Loss of $1 million toChildren’s Nat’l Medical Centerimpacts D.C. gay orgs
By MICHAEL K. LAVERSmlavers@washblade.com
Local HIV/AIDS service providers have criticizedthe Health Resources and Service Administration’sdecision to cut more than $1 million in grants that fundcase management and other programs designed toprevent the spread of the virus.Children’s National Medical Center had received$1.1 million in annual grants from HRSA under PartD of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS ResourcesEmergency (CARE) Act that speciﬁcally supportswomen, children and families living with HIV. MetroTeenAIDS and the Sexual Minority Youth Action Leagueare among the local groups that received HRSA fundsthrough the Northwest Washington hospital.“From my perspective, that $1.1 million was meantto keep HIV-positive women, children and familiesconnected to medical care,” Adam Tenner, executivedirector of Metro TeenAIDS, told the Blade. He
SEPTEMBER 07 2012 VOLUME 43 ISSUE 36 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
Democrats embracemarriage; hundreds of
LGBT delegates take part
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Democratic NationalConvention showcased the party’s solidarity with the
LGBT community this week as speakers — including
several openly gay Democrats — took to the podiumto voice support and delegates approved for the ﬁrsttime a platform that endorses marriage equality.(The Blade went to press before the end of theconvention. Visit washingtonblade.com for updatedcoverage of all the speeches and developments.)The convention featured high-proﬁle speeches fromSan Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who’s considereda rising star in the Democratic Party and possibly acontender for the next governor of Texas, and ﬁrst
lady Michelle Obama. Both mentioned LGBT rights in
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Delegates to the Democratic National Convention wave gay pride ﬂags during Tuesday’s speeches. More than 500 openly LGBT delegates and alternates attended this year’s convention,
marking a record for the party.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
HIV/AIDS groupscriticize federal cuts
Progress in Del.
Mitch Crane poisedto make history inquest for statewidecommissioner’s ofﬁce.
Melissa Etheridge onher new album, picking upnew instruments — andher take on the election.