World AIDS DAY 2013

The theme for World AIDS Day 2013 is “Shared Responsibility, Strengthing Results for an AIDS- free Generation.” On November 27th President Barack Obama released this Presidential Proclamation — World AIDS Day, 2013


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Each year on World AIDS Day, we come together as a global community to fight a devastating pandemic. We remember the friends and loved ones we have lost, stand with the estimated 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS, and renew our commitment to preventing the spread of this virus at home and abroad. If we channel our energy and compassion into science-based results, an AIDS-free generation is within our reach.

My Administration released the first comprehensive National HIV/AIDS Strategy in 2010. Since then, we have made significant progress in strengthening scientific investments, expanding effective HIV/AIDS education and prevention, and connecting stakeholders in both the public and private sectors. At the same time, advances in our scientific understanding have allowed us to better fight this disease. We know now that by focusing on early detection and treatment, we can both prevent long-term complications and reduce transmission rates. To build on this progress, I issued an Executive Order in July establishing the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, which addresses the gaps in care and prevention, especially among communities with the greatest HIV burden. And this November, I signed the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, lifting the ban on research into the possibility of organ transplants between people with HIV.

My Administration remains committed to reducing the stigma and disparities that fuel this epidemic. Beginning in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will require health insurance plans to cover HIV testing without any additional out-of-pocket costs. It will also prohibit discrimination based on HIV status and eliminate annual benefit caps. Under this law, we have already expanded Medicaid for working class Americans and banned lifetime limits on insurance coverage.

Our work to end HIV extends far beyond our borders. This is a global fight, and America continues to lead. The United States has provided HIV prevention, treatment, and care to millions around the world, helping to dramatically reduce new infections and AIDS-related deaths. This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), a powerful bipartisan effort to turn the tide on this epidemic. Through PEPFAR, we are making strong global progress and are on track to achieve the ambitious HIV treatment and prevention targets I set on World AIDS Day in 2011. Because country ownership and shared responsibility are vital to a2 strong and sustained global response, we launched PEPFAR Country Health Partnerships, an initiative that will empower our partner countries as they progress toward an AIDS-free generation. In the next few days, my Administration will host the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s Replenishment Conference to enlist new partners, leverage American funding, and increase our collective impact against these diseases. With continued United States leadership, strong partners, and shared responsibility, we can realize this historic opportunity.

We will win this battle, but it is not over yet. In memory of the loved ones we have lost and on behalf of our family members, friends, and fellow citizens of the world battling HIV/AIDS, we resolve to carry on the fight and end stigma and discrimination toward people living with this disease. At this pivotal moment, let us work together to bring this pandemic to an end.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim December 1, 2013, as World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and comfort to those living with this disease.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-seventh day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.



The Next Speaker of the New York City Council

Who is “running” to become the Next Speaker for the next four years?


  • Mark Weprin  (Queens)
  • Melissa Mark-Viverito (Manhattan) þ
  • Inez  Dickens  (Manhattan)
  • Annabel Palma  (Manhattan)
  • Daniel Garodnick   (Manhattan)
  • James Vacca (Bronx)
  • Jummane Williams (Brooklyn)


þ = my choice for Speaker in 2014


What is happening…


  • The 51 members of the New York City Council will elect one of their own as Speaker in January replacing Speaker Christine Quinn, who will no longer be on the Council.


  • Several council members are seeking the position, which is arguably the second most powerful in City Government, behind the Mayor.


  • In partnership with community groups, newly elected and returning members of the city council held 5 community forums to allow voters an opportunity to hear from those seeking the Speakership. Voters are encouraged to attend and to give input to their city council representative prior to January’s speaker vote.


What the Speaker does…


  • The Speaker of the City Council is the public representative and voice of the 51 member body


  • On behalf of the council and its members constituents, the Speaker is often responsible for acting as a check on the mayor


  • The Speaker sets council meetings and agenda, and presides over full council meetings


  • The Speaker decides which proposed legislation (bills that council members want to become laws) is allowed to go to the floor of the city council for a vote.


  • The Speaker decides how a large sum of City dollars is allocated to individual council member for expenditure in their districts. This sum is known as the councils “discretionary funds”


  • Currently, the Speaker can appropriate portions of this sum to the different councilmembers as he or she sees fit. These allocations are known as “member items” and very greatly.


Potential Changes to the Speaker’s role…


Led by several recently re- elected council members and signed onto by a total of 31 of the 2014 council member, reformed this group is seeking highlighted by the following


  • Take the politics out of Member items by allocating discretionary funding for Council Districts on a fair and objective basis (either equally, or via a need-driven formula, disclosed publicly in advance)


  • Ensure fair consideration of legislation, by establishing an independent legislative drafting unit the City Council and making the legislative process more transparent


  • Dedicate a greater share of Council resources to enabling Members to provide effective services to the public



35th Anniversary of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Mancone

Thinking of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Mascons on this 35th anniversary of their senseless murder. We continue to fight for equality in his name and all others who devoted their lives to justice.

Harvey Milk inspires all of use in the LGBT community.

“Every gay person must come out. As difficult as it is, you must tell your immediate family. You must tell your relatives. You must tell your friends if indeed they are your friends. You must tell the people you work with. You must tell the people in the stores you shop in. Once they realize that we are indeed their children, that we are indeed everywhere, every myth, every lie, every innuendo will be destroyed once and all. And once you do, you will feel so much better”

But he personally inspired me to be more active to put myself out their…I always know that everyday that I say “I’m Bryan and I’m transgender” it’s a risk.

” I fully realize that a person who stands for what I stand for, an activist, a gay activist, becomes a target or the potential target for somebody who is insecure, terrified, afraid, or very disturbed themselves.”

I love politics…how I know I’ve tried to make the world a better place and you need to know I’m standing right in front of you.

“Politics is theater. It doesn’t matter if you win. You make a statement. You say, “I’m here, pay attention to me”


Statement by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office at the trial of Paris Wilson

Statement by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office at the trial of Paris Wilson, accused killer of Islan Nettles.
This was the complete statement read by the prosecutor in court yesterday:

“As the Court is aware, the defendant was originally arrested in this case on a charge of misdemeanor assault. Several days after the arrest, the victim died from her injuries. Since that time, we have been aggressively investigating the crime as a homicide.
For the reasons referenced in court on the prior two dates, however, the case has turned out to be a uniquely complex one, and we are not yet prepared to go to the grand jury. However we continue to actively investigate this case in the hopes of ultimately holding the person responsible for this crime accountable. Today, we concede that eh speedy trial time has run with only with regards to the misdemeanor with which the defendant is charged – and thus the case must be dismissed. It should be emphasized, however, that the crime we are investigating, homicide, has no statutory speedy-trial deadline. Therefore, should our ongoing investigation ultimately result in an indictment of Mr. Wilson for homicide, the case would be promptly restored to the calendar and would move forward, notwithstanding today’s dismissal of the misdemeanor charge.”



“Transgendered” Is Not a Word

This doesn’t need to be a long post. The title says it all. “Transgendered” is not a word. For some reason, though, people use it all the time. Honestly every time someone uses the term “transgendered” it feels like being stabbed. 

The adjective is “transgender” or “trans” for short.

Examples of usage:

She is transgender.

Zi is trans.

The transgender community includes many diverse identities, all of which might be considered trans.

There has never been a reported case of transgender people using bathrooms for devious purposes.

Being trans is not a condition. It’s not something that has happened to a person. It is who a person is.

“Transgender” is not a verb. Thus, a person can not transgender, nor can a person be transgendered. (A person can transition, and a person can have transitioned.)

For some reason when I hear people say “transgendered,” it sounds like “mutated” or “disfigured.” It makes it sound like trans people aren’t real people. It’s grammatically incorrect and belies an understanding and respect for trans people and their identities.

Is this semantics? Yes.
Is it important? Yes.
Is continued use of “transgendered” offensive? Yes.



Suspect in Islan Nettles Slaying Dismissed

Three months after Islan Nettles, a 21-year-old transgender woman, died as the result of a brutal beating in Harlem, the only person charged in the slaying saw his case dismissed.

Paris Wilson, 20, was arrested shortly after the August 17 attack –– which took place near 148th Street and Frederick Douglas Boulevard –– and charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment. The criminal complaint filed at that time said that the victim was left “unconscious on the ground with a swollen shut eye and blood on her face.” The defendant, the complaint read, struck Nettles in the head with a “closed fist,” knocking her to the ground, according to an eyewitness. Nettles, who remained in a coma until she was taken off life support on August 22, suffered blunt force trauma, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Nettles’ slaying has been investigated as a possible hate crime –– Detective Cheryl Crispin, an NYPD spokeswoman, telling Gay City News that police determined that “derogatory language” was used in the attack. In the wake of her death, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office spoke of “possible grand jury action” and a homicide indictment in advance of an October 4 hearing.

Would-be confession by a second man keeps Manhattan DA from pressing misdemeanor prosecution, upgrading charges against Paris Wilson

But prosecutors have also consistently indicated they are hamstrung by the fact that another young man came forward shortly after the attack to say that he was the perpetrator.

Wilson’s October 4 hearing was adjourned with no additional charges brought against him, and in New York County criminal court on November 19, Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Viorst told Judge Steven Statsinger that while prosecutors and police are “aggressively investigating” the case with an eye toward a homicide charge, he was not prepared to move forward on the existing charges against the defendant, who he said was apprehended several blocks from the scene of the crime. Viorst acknowledged that any homicide charge brought in the case could be made against “Mr. Wilson or someone else.”

In a misdemeanor prosecution, the state must be ready to go to trial within 90 days of arrest.

The dismissal came on the eve of the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, held in recognition to the lethal violence aimed at gender-nonconforming people.

The effort by a suspect other than Wilson to confess to the crime was first reported by the New York Post on August 26 in a story that had a law enforcement source saying Wilson’s mother put the man up to it. According to that account, the man told police he was too drunk to remember what happened. That report cast doubt on the veracity of the man’s account.

The Daily News has since reported, however, that a source familiar with the investigation said two “reliable” witnesses had corroborated the account of the man who came forward.

The man’s name has not been identified in court records.

Viorst’s pledge to press forward to win a homicide indictment in the case is predicated on sorting out the contradictions between the initial identification of Wilson as the perpetrator and the other man’s effort to confess.

After the hearing, Xavier Donaldson, Wilson’s attorney, said that his client and the other man are roughly the same height and weight and “may have been wearing similar clothes.” 

Nettles’ family and other advocates for the slain woman seized on the district attorney’s commitment to bring homicide charges as progress of sorts on a day when the effort to win justice appeared to have derailed.

“They will be upgraded,” Dolores Nettles, Islan’s mother, said of the charges dropped against Wilson. “I’m upset, but I’m dealing… Hopefully the charges will be upgraded so that the next time he comes to court, he won’t walk out.”

Asked if she had faith in prosecutors and the police, she said, “I have to have faith.”

In an email to Gay City News, Sharon Stapel, executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, said, “AVP, working with transgender leaders and activists, is paying close attention to this case, and we understand that the District Attorney’s Office is now pursuing homicide charges instead of the original misdemeanor charges. Homicide charges would be progress, but the LGBTQ communities need a clear and thorough explanation of what the NYPD and DA’s office is doing to investigate and respond to the tragic death of Islan Nettles.”

The group is calling on District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.’s office to convene a meeting with AVP and community members “to discuss the most recent developments in this case, and to assure that those most affected by this violence have the opportunity to talk directly to the DA’s office.” 

Paul Schindler at Gay City News





Tomorrow Islan Nettles alleged murderer “Paris Wilson” is back in court. Join us! Trans Lives Matter!!

I will be at the court house tomorrow with my President of Queer Empowerment Kevin Wehle before heading off to CSI for the Trans Equality Event. Please come too 100 Centre Street if you can anytime during the day tomorrow.

Luz's Daughter Cares

We are hearing the DA office may switch the hearing time to 2:15pm. This could be a ploy to confuse the protest!! We change the time and they have the hearing as originally scheduled for 9:00am. Maybe it’s just a change..

They will not throw Us off! If We have to be there from Morning to Afternoon so be it!!! Please be prepared for schedule changes & dress comfortably.



Criminal Court – 100 Centre Street- Between Hogan Place & White Street NYC 10013

Take the “6” or “N”or “R” or “E” train to Canal Street
On Canal Head towards Centre Street
Turn Right down Centre Street for Approx. 2 blocks

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