Governor Brown’s Budget Imposes New Cost-Sharing on Low-income People
 with HIV/AIDS

According to analysis provided by Project Inform, Governor Brown’s new budget proposal provides an additional $77.2 million for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to address growing need, but would institute cost-sharing for ADAP clients.

ADAP provides access to lifesaving HIV medications for over 35,000 low-income Californians living with HIV/AIDS who are uninsured or underinsured. 
The details regarding the amount of cost-sharing and how it will be imposed have not been decided but research indicates that even nominal co-pays can present a real barrier to low-income people accessing their life-saving medication.

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LCRs Continue DADT Fight at Ninth Circuit

Washington, DC  – January, 10, 2011

Log Cabin Republicans have filed a response to the Obama administration’s latest attempt to indefinitely delay arguments in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States, despite legislation enacted last month which removed DADT from U.S. code.

The military has emphasized that the policy remains in force and the Obama Department of Justice continues to defend the ban in court.

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Mr. President, Washington and Franklin thank you

by Mark Segal

When President Obama signed the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” he might have felt the ghosts of Founding Fathers George Washington and Benjamin Franklin smiling over his shoulder. They might have even whispered in his ear, “It’s about time.”

History clearly recalls that the Revolutionary Army was a rag-tag band of men with little to no military training. We fumbled through the beginning of the war of independence with lack of training, conduct and organization. Washington knew that, without help, the Colonies would lose. Since Washington himself was the best this nation had, he looked to Europe for someone who could bring order to the troops. To that end, Washington wrote the Colonies’ representative in Paris at the time, Franklin, to see what he could find.

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Exciting Developments On Prop 8 Appeal

Commentary by Boyce Hinman

The U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals has just released two very interesting documents on the appeal of a lower court’s decision that overturned California’s Proposition 8.

In one document it ruled that Imperial County lacks legal standing to appeal the lower court decision. That seems to leave only the people who put the proposition on the ballot (called the proponents) as the only significant remaining appellants in the case.

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NYC anti-HIV Ad Causes Controversy

by Sean Strub

The New York City Department of Health's It's Never Just HIV advertising campaign, targeted to encourage HIV negative gay and bisexual men to use condoms, has prompted a conversation that is profoundly important and speaks directly to the heart of the problems with HIV prevention.

The ad features doleful, frightened or ashamed young men who are so attractive they look like characters from the television program Lost, set against a sound track appropriate for a horror film.  The ad's message is that HIV doesn't exist in isolation; it also brings other serious health problems.

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