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washblade.com – vol. 41, issue 31 – July 30, 2010

washblade.com – vol. 41, issue 31 – July 30, 2010

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Dems cite GOPopposition; othersfault Senate leadership
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Democratic senators are blam-ing Republican obstructionism forthe Senate’s failure to advance theEmployment Non-DiscriminationAct, but others say a lack of strate-gy is preventing a vote.The plight of ENDA in theSenate received renewed attentionlast week when GetEqual staged aprotest in Las Vegas blocking trafficon Las Vegas Boulevard anddemanding Senate Majority LeaderHarry Reid (D-Nev.) take action.The legislation, stalled in the
nationalnews
Michael Fleming
findsmeaningful worktraveling country insupport of LGBT rights.
PAGE 12
on theroad again
Amy Ray
talksLilith Fair and theIndigo Girls’ upcomingacoustic holiday album.
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the lgbtq community news source
washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 31 • july 30, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
HIV clinics facenew competitionas clients obtaininsurance by 2014
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
When the AIDS epidemic burston the scene in the 1980s, a cadreof volunteers — many from theLGBT community — emerged toprovide compassionate and dedi-cated care for the sick and dying,services that government agen-cies and existing charitable groupswere not providing.Since that time, those mostlyvolunteer-driven, community-based AIDS clinics and advoca-cy groups have evolved into pro-fessionally run facilities receivingmillions of dollars in state andfederal funds. Like the Whitman-Walker Clinic in D.C., many ofthe clinics and advocacy groupsprovide a vast array of servicesfor people with HIV and AIDS,most of whom can’t afford privatehealth insurance.But in March, Congressapproved and President Obamasigned into law a sweepinghealth care reform measurecalled the Patient Protection &Affordable Care Act. Obamaadministration officials say it willresult in more than 94 percent ofall Americans being covered bysome form of private or publichealth insurance by 2014.Although most AIDS activistsand officials with local andnational AIDS organizationshave hailed the health carereform measure as an unprece-dented benefit to people with
Michaele Salahi
to host ‘Real Housewives’ premiereparty at EFN Lounge.
Page 38
socialagenda
This movie is all right. Don't miss
Annette Bening
and
Julianne Moore
in moving dramedy.
Page 36
filmagenda
LGBT activists targeted Senate Majority Leader
Harry Reid
(D-Nev.) lastweek, urging him to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
ENDA blame game underway
‘Health care reform has been a real motivator around us improving the quality of what we do because we knowwe’re going to have to get better,’ said
Don Blanchon
, executive director of Whitman-Walker Clinic.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
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Will health reform make AIDS groups obsolete?
what abargain!
Summer brings abounty of discountson entertainment,dining and more.
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