Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ep. 54 Civil Unions and AIDS LifeCycle

Sometimes we forget while we are fighting for equality, it wasn’t too long ago that we were fighting for our lives. While some would argue those battles rage on in the face of mounting opposition, we here at GSB like to take a more optimistic approach.

Thirty years ago the U.S. had its first recorded cases of AIDS and HIV. The Center for Disease Control reported five cases of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in LA and 26 cases of Kaposi’s sarcoma in LA and NYC. It couldn’t be more fitting that AIDS LifeCycle/Ride to end AIDS is kicking off their 10th Anniversary ride this morning in San Francisco. We talk to Jeff Katz from Instinct Magazine as he gets ready to lead Team Instinct on the 545 mile bike ride. It’s an event that has brought hope, healing and much needed dollars to our fight against HIV/AIDS.

Of course, making news this week was also the landmark enactment of the Illinois civil unions bill that grants most of the rights and privileges of marriage to same-sex couples. While many are celebrating the success, others are careful to point out the journey is not over, and separate is not equal. We talk to Chicago-based activist and blogger, Waymon Hudson about his state’s civil unions and what they might mean for full marriage equality.

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