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).
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday September 17, 2013 2:30 pm|
|By: Lisa Derrick 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.
|By: Michelle Chen 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.
|By: Lisa Derrick Thursday June 27, 2013 10:40 am|
In anticipation of Thursday being #June27 National HIV Testing Day, I took my first HIV test in 20+ years (and yes, I have been having sex all those years–I know, I know, not really health conscious! I was being a straight chick who knew better and was behaving dumbly. I should have been tested before and after each relationship).
|By: Michelle Chen 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.
|By: Lisa Derrick 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.
|By: James Love 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.
|By: Lisa Derrick 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.
|By: Pam Spaulding Monday December 5, 2011 12:15 pm|
Some Fundie churches are willing to put their flock’s health at risk with false claims of healing HIV+ patients through prayer and purportedly “de-gaying” people through “de-demonizing.” Across the pond, an undercover investigation finds those practices at an evangelical church in Britain.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday July 25, 2011 5:00 pm|
Tonight’s movie, Florent: Queen of the Meat Market directed by David Sigal, chronicles the history of one of New York City’s most beloved–and notorious–restaurants.