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road.jpg Doctors hopeful that HPV vaccine may be helpful in preventing anal cancer: "Recruiting gay men has been challenging, researchers said. The vaccine is intended to prevent an initial infection with the virus, but many people become infected soon after becoming sexually active. For the gay arm of the study, Merck has recruited men from 16 to 26 who have had no more than five sexual partners. The difficulty is that many gay men come to accept their sexual orientation only after an experimentation period."

Quiltroad.jpg Creator of the AIDS quilt in legal tug-of-war with its caretaker, the Names Project: "The dispute is not just about the relatively small swatch of the quilt, or even the simmering personality clash between Mr. Jones, a founder of the group, and his successors. More broadly, the battle reflects the changing symbolism and purpose of one of the most recognizable symbols of the AIDS crisis as the crisis itself has changed."

road.jpg Housing study in Michigan finds "discrimination is a daily challenge" to gay people looking to rent and buy property in that state: "For instance, a gay couple was quoted a higher rent at an Ypsilanti apartment than the corresponding straight couple. In Battle Creek, a lesbian couple was shown one apartment; the straight couple was shown two and offered $200 off the first month rent as an incentive. However, discrimination was far lower in Metro Detroit, where just three of the 36 tests revealed discrimination."

road.jpg Some New Jersey parents are pissed that their children are being shown "That's a Family", a video that depicts a diverse set of examples of modern families, including those with same-sex parents. Superintendent: "'"Marriage isn't really even discussed. I don't think the words are used anywhere in the video. It's just kids talking about the family they live in, that they go home to each day, and what they do in their family.' She says the video is part of a state-mandated course about diversity, tolerance, and bullying."

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  1. Wow, I honestly never thought about gay men being susceptable to HPV. I considered it a female problem.

    Wow, it makes perfect sense that it is something for gay men to worry about as well. Thanks Andy for posting about the HPV vaccine study on your site.

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Jan 31, 2007 8:38:24 AM


  2. I wondered where the quilt went! I think it needs to be moved back to San Fran. It seems to have been hijacked by the folks in Atlanta.

    Posted by: shane | Jan 31, 2007 10:14:12 AM


  3. Here's hoping that some of the justifiable anger that was ignited by the Isaiah Washington debacle and the sorrow over the fact of not just the death of someone like Anthony Castro but how much of his short life was made agony by his own mother and teenage terrorists and their homohating parents will recognize that they are entertwined. But, further, that we need to transfer that long-overdue outrage into standing up as a community, across the country, to these family fascists.

    Deluded into thinking that the millions we've been sending national groups meant that they were collectively fighting these battles for us, we now need to wake-up to the fact that few of them [GLSEN, PFLAG, Lambda Legal, NGLTF to a degree] were, in fact, doing that. HRC seems to be the largest single group of professional gays to realize that the primary battleground changed long ago from Capitol Hill to, as MLK might say, the "hills and molehills" of places like New Jersey and the classrooms and school boards and legislatures of every state which the American Taliban decades ago began to take over.

    Because our "generals" were asleep, even though good people in New Jersey succeeded in making this program a mandate, now they are going to have to fight all over again—against massively funded groups like FOF and AFA, their legal arms, and their local shills, to see it implemented.

    Posted by: Leland | Jan 31, 2007 10:51:06 AM


  4. "But, further, that we need to transfer that long-overdue outrage into standing up as a community, across the country, to these family fascists."
    Posted by: Leland |

    That would be the most positive outcome to all of this.

    Posted by: Da | Jan 31, 2007 6:57:26 PM


  5. "For the gay arm of the study, Merck has recruited men from 16 to 26 who have had no more than five sexual partners. The difficulty is that many gay men come to accept their sexual orientation only after an experimentation period."


    What does that have to do with anything? Should it matter if a guy has "accepted" his sexual orientation? A guy could identify as gay, bi, straight, questioning...ect but as long as he has receptive anal sex this would pertain to him.

    Posted by: jacknasty | Jan 31, 2007 9:41:55 PM


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