AUGUST 05 2011 VOLUME 42 ISSUE 31 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
‘There are still goodpeople in the world’
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
Kadeem Swenson, a 19-year-old gayman, is far more interested in talking
about his future than he is about his past.Last week, at the Blade’s request,
Swenson talked about what his activistfriends and city ofﬁcials are calling anextraordinary journey over the pasttwo years from his status as a homelessyouth to his current role as a college
student and intern in the ofﬁce of D.C.Mayor Vincent Gray.
“There are still good people in theworld,” he said, when asked whatlessons he learned from his recent
Swenson is taking summer courses
at the Community College of theUniversity of the District of Columbia.He will begin a full-time class schedule
at the community college as a
freshman in September.He’s doing his internship under a
city youth leadership program in the
Mayor’s Ofﬁce of GLBT Affairs, with the
ofﬁce’s director, Jeffrey Richardson,
acting as his supervisor and mentor.
Richardson said he was pleased toallow Swenson to take a few days off two weeks ago to attend a studentleadership camp on the campus of
Vanderbilt University in Nashville,Tenn. The event was organized byCampus Pride, a national LGBTorganization working with students
that invited Swenson to attend
through a scholarship.“I got a lot out of it,” Swenson said.
“There were a lot of workshops and
some real great keynote speakers.
They work on action planning to buildrelationships and bring about change,not only on campuses but just in
general.”Shane Windmeyer, founder andexecutive director of Campus Pride,
said he invited Swenson to attend theevent after reading about Swenson’splight as a homeless gay youth in the
Blade last November.
Once homeless, gay youth is college bound
programs threatened byagreement
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
The resolution of the debt ceiling
negotiations between the White Houseand congressional leaders has HIV/AIDS
advocates concerned that federal fundsfor prevention and drug initiatives couldbe on the chopping block as a result of
The agreement — which enables
President Obama to raise the debtceiling by $2.1 trillion and eliminates the
need for another increase until 2013 —
also requires a total of nearly $2.5 trillion
in spending cuts to reduce the federaldeﬁcit, which could affect federally
funded HIV/AIDS programs.Carl Schmid, deputy executivedirector of the AIDS Institute, said any
cuts to federal spending as a result of the
deal will likely “impact HIV programs in anegative way.”
“There will be less money to goaround and it will be more competitionover that smaller amount of funding,”
Schmid said. “And there can be direct
cuts to our programs particularly if they
are taken across the board. Not going in
the right direction if we are going to end
AIDS let alone prevent new infections
and provide care and treatment to
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Debt deal could jeopardize HIV/AIDS funds
: Today, Swenson is off the streets,interning in Mayor Gray’s ofﬁce and preparing
to start college full time in the fall.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTOS BY MICHAEL KEY
: Last November,
posed in shadow for this Blade photo, homelessand fearful of being recognized.
signed a deal to raisethe federal debt ceiling that calls for nearly
$2.5 trillion in spending cuts that could impactHIV/AIDS prevention and other programs.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY