Friday, June 27, 2008

Morning Sweep

In this week's Gay City News editorial, Paul Schindler acknowledges the recent advancements in the LGBT equal rights movement -- both local and national -- as a cause for added celebration this Pride season as well as an opportunity to work even harder toward winning equality in the future.

The New York health department launched an HIV-screening campaign yesterday to test residents from the Bronx, the region which in 2006 accounted for one-quarter of the 3,745 HIV/AIDS diagnoses in all five New York City boroughs.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report harrowing HIV/AIDS statistics about men who have sex with men, whom account for over half of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the past six years.

The CDC also found that HIV/AIDS diagnoses among gay men increased by 3 percent in those 45 and older and increased an alarming 12 percent in the 13-to-24-year-old group within the last year. HIV/AIDS diagnoses declined by 1 percent in the 25-44 age group.

Sen. Obama hosted a fundraiser in Washington, D.C. last night in an effort to bring on board Sen. Clinton’s top donors.

Meanwhile in New York, Michelle Obama spoke to her husband’s dedication to reverse discriminatory policies at the DNC’s Gay and Lesbian Leadership Council’s Gala.

McCain swears to Christian conservatives that he will oppose marriage equality more vigorously from now on.

HRC has the minutes from the Congressional hearing that took place yesterday to discuss the need for transgender employee rights.

Starbucks is being sued by two former employees who claim an exec discriminated against them because they’re gay.

Gay Pride in Jerusalem turned out 3000 marchers and 2000 police officers to protect those proud marchers.

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