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04/19/2007


Ugandan Gay Group Seeking Monetary Aid to Help HIV Volunteer Flee Country

GEHOUganda

The Gender-Equality and Health Organisation (GEHO) Uganda has issued an urgent plea for financial aid in assisting a Ugandan HIV/AIDS volunteer flee to Canada.

The volunteer, Jinja Awena, is currently in hiding and is being sought by police after being accused of violating Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act through her work combating HIV/AIDS.

More on her situation:

Awena fled into hiding after police raided GEHO's offices, and six local radio stations publicly broadcast her name as someone accused of violating the anti-homosexuality law. As of Thursday afternoon, April 10, Awena had avoided a third attempt by the police to arrest her. GEHO still needed $300 to cover her plane ticket.

GEHO is asking for public donations through the Safe Passage Fund, a grant initiative created to “provide immediate assistance to LGBTQ activists who are at-risk of violence, life-imprisonment or even death.”

Donate here.

[via joe.my.god]


Mr. LA Leather Starts Petition To Remove Weinstein From AHF

AHF Petition Banner

In response to Michael Weinstein's glib remarks referring to Truvada as "a party drug", yesterday Mr. LA Leather Eric Paul Leue created a Change.org petition to have Weinstein removed from his position as president and CEO of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Leue issued a press release for the petition:

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press,

Today I, as a community representative, have launched a petition for the removal of Michael Weinstein as President and CEO of the AHF. This is not just about the LGBTQ community, it concerns us all. This petition is not about how Weinstein or we personally feel about HIV PrEP. This petition is about whether we, the people, should be allowed access to accurate information, free of stigma and discrimination.

Mr. Weinstein's comments and actions are unbefitting the head of the world's largest AIDS service organization, and we are calling for his removal. HIV prevention is not "a party." #removeWeinstein

Eric Paul Leue
Mr LA Leather 2014

Previously...
AHF President Michael Weinstein Spurs Outrage with Remarks on Truvada: 'It's a Party Drug' [tlrd]


AHF President Michael Weinstein Spurs Outrage with Remarks on Truvada: 'It's A Party Drug'

Michael Weinstein

Slowly but steadily Truvada as PrEP is gaining awareness and acceptance as a valid method for preventing HIV transmission. The drug's reputation is not without its problems, however, including no small number of myths and misinformation that routinely have to be debunked. Adding to the opposition of the drug's uptake is AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein.

Said Weinstein of the drug: Truvada

If something comes along that's better than condoms, I'm all for it, but Truvada is not that. Let's be honest: It's a party drug.

Weinstein received immediate public backlash and condemnation for the remarks.

Mr. L.A. Leather Eric Paul Leue pulled no punches on his Facebook page (some content hidden depending on privacy settings),

I speak out against Weinstein's ignorant form of speech that is attacking our LGBT community and those that are aware[...]He disgraces those that are actively seeking protection, awareness and knowledge by literally calling them drug addicts.

Adult video producer Michael Lucas called for Weinstein's removal as AHF president:

In this man’s prurient imagination, gays are too busy enjoying their bareback orgies to be trusted with taking a once-daily pill. In his view, gay men using PrEP will stir up a frothy new drug-resistant strain of the virus. What evidence exists that this is a valid scientific concern? None. He has not even credited the fact that this form of prevention might and is being used by responsible gay men regardless of the sexual activity they are engaged in. Mr. Weinstein’s anti-PrEP position is an extension of his long-standing anti-promiscuity crusade and more importantly his continuation of harmful shame tactics.

The facts are that Truvada is estimated to be over 99% effective when taken properly. Additionally, the fear that Truvada will encourage riskier behavior is not founded in fact; men are already having condomless sex regardless of the availability of PrEP, and during the iPrEX studies prior to FDA approval there was no increase in risky behavior between the men who thought they were on PrEP versus those who thought they were on the placebo.


Jared Leto Offers Poignant Speech About the Battle Against AIDS at MTV Movie Awards: VIDEO

Leto

Jared Leto won the award for Best Transformation at the MTV Movie Awards for his portrayal of Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club and used part of his acceptance speech to talk about AIDS.

Said Leto:

"We've made a lot of progress in the battle against AIDS, but it's not time to celebrate just yet. There's no cure, the epidemic rages on. But here's to the hope that one day, we'll put an end of this plague, and the world will rejoice, knowing that no one will ever have to suffer the indignation of this sickness again, nor the intolerance, the fear or the prejudice that lives alongside it. Love who you want to love, live how you wish to live and never let anyone ever stop you from turning your dreams into your reality."

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Minnesota Lawmaker Claims HIV Is Spread Through Sweat, Among Other Lies: VIDEO

Glenn Gruenhagen

Michelle Bachmann isn't the only crazy anti-gay lawmaker in Minnesota: Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, created and distributed a video called “Sodomy, Health, Money, and HF-826” that contains enough disinformation and lies to make the Bachmann's look informed and upstanding. Among the many insane claims are:

  • An enzyme in sperm causes AIDS when introduced to the digestive tract
  • Homosexual men have an average lifespan of 41 years
  • Words like "sexual orientation" and "gay," "lesbian," and "bisexual" are "triggers for the hormone dopamine in children like pornography in adults"
  • HIV can be spread through sweat, tears, and saliva

He doesn't explain why, if AIDS is caused by an enzyme in sperm introduced to the digestive tract, more straight women aren't afflicted with the disease, nor does he explain how the virus moves from the bloodstream into tear ducts, sweat glands, or salivary glands - environments that are completely inhospitable to the virus and would kill it in short order.

The lifespan statistic is a misquote of Paul Cameron's discredited research which made its estimate by only pulling data from San Francisco obituaries during the AIDS crisis, which is akin to claiming that if the average age of mortality for children under 18 in Tennessee is 4.7 then the average lifespan for children is 4.7 years.

Gruenhagen has been endorsed by the Republican Party of Minnesota for reelection this year. You can watch the videos of his insane claims AFTER THE JUMP...

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'My Status Is Not A Secret' Says New HIV Awareness Campaign: VIDEO

Status

One of the greatest assets in fighting HIV transmission is being able to talk about the disease, for it's when things are hidden and kept secret that they grow into larger problems. Column Five Media is spearheading a new campaign called "My Status Is Not A Secret" which utilizes personal interviews with HIV positive and negative individuals to help break down the stigma of discussing status. Said Senior Producer for Column Five Ian Klein in an interview with Huffington Post:

My Status Is Not A SecretThis project is important because people, whether infected with or affected by HIV, as we all ultimately are, can learn a great deal through personal testimony, whether that be about the process of getting tested, effectively managing the disease, or preventing infection in the first place. Walking the line between normalizing HIV and encouraging less infection, is certainly tricky, but the importance of both is wildly important to overcoming this crisis.

You can watch the teaser for the project AFTER THE JUMP...

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