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04/19/2007


Ding Dong...Former Senator Jesse Helms is dead.

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Former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms, a North Carolina Republican who opposed civil right, the MLK holiday, extending voting rights, the United Nations, the Test Ban Treaty, affirmative action, arts funding, and anything at all to do with gay rights is dead. Not until his last year in the senate, under the persuasive powers of U2s Bono did he support any AIDS measures, and then only for Africa with predominantly heterosexual transmission.

From the International Herald Tribune: "He fought bitterly against U.S. government aid for AIDS research and treatment, saying the disease resulted from "unnatural" and "disgusting" homosexual behavior.

'Nothing positive happened to Sodom and Gomorrah," he said, "and nothing positive is likely to happen to America if our people succumb to the drumbeats of support for the homosexual lifestyle.'"

To all those people who died too soon or who lived without being able to live life to its fullest as a result of Jesse Helms and his influence, may you rest in peace.

Andy's still on vacation.
--Michael

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Previously on Towleroad:

-- says Bono changed his mind about AIDS: ""Until then it had been my feeling that AIDS was a disease largely spread by reckless and ...

Jesse Helms "Hands" ad playing to racist fears (1990):

Fighting Back:  ACTUP Activists put Condom Over Jesse Helms' House (1991)


Michael Goff

 

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Aferday Michael and Andy have been business partners in Towleroad, ModUrban Media and other projects since May, 2006. In the 90s, he founded Out magazine (and out.com) after working as a magazine editor. He was editorial director of Sidewalk, Microsoft's online city guide that was later sold to Citysearch; General Manager of MSN.com; and managing partner of The Accelerator Group. He also built and folded a mobile publishing company, was Dan Gilmore's partner in launching early citizen-journalism effort, Bayosphere; has advised startups including (pre-Google) Blogger, Treehugger.com, and NowPublic.com. He's served on the Outfest and CRIA boards, was an early ACTUP member, wrote the Gaydar media column for Outweek, and more recently was the Clinton Foundation AIDS Initiative volunteer Lead in Haiti for a year. He's based in Venice, California. It's more a place for experiments than a blog, but more about Michael on Goffspot. 

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