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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 40 • october 1, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
talks abouther role at AIDS Walkand the iconic TV showthat won over gay fans.
Eddie Long’s congregationstands by him as four menclaim powerful bishopcoerced them into sex.
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Advocates fear ‘zeroprobability’ of pro-gayadvances in next Congress
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
LGBT rights supporters are bracing for afreeze on pro-gay legislation in the next two yearsif — as many pundits predict — Republicans takecontrol of the U.S. House and Democrats have areduced majority in the Senate.Patrick Egan, a gay New York University politi-cal science professor, said what he sees for out-standing pro-LGBT legislation in the 112th Con-gress is “not a pretty picture.”“I would say nothing’s going to happen,” Egansaid. “You can see how difﬁcult it was getting anykind of pro-gay legislation out of two houses thatwere solidly controlled by Democrats, and the pic-ture’s just going to get worse to the extent that Re-publicans gain power on Capitol Hill.”Egan said he couldn’t identify which bills — suchas the Domestic Partnership Beneﬁts & ObligationsAct or the Employment Non-Discrimination Act— have a greater chance of passing than othersbecause he thinks, “the probability of all of them iszero.”“I’m just so pessimistic about anything mov-ing at all that I actually don’t think that question isvery meaningful,” he said.Michael Cole, a spokesperson for the HumanRights Campaign, drew on the record of Republi-can control throughout the 1990s and early 2000sin his prediction of what could happen next year.“We saw what Republican leadership looked likein the House, and that was when we had a Fed-eral Marriage Amendment being debated, it’s whenwe saw [the Defense of Marriage Act] passed, it’swhere we saw a slew of efforts that delayed our
A dismal future under GOP control?
In cities, 1 in 5 gay men has HIV
New CDC studyshows higher infectionrate for MSM of color
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
Nineteen percent of men whohave sex with men in a study of21 U.S. cities was found to be in-fected with HIV and nearly half didnot know they were infected, ac-cording to a report released latelast week by the U.S. Centers forDisease Control and Prevention.The report shows that amongthe men who have sex with men,or MSM, participating in the 21-city study, young MSM and MSMof color were least likely to knowtheir HIV status.“This study’s message isclear: HIV exacts a devastatingtoll on men who have sex withmen in America’s major cities,and yet far too many of thosewho are infected don’t know it,”said Kevin Fenton, director of theCDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, andTB Prevention.“We need to increase accessto HIV testing so that more MSMknow their status, and we all mustbring new energy, new approach-es and new champions to the ﬁghtagainst HIV among men who havesex with men,” Fenton said.A CDC statement says thestudy consisted of testing 8,153MSM in 21 cities that participat-ed in the CDC’s 2008 NationalHIV Behavioral Surveillance Sys-tem program. The program looksat HIV prevalence and aware-ness of HIV status among at-riskpopulations, the statement says.“While MSM of all races and
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