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Homeless Queer Youth – Emancipation, is it really so “out of the box”?

Legal emancipation can give homeless queer youth the tools they need to become independent By Cathy Kristofferson, January 21, 2013. Thinking about a comment I had heard that maybe we need to ‘think out side the box’ for solutions to help with issues of queer youth homelessness I thought of emancipation.  It’s not a new […]

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San Francisco Help LGBT Homeless Youth on MLK Day of Service

Help LGBT Homeless Youth on MLK  – Day of Service, 1/21/13 At HRC and Larkin Street Youth Services, we believe that we have a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of our LGBT youth, who make up 40 percent of homeless and at-risk youth. In our first year participating in MLK Day of Service, […]

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Sandy Hook Brings Families Out of the Mental Health Closet | I am Adam Lanza’s Sister

By Melanie Nathan, December 18, 2012. Since the Sandy Hook tragedy there has been a dramatic shift in the discussion about guns in America, with some remarkable statistics coming from the NRA, now showing that their membership favors stronger gun control, even though their operatives continue to lobby against. It took twenty dead seven year […]

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World AIDS DAY | South African Gold Coin Exchange Announces Mandela Collectible Coin’s U.S. Beneficiaries

Three U.S.A. Charities to benefit from sales of The Mandela Red Ribbon Twin Set Editorial, December 01, 2012. In honoring Worlds AIDS DAY on December 01, The South African Gold Coin Exchange (SAGCE) has chosen three renowned charities based in the United States of America, to benefit from the sale of a newly launched Nelson […]

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Ugandans Watch as Shamed Anti-Gay Criminal Pastors Start Ridiculous Sentence

By Melanie Nathan, October 16, 2012. Pastors Michael Kyazze and Robert Kayiira today began their community service sentence as guidance counselors, administering voluntary counseling and testing to the Youth on issues including HIV and AIDS. However while we applaud the guilty findings, the sentences are a joke. The punishment was handed down to three Pastors, […]

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GAY U.S.A. BLOG August Updates

In addition to this BLOG, Editor Melanie Nathan contributes to other BLOGS, such as The Advocate, LGBTQ Nation, GAY STAR NEWS and others; and much of her writing about U.S.A. equality news can be found in her BLOG at GAY U.S.A. the Movie, which she is co-producing with filmmaker Kristina Lapinski.  Lapinski can be seen […]

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Celebrating the Launch of Nelson Mandela HIV/AIDS Medallions in the United States

South African Gold Coin Exchange, (SAGCE) August 03, 2012 This week, in conjunction with a launch event hosted by The South African Consul General in New York, the South African Gold Coin Exchange  (SAGCE) introduced the first ever Nelson Mandela gold and silver Medallions into the United States Market. The special release, launched to commemorate […]

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President Bill Clinton AIDS 2012

“We need a new level of openness about how every last dollar is spent by countries, by governments, by NGOs,”  Said President Bill Clinton during his closing keynote speech. The Clinton Health Access Initiative through the former president’s foundation in 2010 announced a partnership with the South African government to expand access to HIV testing […]

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Watch President Bill Clinton’s Speech at AIDS 2012

By Melanie Nathan, July 28, 2012 Thousands of delegates signed the Washington, D.C. Declaration, the official declaration of the XIX International AIDS Conference. The declaration states that we must strive for multi-disciplinary approaches that respect and uphold the human rights and dignity of all people affected by the epidemic and calls for nine concrete actions. […]

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AIDS 2012 Ignites Momentum for the Beginning of the End of the AIDS Epidemic

While the Question still looms about the criminalization of homosexuality in Africa, Scientific, Political and Community Leaders Call for Collaborative Partnerships and Investments in Research, Treatment and Prevention to Turn the Tide on HIV Melanie Nathan, July 27, 2012  Friday, 27 July 2012 (Washington, D.C., United States) —The global AIDS community concluded its biennial meeting […]

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AIDS 2012 to Discuss HIV and World Travel Bans

Dr Paul de Lay, Deputy Executive Director of the UNAIDS Programme said “Every individual should have the right to freedom of movement, regardless of their HIV status. UNAIDS is opposed to any restriction imposed on people living with HIV and restricting movement only on the basis of their HIV status. These restrictions are discriminatory.”

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World´s leading HIV/AIDS Experts to gather in Washington D.C.on HIV Cure

World´s leading HIV/AIDS Scientists and Stakeholders to gather in Washington D.C. to discuss Global Alliance on HIV Cure research.

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Congressmen & Petition Call on Obama Administration to End Unfair Gay Blood Donation Ban

Employee from Country’s Second Largest Blood Bank Joins Call by Sen. John Jerry, Rep. Mike Quigley to End Blood Donation Discrimination- World Blood Donation Day Highlights Need to End Biased Policies Dangerously Limiting American Blood Supply Post by Melanie Nathan, June 13, 2012. WASHINGTON, DC – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Representative Mike […]

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President Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Elton John to Address AIDS 2012 Conference in D.C.

World’s Leading Scientists, President Bill Clinton, South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, philanthropist Bill Gates and humanitarian Sir Elton John to address the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. (AIDS 2012) and Some 25,000 Scientists, People Living with HIV, and Other Stakeholders expected to attend AIDS 2012  Wednesday, 13 June 2012 (Washington, D.C., USA) […]

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New EU Commission Report on Transgender and Intersex Discrimination

Posted by Melanie Nathan, June 11th, 2012 The European Commission has just published a new report, ‘Discrimination against trans and intersex people on the grounds of sex, gender identity and gender expression‘. With it, the European Commission looks into the situation of trans and intersex people for the first time. The European Commission had already […]

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AIDS 2012 | Preparing for XIX International AIDS Conference Washington D.C.

Secretariat announces two off-site conference hubs for sex workers and people who use drugs |Record number of abstracts submitted Posted by Melanie Nathan, May 26, 2012/ Thursday 10 May, 2012 (Geneva, Switzerland, and Washington, D.C., USA)— The International AIDS Conference is the largest gathering of professionals working in the field of HIV, including people living […]

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Look Mom The Sims has No Sperm Bank

Melanie Nathan and Pikachu, 03/26/2012 My children have two moms, lesbians!  Yesterday my fifteen year old daughter and her friend called me into the bedroom, they were giggling; “What should we tell her mom? Not sure how to handle this, ” they queried. The six year old was playing “Sims” on the computer and trying […]

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South Africans Outraged as Journalist Deported by QATAR because HIV-Positive

Allegedly tested for HIV without consent, found positive and subsequently dismissed, detained and deported, a South African journalist is attempting to take his case against Qatar to the International Labour Organization (ILO) to change the country’s HIV travel and employment laws.

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Susan G. Komen Cancer Apologizes and now will Fund Planned Parenthood

Statement falls short of the truth! Will Susan G. Komen ever be the same? The spin falls short for progressives like me and I will have a hard time trusting their motives again… oh what a shame! by Melanie Nathan, February 03, 2012 Smiling faces, pink T-Shirts and pink balloons and the festive atmosphere of […]

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Uganda Embarks Upon Aggressive HIV/AIDS Prevention Plan includes Circumcision

To include the 2008 Circumcision Plan The Ugandan government has launched a new HIV/AIDS prevention strategy and plan for the elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV by 2015.  The Program  Manager at the AIDS Control Programme (ACP) Zainab Akol said under the plan, measures are to be adopted to include a more cost-effective […]

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AIDS ACTION ALERT | Protect the Health of All People Living with HIV/AIDS

The San Francisco AIDS Foundation has issued this important alert; and your comments are needed: Posted by Melanie Nathan, February 01, 2012 In 2014, thousands of people living with HIV and AIDS will have access to private insurance—many for the first time—thanks to the leadership of President Obama and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, and to the […]

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New HIV/AIDS Analysis | Failure to Address Pandemic Among Gay Men Imperils Goal of “AIDS-Free Generation”

Includes Other Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) | The report examines the progress and shortcomings of PEPFAR, the Global Fund, and the UNGASS reporting system, managed by UNAIDS, and draws on data collected from on-the-ground researchers in eight countries: China, Ethiopia, Guyana, India, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ukraine, and Viet Nam. NEW YORK, January 18, […]

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New AIDS Research | Examine Risks with Long-Term ARV Use

New research finds no evidence of increased risk of all-cause and non-AIDS death with long-term ARV use.. Antiretroviral drugs are medications for the treatment of infection by retroviruses, primarily HIV. When several such drugs, typically three or four, are taken in combination, the approach is known as Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy, or HAART. The American […]

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