World AIDS Day 2008: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force urges greater federal response to HIV/AIDS

November 28, 2008

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
Director of Communications
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 — Monday, Dec. 1, marks World AIDS Day. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force calls for greater federal response to combat HIV/AIDS and, as part of the National AIDS Strategy: A Call to Action campaign, urges for a national strategy on HIV/AIDS that drives a more coordinated, accountable and effective response to the epidemic.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“The continuing scourge of the AIDS epidemic is a national disgrace. With a new administration and Congress about to take the reins of political power, we commit ourselves to the advocacy work to shift the government’s attention from the failure of ‘abstinence-only’ programs to developing HIV/AIDS prevention programs that actually work. In addition, life-giving services must be delivered to those in need. We call for the creation of a national strategy on AIDS because nothing less will suffice.”

Task Force calls for aggressive approach to combat HIV/AIDS

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s data show a sharp increase in the diagnosed new cases of HIV/AIDS. The Task Force calls upon the incoming administration to develop a coherent and coordinated national strategy on HIV/AIDS that includes a commitment to research, prevention education and treatment.

In recent years, there has been diminished attention to the specific needs of African-American, Latino and other men who have sex with men as well as young people of color. This waning attention has occurred alongside increases in new cases among these groups. An aggressive national multi-level approach to end new transmissions and provide for successful treatment among men of color and young people is critical.

Spotlight on HIV/AIDS at Creating Change 2009

Top leaders in the HIV/AIDS arena will address the National AIDS Strategy: A Call to Action at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force-convened National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change in Denver, Colo., Jan. 28–Feb. 1, 2009.

The conference is the nation’s largest convening of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights advocates and will occur just a week after the presidential inauguration. Conference attendees will learn necessary skills to effect broad-based social change, including at all levels of government.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and 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.