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Gay Activists Celebrate as Laws Against Deliberate HIV Transmission Are Eased

Posted by V the K at 1:42 pm - June 25, 2014.
Filed under: Gay Culture,Gay Victimization,HIV/AIDS

Commenter Steve notes this article at Frontpage Mag where in left-wing gay activists cheer that the state of Iowa has reduced the penalty for lying about one’s HIV status in order to deliberately expose sex partners to HIV; a practice I believe is known as “Stealthing.” Of course, this is not enough for the Gay Left. Nothing is ever enough for the gay left. Gay activists demand that “Stealthing” be completely decriminalized because it hurts the feelings of HIV positive people and inhibits their sex lives:

HIV transmission should not be criminalized—ever. HIV criminalization laws do absolutely nothing to prevent the spread of the virus. They stigmatize HIV-positive people, dissuade people from getting tested, and undermine public health goals. They are exceedingly difficult to enforce and based on junk science. They should all be repealed, entirely, immediately.

There may be a Libertarian argument for decriminalizing HIV transmission. After all, everyone is ultimately responsible for one’s health and the choices one makes. But it is so typical of the left to make the argument that it should be decriminalized to spare the feelings and facilitate the sex lives of people who want to spread HIV.

New York Times Notices that Bareback Sex is a Thing

The New York Times has noticed that bareback sex is a thing gay people are doing, which is breaking news from about the mid-1990′s when (according to Wikipedia) gay publications like The Advocate first took note of the phenomenon of gay men having unprotected sex and, in some cases, deliberately seeking HIV infection.

Anyway, the Times, perhaps after failing to find a celebrity to comment on the issue, goes to the next best source for information on epidemiology and behavioral psychology… an English professor from SUNY-Buffalo. Who provides this analysis:

What I learned in my research is that gay men are pursuing bareback sex not just for the thrill of it, but also as a way to experience intimacy, vulnerability and connection. Emotional connection may be symbolized in the idea that something tangible is being exchanged. A desire for connection outweighs adherence to the rules of disease prevention.

And some guys are apparently getting intimate, tangible, emotional connections 10-20 times a night in bathhouses.

It also seems that the readers of the NY Times, based on the comments, are in complete denial that this phenomenon exists, and think the author is just making it up to attack the gay community. Liberals choose to blame the recent dramatic increases in HIV infection rates on “the stigma attached to HIV.” Um, excuse me, but don’t stigmas usually make people avoid those things to which stigmas are attached?

In the real world, stigmatizing a behavior results in less of it: Which is why people don’t use the N-word in public any more and smoking has declined as a social activity. When the social stigma is removed … as with HIV infection and teenage pregnancy … you get more of those things.

Bareback sex has major health complications vis-a-vis the transmission of HIV and other STDs that contribute to the high cost of health care. Make you wonder why Bloomberg didn’t try to outlaw it. Hooking up for raw sex with strangers is at least as dangerous as a Big Gulp. Probably.

More on hoaxers, the Knockout Game, and self-inflicted HIV

John Hayward at Human Events reviews all three. Here’s the state of play:

  • Persecution of lesbian NJ server still a hoax
  • Knockout Game still all too real
  • and the World Health Organization (WHO) still muddying the waters about people who self-inflict HIV, as there have indeed been some cases (just nothing like half of all new HIV cases in Greece, as the WHO had originally told people).

As to the Knockout Game, Hayward links Thomas Sowell, who says:

The New York authorities describe a recent series of such attacks and, because Jews have been singled out in these attacks, are considering prosecuting these assaults as “hate crimes.” …this “knockout game” has been played for years by young black gangs in other cities and other states, against people besides Jews — the victims being either whites in general or people of Asian ancestry. Attacks of this sort have been rampant in St. Louis. But they have also occurred in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and elsewhere. In Illinois the game has often been called “Polar Bear Hunting” by the young thugs, presumably because the targets are white…

“White Girl Bleed A Lot”…a book by Colin Flaherty…documents both the racial attacks across the nation and the media attempts to cover them up, as well as the local political and police officials who try to say that race had nothing to do with these attacks. Chapter 2 of the 2013 edition is titled, “The Knockout Game, St. Louis Style.” So this is nothing new, however new it may be to some in New York, thanks to the media’s political correctness.

Sounds like a ‘social phenomenon’, to me. At any rate, many of the attacks are on video (and/or documented in police reports) and, as such, are facts that can’t be wished away.

Now it’s Greek bug-chasers

UPDATE: (thanks Peter in the comments): The WHO has reversed itself on this:

“The [offending] sentence should read, ‘Half of the new HIV cases are self-injecting and out of them few are deliberately inflicting the virus’.”

“This was just a gross editing error for which the WHO apologises,” said its spokesman, Gregory Hartl.

Good for the Greeks! Now, if the other reports about bug chasers in the UK and the US have been retracted or disproved, that would also be interesting and please let us know in the comments.


As if to follow-on to my earlier post, “UK bug chasers: America’s future?”, comes this sad report from the World Health Organization, page 112:

Case study: countries’ experiences of financial crisis – Greece

Suicides rose by 17% between 2007 and 2009 and to 25% in 2010, according to unofficial 2010 data (398). The Minister of Health reported a further 40% rise in the first half of 2011…Homicide and theft rates have doubled. HIV rates and heroin use have risen significantly, with *about half of new HIV infections being self-inflicted to enable people to receive benefits of €700 per month* and faster admission on to drug-substitution programmes. Prostitution has also risen…

Emphasis added. In pursuing the cradle-to-grave Welfare State, Europe has created a society of smothering government regulation, taxes, “benefits” and controls where:

  • People can no longer get ahead, or even survive, in the private economy.
  • People can survive if they qualify for government-paid benefits.

Is it any wonder that economic crisis results? And that, in the midst of the crisis, some people will do anything to qualify for government-paid benefits?

To escape the trap, Europe must do the opposite. It must dismantle the Welfare State, creating a society of freedom where most people can’t get money from government, and can survive, or even get ahead, in the private economy.

Via New Scientist and ZH.

UK bug chasers: America’s future?

A commentor (thanks V) points us to this July 2013 article from the UK, on the practice of deliberate self-infection with HIV:

The reckless practice, known as bug chasing, started in the US as a bizarre means of getting a ­sexual high from risk-taking.

Now, according to one man who willingly caught the virus, hundreds of men in the UK are introducing themselves on online forums, Face­book groups and Twitter.

Many then meet up and try to transmit the potentially life-threatening virus, which attacks the ­immune system weakening the body’s ability to fight disease.

Some bug-chasers actually claim the virus gives them a better quality of life because of the medication they subsequently have to take.

Nick, 30, an admin worker from the Midlands, said: “I feel fit as a fiddle. I feel full of energy and healthier as a result of being on my medication.

“I get my liver function tests every three months, my cholesterol tested regularly and I get loads of general health checks so if there are any underlying conditions I know straight away. Even better, I get it all on the NHS.”

Last year, 73,659 people in the UK were treated for HIV – 43 per cent of them gay or bisexual men – a rise of 58 per cent over the last 10 years.

You can read the rest.

Needless to say, such behavior is deplorable for its nihilism. It embodies contempt for self and society alike. It is anti-life.

But for these men, having their behavior deplored is part of the thrill. In thrall to sex addiction as well as their nihilism, they ‘get off’ on doing and being the worst things that their society will peaceably reward (pay) them to do and to be.

What enables their behavior is the payment: the socialized medicine. These men are partly rational. Not completely; for instance, the one man’s supposition that HIV medications are healthy is not rational. But these men have seen that a socialized (and still somewhat wealthy or ‘First World’) society will give them lots of medical care that they have not earned and do not merit.

These men have gauged, correctly, that their society will give them the best care possible, if they inflict some sort of manageable and tolerable medical condition on themselves. Consciously or not, they are ‘playing’ the socialized medical system. That is partly (not entirely) the fault of the system itself: socialized systems for private goods always warp a society’s incentives in some way, and should not exist to begin with.

Morally speaking, these men have a suicide-like ‘right’ to get HIV if they really want to; but no right to have government forcing the rest of their society to pay their way. Yet their government does force the rest of society to pay their way. And so there are enough of these men around to start making a social phenomenon of it.

(NB: Spelling fixes, phrase/wording edits, etc. after initial publication.)

The Great Humanitarian – George W. Bush

Sadly, the former President and his allies were not willing to promote their policies or stand up to their false accusers on many an occasion, so his great work in Africa has gotten lost in the muck of our MSNBC-era world.

From Foreign Policy:

I’d suggest that there’s one president whose contribution dwarfs all the others. Unlike Hoover, he launched his program while he was in office, and unlike FDR, he received virtually no votes in return, since most of the people who have benefited aren’t U.S. citizens. In fact, there are very few Americans around who even associate him with his achievement. Who’s this great humanitarian? The name might surprise you: it’s George W. Bush.

I should say, right up front, that I do not belong to the former president’s political camp. I strongly disapproved of many of his policies. At the same time, I think it’s a tragedy that the foreign policy shortcomings of the Bush administration have conspired to obscure his most positive legacy — not least because it saved so many lives, but because there’s so much that Americans and the rest of the world can learn from it. Both his detractors and supporters tend to view his time in office through the lens of the “war on terror” and the policies that grew out of it. By contrast, only a few Americans have ever heard of PEPFAR, the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, which President Bush announced in his State of the Union address in 2003.

In 2012 alone, PEPFAR directly supported nearly 5.1 million people on antiretroviral treatment — a three-fold increase in only four years; provided antiretroviral drugs to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV to nearly 750,000 pregnant women living with the disease (which allowed approximately 230,000 infants to be born without HIV); and enabled more than 46.5 million people to receive testing and counseling.

“Bush did more to stop AIDS and more to help Africa than any president before or since,” says New York Times correspondent Peter Baker, who’s writing a history of the Bush-Cheney White House that’s due to appear in October. “He took on one of the world’s biggest problems in a big, bold way and it changed the course of a continent. If it weren’t for Iraq, it would be one of the main things history would remember about Bush, and it still should be part of any accounting of his presidency.”

Yet one of the loudest and shrillest groups that carried the “BusHitler” signs?  The Gay Political Left in America.  They should be ashamed.  But they have no morals or principles, so they aren’t capable of admitting they tarnished a great leader in George Bush.

PS – Barack Obama still has a lot of evolving to do on gay marriage to come close to the support of the issue demonstrated by former Vice President Dick Cheney — another of the Gay Left’s boogeymen.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

Debunking gay left distortions about the Gipper

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:43 am - July 3, 2012.
Filed under: Gay America,HIV/AIDS,Ronald Reagan

In the National Review last week, Deroy Murdock used the occasion of gay activists advertising their juvenile mockery of the most successful domestic policy president of the last century at the White House to debunk gay left lies about that great man.

Murdock reminds us that Ronald Reagan opposed the Briggs Amendment, “a ballot initiative that would have dismissed California teachers who ‘advocated’ homosexuality“, writing in his “his nationally syndicated newspaper column” that “homosexuality is not a contagious disease like the measles. Prevailing scientific opinion is that an individual’s sexuality is determined at a very early age and that a child’s teachers do not really influence this.”

And this in 1978 when popular opinion, to borrow an expression, had not yet evolved on the issue.

Not just that. The Gipper was not, as some activists have alleged, indifferent to the AIDS epidemic.  To the contrary, he “signed $5.73 billion in U.S.-government anti-AIDS outlays” — or, ” $10.6 billion in today’s dollars.” Deroy calculates that the “average annual increase in federal expenditures on HIV/AIDS under Reagan was 128.92 percent.

And the Gipper may well have been the first U.S. President to openly host an openly gay man — and his partner — in the White House.  According to a March 18, 1984 story from the Washington Post: “Ted Graber, who oversaw the redecoration of the White House, spent a night in the Reagans’ private White House quarters with his male lover, Archie Case, when they came to Washington for Nancy Reagan’s 60th birthday party — a fact confirmed for the press by Mrs. Reagan’s press secretary.” (more…)

On naming a West Hollywood Street for Elizabeth Taylor

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 1:27 pm - April 1, 2011.
Filed under: Divas,HIV/AIDS,LA Stories,Movies/Film & TV,Strong Women

Since Dame Elizabeth Taylor passed last week, many people have blogged on that lady’s class, compassion and stardom.  Roger Simon explored what how a young (heterosexual) male moviegoer experienced this beauty in his blog at Pajamas while Camille Paglia examined her sex appeal and screen presence over at Salon.

This past weekend, I watched Cat on a Hot Tin Roof again, apprecaiting it more the second time, better able to see the movie as a different story from the play on which it is based.  In the film, screenwriters transformed the gay subtext to make it more palatable to a general audience.  This allowed them to bring out her sex appeal.  And did she sizzle, especially set against the bitterness of Paul Newman‘s Brick.  We really believe that Maggie the Cat is alive.  And we root for her to win back her husband.

Had the screen Brick been a closet homosexual, her sex appeal would have been wasted.  When he first saw it, his teenage heterosexual hormones raging, Simon “suffered shortness of breath.”  And, watching it this weekend, this gay guy can get what that straight man — or any other — would want to have some, well, private time with Taylor’s Maggie.

She just looked so good in Metrocolor.  Kudos to the set design team of Henry Grace and Robert Priestley and art directors William A. Horning and Urie McCleary for creating backgrounds which allowed her to stand out in every scene.

In the LA Weekly, Patrick Range McDonald reports,  “West Hollywood residents have been calling and writing City Hall” asking the city to name a street after this classy lady.  (more…)

Elizabeth Taylor’s Life in the Limelight

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:52 am - March 24, 2011.
Filed under: Divas,HIV/AIDS,Movies/Film & TV,Strong Women

As fate would have it, one of the movies I received from Netflix on the day of Elizabeth Taylor‘s passing was the original Father of the Bride with her in one of the title roles.  And in honor of her passing, I watched it.

And this movie really does hold up. Not just because of the solid direction and smart script, portraying a situation which helps define a man’s relationship to his daughter (and hers to him), but also because of the players. Joan Bennett as the mother is one of those underappreciated character actors who more than pulls her weight. But, it’s Spencer Tracy and Dame Elizabeth who really steal the show, he as the archetypal father and she as the archetypal daughter who has Daddy wrapped around each of her little fingers.

When she calls at the end to tell him she loves him, she knows that expression will make him melt. And just watching her we know it too.

It’s odd to see a film, particularly today where she has third billing. Given the way she looked in this film and the way she played an all-American girl getting married, it’s no wonder this role will help catapult her to superstardom. She looked as Tracy’s Stanley Banks says upon seeing her in her wedding dress, “like a princess in a fairy tale.” Indeed.

There is, to be sure, a bit of irony in the seminal nature of this particular role to her career. She would have many weddings in her life.

In watching the extras, I realized yet again how closely her personal life was tied to her public image — and wondered if that could explain the brevity of her marriages; no man could live up to her fairy tale expectations.  She married Conrad Hilton Jr when she was just 18, the ceremony taking place one month before the release of the film featuring her as a bride.

The extras after the film include newsreel footage of that first wedding, with a passel of paparazzi and ropes holding back the crowds.  From her adolescence and her earliest adulthood, Elizabeth Taylor was always in the limelight.

In the twilight of her life, she used that limelight to good end, as our reader Jim Michaud noted: “Her work on behalf of AIDS was incredible as well as valued at the time (ignorance and discrimination of victims was still rampant during the mid-80s).”  You could honor this great lady by sponsoring one of our readers who’ll be riding in the AIDS ride this June. (more…)

Sponsor a GayPatriot Reader in AIDS ride

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:26 pm - March 22, 2011.
Filed under: HIV/AIDS,Worthy Causes

Rob Tisinai, One of our regular readers and frequent critics, will be riding in the San Francisco to LA AIDS ride to raise money to fight this dreadful disease.  Please join me in donating to sponsor his ride.

It is a worthy cause and something about which readers on both sides of the political divide can agree!

Obamacare panel threatens health of people with HIV

One of the strongest criticisms leveled against Obamacare is that the Democrats’ unpopular health-care overhaul creates multitudinous panels of unelected bureaucrats to regulate decisions once made by doctors in consultation with their patients.  Now comes evidence that one such panel, Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), could make cuts which compromise the care of people living with HIV.

While supportive of the health care law, former friend of Bill (Clinton) David Mixner contends that because “nearly 100,000 people with HIV rely on Medicare for coverage“, IPAD “will disrupt the doctor-patient relationship”:

For many people with HIV, finding the right doctor is the most important decision they’ll make. But IPAB is likely to drastically cut reimbursements to physicians, prompting many to leave the Medicare system. Doctors that treat HIV/AIDS are highly trained specialists that are particularly sensitive to payment cuts.

Make no mistake: Pushing HIV specialists out of Medicare will compromise patients’ health. Treating HIV/AIDS is extremely complicated. HIV specialists fight an array of progressive, often life-threatening complications with multiple medications that require close and ongoing monitoring. And since many patients become resistant to their medication over time, treatment regimens must change frequently.

And that’s not the only problem with this unelected bureaucracy.  In addition, Mixner finds that “patients and their doctors cannot appeal IPAB’s decisions” while the program lacks adequate congressional oversight.  Not just that, “IPAB will scare away funding for medical research.”  Read the whole thing.

For all the carping against the American medical system that existed prior to Obamacare, we do know that it delivered myriad medical innovations, including many which have prolonged the lives of people with HIV, allowing them to manage the infection.  The more the government meddles, the less likely it will be that researchers find a cure.

Tommy Thompson, who served as the secretary of Health and Human Services in the Bush Administration believes the Board should be repealed. Seems like this is something House Republicans should take up in the next Congress.

Death of Another Kid from Laramie, Wyoming

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 7:00 am - April 15, 2010.
Filed under: Gay Culture,HIV/AIDS

Thanks to VtheK for the tip.  I believe this story speaks for itself.

The death, of an AIDS-related illness, of a 25-year-old barebacking porn star is the latest twist in several episodes that have roiled the adult entertainment industry in recent years.

Chad Noel’s March 17 death was reported on at GayPornGossip on March 26. The posting read, “Chad Noel age 25, a former ’twink genre’ gay porn performer using the stage names of Donny Price & Craven Cox passed away in New York City, on March 17, 2010 following a brief illness associated with complications of HIV.” The article also noted that Noel had worked for an adult entertainment company that makes videos of men barebacking–a euphemism for unprotected anal sex. Noel had also performed under the names Craven Cox and Donny Price. Noel was a native of Laramie, Wyoming, the town outside of which Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die.

I presume the gay leftist community will immediately rally behind safer sex efforts as a response to Mr. Noel’s passing equal to their rallies against hate crimes.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Michelle Obama: “AIDS Is Spread By Homophobia” & “Kenya is Barack’s Home Country”

Uh oh… they let her talk.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

GOProud’s Barron and Sen. Coburn on Healthcare Reform

GOProud’s chairman Chris Barron co-authored a piece on healthcare reform with US Senator Tom Coburn for The Advocate.  I want to open with this commenter at The Advocate, which is typical of the closeminded vitriol of most gay activists:

Seriously? Republicans concerned over GLBTs who have HIV/AIDS and who are scared? I’ve never heard of such a thing. In fact, the last things I remember are GWB slashing funding for HIV/AIDS care and that Nazi Reagan ignoring our community while we died. Republicans, bite me. I’ll never listen to you.

Few people know that Sen. Coburn was personally responsible for re-inserting HIV/AIDS funding into the Federal Budget when Bill Clinton zeroed-it out throughout his Presidency.  Inconvenient truths.

But back to the topic at hand:  the dangers of government run healthcare for those with HIV/AIDS.  Read the whole thing from Coburn & Barron, but here are few excerpts:

The federal government will spend $15 billion on AIDS treatment alone this year, yet due to the inefficiencies of the public-run program, thousands will not receive appropriate care. In recent years, two patients in West Virginia and five in Kentucky died while awaiting care on waiting lists for the RWCA AIDS Drug Assistance Program. Today there are 247 Americans on waiting lists for livesaving AIDS drugs in eight states. The number is expected to reach 500 by Christmas. Those on the ADAP waiting lists are disproportionately minorities and residents of rural areas.

Sadly, the waiting lists do not tell the whole story of how care is being rationed under this program. Many other ADAP patients, while receiving care, are being denied the best treatment. Fuzeon, the AIDS drug of last resort that has been successful in treating patients who no longer benefit from other drugs, for example, has been denied to ADAP patients in our nation’s capital.

With our neighbors in need, no one should question that we have an obligation to help those who lack access to quality, affordable medical care. But how?

The best solution is to prohibit insurance companies from discriminating against patients who are sick or who have preexisting conditions. These are some of the very reasons why we have insurance. Then we should give all Americans the same choices of health care coverage enjoyed by members of Congress, who can select from more than 10 different private health care plans. S. 1099, the Patients’ Choice Act, would guarantee that all Americans would be able to choose the health care coverage that best meets their individual needs with creating a new government program. The Patients’ Choice Act will put you, not insurance companies, bureaucrats, or politicians, in charge of your own health care decisions.

We can and should work to make sure that every man, woman, and child in this country has access to quality, affordable health care. No one should be denied access to health care that would improve or extend their life. The good news is that we can do this. We can do it without creating an inefficient and expensive government program and we can do it in such a way that empowers individuals to take control of their own health care.

RELATED STORY: D.C. officials to scrutinize spending by AIDS groups – Washington Post

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

World AIDS Day

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 10:08 am - December 1, 2008.
Filed under: Gay America,HIV/AIDS

Never forget those who have been lost to this terrible disease, nor those living every day with it.   From the HRC website:

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS. First held on December 1, 1988, World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.

According to UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During the last year, some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 years old and are killed by AIDS before they reach age 35.

But are we doing enough to combat HIV/AIDS in the United States? 

Yet the disaster of AIDS in black or white America does not have to be this way. While a cure is still years away, a nation with U.S. literacy rates and levels of cultural and public-health sophistication is capable of greatly reducing its number of new infections. So why are new AIDS cases, particularly among blacks in urban areas, outpacing gains in control, treatment or education among high-risk groups?

The answer lies in the unwillingness of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to adopt control measures, including routine mandatory testing among broad age groups. Any time blood samples are taken from U.S. residents ages 13 to 64, such as in an emergency room, physicians should have the right to scan for HIV. For those who don’t regularly visit a doctor, blood tests could be scheduled, with the results recorded by states and the CDC. As The Post reported last week, a recent study in the Lancet concluded that such measures, accompanied by treatment for all those who are HIV positive, have the potential to end the AIDS epidemic in Africa within a decade. The effects are likely to be faster in this country.

Read the whole thing!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

April 30 LA Fundraiser for AIDS Lifecycle

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:25 pm - April 24, 2008.
Filed under: HIV/AIDS,LA Stories

The “Princess Warrior, ” a really cool lesbian, asked me to alert GayPatriot readers to a fundraiser on Wednesday evening April 30, 2008 from 7-10 PM, our gym is sponsoring for AIDS/LifeCycle.

Join her and me at Eleven Restaurant Nightclub, 8811 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. $20 gets you one drink and two raffle tickets, $50 gets you into the VIP area, while $125 gets you into the VIP area and gives you a special gift bag. All proceeds benefit AIDS/LifeCyle and are tax deductible.

There’ll be cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and a raffle for a $7800 Specialized S-Works Rouboux bicycle.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets.

If you’re not free next Wednesday, you can also bid on two VIP tickets to see Tony Snow debate Bill Maher at 7:30 PM on Monday evening, April 28th at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City. All proceeds from that auction go to AIDS/Lifecyle.

Hope to see you on the 30th. And to please the lady Warrior–while supporting a good cause, I just might contribute at the highest level.

Gay Groups Silent on Prosecution of Gays in Islamic Lands

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 7:05 pm - April 9, 2008.
Filed under: Blogging,Gay Politics,Gays in Other Lands,HIV/AIDS

As persecution — and prosecution — of gay people continues apace in some Islamic nations, the national gay groups remain, by and large, silent. A reader just alerted me to this article, reporting that an “Egyptian court convicted five men Wednesday on charges of homosexual behavior and sentenced them to three years in prison.”

The web-sites for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) offer no commentary on these prosecutions.

Are these groups so hesitant to criticize the persecution of gay people in Islamic lands because they fear this might upset their status as a member of the coalition of oppressed, those who see the oppressors only as conservatives, corporations and the “governing classes” of Western societies?

While these groups may be silent, a number of gay men and lesbians of the left (mostly bloggers) have taken the time to take on Islamofascistic oppression of gay people.

Please feel free to provide me with links to their posts so I may update this post accordingly. Here is an issue where we have common ground with those voices of the gay left not beholden to the reigning ideology of the gay organizations, those who prefer solidarity with the larger left-wing movements to advocacy for our fellows around the world.

Medieval DNA To Help With HIV/AIDS Research?

Posted by Average Gay Joe at 10:57 am - January 27, 2008.
Filed under: Amazing Stories,History,HIV/AIDS,Science

The remains of what DNA analysis showed to be a boy found in the Dutch Medieval village Eindhoven, could prove to be revolutionary for both archaeology and modern research on HIV/AIDS:

This chance discovery of ancient DNA has led to one of the most ambitious archaeological projects ever to come out of the Netherlands–a massive excavation in the St. Catherine’s Church cemetery and the establishment of a major ancient human DNA databank. With $3.4 million in funding, Arts and a team of archaeologists and physical anthropologists have now unearthed the skeletons of more than 750 Eindhoven citizens. And over the next two years, University of Leiden geneticist Peter de Knijff will attempt to recover DNA from these remains. “We expect that at least 75 percent of all individuals will have ancient DNA and proteins,” says [Eindhoven Municipal Archaeologist, Nico] Arts.

For researchers, the Eindhoven DNA bank could prove a major windfall, paving the way for a host of new studies. To unravel the mysteries of human disease, researchers are increasingly studying genetic variations in human populations that increase the risk of illnesses, such as diabetes, or boost resistance to infections such as malaria. By studying the variants over time, researchers hope to advance knowledge of these diseases and gather clues to produce vaccines or new drug treatments. And such medical research is where the Eindhoven DNA bank, which spans 600 years of history, could really shine.

The Dutch team hopes, for example, that their project will reveal the origin and prevalence of a genetic variant that increases resistance to one of the world’s most lethal viruses–HIV. Today, nearly 10 percent of people of northern European descent possess this variant, known as the CCR5D32 allele, and the discovery is sparking the development of a new class of AIDS-fighting drugs. Evidence suggests that this mutation first arose 3,100 to 7,800 years ago, but how did it become so prevalent across Europe in an age before the AIDS epidemic? Could this mutation also have boosted resistance to an earlier epidemic, such as smallpox or the Black Death? In search of new data, Knijff and his team will search for this variant in the DNA of Eindhoven’s citizens. “There is no doubt that these studies are valuable,” says Susan Scott, a University of Liverpool historian who has written extensively on the Black Death and its possible connection to the HIV-resistance variant. “Whilst I don’t think [ancient DNA] studies will yield a vaccine for AIDS, they may assist molecular geneticists to develop some gene therapy.” (Archaeology magazine)

Investigations into “why so many residents of Eyam, England, survived the black death when it hit the remote village in 1665″, produced similar evidence for this genetic resistance. All in all, a fascinating blending of archaeology and modern medicine which has the potential of not only providing us more understanding of our ancestors, but possibly could assist in research for diseases like HIV/AIDS today.

For more on the excavation at Eindhoven, click here.

h/t Per Omnia Saecula

– John (Average Gay Joe)

Congress Leaves Town… Many Celebrate!

Every conservative knows that the best Congress is one that isn’t in town.  Hopefully the Pelosi-Reid Congress will do more for America by staying home than by pushing their radical agenda onto mainstream America next year.  I know, pipe dream.

In any case, before the lame 109th Congress flew out of town this weekend, they finally did approve the reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act.   Log Cabin (Republicans) react… 

(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans praise Congress for passing reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act.  “We applaud members of the House and Senate for reaching compromise on this important legislation.  The bill is not perfect, but failing to pass it this year would’ve caused real harm to real people,” said Log Cabin Executive Vice President Patrick Sammon.

The bill had been held up for weeks by four Democrat senators over changes to the program that were developed as part of a lengthy bi-partisan process.  Early this week, Congressional negotiators reached a compromise on the law.  “Log Cabin joins HIV/AIDS advocates across the country in thanking members of the House and Senate for putting aside differences and getting this bill passed,” said Sammon.  “Log Cabin also praises President Bush for making Ryan White reauthorization a priority,” said Sammon.  “We thank him and other political leaders who worked to pass this legislation.”  “Log Cabin Republicans worked hard to secure passage of this legislation,” said Sammon. 

“We proudly collaborated with AIDS community groups, LGBT organizations, and members of Congress to move this process forward.” The Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act is the principle federally funded program for those living with HIV/AIDS.  It provides approximately $2 billion annually for medication and other critical services to tens of thousands of Americans.

And luckily it sounds like instead of supporting a death infrastructure of AIDS, circa 1986… Congress has changed the formula to help HIV patients living in our world of 2006.  From Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), one of the strongest supporters of national HIV/AIDS funding regardless of party….

“It is unfair that San Francisco receives funding for AIDS patients who passed away decades ago while there have been reports of patients on waiting lists dying in South Carolina, Kentucky and West Virginia due to the fact that patients in those areas living with the disease are not recognized for purposes of federal funding,” Dr. Coburn said. “Federal funding formulas will now finally recognize everyone living with HIV rather than just those diagnosed with AIDS, the end stage of HIV infection. This focus on AIDS has, in effect, discriminated against patients in rural areas, minority communities, women and other emerging communities affected by this disease.”

And who was the major force in the Senate who stalled passage of the Ryan White CARE Act this year?

 

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What DOES Hillary have against HIV patients in rural areas, minority communities and women?  I think she should tell us while she’s raising millions of dollars for her “Evita 2008 Tour.”

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Look… Listen… Love… Respect

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 8:06 am - December 4, 2006.
Filed under: Gay America,HIV/AIDS,Post 9-11 America
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Actress Rosie Perez is part of a new HIV/AIDS awarness campaign.  The series of television public service announcements premiered last week on the LOGO Channel.

This is not your mother’s public service announcement. 

Tackling the rise in HIV, crystal meth use, and unsafe sex among gay men with candid yet loving honesty, a groundbreaking public service announcement campaign starring Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie Perez, and Amanda Peet will debut in advance of World AIDS Day commemorations on December 1st.

A collaboration between HIV Forum NYC and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, both based in New York City, the national ad campaign breaks new ground by enlisting female spokespersons to highlight the essential role that love, respect, and self-esteem play in helping gay men lead safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

“Despite knowing that condoms prevent HIV transmission, many gay men continue to engage in risky and self-destructive behavior,” said Dan Carlson, co-ounder of HIV Forum NYC.  “As we mark World AIDS Day and the 25th anniversary of the discovery of HIV, we wanted to reframe the conversation among gay men about condom use and redefine what that simple act means.”

FYI… I emailed Patrick from the public relations firm that is promoting this campaignt that I was happy to help.  But I couldn’t in good conscience — as a gay Republican blogger — post anything at GayPatriot involving Susan Sarandon!  Ughhhhhh!

-Bruce (GayPatriot)