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washingtonblade.com - volume 42, issue 47 - november 25, 2011

washingtonblade.com - volume 42, issue 47 - november 25, 2011

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NOVEMBER 25 2011 VOLUME 42 ISSUE 47 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
Equality Matters loses topstaff less than a year afterhigh-profile debut
By PHIL REESEpreese@washblade.com
Less than a year after its public launch that
included a profile story in the New York Times, theLGBT advocacy group Equality Matters is losing itstop two leaders and appears nearly defunct.Equality Matters President Richard Socarides,a former adviser to President Clinton, and KerryEleveld, a former Advocate magazine reporter,announced Tuesday they will leave the mediawatchdog group they helped create.“I remain committed to the success of theorganization,” Socarides said in an interviewwith the Washington Blade Monday, adding
that he plans to return to practicing law in New
 York and will remain involved in LGBT advocacy.Eleveld is writing a book.Equality Matters promised to be the“communications war room for gay equality”pushing back against anti-gay messages in themedia. However, the project may have become areduced priority for its parent organization, MediaMatters, founded by journalist David Brock.Though initially able to recruit well-knownplayers in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repealfight, including Eleveld and ServicemembersLegal Defense Network’s communicationsdirector, Trevor Thomas, the “rapid responsewar room” project has lost most of its staff and isdown to one dedicated employee, Carlos Maza.“Virtually 100 percent of his time is spenton the Equality Matters side,” Socarides saidof Maza, when asked which staffers are stillemployed there.
Socarides described the structure of EqualityMatters today as an entity without its own core
staff, whose resources come from the largerMedia Matters organization.“The entire way that the organization
Gay advocacy group fizzles
Annual event follows protests against police,as D.C. murders remain unsolved
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
More than 150 peopleturned out Sunday night
at D.C.’s MetropolitanCommunity Church for the12th annual TransgenderDay of Remembrance, aninternational event that recognizes transgender people who havelost their lives to anti-trans violence.Organizers said the annual observance began in 1999 in recognition
CONTINUES ON PAGE 18 CONTINUES ON PAGE 16
Rememberingthose lost toanti-trans violence
HOWARD CO. DEBATES BIAS BILLPAGE 6TRANS ACTIVISTS HOLD PROTESTPAGE 18
D.C.’s Metropolitan Community Church hosted the 12th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance this week.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY 
World AIDS Day
Annual candlelightvigil in Dupont Circleamong events plannedfor local remembrance.
PAGE 6
It’s Black Friday andwe have the hottest
trends in holiday gifts
for the techie in your life.
PAGE 23
 
02 • NOVEMBER 25, 2011WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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INDICATION
COMPLERA
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(emtricitabine 200 mg/rilpivirine 25 mg/tenoovir disoproxil umarate300 mg) is a prescription HIV medicine that contains 3 medicines, EMTRIVA
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 (emtricitabine), EDURANT
(rilpivirine), and VIREAD
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(tenoovir disoproxil umarate)combined in one pill. COMPLERA is used as a complete single-tablet regimen to treatHIV-1 inection in adults (age 18 and older) who have never taken HIV medicines beore.
COMPLERA does not cure HIV and has not been shown to prevent passing HIVto others.
It is important to always practice saer sex, use latex or polyurethanecondoms to lower the chance o sexual contact with any body uids, and to neverre-use or share needles.
Do not stop taking COMPLERA unless directed by yourhealthcare provider. See your healthcare provider regularly.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Contact your healthcare provider right away if you get the following side effectsor conditions while taking COMPLERA:
Nausea, vomiting, unusual muscle pain, and/or weakness. These may besigns of a buildup of acid in the blood (lactic acidosis), which is a seriousmedical condition
Light-colored stools, dark-colored urine, and/or if your skin or the whites of youreyes turn yellow. These may be signs of serious liver problems (hepatotoxicity),with liver enlargement (hepatomegaly), and fat in the liver (steatosis)
If you have HIV-1 and hepatitis B virus (HBV), your liver disease may suddenlyget worse if you stop taking COMPLERA. Do not stop taking COMPLERA without first talking to your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will monitoryour conditionCOMPLERA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines mayaffect how COMPLERA works, and may cause serious side effects.
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WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
NOVEMBER 25, 2011 • 03
New
COMPLERA
A complete HIV treatment in only 1 pill a day.
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one
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COMPLERA is a prescription medicine used as a completesingle-tablet regimen to treat HIV-1 in adults who havenever taken HIV medicines before. COMPLERA does notcure HIV or AIDS or help prevent passing HIV to others.
Learn more at www.
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have
liver problems,
including
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virus inection
have
kidney problems
have ever had a
mental health problem
have
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are
pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
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are breasteeding;
women with HIV should not breast-feed
because they can passHIV through their milk to the baby
Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience any of thefollowing serious or common side effects:Serious side effects associated with COMPLERA:
New or worse kidney problems
can happen in some people who take COMPLERA.I you have had kidney problems in the past or take other medicines that can causekidney problems, your healthcare provider may need to do blood tests to check yourkidneys during your treatment with COMPLERA
Depression or mood changes
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