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Citizen News Service - CNS: Alarm rings on low uptake of existing prevention options for anal STIs and HIV Despite overall progress in HIV prevention, rates of HIV infection among key affected populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender people remain alarmingly high. For example, recent data indicates that MSM are up to 19 times more likely to have HIV than the general population -- transgender women are almost 50 times more likely.
Citizen News Service - CNS: Stigma blocks access to care for young gays and transgenders Stigma related to HIV not only blocks access to existing services for key affected populations but also increases risk of HIV acquisition manifold. When self-stigma or shame seeps in, it pushes people into depression, aggression, self-harm, addictions or even suicide. HIV-related stigma and discrimination in the community further escalates self-stigma.
Citizen News Service - CNS: 'Homophobia is a choice, not homosexuality': Inter-faith message homophobia is a choice, not homosexuality; and religious scriptures teach us to be compassionate, non-judgmental and accept everyone else in totality without prejudice.
Citizen News Service - CNS: 'Do not be a statistic, but own the information that shapes programmes' We cannot wait till the research and development of a product gets over and then begin figuring out how to roll it out to communities in need. Female condoms are perhaps another example in this context. Female condoms were approved by US FDA in 1993 but we are yet to see the expected optimal public-health outcome as its availability, accessibility and affordability is severely limited.
Citizen News Service - CNS: Despite progress, long way remains for gender justice Despite women's rights to economic, social and cultural equality, poverty and discrimination still remains the reality for a large majority of them in the Asia Pacific region. Women not only comprise 70% of the world's poor, they are also victims of the greed and avarice of the powers that are. They are the ones who endure physical, mental and emotional hardships and are yet denied any political or economic gains.
Citizen News Service - CNS: Gender justice to be at the heart of development justice The Asia and the Pacific region contains some of the world's most powerful economies and the 21st century is often touted to belong to this region. Yet the region is home to 66% of the world's poorest poor. Denouncing such stark disparities, the 1st-plenary session at the 2nd Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF 2014) is being held in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
John Coombes: Gender Equality is Essential to our Survival as a Species For too long our species have evolved with short-term male-dominated thinking and values. We have now reached a stage where this biased approach to life is taking us to our own self-destruction. Gender equality is no longer a political football but a necessity. It was Albert Einstein who said, "The thinking that created the problem is quite incapable of solving it." Never was this wisdom more profound that it is now!
Shirley Braverman: Understanding the Conservative Mind: Their Faults and Strengths These are the core values of the conservative mind. 17 
Citizen News Service - CNS: Gender Violence Increases HIV Vulnerability Is there a cure for HIV? The success stories of Timothy Brown and the two Boston patients, who rid themselves of the HIV cells through bone-marrow transplants, led to hopes that a cure had finally been found. This was further boosted by the fact that the transplants received by them were diametrically different.
G.E. Nordell: Kansas Goes Jim Crow Kansas Legislature Passes HB 2563 5 
Jonathan Maxwell: Conservatives are Trying to Rewrite History, and They're Getting Away With It Some conservatives are trying to rewrite American history. They are doing it in their quest to make conservatism look always right and unassailable. They are also doing it to make "their" America (meaning white, Christian, and right-wing) to look equally correct and pristine. A few people are condemning them for such actions. Mostly, though, they are succeeding in their plans to bury the past. 3 

Allan Goldstein: A reluctant defense of Political Correctness A little love for political correctness, the ugly stepchild of cultural discourse. Political correctness,properly understood, is merely the code of honor, doing its essential work: holding society together in the absence of any other agreed moral/religious standards of behavior. 7 

Rob Groce: Proposed State Tax Ruling Unfair, Says LGBT Advocacy Group A proposal by South Carolina’s Dept. of Revenue won’t recognize joint tax filings by same-sex married couples, which SC Equality says results in discriminatory higher taxes, costs and inconveniences. 1 

Jesse Ruth: Queer Action 2014: Let's Stop Depending on Politicians and the HRC We cannot depend upon politicians to put an end to these injustices and the other indignities we, as Queer individuals suffer. I'm ready for some real Queer liberation.

Jesse Ruth: So About This Who Duck Dynasty Shenanigans... Phil Robertson's publicity stunts are serving their intended purpose as I, like those others I complain about, continue to give him attention. 85 
Jesse Ruth: What Does the Municipal Equality Index Really Say? The Human Rights Campaign prioritizes sexual orientation over gender identity while claiming to fight for "equality."

Mike Ghouse: Same Sex marriage criminalized by Supreme Court of India, it is an UN-wise decision The Supreme Court's decision on December 11, 2013 to uphold section 377 of the Indian Penal code that criminalizes same sex marriage is not wise, and needs to be challenged. Is the judgment influenced by the undue belligerence from the right wing Hindu, Muslim and Christian leaders or is it in the spirit of the constitution? 3 
Prakash Kona: Article 377 of the Indian Penal Code and "The Love that Dare not Speak its Name" The homophobia of the once colonized nations is about lack of imagination in individuals occupying positions of power and the concomitant mediocrity of institutions that are a legacy of a colonial past.

John K Roberts: The UnHoly Marriage of "gay bashing" Evangelical, Bored Again Christian Hypocrites to the Intellectually challeded Tea Why is America crowded at the top with so many religious dumb mongrels ruining America? Why, I know, Earl, and I am gonna tell ya! 11 

Erez Aloni: An Incomplete Revolution in Illinois As you know, on Tuesday the Illinois legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage. Other unique and important aspects of this vote have gone unseen by the media. This short op-ed argues that the state's decision to maintain the civil-union system is the big news of this vote, and that Illinois--one of the only states that do not enforce contracts among cohabitants--should follow up by allowing more relationship choices.

Stephen Unger: Our Descent Toward Third World Status Third world countries are generally dominated by a tiny, wealthy upper crust, bolstered by a thin layer of people hanging on to middle class status, ruling over a mass of people at or below the poverty level. A unique combination of factors are moving the US into that world. Remedies are possible, but the prospects are dim. 29 

Jennifer Epps: Oscar Grant, Witness for Trayvon Martin: "Fruitvale Station" review In the new film Fruitvale Station, Oscar Grant is essentially a character witness for Trayvon, and for scores of other young black men who've died at the hands of "law enforcement' 1 

Jonathan Askin: Marriage is Totally Gay Questions what seems to be generally accepted belief that society should reward us for getting married. Where is the social safety for those without their mutual, eternal love? 1 

Fakeer Ishavardas: Frankly, my dear, I do give a damn! - Spirituality and Homosexuality! It's becoming rather "un-cool" now days to speak up plainly about why homosexuality bothers hundreds of millions across the world. It has been so politically well-rehearsed, with the politicians needing votes of the homosexual community, that even popular religious leaders are treading softly on this issue. Perhaps it's time to be real and up-close about this vexed issue, without pulling any punches. 12 

Janet Mason: *Let's Pledge to Boycott the Boy Scouts This article is a LGBT positive (anti military) perspective on the Boy Scouts recent decision to allow openly gay teens to be members while continuing to discrimate against openly gay Scout leaders. 4 

Ann Garrison: San Francisco Pride's Shame: Bradley Manning On June 7th, the San Francisco LGBT Pride Board of Directors finally told the crowd gathered outside the LGBT Center on San Francisco's Market Street that they would not reinstate Bradley Manning as a 2013 Pride Parade Grand Marshal.

Anthony Barnes: Leave it to Priebus Is there at least one reason to believe that the suggestions in Reince Preibus' recent "autopsy" report will do anything to get his Party off political life-support? Because reasons for doubt are many. 7 

Bob Gaydos: One man comes out, a nation is mired in intolerance Jason Collins' coming out is not quite the watershed moment many claim it to be. 4 

Alfredo Lopez: Bradley Manning Update: How to Commit Espionage Without Trying! Last week's pre-trial hearings proved that Bradley Manning's co-defendant is the Internet and all of us who use it.

M. Martin Hine: Civil marriage for none. Civil unions for all. It's time to consider an issue bigger than gay marriage. Is there a legitimate State or Federal role in the regulation of "marriage"? 2 

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