PrEP may be tested against coronavirus if HIV meds shown to work

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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With the coronavirus claiming thousands of lives across the globe, medical experts are throwing any and all medications they can against the disease , including drugs used to treat HIV/AIDS that — if effective in clinic trials — may turn attention toward Truvada, commonly used as PrEP for HIV prevention.

One medical expert told the Washington Blade if the early promising results for the HIV drug Remdesivir hold out in clinical trials, the drug Truvada — the more standard medication against HIV/AIDS — could also work against the coronavirus.

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VIDEO: LGBTQ activist icon Cleve Jones visits The Center, calls on Central Florida to vote

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | LGBTQ activist icon Cleve Jones visited the LGBT+ Center in Orlando Jan. 29 for a meet & greet and book signing of his 2016 memoir “When We Rise,” but also took the opportunity to declare a call-to-action to the Central Florida LGBTQ community to get out the vote this election year.

“I’m 65, I’ve been politically conscious and aware since I was very young and I think nobody would argue with me that this is the most critical election in our lifetime,” Jones said to the crowd. “So much hangs in the balance for our country, and indeed for the entire world, as we look at the challenges facing the world today. We need an America that can lead with principal, be responsible and be a good ally and a good neighbor, and help us address the extraordinary challenges of climate change, income inequality and all of these other grave threats.”

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‘Nightmare 2’ doc finally set for wide release

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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A festival-circuit favorite documentary about the legacy of a homoerotic horror classic has finally been given a release date.

Set to debut on VOD and DVD on March 3, “Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street,” tells the story of how a young actor named Mark Patton landed the lead role in “Freddy’s Revenge: Nightmare on Elm Street 2,” only to have his “big break” become a controversial flash point for Hollywood homophobia.

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Hope & Help announces AIDS Walk Orlando 2020 date, to host open house

By : Jeremy Williams
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ABOVE: Hope & Help’s Re-Start group walks in the AIDS Walk Orlando at Lake Eola Park in 2018. (Photo by Maia Monet)

Hope & Help is kicking the new year off with the announcement of the date for its 2020 AIDS Walk Orlando.

The not-for-profit health center — which offers HIV/STD/HEP C testing, treatment and primary medical care — announced Jan. 6 that the 2020 AIDS Walk Orlando will be on Saturday, April 18 starting at 8:30 a.m.

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Joseph Caldwell’s memoir ‘In the Shadow of the Bridge’ revisits 1980s New York, AIDS epidemic

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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New York was a different place in 1950, which is exactly why Joseph Caldwell loved it. The Milwaukee native, fresh from the Air Force and then 21, was finally ready to live openly as the young gay man he was. The city gave him that opportunity.

He found the home any New York-bound aspiring writer would want. It was an apartment “In the Shadow of the Bridge,” now the title of his memoir – which he saw published at age 91 this year.

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Issue 26.24: U=U

By : Dylan Todd
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What does Undetectable = Untransmittable mean for U?, St. Pete, Tampa, Orlando receive perfect HRC scores, Orange County Dems look ahead to 2020 elections, local news, celebrity interviews, photos, events and much, much more!!

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Trump again omits LGBTQ people in World AIDS Day proclamation

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In a proclamation Nov. 27 recognizing World AIDS Day, President Trump again omitted any recognition of LGBTQ people as among the groups primarily affected by the epidemic.

Such was the case in proclamations issued in 2017 and 2018. But the latest absence of LGBTQ people stands out even more because Trump takes the occasion to tout his administration’s plan to beat HIV by 2030.

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Maryland-based gene therapy company claims it can eliminate HIV from people with disease

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American Gene Technologies (AGT), a gene and cell therapeutics company based out of Rockville, Maryland, has filed an application with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new therapy which the company claims can eliminate HIV from people infected with the disease.

The treatment, which the company calls AGT103-T, is “a single-dose, lentiviral vector-based gene therapy” that is “a genetically-modified cell product made from a person’s own cells.”

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Rachel Weisz cast as Elizabeth Taylor in biopic centered on her AIDS activism

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ABOVE: Rachel Weisz at the Montclair Film Festival in 2018. (Photo by Neil Grabowsky, from Wikimedia Commons)

Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz is stepping into the role of one of Hollywood’s most iconic stars during one of the most controversial times in her life.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Weisz will play Elizabeth Taylor in the biopic “A Special Relationship.” The movie will focus on Taylor’s friendship with her assistant Roger Wall, a gay man who grew up in the homophobic “Deep South,” and her AIDS activism in the 1980s.

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For museum curators, garments offer stylish storytelling

By : Matthew S. Bajko, courtesy of the Gay History Project
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ABOVE: One of Sylvester’s performance costumes is part of the collections at the GLBT Historical Society. (Photo by Rick Gerharter)

Curators working with the Oakland Museum of California on its first major LGBT exhibition, dubbed “Queer California: Untold Stories,” displayed a blue sequined jacket created by San Francisco designer Pat Campano and worn in 1985 by the gender-bending gay disco diva Sylvester.

The garment, on loan from the San Francisco-based GLBT Historical Society, provided a bit of glam and visual whimsy to the show, which closed in August. The coat is one of a number of costumes, antique gloves, jewelry and personal items that once belonged to the “Queen of Disco” now housed in the society’s archives. The Sylvester collection, in museum-speak, measures more than eight linear feet.

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New music video released for Freddie Mercury’s birthday to spread AIDS awareness

By : Lora Korpar
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To celebrate what would have been LGBTQ musical icon Freddie Mercury’s 73rd birthday Sept. 5, Universal Music Group released a new music video for his song “Love Me Like There’s No Tomorrow.”

Mercury found fame as the front man for the British rock band Queen. Though he died of AIDS in 1991, the singer’s legacy still looms large, especially after last year’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” — a biographical movie about his life and rise to fame. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was one of the biggest cinematic hits of 2018 earning more than $900 million at the worldwide box office and won four Oscars, including one for actor Rami Malek who portrayed Mercury in the film.

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AIDS group official resigns over group’s acceptance of drug company funds

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Kyle Murphy, the communications director for the national AIDS advocacy group AIDS United, released to a listserv of AIDS activists a letter informing AIDS United’s president and CEO and other officials and staff members that he was resigning from his job because the group accepts large sums of money from pharmaceutical companies.

Murphy states in his Aug. 9 letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Washington Blade, that AIDS United is among nearly all of the nation’s AIDS advocacy organizations that for years have worked for the interests of people with HIV/AIDS who accept money from drug companies.

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