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New York, NY (July 31, 2013) — Members of ACT UP/NY disrupted an event sponsored by Stolichnaya Vodka at Splash Bar in New York City to protest recent anti-gay legislation passed in Russia under Vladmir Putin. This homophobic legislation has led to a surge of attacks on the LGBT community, including people with HIV and AIDS, in Russia.
Responding to calls for a nationwide boycott of Russian products, including all Russian vodkas, the activists blew whistles, chanted, and held up signs reading, "Russia Kills Gays", "Boycott Russia", and "Dump Stoli" while Stoli executives looked on. A number of gay bars across the country have taken all Russian vodkas off their shelves, and ACT UP is calling for all bars, whether gay or not, to stop serving Russian vodkas.
AIDS activists entered the office of Speaker of the House John Boehner and demanded no cuts to domestic or global AIDS programs. Protesters also called for a Robin Hood tax on Wall Street trades.
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Seven Risk Arrest in a Naked Protest in Speaker Boehner’s Longworth Office
Washington, DC: Tuesday, November 27, a few days before World AIDS Day, seven AIDS activists entered House Speaker Boehner’s Office and stripped naked demanding a meeting with the Congressmember. The activists from QUEEROCRACY, ACT UP NY and ACT UP Philadelphia painted slogans on their bodies instead of holding signs: “AIDS Cuts Kill” and “Fund PEPFAR, Fund Ryan White, Fund Global Fund, Fund Medicaid, Fund HOPWA.”
“When you strip away the rhetoric of the fiscal cliff and the grand bargain, you see that these terms are a way to thinly veil draconian budget cuts that will leave millions around the world with absolutely nothing,” said Cassidy Gardner from QUEEROCRACY.
QUEEROCRACY & Members of “The Naked Seven” Hold Press Conference on Steps of City Hall, Demanding City Council Speak Out Against HIV Criminalization
New York, NY: On December 1st, as part of World AIDS Day, QUEEROCRACY and many of the “The Naked Seven” will host a press conference on the steps of City Hall to demand that the New York City Council pass a resolution speaking out against the discriminatory practice of prosecuting people based on their HIV status. People living with HIV/AIDS, folks who have faced prosecution for their HIV status, and their advocates/allies will address the press on the issue of HIV related prosecutions within the United States and demand that the NYC Council support a resolution that directly confronts this injustice.
The U.S. and Canada lead the world in the number of HIV related prosecutions and in the United States alone there are thirty four states and two territories where HIV-specific laws and statutes are on the books. These laws and statutes have in many ways proven to be harmful to public health measures. Thirty-two states, including New York, have arrested or prosecuted HIV positive individuals for consensual sex, biting and spitting, often despite actual transmission or risk of transmission.
Even in states such as New York where there are not specific statutes on the books, HIV positive people continue to be prosecuted for their status under general criminal laws. David Plunkett, a man who was convicted in Herkimer County New York under an Assault With a Deadly Weapon charge-- the deadly weapon being his HIV status-- has issued a statement that will be released during the press conference.
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AIDS ACTIVISTS DRESSED IN ORANGE PRISON JUMPSUITS FLOOD SITE OF PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: DEMAND AN END TO HIV CRIMINALIZATION
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(Hempstead, Long Island, New York) On Tuesday, October 16th over 200 activists, many dressed in orange prison jumpsuits, will travel from New York City to Hempstead, Long Island to highlight the discriminatory practice of criminalizing people based on their HIV status. Protesters seek to draw Presidential candidates’ attention to the issue and gain support for a Congressional Bill, REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act (H.R. 3053) introduced by Rep Barbara Lee in 2011. Activists will begin demonstrating at 4:00 PM
Sarah Nakano of QUEEROCRACY added, “Science proves that we can end AIDS if we get more people on treatment. Laws that specifically criminalize people living with HIV/AIDS are not only discriminatory but increase stigma. As a result, people are less likely to go and get tested. This is an issue regarding public health, not criminal justice."
Protesters will arrive at Hofstra University at 4 PM for the demonstration. Speakers include people who have been directly affected by HIV criminalization as well as