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washblade.com – vol. 41, issue 29 – July 16, 2010

washblade.com – vol. 41, issue 29 – July 16, 2010

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Published by: Washington Blade Newspaper on Jul 15, 2010
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Kwame Brown winssupport in Councilchairman race
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
The Gertrude Stein DemocraticClub, the city’s largest LGBT politicalgroup, voted this week to endorse at-large D.C. City Council member PhilMendelson over his gay challenger,Clark Ray, 62 percent to 35 percent.Stein members also on Mondayendorsed at-large Council memberKwame Brown in the race for CityCouncil Chairman over his mainrival, former Ward 5 Council mem-ber Vincent Orange, 80 percent to16 percent.
Court finds key sectionof DOMA unconstitutional;plaintiffs, activists preparefor Justice Dept. appeal.
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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 29 • july 16, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
White House plancalls for shiftingHIV prevention tohigh-risk groups
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
A long-awaited National HIV/ AIDS Strategy document the WhiteHouse released this week calls fordevoting more funds and attentionto HIV prevention programs that tar-get four high-risk population groups,especially gay and bisexual men.In unusually blunt language, the45-page strategy document thattook 15 months to prepare saysstate and federal AIDS preventionprograms have so far failed to ade-quately target gay and bisexualmen and transgender people.“Given the starkness and theenduring nature of the disparateimpact on gay and bisexual men,it is important to significantlyreprioritize resources and atten-tion on this community,” says thedocument. “The United Statescannot reduce the number ofHIV infections nationally withoutbetter addressing HIV amonggay and bisexual men.”The document adds, “As withgay and bisexual men, transgen-der individuals are also at high riskfor HIV infection. … Yet, historically,efforts targeting this specific popu-lation have been minimal.Other high-risk groups the strat-egy calls for targeting are blacks,Latinos and substance abusers.The National HIV/AIDS Strategyand an accompanying 35-pageFederal Implementation Plan callfor reducing the overall number ofnew infections by at least 25 per-cent over the next five years;
Pentagon’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ troop surveyangers activists.
Page 14
D.C.’s Gay Games contingent preparesfor trip to Germany.
Page 29
The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club this week endorsed D.C. CityCouncil member
Phil Mendelson
over his gay challenger, Clark Ray.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
Stein Club backs Mendelson
Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, called the proposed $30 million AIDS strate-gy and the $25 million proposed for the struggling AIDS Drug Assistance Program grossly inadequate. OtherAIDS activists disagreed with that assessment and praised President Obama’s plan.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
Continues on page 16Continues on page 4
Obama AIDS strategy targets gay, bi men
‘I was on the ground bleeding.’Local gay man describesbrutal hate crime attackin exclusive interview.
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