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dcagenda.com - vol. 2, issue 5 - january 29, 2010

dcagenda.com - vol. 2, issue 5 - january 29, 2010

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Published by: Washington Blade Newspaper on Jan 29, 2010
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the lgbtq community’s news source
dcagenda.com • vol. 2, issue 5 • january 29, 2010
Filibuster threat makes ENDA unlikely in 2010
Hill sources say backerslack 60 votes neededto break GOP roadblock
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@dcagenda.com
A small corps of LGBT politicalinsiders, speaking on condition ofanonymity, said they believe theEmployment Non-Discrimination Actis headed for almost certain defeatthis year because supporters can’tline up the 60 votes in the Senateneeded to overcome a filibuster.Breaking what some have calledan informal code of silence adoptedby mainline LGBT political organiza-tions, at least four sources familiarwith the gay and transgender civilrights bill said the lack of Senate votesbecame clear long before RepublicanScott Brown won his upset victory lastweek in Massachusetts.“What we’re hearing is there is justno clear path to pass ENDA in theSenate,” said one activist familiar withthe bill’s lobbying effort. “They don’tthink they have 60 votes to pass it.”Another source with ties toCapitol Hill and national LGBT politi-cal groups based in Washington wasmore definitive.“ENDA has been off the agendasince before the Massachusettselection because they couldn’tsecure the votes in the Senate,” thesource told DC Agenda.The bill would bar private sectoremployment discrimination based onan individual’s sexual orientation orgender identity.Opposition to the gender identity pro-vision, included to help protect transgen-der people, is among the contributingfactors that’s prevented supporters fromlining up the needed 60 votes to break afilibuster, one of the sources said.
Some states face waitinglists for life-saving drugs
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@dcagenda.com
The worst economic recessionsince the Great Depression is devastat-ing state and local government budg-ets, especially HIV/AIDS budgets, apanel of AIDS experts said last week.In a briefing on Capitol Hill forcongressional staff members, stateand local AIDS office officials fromMaryland and California, along withleaders of AIDS service groups inLos Angeles and Louisville, Ky., saidthey were scrambling to carry outtheir work in the midst of unprece-dented state budget cuts.Facing a multi-billion dollardeficit, California slashed its stateAIDS budget by $85 million, result-ing in what two of the panelists fromLos Angeles called crushing budgetcuts for HIV prevention and treat-ment programs.“To say that we were shocked is toput it mildly,” said Phillip Curtis, direc-tor of government affairs for AIDSProject Los Angeles.Curtis and Mario Perez, director ofthe Los Angeles County Office of AIDSPrograms & Policy, told about 25Senate staffers in one of two presenta-tions that cutbacks in HIV treatmentand prevention programs could resultin an increase in new HIV infections.According to Curtis, AIDS ProjectLos Angeles lost $1.9 million in statefunds, forcing it to lay off staff and
Mara Keisling
, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, said securing enough U.S. Senate votes topass the Employment Non-Discrimination act is ‘a challenge,’ but she remains ‘optimistic’ the bill will pass.
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
This issue went to press before the president’s State of the Unionaddress.
Visit dcagenda.com for updated news and commentary
D.C.’s Lambda Rising closes but new gay bookstoreto open in Rehoboth.
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Carl Schmid
, deputy executive direc-tor of the AIDS Institute
DC Agenda photo by Michael Key
Plunge in state revenue triggersAIDS funding crisis
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