World AIDS Day:  U.S. Reports Encouraging Progress in Saving LivesWorld AIDS Day

Reflecting America’s commitment to saving lives affected by HIV/AIDS, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced encouraging new results achieved by its efforts to support countries in providing HIV prevention, treatment and care to their people.

Among these results, the U.S. is directly supporting life-saving antiretroviral treatment for more than 3.2 million men, women and children worldwide as of September 30, 2010, up from less than 2.5 million in 2009. In the coming years, the U.S. has committed to directly support more than four million people on treatment, more than doubling the number of people directly supported on treatment during the first five years of PEPFAR.

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Once, When We Were HeroesMark S. King

By Mark S. King

My brother Richard smiles a lot. He has an easy laugh. But there was a time, years ago, when he held a poisonous drink in his hands and begged his dying lover not to swallow it. A time when Richard held the concoction they had prepared together and wept.

Emil couldn’t wait. He took the drink from Richard quickly, because the release it offered was something more rapturous than the appeals of his lover of thirteen years.

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DADT Report Says Letting Openly Gay Troops Serve Won't Hurt Military

By Boyce Hinman

Reinforcing what LGBT veterans, active duty service members and activists have long been saying, a long-awaited Pentagon review of the controversial Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy is showing that allowing openly gay or lesbian troops to serve in the military would have little lasting impact on the U.S. armed forces.

“Today’s report confirms that a strong majority of our military men and women and their families — more than two thirds — are prepared to serve alongside Americans who are openly gay and lesbian,” said President Obama in a released statement. “This report also confirms that, by every measure — from unit cohesion to recruitment and retention to family readiness — we can transition to a new policy in a responsible manner that ensures our military strength and national security.”

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On Eve of World AIDS Day, Yee Commits to Reintroducing Sterile Syringe LegislationSenator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco)

With new governor, Yee hopes life-saving bill to prevent HIV will be signed

Sacramento, Nov. 30, 2010

On the eve of World AIDS Day, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) is hoping Governor-elect Jerry Brown (D-Oakland) will heed the advice of doctors, pharmacists, and AIDS prevention advocates, by signing legislation to allow pharmacies to sell sterile syringes to an adult without a prescription.

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Gays Most Targeted for Hate CrimesHate Crimes

Gay men and lesbians are far more likely to be victims of a violent hate crime than any other minority group in the United States, according to a new analysis of federal hate crime statistics in the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report, released Nov. 22, 2010.

The SPLC’s analysis of 14 years of hate crime data found that homosexuals, or those perceived to be gay, are more than twice as likely to be attacked in a violent hate crime as Jews or blacks; more than four times as likely as Muslims; and 14 times as likely as Latinos. The findings are based on FBI hate crime statistics from 1995 to 2008, the period for which there is complete data.

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