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Trump urges people to get tested for HIV as GOP gears up to cut funding to Medicaid, family planning

  • On Tuesday, President Donald Trump encouraged Americans to get tested for HIV, saying in a statement that “greater awareness through testing is crucial in defeating HIV and AIDS.”
  • “On National HIV Testing Day, I encourage Americans to learn their HIV status,” Trump said in a statement. “Together, we can protect ourselves and promote the health and safety of all.”
  • However, Trump’s comment comes as Senate Republicans gear up to gut funding for Medicaid and Planned Parenthood with their health care reform bill. Those two entities have historically helped people afford HIV testing and treatment. Read more (6/27/17)

The original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ cartoon was a metaphor for AIDS

  • During a sit-down with Attitude magazine, Bill Condon — who has directed the new Beauty and the Beast — discussed how the animated feature’s lyricist, Howard Ashman, had HIV, and saw himself reflected in the film’s material.
  • Presented with the initial story ideas, which mostly centered around Belle and her plight, Ashman allegedly pushed for the story take a more sympathetic look at her romantic interest, the titular Beast.
  • Ashman died from complications related to AIDS on March 14, 1991, just four days after the film’s first screening. He was remembered as one of the first openly gay men in show business. Read more (3/1/17 3:56)
people.com
Beauty and the Beast Has Disney’s First Openly Gay Character as Director Calls Story ‘a Metaphor for AIDS’
Director Bill Condon revealed that Beauty and the Beast will feature Disney’s first-ever openly gay character: Gaston’s lovable sidekick, LeFou, played by Josh Gad

disney’s first openly gay character is a one-dimensional secondary antagonist of almost no narrative consequence. with the disney franchise’s immense influence among kids, it’s horrifying to think that they would portray their lone lgbt person in this negative way- in a film that is already extremely lacking in racial representation. to co-opt a metaphor for hiv/aids made by an hiv+ man on top of that is so fundamentally disrespectful. 

theguardian.com
A generation of artists were wiped out by Aids and we barely talk about it
A new film about the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe is a shocking and brilliant reminder of the devastation HIV and Aids wreaked – and still does
By Suzanne Moore

Yet there was a time when you could walk around London or New York and see these gaunt faces, marked with sarcomas, and everyone you hung out with was dying. The official culture was in denial. Sometimes it was easier to be. I remember seeing Derek Jarman at a play. At that point he was blind. I didn’t want to see him like that. And then my friend was queer-bashed on the way home. Freddie Mercury died. Keith Haring died. Eazy- E from NWA died. Denholm Elliott died. Rock Hudson died. Fela Kuti died. And my uncle who wasn’t famous or even my actual uncle died. One of my friends lost seven people who were all under 30.”

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Trans women of color with HIV may lose an important lifeline under Trump’s 2018 budget

  • Trans women of color living with HIV face a new challenge under Trump’s proposed 2018 budget.
  • Trump’s proposed budget keeps allotted funding for much of the United States-focused Ryan White Care program, which provides treatment and support services for HIV-positive Americans. 
  • However, it also seeks to eliminate $25 million in funding for a line item called “Special Projects of National Significance.” Part of that line item includes a $3.2 million initiative meant to keep HIV-positive transgender women of color in care.
  • The grant is divided among nine recipients across the United States, including the Community Healthcare Network, based in New York. 
  • According to Freddy Molano, the vice president of infectious diseases and LGBTQ programs, about 300 HIV-positive transgender women of color access care through CHC’s transgender care program. Read more (5/24/17)

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real talk how do people not know about the AIDS crisis? how do they not know how many gay people died? how little the government responded or cared? how do people think reagan was a “great man” when thousands and thousands died on his watch? “healthcare is a right” was a rallying cry in 1987, and it’s one again 2017. i’m scared.