Int’l AIDS Conference wraps aftermemorable week of speeches,protests and promises
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
The 19th International AIDS Conference wraps uptoday after a week of memorable speeches, protestsand hopeful predictions about a world rid of the diseasein the not too distant future.Politicians, researchers, activists, journalists anddelegates from countries around the world descendedon Washington, D.C., for the ﬁrst AIDS conference to beheld in the United States since 1990. During the course of the week, the Obama administration announced it wasreleasing funds to end waiting lists for patients seekinglife-saving AIDS drugs. President Obama was criticizedby some for not speaking in person at the conference,though attendees heard from him via video message.The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt wasdisplayed at locations throughout the city; 13 protesterswere arrested at the White House following a march bydemonstrators demanding more action to combat thedisease.Former President Bill Clinton and former ﬁrst ladyLaura Bush were scheduled to speak at the conferenceafter Blade deadline. Visit washingtonblade.com for full,updated coverage.Although Obama skipped the conference, severalhigh-proﬁle members of his administration spoketo attendees. Secretary of Health & Human ServicesKathleen Sebelius opened the conference with a speechannouncing four new public-private initiatives aimed atremoving barriers that cause some living with HIV to fallout of care. (See page 19.)One of the most anticipated speeches came fromSecretary of State Hillary Clinton, who announcedon Monday that the United States would prepare a
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D.C. yoga instructor suffers fractured jaw in suspected hate crime
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
A D.C. gay man is recovering from surgery for abroken cheekbone and fractured jaw following anincident early Sunday morning, July 22, in which threeunidentiﬁed male suspects attacked him and hispartner near the intersection of 3rd and U streets, N.E.Michael Roike told the Blade the suspectsapproached him and his partner, yoga instructorMichael Hall Jr., 29, after the two got out of one of thepopular upscale cars for hire known as Uber Sedanand began walking to their apartment located abouttwo blocks away.Roike said one of three attackers punched Hall inthe face, knocking him to the ground. He said oneor more of the others started punching him, but hisinjuries were not serious. He said an ambulance tookHall to Howard University Hospital, where he laterunderwent surgery during which doctors inserted ametal plate to repair a seriously broken facial bone.“We are investigating an aggravated assault thatmay have been motivated by hate bias,” said D.C.
Unit was notiﬁed of the incident.“Sunday, July 22, at approximately midnight, twocomplainants were in the 1900 block of 3rd Street,N.E., when three suspects appeared from an unknowndirection and began to yell homophobic slurs atthem,” Crump said in an email.“The three suspects then approached thecomplainants and assaulted them,” she said.“Suspects ﬂed in an unknown direction…Lookout isfor three black males wearing dark clothing.”Roike said the driver was unfamiliar with the area,which is considered part of the city’s Eckingtonneighborhood, and turned onto a wrong street. Ratherthan direct the driver to their apartment building thetwo men decided to get out and walk the remainingtwo blocks, Roike said.He said that while the attackers knocked Hall tothe ground he fought back while the others attackedhim before he began to scream as loud as he couldfor help. A woman from a nearby house ran out witha male friend and began shouting at the attackers,prompting them to run away, Roike said.
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