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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Speaker Pérez Sends Gay and Lesbian Youth Holiday Message: “It Absolutely Gets Better”Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez

Sacramento, Nov. 24, 2010 –

Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) has released a Youtube video as part of the It Gets Better series created in the wake of national headlines of LGBT kids committing suicide after anti-gay bullying and harassment by their peers. 

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Speaker Pérez Calls for Heightened University Policies to Promote Safe Environments for Students

Sacramento, Nov. 23, 2010 –

After the recent suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) today sent a letter to the University of California Regents and California State University Trustees asking them to review policies and programs established on California campuses to protect all students and provide them with safe learning environments.

“The recent tragedies of young men and women committing suicide has brought to light the disturbing fact that in today’s digital world, there are too many outlets for people to be bullied, harassed and hounded to the point of desperation,” Pérez said.

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Pre-Exposure Use of HIV Medications Reduces Risk Of HIV Infection

In a finding with the potential to offer a new strategy to slow the global HIV epidemic, a new study called iPrEx shows that individuals at high risk for HIV infection who took a single daily tablet containing two widely used HIV medications, emtricitabine and tenofovir (FTC/TDF), experienced an average of 43.8 percent fewer HIV infections than those who were assigned to take a placebo pill.

The study, reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, is the first evidence that this new HIV prevention method, called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, reduces HIV infection in people at increased risk of infection.

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