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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  --  March 5, 2014

ACT UP Protests Anti-Gay Laws at Ugandan Consulate in New York City

U.S. activists speak out against political scapegoating of Ugandan LGBTI community

ACT UP Members and Others Protest Anti-Gay Laws in Uganda
Approximately 50 LGBTI activists protested outside the Ugandan Consulate on March 5 for over an hour decrying President Yoweri Museveni’s February 24th passage of three Draconian measures: the Anti-Homosexuality Law, Anti-Pornography Law, and Public Order Management Law.

Members of ACT UP New York, Queer Nation, Health GAP, LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, and the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition (AVAC) carried signs that read “Hate is the new colonialism, “Fight real issues not the people,” and “God loves Ugandan gays.” A twenty-foot long rainbow banner reading “Boycott homophobia” was draped along the gates outside the consulate as the group gave short speeches on human rights violations in Uganda and read emotional pleas from LGBT Ugandans who are in hiding, suffering beatings, and sometimes committing suicide because of oppression.

In Uganda, accused homosexuals can be sentenced to seven years to life in prison and those who "promote" homosexuality can be sentenced to seven years. Health care providers offering HIV services to homosexuals are at risk for imprisonment, creating a deadly effect on gay and bisexual men who are then cut off from HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. 

ACT UP at Justice for Islan Nettles Rally

Islan Nettles - Transwoman Murdered

ACT UP Members Protest Police Inaction on Nettles Murder
ACT UP Member at Rally Against Police Indifference
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On Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 4 p.m., over 150 transgender protestors and their supporters braved sub-zero temperatures to gather outside of NYC Police Headquarters in Downtown Manhattan to demand incoming NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton and the NYPD explain thier negligent investigation in the immediate aftermath of the brutal beating death of transgender woman Islan Nettles last summer in Harlem. The emotionally charged group also demanded a report on the current status of the case’s lagging homicide investigation by NY County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and later in the evening emailed an extensive list of questions to Bratton and Vance.  

“There is a target on the backs of trans women of color!” said Lourdes Hunter, Co-Founder, Trans Women of Color Collective of Greater New York, who spoke at the event.  “If Islan was a white woman we would not be out in the cold demanding justice!” she said from atop snow-encrusted steps at One Police Plaza.

A series of impassioned speeches by Hunter and others were punctuated by fiery chants against the NYPD, including “NYPD do your job!”  Enumerating the many errors and delays in the investigation, protestors chanted “How many more? Not one more!” and “Trans lives matter!”

Speakers angrily repeated the puzzling details of the August 17, 2013 attack, including the fact that officers from Public Service Area 6, where the crime occurred, pulled Paris Wilson, the accused assailant, off of Nettles yet failed to adequately question Nettles’ or Wilson’s companions and never checked on Nettles’ condition after her admittance to Harlem Hospital, where she later died.

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New York City, January 3, 2014 - On January 1, twenty activists from ACT UP NY (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) braved subfreezing temperatures to demand that Bill De Blasio prioritize HIV/AIDS prevention in his new administration. ACT UP has been trying to meet with De Blasio for months to address his disturbingly vague AIDS platform, but the group's requests have been ignored.

ACT UP members with signs reading

During Tom Farley’s four years as Health Commissioner, the NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene neglected infectious diseases like AIDS and Hepatitis in favor of policing soft-drink sizes and smoking. In the Daily News last week, Farley went so far as to tout the Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene’s success in prioritizing smoking and soda bans while minimizing the ongoing catastrophic effects of HIV/AIDS in the LGBT community.

AIDS Activists Pressure DOH for Changing Prevention Plan

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ACT UP Hastens Release of NYS DOH Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Guidelines

Calls for New York State to Allocate Funds for Public and Provider PrEP Education

NEW YORK CITY – JANUARY 21, 2014 – AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power/New York (ACT UP/NY) applauds the release by New York State’s Department of Health (NYS DOH) AIDS Institute of clinical guidelines for the use of Pre-Exposure Prohylaxis, or PrEP, to reduce HIV transmission. PrEP is a daily dose of the HIV medication Truvada that can prevent HIV infection if taken before exposure. The guidelines, which are available publicly at, were released on January 14th due to pressure from ACT UP NY.

“While we’re glad to see the creation and availability of these guidelines by the AIDS Institute,” says ACT UP member Terry Roethlein, “the NYS DOH dragged its heels for months over their release, which was originally promised to us last fall. The fact that the guidelines are available at the beginning of 2014 at all is the direct result of consistent pressure and communication with the AIDS Institute by ACT UP and its numerous allies.”

ACT UP/NY Die-in by Inauguration of De Blasio

ACT UP members supported by Occupy Wall Street activists, did a die-in in sub-freezing weather during the inauguration of the new mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio,  to remind him that HIV/AIDS is still a life-and-death issue for many New Yorkers. Carrying sign saying, "Failed HIV Prevention" and "Commissionar Farley Must Go" the activists called on De Blasio to "prioritize HIV/AIDS prevention".

NYC Dept of Health Commissioner Farley is being targetted by activists for his failure to publicize the new prevention technologies of Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) a treatment that can prevent HIV infection if taken within 72 hours of exposure. Farley has also deprioritized publicity around PREP, a pharmaceutical prevention method that is a way to lower risk among those who use condoms less than 100% of the time.


Currently the HIV/AIDS budget has been decimated by 15% cuts to the Ryan White fund that supplies services to people with HIV/AIDS and to prevention efforts.  ACT UP is calling on the new mayor to make up the shortfall. With thousands of New Yorkers newly infected every year and diminishing resources, the epidemic will only increase.