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World AIDS Day: Task Force calls for greater federal response to HIV/AIDS epidemic

Date: 
December 01, 2006

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Urges an aggressive response by the federal government to fight the disease, saying 'anything less is not only unacceptable, it is immoral'

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 — On this World AIDS Day, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force calls for greater federal response to combat HIV and AIDS.

Statement by Eldie Acheson
Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“As we pause today to remember those we have lost to this terrible disease, to reflect both on the progress we have made and the immense challenges that remain, and to recommit ourselves to the causes of prevention, treatment and cure, we must add another urgent item to our agenda of observance — to demand of every single representative and senator that they not end this Congress without passing a rational Ryan White Care Act reauthorization that penalizes no jurisdiction and supports all programs.

“At the very top of our agenda for the next Congress must be greater funding for programs delivering desperately needed services, a renewed emphasis on prevention programs that work, and dismantling the now thoroughly discredited ‘abstinence only’ regime. The persistence of HIV/AIDS in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as a whole and its particularly devastating impact on gay and bisexual men of color require compassionate compromise and an aggressive response by the federal government. Anything less is not only unacceptable, it is immoral.”

The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.