JUNE 03 2011 VOLUME 42 ISSUE 22 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
After three decades,many breakthroughs butinfection rates on the rise
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.email@example.com
On June 5, 1985, the U.S. Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention published an article in itsauthoritative journal Morbidity and Mortality Weeklyreport that experts now consider the ﬁrst signal that anunprecedented worldwide epidemic had begun.“In the period of October 1980-May 1981, 5 youngmen, all active homosexuals, were treated for biopsy-conﬁrmed Pneumocystis carini pneumonia at 3different hospitals in Los Angeles, California. Two of the patients died,” the MMWR article stated.“Pneumocystis pneumonia in the UnitedStates is almost exclusively limited to severelyimmunosuppressed patients,” said the article. “Theoccurrence of pneumocytosis in these 5 previouslyhealthy individuals without a clinically apparentunderlying immunodeﬁciency is unusual.”It would take another few years before scientistsnamed the condition detected in the men discussedin that MMWR article as Acquired Immune DeﬁciencySyndrome or AIDS. The name AIDS followed an earlierterm used by some researchers and the media – GayRelated Immune Disorder or GRID.In reﬂecting on the tumultuous developmentssurrounding AIDS over the past 30 years, leaders of AIDS advocacy organizations and LGBT activists in theU.S. who lived through the early years of the epidemicsay that, to some extent, the MMWR article of June1981 still has considerable resonance for gay men.
Obama marks Pride
But no change inmarriage views as cityprepares to celebrate next week
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama commemorated June as Pridemonth on Tuesday by issuing a two-page presidentialproclamation celebrating the event and recounting hisaccomplishments on behalf of the LGBT community.“Each June, we commemorate the courageousindividuals who have fought to achieve this promisefor LGBT Americans, and we rededicate ourselves tothe pursuit of equal rights for all, regardless of sexualorientation or gender identity,” Obama wrote.Among the accomplishments that Obama cited ispassage of legislation allowing for repeal of “Don’tAsk, Don’t Tell,” the signing of hate crimes legislationand steps taken to eliminate discrimination againstLGBT people in federal housing programs.“Last December, I was proud to sign the repealof the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy,”Obama wrote. “With this repeal, gay and lesbianAmericans will be able to serve openly in our armedforces for the ﬁrst time in our nation’s history. Ournational security will be strengthened and the heroiccontributions these Americans make to our military,
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Activist Dan Choi arrested,attacked while attemptingto march in annualRussian Pride parade.
Jennifer Holliday replacesKelly Rowland as headlineact for next weekend’sCapital Pride festival.
Gay, bi men remainkey to HIV epidemic
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