Eva Longoria’s Gay Future, ‘AIDS Fatigue’, Manhunt, and more

Evalongoria_1road.jpg Eva Longoria wants to go gay: “I wish I had a full-on gay experience because I think women are beautiful creatures. They’re much more attractive naked than men and it sounds like fun. Maybe I’m just holding out for the future.”

road.jpg The Washington Post on ‘AIDS Fatigue’: National and local health-care officials say they fear gay men have “gotten collectively numb” about the [HIV/AIDS] epidemic. Some gay rights groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay Men’s Health Crisis among them, say a generational gulf has emerged. There was a time when AIDS united the gay community. Now, in subtle ways, the epidemic has divided it. Across the country, HIV has become its own subculture. “It’s almost like us versus them, the guys who are negative versus the guys who are positive,” Henderson says. “It’s almost like, ‘It’s your fault that you got it now.’ “

road.jpg Gay-policy discharges soar at Fort Campbell: Fort Campbell had the single biggest increase of discharged soldiers under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in 2005, according to the Department of Defense. According to the Department of Defense, 49 soldiers were dismissed from Fort Campbell, an increase from 19 in 2004. Officials say they don’t really know why the spike is so high at Fort Campbell. It was at Fort Campbell where Pfc. Barry Winchell was bludgeoned to death in 1999 by a fellow soldier who believed Winchell was gay. Gay discharges from the base went up sharply on the heels of that murder but later subsided.”

Estoniaprideattackroad.jpg Gays attacked at Estonia gay pride parade: Police skirmished with protestors who battered marchers in a gay pride parade Saturday in Tallinn, Estonia. Officials said that about 15 people in the parade were injured when the demonstrators rushed into the parade. None of the injuries is believed to be serious. Several protestors were arrested. In neighboring Baltic state Latvia a gay pride parade was banned last month. Gays instead held a tolerance prayer service in a local church. Hundreds of skinheads, members of the Orthodox Church and people identified as members of the ANSS and threw excrement and eggs at about 50 gay rights activists and their supporters as they left the service.

road.jpg The US-based gay dating site manhunt.net has hit upon a novel way of promoting safe sex among gay men. An outreach worker, posing under the sign-in name of VIPBoy, is paid to talk about AIDS and STDs to site users and to give out advice about safe sex practices. Among other innovations at manhunt.net are AIDS counselling. The site recruits men for HIV-drug studies and surveys and has a unique system whereby HIV-positive members can contact other members they may have infected while remaining anonymous.

Posted August 14, 2006 at 9:05am ETC by Josh
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