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Saturday, December 29, 2012

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Directions to Tolalenjoyment 'wish upon a star' From Warrens coming from One Accord Plaza to the BRC roundabout, pass Lester Vaughn school and B's bottle Depot. keep on the straight road, you will then come to Ashford Bird Park on the right and Holy Innocent School on the left. Make a right at the roundabout, pass St Thomas Post Office, keep on the straight, pass Welchman Hall Gully. You will then come to a T- junction, keep on the left then you will see a Bright RED shop Julie's Watering Hole. Make a right turn and just a few yards down, on the left, you are there. Look out for our Security on the outside.
 


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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Darian Aaron Contributes to Keith Boykin's Black Gay Anthology "For Colored Boys"






African-American, Latino, and Asian-American writers tell their own stories of coming of age, coming out, and coming home.


About the book: The new book, For Colored Boys, addresses longstanding issues of sexual abuse, suicide, HIV/AIDS, racism, and homophobia in the African American and Latino communities, and more specifically among young gay men of color. The book tells stories of real people coming of age, coming out, dealing with religion and spirituality, seeking love and relationships, finding their own identity in or out of the LGBT community, and creating their own sense of political empowerment.


This collection includes writers who are African American, Latino, Asian American, British, and Jamaican. Their ages span over five decades from young to old, and they represent all parts of the country and a wide cross-section of occupations, including students, published authors, recording artists, reality TV stars, military veterans, doctors, and lawyers.


We hope their stories will educate, empower, and inspire you.


From Rod 2.0:


The publication of the book is timely. A new survey was released this week that found a shocking 43 percent of Black gay youth have considered or attempted suicide as a result of issues related to their sexual orientation. More than a quarter of Black gay youth say they have experienced anti-gay bullying. Almost one in ten have been sexually or physically abused.


"There are 44 pieces from 42 authors, including 37 African-Americans, 3 Latinos, 1 Asian-American, 1 Canadian and 1 British writer," Keith Boykin told R20. "The contributors' ages range from 23 to 63. We have at least 5 writers in their 20s."


Many of the names should be familiar to R20 readers. For Colored Boys includes contributions from myself, Darian Aaron, Jamal Brown, Topher Campbell, Wade Davis, Kenyon Farrow, L. Michael Gipson, James Earl Hardy, DeMarco Majors, David Malebranche, B. Scott, Rob Smith, Kevin E. Tayor, Craig Washington, Tim'm West, Nathan H. Williams and Emanuel Xavier. The anthology will include nine poems. In addition to Keith Boykin, the editors include young filmmaker Mark Corece and author/scholar Frank Leon Roberts.





Pre-order the book here.
Book Release: July 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Jet Magazine Features First Male Couple in Weddings Section


'Jet’s publishing of our union is historic,' say Ravi Perry and Paris Prince.

BY Trudy Ring

Perry and Prince
The new issue of Jet magazine features a gay male couple in its Jet Love weddings section, a first for the venerable publication.
The December 10 issue of Jet, which hit newsstands today, highlights the wedding of Ravi Perry, an assistant professor of political pcience at Mississippi State University, and Paris Prince, a licensed real estate broker and compliance officer for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. They were married in August at their home in Worcester, Mass.
“The biweekly feature, which traditionally showcases straight couples, includes a short bio of the couple and explains how the couple fell in love,” GLAAD reports in a press release saluting the magazine, which is aimed at an African-American audience, for featuring the wedding of the two men. Jet featured its first lesbian wedding last year, with the union of Nyema Vernon and Tenika Jackson.
Jet magazine has an extensive legacy of covering the lives of LGBT African-Americans,” said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick in the press release. “This is yet another opportunity to applaud Jet magazine for continuing to highlight the diversity of the African-American community and to urge other media outlets to recognize that it’s these stories that help grow acceptance of our community and give a voice to LGBT people of color who are too often invisible in the media.”
Perry and Prince issued a statement through GLAAD, saying, “We are excited and honored to have our wedding featured in the historic yet ever-current Jet magazine. Long the hallmark in publishing news, culture, and events pertaining to the black American experience, Jet’s publishing of our union is historic.”

Uganda Parliament Set to Pass ’Kill the Gays’

Uganda Parliament Set to Pass ’Kill the Gays’

by Jason St. Amand

Uganda’s parliament speaker Rebecca Kadaga.
Uganda’s parliament speaker Rebecca Kadaga.  
Uganda’s government officials could pass an anti-gay legislation, known as the "kill the gays bill," by Christmas as the East African country’s parliament is set to debate the issue, the (U.K.) Guardian reports.
Rebecca Kadaga, Uganda’s parliament speaker, announced that lawmakers would discuss the legislation soon and they are committed to passing it by the end of the year. But LGBT activists in Uganda are urging civil rights organizations around the world to take notice. They and activists abroad fear that the controversial bill could even be passed by the end of the week. According to Radio Netherlands Worldwide, the proposed bill could be up for debate in the next few days.
The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Kadaga said the legislation will become law in 2012. She claims that Uganda citizens "are demanding it" and that gay men and woman are a "serious threat" to children in the country. AP points out that some Christian clerics who met in Kampala, Uganda’s capital, have urged Kadaga to pass the law as "a Christmas gift."
Originally, the bill called for the death penalty for some gay acts, but it was revised and now aims to "prohibit and penalize homosexual behavior and related practices in Uganda as they constitute a threat to the traditional family."
Both gay marriage and any form of same-sex relationship are illegal in Uganda; the country’s penal code criminalizes homosexuality. In 2009, lawmaker David Bahati wanted stronger laws to "protect" Uganda’s children from LGBT people and introduced the controversial bill that same year. Gay men and lesbians in the country can be sent to prison up to 14 years for their orientation. The new bill would make the current legislation even stricter.
Although there has been some confusion about what would happen if the legislation goes into law, the Box Turtle Bulletin reports that even if the death penalty provision is removed, there are still 18 other clauses that call for "barbaric regression for Uganda’s human rights record."
California-based anti-gay pastor Scott Lively, who championed the "kill the gays" bill and even visited Uganda in 2009 to help create the legislation, is quoted in a piece for the ultra-conservative Christian website World Net Daily and says he "supports the nation’s strong stance against homosexual behavior." It seems as though he was so ecstatic about the news in Uganda that he even took to his own blog to comment on the issue.
’Death and imprisonment are sentences that should be reserved for only the worst crimes, not for living openly and loving who you choose.’
"This is a huge blessing for Uganda and for me personally after having been vilified globally (and falsely) for two years by the leftist media as the accused mastermind of the death penalty provision," he wrote.
Lively is currently being sued by Sexual Minorities of Uganda, which claims that he encouraged the murders of LGBT activists in the country while he was there on missionary work.
LGBT groups from the West have condemned the proposed bill since its creation and now are calling for Uganda’s government to dismiss the bill.
"Death and imprisonment are sentences that should be reserved for only the worst crimes, not for living openly and loving who you choose," Andre Banks, All Out’s executive director said in a statement. "Ugandans are calling upon their government to put an end to the ’Kill the Gays’ bill once and for all. All Out members from all over the world have stood with Ugandans before, and today they have take up that call again. We will not rest until this bill is deposited in the waste bin of history."

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement that the bill "flies in the face of all decent human decency by punishing and murdering people simply for who they are" and urges supports to voice their concerns.
"As Americans pause to be grateful for their family and friends on Thanksgiving, our thoughts are with those brave people in Uganda working to fight this hateful law," he added.
Additionally, Sexual Minorities of Uganda also spoke out against the legislation. "This bill won’t stop us," the group’s executive director, Frank Mugisha, said. "We will continue to fight until we are free of this legislation. We cannot have oppression forever." 

Outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has spoken out against the bill and has praised LGBT groups in Uganda. Britain’s Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has gone a step further, and has tied foreign aid to the African country to passage of the bill.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Clinton Releases Road Map for AIDS-Free Generation

Clinton Releases Road Map for AIDS-Free Generation

by Lauran Neergaard

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.  (Source:AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
WASHINGTON - In an ambitious road map for slashing the global spread of AIDS, the Obama administration says treating people sooner and more rapid expansion of other proven tools could help even the hardest-hit countries begin turning the tide of the epidemic over the next three to five years.
"An AIDS-free generation is not just a rallying cry - it is a goal that is within our reach," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who ordered the blueprint, said in the report.
"Make no mistake about it, HIV may well be with us into the future but the disease that it causes need not be," she said at the State Department Thursday.
President Barack Obama echoed that promise.
"We stand at a tipping point in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and working together, we can realize our historic opportunity to bring that fight to an end," Obama said in a proclamation to mark World AIDS Day on Saturday.
Some 34 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and despite a decline in new infections over the last decade, 2.5 million people were infected last year.
Given those staggering figures, what does an AIDS-free generation mean? That virtually no babies are born infected, young people have a much lower risk than today of becoming infected, and that people who already have HIV would receive life-saving treatment.
That last step is key: Treating people early in their infection, before they get sick, not only helps them survive but also dramatically cuts the chances that they’ll infect others. Yet only about 8 million HIV patients in developing countries are getting treatment. The United Nations aims to have 15 million treated by 2015.
Other important steps include: Treating more pregnant women, and keeping them on treatment after their babies are born; increasing male circumcision to lower men’s risk of heterosexual infection; increasing access to both male and female condoms; and more HIV testing.
The world spent $16.8 billion fighting AIDS in poor countries last year. The U.S. government is the leading donor, spending about $5.6 billion.
Thursday’s report from PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, outlines how progress could continue at current spending levels - something far from certain as Congress and Obama struggle to avert looming budget cuts at year’s end - or how faster progress is possible with stepped-up commitments from hard-hit countries themselves.
Clinton warned Thursday that the U.S. must continue doing its share: "In the fight against HIV/AIDS, failure to live up to our commitments isn’t just disappointing, it’s deadly."
The report highlighted Zambia, which already is seeing some declines in new cases of HIV. It will have to treat only about 145,000 more patients over the next four years to meet its share of the U.N. goal, a move that could prevent more than 126,000 new infections in that same time period. But if Zambia could go further and treat nearly 198,000 more people, the benefit would be even greater - 179,000 new infections prevented, the report estimates.
In contrast, if Zambia had to stick with 2011 levels of HIV prevention, new infections could level off or even rise again over the next four years, the report found.
Advocacy groups said the blueprint offers a much-needed set of practical steps to achieve an AIDS-free generation - and makes clear that maintaining momentum is crucial despite economic difficulties here and abroad.
"The blueprint lays out the stark choices we have: To stick with the baseline and see an epidemic flatline or grow, or ramp up" to continue progress, said Chris Collins of amFAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research.
His group has estimated that more than 276,000 people would miss out on HIV treatment if U.S. dollars for the global AIDS fight are part of across-the-board spending cuts set to begin in January.
Thursday’s report also urges targeting the populations at highest risk, including gay men, injecting drug users and sex workers, especially in countries where stigma and discrimination has denied them access to HIV prevention services.
"We have to go where the virus is," Clinton said.

Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill Won’t Contain Death Penalty

Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill Won’t Contain Death Penalty

by Rodney Muhumuza

Parliamentarian David Bahati
Parliamentarian David Bahati  
KAMPALA, Uganda - The Ugandan lawmaker who originally authored an anti-gay bill proposing death for some homosexual acts said Friday that a new version of the proposed legislation doesn’t contain the death penalty.
Parliamentarian David Bahati said the bill, which is expected to be voted on next month, had "moved away from the death penalty after considering all the issues that have been raised."
"There is no death penalty," he told The Associated Press.
Bahati said the bill now focuses on protecting children from gay pornography, banning gay marriage, counseling gays, as well as punishing those who promote gay culture. Jail terms are prescribed for various offenses, he said, offering no details. The most recent version of the bill hasn’t been publicly released.
In 2009, when Bahati first introduced the bill, he charged that homosexuals threatened family values in Uganda and that gays from the West were recruiting poor Ugandan children into gay lifestyles with promises of money and a better life. He said a tough new law was needed because a colonial-era law against sodomy was not strong enough.
The bill, popular among many in Uganda but condemned abroad, has been under scrutiny by a committee whose members now say they are ready to put it forward for a vote. One of the members, Krispus Ayena, said Friday that some parliamentarians spoke strongly against certain provisions in the bill as well as the death penalty itself.
"There was a dissenting voice in the committee," Ayena said. "They argued very forcefully that we should not do a thing like that: to regulate what goes on in bedrooms. First of all, is it practicable to regulate that? And there are those who say this is very oppressive."
The bill’s original wording proposed the death penalty for cases where HIV-infected homosexuals had sex, where gay people had sex with minors or the disabled, and where gays were discovered having sex for the second time. Bahati said at the time that these offenses amounted to what he called "aggravated homosexuality."
The speaker of Uganda’s parliament recently said the bill would be passed before Christmas, renewing fears among activists who want it jettisoned. The bill has been condemned by some world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama, who has described it as "odious." European countries such as Sweden and Norway have threatened to cut foreign aid to Uganda if the bill becomes law.
More than 445,000 people around the world have joined a campaign urging Citibank and Barclays to publicly condemn the bill. Both Citibank and Barclays have big operations in Uganda. The petition - perhaps mistakenly, according to the latest information from Bahati and Ayena - calls the legislation the "Kill the Gays" bill.
"As world banks and heavy players in Uganda, Citibank and Barclays have a unique responsibility to speak out and help stop this dangerous legislation before it becomes law," said Citibank customer Collin Burton, who launched his campaign on Change.org. "Now, perhaps more than ever before, we need the international business community to step up and lead by the corporate values they tout on their websites. Human lives are counting on it."
Ugandan gay activists, while condemning the bill, point out that it has somehow helped the struggle for equality by pushing a once-taboo subject to the national agenda. This year Ugandan gays held their first pride parade.

NYUMBANI, Kenya

NYUMBANI, Kenya - There are no middle-aged adults in the Kenyan village of Nyumbani. They all died years ago. Only the young and old live here.

The 938 children here all saw their parents die. The 97 grandparents saw their middle-aged children die. But put together, the bookend generations take care of one another.

UNAIDS says that as of 2011 an estimated 23.5 million people living with HIV resided in sub-Saharan Africa, representing 69 percent of the global HIV burden. Eastern and southern Africa are the hardest-hit regions.

Saturday is World AIDS Day.

Nyumbani is currently planting tens of thousands of trees for the fourth straight year in the hopes that the village will soon harvest the hardwood and become self-sustaining.

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