The Religious Right's Holy War on HIV/AIDS Prevention
with Esther Kaplan and Kate Barnhart
Monday, October 24th, 8pm
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center
208 West 13th Street (between 7th and 8th ave.), Manhattan
Join ACT UP/NY and the HIV Prevention Organizing Project (H-POP/CHAMP) for an important and timely panel discussion addressing the right wing's dramatic attack on science-based HIV prevention in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Esther Kaplan, author of With God on Their Side: How Christian Fundamentalists Trampled Science, Policy, and Democracy in George W. Bush's White House
Kate Barnhart, long-time HIV Prevention Educator
Representatives from the sponsoring groups will also provide details on the upcoming protest of Bush's Campaign to Increase AIDS in Washington, DC on November 7th.
As HIV infections continue to rage through our communities in the US, and AIDS destroys millions of lives globally, the Bush Administration is following the lead of the religious right's Campaign to Increase AIDS. These groups are getting millions of taxpayer dollars to spread misinformation, block access to condoms and needles, and to substitute prayer for HIV prevention programs.
Abstinence-only-until-marriage programs discriminate against LGBT youth, spread gender stereotypes, and are rife with inaccuracies. These programs are controlled by legislation -- originally written by the Heritage Foundation -- that gags teachers from giving the real facts on HIV prevention, even for sexually-active youth.
Global AIDS funds through Bush's PEPFAR program deny condoms to most sexually-active people and ignore the risks of HIV for youth, married women and other so-called "low risk" groups.
Concerned Women for America is paid by the Federal government for "anti-sex trafficking" programs, after leading passage of a ban on funding of groups around the world that help sex workers protect themselves from HIV. CWA is part of a web of religious lobby groups that has mobilized their puritanical base to press legislators and the president for abstinence-only sex-ed and drug policies.
Other groups like the Traditional Values Coalition prepared "hit-lists" to attack HIV/AIDS prevention researchers studying transmission of HIV in the gay community, while backing poorly conducted research supporting abstinence-only education.
Join us as we confront these extreme right-wing groups and our government for their fake AIDS prevention efforts and expose the Bush Administration's use of public dollars to build patronage for future elections.
UPCOMING EVENTS TO FIGHT BUSH'S CAMPAIGN TO INCREASE AIDS:
Monday, November 7 in Washington DC
Protest Bush's Campaign to Increase AIDS
Meet at MacPherson Square at 11 am:
15th and I streets (MacPherson Square metro, Blue/Orange lines)
March to the Concerned Women for America (CWA) and the White House
*Rally and Optional Civil Disobedience*
(transportation from NYC available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-653-7267)
Monday, October 31
Civil disobedience training for N7 Action
LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th St., NYC
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