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posted Friday, July 25 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 30
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY
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AN OPEN LETTER TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY

On Monday, June 30, Paul Kawata, executive director of the National Minority AIDS Council issued the following statement:

'Today, June 30 is the annual Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Reception at the White House. On this occasion, 244 leaders from the HIV/AIDS community, representing 40 states and 2 territories, have released an open letter thanking those in the LGBT community who stood up and recommitted to the fight against HIV/AIDS over the last year.

'The LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities have always shared a common history, with the month of June holding particular significance to both. We must remember that just as our histories are closely intertwined, so too is our future. Despite our multitude of policy successes, we have failed to make any real progress in the fight against HIV in our community. Gay and bisexual men are the only population experiencing rising rates of HIV infection, with young black Gay men carrying the heaviest burden of any population in the country. We cannot truly achieve victory in our struggle for equality until we have also achieved LGBT health equity, including an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

'The fight against HIV started in the LGBT community. The only way we will end it is the same way, united in the struggle to protect the health and lives of LGBT individuals across the country and the globe.'

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