, we remember those we have lost, but also celebrate the remarkable progress made in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. When the first World AIDS Day was observed in 1988, we could not […]

World AIDS Day Special Interview: Dr. Grant Colfax, director of the Office of National AIDS Policy

Working toward  an AIDS-free generation BY STEVE LEE Grant Colfax, M.D. is the director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP). In this role, he is President Barack Obama’s lead advisor on domestic HIV/AIDS policy and he is responsible for coordinating HIV/AIDS policy issues for the Domestic Policy Council. Announcing Dr. Colfax’s appointment in […]

Visually stunning despite an opaque story

When you begin a novel with “I have a story that will make you believe in God,” you have made a bold promise that is very likely to be left unfulfilled. But that is how Yann Martel begins the Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi, with the narrator explaining that an old man has told him […]

The next ten years

During a panel discussion for the play 8, an audience member asked, “What will the LGBT community look like in ten years?” I thought what a fabulous question. As we look ahead to the new Obama administration and beyond, it is clear that the culture of the LGBT community will fundamentally change. Some of the […]

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