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VIDEO: Hope for an "AIDS-free generation"


Today is World AIDS Day:

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the world. It has become one of the most recognised international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

The Obama administration on Saturday marked World AIDS Day with optimism the fight against the disease can be won.

And John Boehner sees naked people… or so nude AIDS activists hoped when they, erm, exhibited their displeasure with possible Fiscal Cliff, er, Bluff budget cuts that could severely affect HIV/AIDS funding.

Despite the struggles, both past and present-- physical, financial, and emotional-- things are looking up. Think Progress lists five important advancements we’ve made over the past year. Please link over for details:

  1. Increased access to HIV testing.
  2. Improved coverage under Obamacare.
  3. Better, simpler treatments for the virus.
  4. Breakthroughs in HIV research.
  5. Raised life expectancy for HIV-positive individuals.

And those are five wonderful reasons to declare this an official...

This post is dedicated to Tom Villard, with whom I had the pleasure to work and laugh:

Thomas Louis Villard grew up in Spencerport, New York. He has two brothers and one sister. After high school, Tom attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania for two years. After college, he moved to New York City. There he attended the Lee Strasberg Acting Studio and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Tom moved to Los Angeles in 1980. During Tom's film career, he landed roles in numerous films and television shows. Tom passed away on November 14, 1994, from AIDS related pneumonia.


VIDEO: John Boehner sees naked people... or so nude AIDS activists hoped.


Boehner sees naked people... at least that's what protesters were hoping when they made their way into the office of the Speaker of the House. Let's dispense with all "The Boehner" jokes right from the get-go. I know it's asking a lot, but still...

Anyway, AIDS activists put on their birthday suits to make their voices heard and their bodies visible to show their displeasure with possible Fiscal Cliff, er, Bluff budget cuts that could severely affect HIV/AIDS funding.

Per Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed, three people were arrested for indecent exposure while other protesters apparently "barely" made it out of there unscathed, if you will. If there were any justice, it would have been Republicans who were arrested for being indecent, but that's another post for another time. Protester Jennifer Flynn:

"We grabbed attention by illustrating the naked truth and by showing how people with AIDS have had, literally, all of the clothes off of their backs taken away by these guys in Congress... The reality is that these draconian budget cuts will actually result in the conservative loss of 600,000 people with AIDS' lives around the world... We're talking about killing 600,000 people around the world if we let these budget cuts go into effect. And that's just one year."

The chants included, "Boehner, Boehner, don’t be a dick. Budget cuts will make us sick." As we say on Twitter when we want to show support, +1.

The activists also held a rally in front of the Democratic National Committee. 

Chris has more here.


Topless Transgender Men Bum Out Delaware Beachgoers


There's a topless beach in Delaware that didn't quite know how to handle (no pun) transgenders over the Memorial Day holiday. They called the police, the police showed up, but then... but then... well, they were stuck between rocks and hard places (apologies).

You see, the transgenders' implanted boobuses were out there for all to ogle, but because they still carried around the crown jewels, if you will, they couldn't get arrested (sorry, my pun-o'-meter is out of control):

But with male genitalia, they can't be arrested for indecent boob exposure.

Quite the sticky wicket.

So. What did Della Wear?