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Washingtonblade.com - Volume 43, Issue 27 - July 6, 2012

Washingtonblade.com - Volume 43, Issue 27 - July 6, 2012

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After much prodding,CNN’s Cooper (finally) comes out
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
Anderson Cooper, the popular CNN journalist and talk show host,disclosed publicly for the first time on Monday that he’s gay, endingyears of speculation by the public and prodding by gay activists thathe come out.“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’tbe any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” Cooperwrote in a statement published Monday in The Daily Beast.Gay conservative advocate and commentator Andrew Sullivanposted Cooper’s statement in his regularly published column “TheDish,” on the site.Sullivan explained in his column that he invited Cooper to commenton an article published last week in Entertainment Weekly, whichreported how the public reaction to gay people in public life whocome out has become less of a big deal than in past years.“Andrew, as you know, the issue you raise is one that I’ve thoughtabout for years,” Cooper wrote in an email to Sullivan, which he gaveSullivan permission to publish.“Even though my job puts me in the public eye, I have tried to
JULY 06 2012 VOLUME 43 ISSUE 27 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
After court ruling, focus turnsto state plans for Medicaid
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld theconstitutionality of President Obama’s healthcare reform law, advocates are pushing foradditional efforts to extend coverage of the law
to LGBT people and people with HIV/AIDS to
the fullest extent possible.For the most part, the next step in the processinvolves looking to the states to determinewhether they will adopt health policies affordedto them under the law — foremost among themis the Medicaid expansion to cover all peoplewith incomes up to 133 percent of the federalpoverty level.Although the Supreme Court ruled themajority of the health care law is constitutional,it prevented the federal government fromwithholding all Medicaid funds from statesif they decline to take part in the Medicaidexpansion. As a result, states can decidewhether or not to enter the expansion withoutfear of losing money.Patrick Paschall, a policy advocate at theNational Gay & Lesbian Task Force, said theMedicaid expansion is particularly important forLGBT people because they disproportionatelylive below the poverty level.“The Medicaid expansions are going toend up being hugely important for LGBTpeople because it expands coverage tolow-income people, and LGBT people aredisproportionately low-income,” Paschallsaid. “We know this because of rampant
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PRESIDENT OBAMA
’s health care reform law dodged a major bullet lastweek when the Supreme Court upheld its constitutionality. Now advocates arelooking to ensure the law is as LGBT-inclusive as possible.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY 
Texas Tragedy
HRC President Chad
Griffin among speakersat D.C. vigil for lesbianshooting victims.
PAGE 12
AffirmingTheir Faith
Much work remains asLutheran LGBT groupholds conference inD.C. this weekend.
PAGE 31
AC does a 180What’s next for health care reform
 
02 • JULY 06, 2012WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
JULY 24, 2012
RETURN TO LISNER
HIV
FORUM
LISNER AUDITORIUM
730 21ST STREET, NW
| 6:30 pM
www.whitman-walker.org/returntolisner
In AprIl 1983,
 
Whitman-Walker organized the frst community orum on HIV/AIDS in DC at Lisner
 Auditorium. In honor of the 2012 International AIDS Conference, we return to Lisner for a new forum.
Please join us or this historic event.
Special performance by 
the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington.
community co-SponSorS
 AIDS 2012 Reunion
 
 
 AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families
 
 
The AIDS Institute
 
 
 AIDS United
 
 
 All Souls Unitarian
 
 
 American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)
 
 
Bet Mishpachah
 
 
Brother, Help Thyself
 
 
Burgundy Crescent Volunteers
 
 
Capital Area
Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
 
 
Capital Pride
 
 
Children’s National MedicalCenter-APEP
 
 
CMS Health Initiatives
 
 
Community Education Group
 
 
Cornerstone
 
 
Damien Ministries
 
 
The DC Center
 
 
DC Log Cabin Republicans
 
 
Dignity Washington
 
 
Food & Friends
 
 
Foundry United Methodist Church
 
 
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington
 
 
Gay Men’s Health Crisis
 
 
Gertrude Stein Democrats
 
 
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
 
 
HealthHIV
 
 
Heart to Hand
 
 
HIV Working Group
 
 
HOPE DC
 
 
Human
Rights Campaign
 
 
Inova Juniper Program
 
 
International Association of Physicians in
HIV/AIDS Care
 
 
La Clinica Del Pueblo
 
 
Mautner Project
 
 
Metropolitan Community
Church-DC
 
 
Metro Teen AIDS
 
 
N Street Village
 
 
National Association of People with
 AIDS
 
 
The National Coalition for LGBT Health
 
 
National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce
 
 
National Minority AIDS Council
 
 
PETS DC
 
 
PFLAG of DC
 
 
Promising Futures / 
Streetwize Foundation
 
 
Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
 
 
START at
Westminster
 
 
Team DC
 
 
Transgender Health Empowerment Inc.
 
 
Unity Health Care 
 
Us Helping Us, People Into Living
 
 
Washington AIDS Partnership
Keynote
Jeanne White-Ginder,
 
mother of Ryan White
paneliStS
A. Cornelius Baker
, Senior Communications Advisor & ProjectDirector, FHI 360
Regan Homann,
Editor in Chief, POZ magazine
JoAnne Keatley,
Director of the Center of Excellence forTransgender Health, University of California-SF
Robert Redfeld,
Chief of Infectious Diseases & Directorof the HIV program, University of Maryland
Adam Tenner,
Executive Director, Metro Teen AIDS
Phill Wilson,
President & CEO, Black AIDS Institute
Jose Zuniga,
President, International Associationof Physicians in AIDS Care.
 
WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
JULY 06, 2012 • 03

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