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Fighting The Religious-Right's Holy War on HIV/AIDS Prevention and Queers

Monday, October 24th, 8pm at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center, 208 West 13th Street in Manhattan (take the 2,3, A, C, E to the 14th Street stop or L train to 8th Avenue stop).

Panel Discussion: Join us for a presentation by Esther Kaplan, author of “With God on Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy, and Democracy in George W. Bush's White House,” and Kate Barnhart, long-time HIV Prevention Educator as we look at the history of HIV Prevention in New York City and the nation and the dramatic attack on it at a national level by fundamentalist ideologues. A representative from the sponsoring groups will detail a planned legal demonstration and civil disobedience action on Nov 7th in Washington DC to confront the religious right in Washington.

Background:
The Religious Right put George Bush in the White House. In return he has appointed dozens of these political operatives throughout Health and Human Services Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. These ideological zealots have conducted a witch-hunt against HIV/AIDS prevention scientists studying ways to reduce risk in Gay and Bisexual men and among intravenous drug users. They are using their positions to insure the funding of biased studies to “prove” abstinence education works.

These religious right groups are so influential they got the CDC to remove realistic information about the effectiveness of condoms in HIV and STD prevention from their website, and replacement with watered down statements that de-emphasized the effectiveness of condoms and emphasis abstinence. The Centers for Disease Control also invited Concerned Women for America, the Traditional Values Coalition, and Family Research Council to an invitation only “summit” on new strategies for HIV prevention where these participants voiced resolutions condemning homosexuality and some called for the ending of HIV prevention funding and replacing it with funding of homosexual conversion therapy. At their behest the administration has increased funding of unproven “Abstinence-Only” Sex-Ed, which has a gag-rule preventing effective prevention education. Groups like Concerned Women For America are using their position to obtain government grants for themselves to expand their operations.

Other Events in the campaign fighting the Religious Right's influence:

On Monday, November 7th join us in Washington DC for a late morning rally and optional civil disobedience. For information on buses please call 917-653-7267 or e-mail n7action@gmail.com. Donations are accepted.

Sponsors: ACT UP/NY, CHAMP and H-POP

 

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Last updated: Oct. 19, 2005