Obama made the announcement when speaking before a group of HIV/AIDS advocates at a White House event observing World AIDS Day in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
“The United States should be at the forefront of new discoveries in how to put HIV into long-term remission without requiting live-long therapies, or better yet, eliminate it completely,” Obama said.
In a fact sheet published after the event, the White House clarified the $100 million would be distributed over the course of three years and would catalyze further research for new therapies to improve outcomes for people with HIV.
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tracing the roots of the AIDS pandemic—through the use of new and
archival interviews, news broadcasts, time lapse fluorescence microscopy
and animation—THE BATTLE OF AMFAR educates the viewer on the history of
the stigma of the virus by examining the political and social attitudes
towards those infected since the emergence of the disease. Rife with
poignant interviews from co-founder Dr. Krim, footage of the late
Elizabeth Taylor, and a myriad of scientists, physicians, gay rights and
AIDS activists, THE BATTLE OF AMFAR not only contextualizes and tracks
the creation of the nation’s first AIDS research foundation, but
explores the contributions amfAR has made in the hunt for a cure for
HIV/AIDS. Aileen Getty (Elizabeth Taylor’s former daughter-in-law),
Regan Hofmann (former editor-in-chief of POZ Magazine) and Phil
Wilson (Founder and Executive Director of the Black AIDS Institute) all
bring human elements to the film, furthering the narrative that the
story of HIV/AIDS is a human one. Visit: http://www.thebattleofamfar.
The Falls: Testament of Love picks up five years after the doomed romance between Mormon missionaries RJ and Chris. (see The Falls, below). Though their lives have taken radically different paths, the death of a mutual friend unexpectedly reunites the two men at a time when both are attempting to establish their adult lives. As old feelings of love and regret are rekindled, RJ and Chris must once again confront their seemingly impossible love. Will their reunion prove that they're fated to be together, or is it merely a temporary fantasy?
Richard Ross, Co-President of Breaking Glass Pictures and a producer on the film said, "It was always evident that audiences fell in love with The Falls and that there was a desire to continue the story. Jon crafted a beautiful and heartbreaking film about love, fate, desire and destiny."
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Lucas is trying to raise funds to complete the film titled The Campaign of Evil: Russia and Gay Propaganda with a Kickstarter campaign. He explains why this is a passion project for him....
Since growing up as a confused gay child in the former Soviet Union, it has been my dream to show the world a vision of what it is like to be a member of the LGBT community in my former homeland.
As most of the world moves forward toward gay equality, Russia is seemingly heading backward. Antigay sentiment and legislation are spreading rapidly throughout the country. Earlier this year, the Russian parliament passed a ban on so-called “gay propaganda” that effectively makes nearly any public discussion of gay equality a crime. The city of Moscow has outlawed Gay Pride parades for the next 100 years. Adoption of Russian children is forbidden to citizens of any foreign country that permits gay marriage.
And legislation is now being considered that would permit the Russian government to remove gay people’s children from their homes. The Kremlin has chosen the LGBT community as its scapegoat in a populist campaign against supposedly decadent “Western” values, and there are ominous signs of much worse to come. Violent attacks against Russian gays or suspected gays are more and more common. Videos of young LGBT people being taunted and tortured have been widely distributed on the Internet.
Donate to Lucas’ campaign to complete the documentary here. - He could really bank roll it himself....
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Sunday, October 27
from 9-10 p.m. ET/PT
Oprah hosts a conversation about being gay in America with actress/comedienne Wanda Sykes, “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and “Scandal” Emmy award-winner Dan Bucatinsky. The actors share when they knew they were gay, how they came out, the reactions from family members and the process of acceptance.
They discuss the state of television and the impact being gay has had on their careers in Hollywood. Together they also talk about parenting, marriage equality and the importance of role models within the community.
Followed by - “BRIDEGROOM”
Sunday, October 27 from 10 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. ET/PT
“Bridegroom” is a documentary film by director Linda Bloodworth Thomason (“Designing Women”) that tells the emotional journey of Shane Bitney Crone and Tom Bridegroom, two young men in a loving and committed relationship that was cut tragically short. The story of what happened after Tom's accidental death– of how people in relationships without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out and ostracized by family members – is poignant, thought provoking and sheds more light on the issue of marriage equality and human rights.
On the anniversary of Tom’s death, after a year of documenting his own grief, Shane decided to make a video tribute to his partner entitled “It Could Happen to You.” The video went viral and has garnered over four million views. Although it was a cathartic process for Shane and a tribute to the love of his life, more than anything, he wanted it to serve as a warning to other LGBT couples, and to show the world what can happen when two people are legally barred from having equal rights and protections that are granted to others under marriage laws.
The film has earned numerous accolades, including audience awards at the TriBeca Film Festival, where it was introduced by President Bill Clinton, and Outfest Los Angeles Film Festival. Shane continues to work alongside organizations including GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign to promote equality, and received the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Award in 2012. "Bridegroom" will be available on DVD on November 19, 2013.
The “bizarre, tragic accident” happened near Euston station as British Transport Police officer Gavin Brewer, 32, and his boyfriend Stuart Meads, 34, who had worked on The Weakest Link, returned home from a night out.
An official source confirmed to the Standard that the men had leaned on boards round the building site on the corner of Hampstead Road and Netley Street. The boards then gave way.
The men fell into the hole — believed to be an uncovered roof light for a basement flat — and suffered fatal injuries. London Ambulance Service said both were pronounced dead at the scene. READ MORE at The Standard.
He is currently a regular fixture on "The People's Couch," providing witty commentary about television shows and viral clips alongside openly gay entertainer Scott Nevins. People's Couch is Bravo’s three-part test run of their adaptation of
"When I was 14 I came very close to becoming a gay teen suicide 'statistic' but I then turned to music, my piano, my loved ones, and discovered that it does in fact get better," the actor noted in a YouTube description of him performing a poignant anti-bullying song. "But that being said, I believe we must raise awareness to protect the LGBT teens who are still being physically and verbally assaulted and fear for their lives every day. We also have a responsibility to end this suicide epidemic."
I’m resting at the forefront of my dating regime, at a desk in my apartment trying to think of something about me that the members of this gay dating site need to know. Ironically this part of the initiation is the hardest.
The signup was easy for my adaptive computer technology that robotically tells me everyone’s messages, height, and weight. There weren’t any words I had to type to verify my identity, there weren’t any advertisements sprinkled into a profile detailing a guy who likes to pretend to fly with toy airplanes. Everything is smooth like melted butter until this part in the acquaintance, the about me.
My thought process seems to have a planned detour; as if my brain schemed how it was going to depart at the exact moment I need it to work its magic. First, dictation, then there’s deliberation, then debating, then dumbstruck diatribe. My fingers don’t move but deductions springs into my mind like a sweptback gymnast.
People will marvel at my eloquence for words upon first glance so this will whisk me up to an 80% on the attraction slider. When they talk with me verbally however, I’m sure the stammer will jab me down to 45%.
When people read that I have a white cane my dating chances will shoot down to 30%. I know this figure based on experience. To boost my score perhaps I should entice them first with facts about my journalism work where I detail LGBT news and issues, and couple that with my obsessive love for mint chocolate chip ice cream and pony rides. If I do that my percentage will shoot up to 45% because everybody loves chocolate ice cream way before mint.
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No one dates the same race! It’s a social taboo. Will Drew Drake have the nerve to buck societal norms and come clean about his love for Whitey Ford? Can two white men admit their love for each other and take their relationship to the next level – marriage?
Starring Ted Trent and Tim O’Leary, Hidden Hills is a comedy that looks at race, sexuality, aging, and weight issues, flipping the world upside down in a 72 minute feature film that mimics the classic styling of Rock Hudson and Doris Day movies. Also featuring up and coming Hollywood talent including Joy Sudduth (Criminal Minds), Wendy Shapero (Robot Chicken), and Chris Fennessy (Zoey 101) and a performance of an original song by Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go’s. The movie was written and directed by Dan Steadman (Red Lodge) whose first project Jesus People: The Movie is to be released in early 2014. It features Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids) and Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer (The Help).
IT WILL AIR
For those who don't know me, and that would be a lot of you, I'm a bibliophile. My vast array of bookshelves is stacked with dozens of audio books, causing the shelf to topple over like a lopsided tower. I love books, and I love the character developments, the plots, and thriving stories hat books can hold between the spines. I've read some amazing books, and then again I've read some books that I've never want to speak of again because it leaves a bad ringing in my ears.
I never usually get into erotica books, but with the eloquent urging of all my hip unliterary friends I decided that I'd read fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. I want to see just why this book is so very popular. I get recommendations from people all the time on Goodreads, so why is this book so popular? Is it the dashing romance, the zesty sex scenes, or the riveting character depth? I don't know.
Usually when I look at a book, I look at the synopsis of the book to try and gage what I'll be in store for. I wonder what the back of this book says.
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating.
Is it just me but after twilight by Stephenie Meyer came out all the men seem to have the same abusive controlling elements as Edward? I don't know. This does sound interesting though. Nothing about gay black men or even straight black men for that matter. I'm sad now… I need Morgan freeman to hold me and give me God powers. I need to have Denzel Washington wrap me up in a nice bear hug and have his sexy new Yorkers voice put me to sleep with him reading my Miranda rights…
"You have a right to have sex wit me. Anyting you say will get me hard and then I'll have to arrest you with my passion… anyway… Let's keep reading!
"Pasta und Liebe für alle!" (Pasta and love for all) reads the caption on the photo posted to Facebook (above). The company also spoke with Adweek:
"We just wanted to spread the news that Bertolli welcomes everyone, especially those with an empty stomach."
Adweek notes that the company has produced gay-themed ads in the past.