Phil Robertson’s Happy Happy Happy Day

By: Saturday December 28, 2013 9:00 am

A&E backed down on their suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, putting themselves behind Robertson’s twisted views of blacks in the Jim Crow-era South, his very misinformed understanding of world history and world religions, and his homophobic religious beliefs about gays. It’s a happy happy happy day in the Robertson house.

Elsewhere, where folks have a more respectful view of the world and those with whom they share it, not so much.

Elton John to Play Moscow: “I’m Doing It for Gay Russians”

By: Tuesday September 17, 2013 2:30 pm

Oh Elton, Elton. I am so confused, but I just can’t quit you. Remember when his remark about being very happy with civil unions became a rallying cry for Prop 8 and anti-equality forces? Once there was a hue and cry about his naivety ignorance of basic facts, he came around and ended up playing an amazing concert as a fundraiser for AFER and becoming a spokesperson for marriage equality. Then he played Rush Limbaugh’s wedding for huge fee. (I’d like to hope that he donated that fee to pro-equality groups as a puckish fuck you to the forces at the EIB, but I guess I’ll never know).

FDL Movie Night: Fire in the Blood

By: Monday September 2, 2013 4:59 pm

Fire in the Blood, written and directed by tonight’s guest Dylan Mohan Gray, takes a hard look at the politics of prescription drugs, specifically anti-retrovirals, the lifesaving “Lazarus drugs” that can save the lives of millions infected with the HIV virus. But up until 2003 these drugs were not available to the majority of the world’s HIV+ population, the hundreds of millions of black and brown people who live in the southern half of the globe.

What India’s Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue

By: Monday July 22, 2013 5:45 am

Anu Mokal wasn’t breaking the law when she was out walking with her friend last year, yet to the police, her very existence was criminal. As a sex worker in the Indian state of Maharashtra, she lives under various laws aimed at criminalizing the sex trade, supposedly to protect women from exploitation. But it was the law that became her assailant that day when a police officer viciously attacked her, hurling insults and beating her severely.

Aid Groups Fight Anti-Prostitution ‘Oath’ on Free Speech Grounds

By: Saturday January 19, 2013 6:00 pm

One of the few bright spots in the global response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been PEPFAR, the United States government’s program to fund treatment and prevention for vulnerable populations across the Global South. But several years ago, lawmakers singled out one group of people as less worthy of that care. In fact, aid groups must publicly denounce them—or risk losing U.S. funding.

That’s the basic idea behind the “anti-prostitution loyalty oath” embedded in the global AIDS initiative legislation. As a condition of receiving federal funds, organizations must adhere to avaguely worded anti-prostitution pledge, essentially swearing to the government that they do not support or promote prostitution.

Goodbye to Spencer Cox, AIDS Activist, Dead at 44

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 3:51 pm

For anyone who tells you AIDS is a survivable, manageable disease, please remind them that Spencer’s choice was surely not to leave us at 44. And that our movement could have used his amazing voice for another 44 years, thank you very much. We are still losing people. People who really matter to our world, our movement, and our loved ones.

FDL Movie Night: How to Survive a Plague

By: Monday September 24, 2012 5:00 pm

David France’s bold, powerful, heart-wrenching documentary How to Survive a Plague follows the evolution of ACT UP NY and its Treatment Action Group (TAG), capturing the outrage, agony and activism that changed the social, political and medical fabric of the United States from the 1980s with the beginning of the AIDS crisis. Director/co-writer David France and Howard Gertler, one of the film’s producers, are our guests tonight.

Senate Hearing: James Love Testimony on the High Cost of High Prices for HIV/AIDs Drugs and the Prize Fund Alternative

By: Tuesday May 15, 2012 7:01 am

The de-linkage of R&D costs and drug prices through the Prize Fund for HIV/AIDS will cost less, expand access, accelerate and improve innovation, and replace an incentive system that is expensive, inefficient and unsustainable. James Love’s testimony before Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging.

Late Night FDL: Wayne Martin Belger’s HIV+ Photoshoot

By: Tuesday January 17, 2012 8:00 pm

The strength and beauty and love of life each of these models expressed during their time with us was beyond inspirational, as was their commitment to spreading the word the HIV can happen to anyone no matter what their age, race, socio-economic class, education, sexual orientation or any other demographic.

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