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PAT issues statement on proposed LGBTQ discrimination against federal contractors

August 16, 2019

by Kim Hunt, Executive Director, Pride Action Tank Lately, we can’t seem to get through a week without another attempt by the Trump administration to strip away the protections of LGBTQ+ people. Yesterday, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a proposed rule change that could allow federal contractors to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people on the basis of religion. The proposed change...
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Public charge rule finalized, harming immigrant families in the U.S.

August 13, 2019

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is profoundly disappointed that the Department of Homeland Security has decided to finalize a “public charge” rule that will place severe restrictions on who may enter or stay in the country, based on arbitrary evaluations of their supposed potential to use public assistance programs like Medicaid. “The continued barrage of intimidation...
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Brick by brick, Stonewall paved the way for an effective response to AIDS

June 25, 2019

By Brian Solem Some say it started with a brick — a brick hurled at New York City Police Department officers by a trans woman of color (perhaps Marsha P. Johnson , perhaps someone else). The brick (or high heel or shot glass or heavy bag or other projectile — reports vary ) was a response to a violent, Saturday-night raid of the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay space in New York...
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AFC responds to Gilead's commitment to making free PrEP available across U.S.

May 10, 2019

On May 9, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Gilead Sciences announced that Gilead will provide free PrEP to 200,000 uninsured people on an annual basis. While there are many details to be determined, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) is cautiously optimistic that this move will expand access to PrEP for people who are most vulnerable to HIV.   Free...
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How cannabis is helping people living with HIV

March 6, 2019

By Raven Feagins UPDATE : On June 26, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed a bill into law that will legalize recreational cannabis for adults in Illinois by the start of 2020. Once this new law is in place, all Illinoisans 21 years and older will be legally allowed to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis, as well as varied amounts of THC (the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis)-infused products...
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Pride Action Tank responds to Supreme Court ruling on trans military ban

January 22, 2019

By Pride Action Tank Today, we bear witness to one of the ways Donald Trump will influence American history for years to come. On this day, the Supreme Court of the United States, in a five to four decision, led by the conservative justices, allowed discrimination against transgender people in the military to stand while legal battles continue to play out in lower courts. Pride Action Tank...
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Open Enrollment and what it means for Trans and GNC folks

December 12, 2018

By Kirstin Brockenborough Enrollment in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace will be open for a few more days, and the excitement for another year of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare) is still in the air. (It could also be climate change, but who knows!)   The ACA created a way to expand Medicaid and create more opportunities for people to enroll in...
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AFC demands support for immigrant families

December 6, 2018

For more than 30 years, AFC has worked to transform the systems that contribute to HIV prevention, awareness and access to lifesaving care and services. AFC leads the largest coordinated HIV case management system in the country, ensuring over 5,000 clients receive medical and supportive services every year. Through the networks AFC has built and continues to fund and lead, thousands of people...
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HIV on TV: Why representation matters

December 6, 2018

By Raven Feagins The U.S. version of the TV show Shameless focuses on a dysfunctional family from Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. The show is filled with cringe-worthy moments, plenty of (often dark) humor and compelling storylines. During seasons six and seven (2016) the show also included a character named Caleb who was living with HIV. Caleb was an attractive firefighter...
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Intimacy on Trial: The Case of Sanjay Johnson

November 19, 2018

By Aaron Talley  An Ill-Fated Hookup  In early October 2015, when Sanjay Johnson, then 22, met up with college freshman James Booth for a hookup after meeting on Jack’d, he had no idea this consensual encounter would lead to Booth accusing him of knowingly transmitting the HIV virus.  I interview Johnson over the phone. It is now three years later, and...
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