May 2011

From the White House Office of Public Engagement:


Jury Candelario, Director of  Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, has been selected ‘Champion of Change’ honoree, as part of President Obama’s “Winning the Future” Initiative. ( The recognition is part of highlighting both the 30th Anniversary of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the work Mr. Candelario has been doing with regards to the HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Selected key community leaders will participate and share their work and stories with Administration officials and the public through the White House website and through a roundtable with experts, offering innovative solutions as we enter the 30th year of the pandemic.


Each week, the “Winning the Future” initiative will feature a group of Americans, businesses or organizations who embody ‘Innovate, Educate, and Build’. Different groups are highlighted each week ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community activists. The Office of Public Engagement will host an event at the White House to honor those who are “Winning the Future” and further empower and inspire other members of their respective communities.   The roundtable is scheduled at the White House on May 31, 2011.


At this event, agency representatives and White House Offices will participate and host a discussion on amplifying best practices learned in each area.  Paired with each White House event, Jury will be featured on the White House website.



This is everything that was posted n the forums from 05/27/11 – 05/30/11.


HIV Drug and Alcohol Task Force | Members & Community category


1 New post in the forum:  professional readiness, and

1 new post in the subforum:  funding opportunities

2 new posts in the subforum:  internships

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forum:  Community Planning

1 new post in the subforum:  transgender | community planning

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forum:  Los Angeles Resources

2 new posts in the subforum:  looking for help from service providers

1 new post in the subforum:  medical & sexual health

1 new post in the subforum:  substance abuse

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forum:  Research Studies & Clinical Trials

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forum:  Community Discussion

2 new posts in the subforumdrugs | harm reduction

1 new post in the subforum:  healthcare reform

2 new posts in the subforum:  HIV

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HIV DATF Task Force Calls for Papers, Abstracts | Conference Updates

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HIV DATF Task Force Cultural Competency forum

2 new posts in the forum:  ableism | disabilities

6 new posts in the forum:  gender

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HIV DATF Task Force Committee Work forum

1 new post in the forum:  training subcommittee




The Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Good Ally.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Good Ally

 by karnythia

1. Don’t derail a discussion. Even if it makes you personally uncomfortable to discuss X issue…it’s really not about you or your comfort. It’s about X issue, and you are absolutely free to not engage rather than try to keep other people from continuing their conversation.

2. Do read links/books referenced in discussions. Again, even if the things being said make you uncomfortable, part of being a good ally is not looking for someone to provide a 101 class midstream. Do your own heavy lifting.

3. Don’t expect your feelings to be a priority in a discussion about X issue. Oftentimes people get off onto the tone argument because their feelings are hurt by the way a message was delivered. If you stand on someone’s foot and they tell you to get off? The correct response is not “Ask nicely” when you were in the wrong in the first place.

4. Do shut up and listen. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of listening to the people actually living X experience. There is nothing more obnoxious than someone (however well intentioned) coming into the spaces of a marginalized group and insisting that they absolutely have the solution even though they’ve never had X experience. You can certainly make suggestions, but don’t be surprised if those ideas aren’t well received because you’ve got the wrong end of the stick somewhere.

5. Don’t play Oppression Olympics. Really, if you’re in the middle of a conversation about racism? Now is not the time to talk about how hard it is to be a white woman and deal with sexism. Being oppressed in one area does not mean you have no privilege in another area. Terms like intersectionality and kyriarchy exist for a reason. Also…that’s derailing. Stop it.

6. Do check your privilege. It’s hard and often unpleasant, but it’s really necessary. And you’re going to get things wrong. Because no one is perfect. But part of being an ally is being willing to hear that you’re doing it wrong.

7. Don’t expect a pass into safe spaces because you call yourself an ally. You’re not entitled to access as a result of not being an asshole. Sometimes it just isn’t going to be about you or what you think you should happen. Your privilege didn’t fall away when you became an ally, and there are intra-community conversations that need to take place away from the gaze of the privileged.

8. Do be willing to stand up to bigots. Even if all you do is tell a friend that the thing they just said about X marginalized group is unacceptable, you’re doing some of the actual work of being an ally.

9. Don’t treat people like accessories or game tokens. Really, you get no cool points for having a diverse group of friends. Especially when you try to use that as license to act like an asshole.

10. Do keep trying. Fighting bigotry is a war, not a battle and it’s generational. So, keep your goals realistic, your spirits up (taking a break to recoup emotional, financial, physical reserves is a-okay), and your heart in the right place. Eventually we’ll get it right.

Spread The Words:

June 14 2011, 11:00AM-2:00PM
AIDS Healthcare Foundation Auditorium
6255 West Sunset Boulevard 21ST Floor Los Angeles 90028


The Campaign To End AIDS (C2EA) Los Angeles is a grass roots advocacy network of people living with and affected by HIV & AIDS. C2EA LA is a part of the C2EA West Region which includes California, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

Members also include care and service providers, prevention specialist, advocates, faith based communities, youth, and concerned citizens. Our purpose is to strategize around actions that work toward the goal of ENDing AIDS in the United States and beyond.

C2EA West will support and develop the leadership of people living with HIV & AIDS and advocates for the rights of all people living with and affected. We are dedicated to ending stigma, guaranteeing access to healthy living, and empowering all communities to end AIDS in the West region of the
United States.

We demand that our leaders:

  • Fully fund quality treatment and support services for all people living with HIV everywhere;
  • Ramp up HIV prevention at home and abroad, guided by science rather than ideology;
  • Increase research to find a cure, more effective treatments and better prevention tools;
  • Fight AIDS stigma and protect the civil rights of all people with HIV and AIDS everywhere;
  • Understand the vital role safe and stable housing plays in prevention and treatment and incorporate housing as a structural intervention for both.

Find us on Facebook at

Visit or call 1877.ENDAIDS (363.2437)

 HIV Drug and Alcohol Task Force | Members & Community category

1 New post in the forum:  professional readiness, and

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forum:  Community Planning

1 new post in the subforum:  mental health | community planning

1 new post in the subforum:  substances | community planning

1 new post in the subforum:  transgender | community planning

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forum:  Los Angeles Resources

1 new post in the subforum:  looking for help from service providers

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1 new post in the forum:  Events | Fundraisers | Trainings, and

3 new posts in the subforum:  trainings

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forum:  Community Discussion

1 new post in the subforumdrugs | harm reduction

2 new posts in the subforum:  National AIDS Strategy

2 new posts in the subforumtobacco & smoking cessation

Calling HIV-Negative Men: This is Your Time Mark S. King

Filed By Mark S. King | May 26, 2011 8:00 PM

This is directed to HIV-negative gay men. Listen carefully. This is your time.

I’ve lived with HIV more than half of my life, and people often praise me far more than I deserve, simply for surviving. They use words like brave and courageous.

You know what takes courage? Getting an HIV test every few months. You, waiting nervously while your most personal sexual choices are literally being tested, waiting to find out if you’ve been good – or if you’re going to pay for a single lapse in judgment by testing positive, when the look on the faces of your friends will say you should have known better.

I have no idea what that must be like. I took the test over 25 years ago. The positive result was traumatic, no doubt about it, and I soldiered on during some awfully frightening times. But I have a significant psychological advantage over my HIV negative friends: I only took that damn test once.

During all of these years, I’ve acted irresponsibly at times or taken chances I hadn’t intended. But there has been no further judgment from a blood test. That reckoning was faced long ago.

But you – whether you have been sexually active for a year or a decade – have very likely faced some tough choices and behaved wisely. You keep doing the right thing.

This is your time. The word “courageous” is for you.

If you don’t define yourself, in large part, by the fact that you are HIV-negative, start now. It is your accomplishment. It says you are taking care. And it says you are eligible to participate in vaccine trials or mentor someone else trying to remain negative.

There is ongoing research now focused on HIV-negative men like you. Exciting new studies are investigating drugs to prevent infection after something risky has occurred, while other studies have shown promise for a drug regimen that might block infection before it happens.

And right now there are vaccine trials waiting for men like you to help find the ultimate weapon against HIV. They need volunteers badly.

This is your time. This research is about you. This call to action is for you.

I can already hear the rumblings on both sides of the viral divide. People are so quick to take offense, so afraid of being misunderstood, of being labeled or blamed or ostracized.

My fellow positive brothers are so bruised by stigma that it can be hard for them to lift you up. They’ve been rejected by you. They don’t like hearing “maybe we should just be friends,” and they don’t like seeing “UB2″ in your online profile. They might be positive as a result of one heated mistake, or due to sexual assault, or by trusting (or loving) the wrong person – and they deeply resent feeling judged.

Maybe they think your negative status is the result of pure luck, or that you don’t like anal intercourse, or that you’re lying.

Meanwhile, your sacrifices go unrecognized. You’ve seen some positive friends take early disability, hang out at the gym, and get help with the rent. They receive so much support and empathy that it must feel like there isn’t much left for you. Every year we all swarm the streets for the AIDS Walk, and you can’t help but wonder if your parade will ever arrive.

These grievances and resentments give me a headache. It doesn’t matter much to me who is most injured. How infinite is our compassion for one another? I don’t care anymore who gets what. What matters most is who does what.

This is your time. This truce, this call to a higher purpose, is for you.

You are fully human, like everyone else, my friend. You are courageous, afraid, selfish and compassionate. You make difficult choices, and you make mistakes. And we need you so very badly.

Thank God for you. This is your time.

(This piece was written as part of the GA Voice commemoration of 30 years of HIV/AIDS. I was honored to contribute to their special issue.)

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White House HIV/AIDS Webcast for Faith & Community Leaders

May 26, 2011

An estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV, but 1 in 5 does not know they are infected and more than half of American adults, ages 18-64 have never been tested. Faith and community–based organizations play a significant role in reducing health disparities and help work to solve some of our most complex health challenges, including HIV/AIDS. Through the first ever National HIV/AIDS Strategy, President Obama has charged the federal Centers for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to actively engage faith communities to end the stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS and promote prevention and testing.

To address these issues, the HHS Partnership Center and White House Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships are hosting an evening webcast, live from the White House. This event provides a great opportunity for your congregation or community organization to host a watch party and join in the discussion on preventing and responding to HIV/AIDS in our communities, and supporting individuals living with HIV and AIDS.

Prominent faith leaders and White House officials will discuss the importance of ending stigma around this disease, promoting prevention and early treatment, and increasing the number of people in communities who KNOW their status by being tested. Early testing and diagnosis is a key to prevention.

Due to the nature of the webcast, there will not be an opportunity to ask questions during the discussion. If you have a question for a member of the panel, please email by 12:00pm on Thursday, May 26, 2011. Be sure to include, your name, organization and location.

We hope you and your congregations will be able to join us for this important webcast discussion.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

5:00pm – 6:00pm


Joshua DuBois
Executive Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Chantelle Britton-Faison
Office of National AIDS Policy

Rev. Edwin Sanders
Senior Servant and Founder, Metropolitan Interdenominational Church in Nashville, Tennessee

Pernessa C. Seele
CEO and Founder, Balm in Gilead, Inc

Phillip Thomason
Minister of Outreach and Pastoral Care, Saint Mark United Methodist Church in Atlanta, GA

To View Webcast:

For listen in only, please use the information provided below.

Phone: 800-369-1709
Passcode: 3058216

Click here to register for the community, and begin sharing your story.*

* If you are unable to follow the link, please paste\communities\hivstory into your browser. You may also sign up for the community by using you Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Yahoo login information.

 HIV Drug and Alcohol Task Force | Members & Community category

forum:  professional readiness

1 new post in the subforum:  funding opportunities

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forum:  community planning

1 new post in the subforum:  mental health | community planning

1 new post in the subforum:  transgender | community planning

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1 new post in the forum:  Los Angeles Resources, and

5 new posts in the subforum:  looking for help from service providers

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1 new post in the forum:  Research Studies & Clinical Trials

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2 new posts in the forum:  Events | Fundraisers | Trainings, and

2 new posts in the subforum:  Fundraisers | Special Events

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1 new post in the forum:  Employment Opportunities

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forum:  Community Discussion, and

1 new post in the subforum:  HIV

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HIV DATF Task Force Cultural Competency forum

2 new posts in the forum:  incarceration | prison-industrial complex

The video shown features the stories of several LGBT people who have experience bias in hospitals and in the healthcare system. You may have already seen an article about these trainings in Huffington Post, and an excerpt of the powerful video can be seen here:

Press Release

May 25, 2011

HHC Will Adopt Mandatory Cultural Competence Training
for Staff to Improve the Health of
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender New Yorkers

First Public Healthcare System in U.S. to Mandate Comprehensive Training Program to Address LGBT Health Disparities;
HHC Responds to Recent Policy Recommendations by Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

   click on link below to watch video
HHC Training Video:
“To Treat Me, You have to Know Who I Am”

New York, NY – New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) President Alan D. Aviles, Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and National LGBT Cancer Network Executive Director Liz Margolies today announced the launch of a mandatory employee training program that will improve access to healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and help to reduce health disparities related to sexual orientation and gender identification.  The training will teach staff to provide respectful, patient-centered and culturally competent healthcare services to thousands of LGBT New Yorkers who are served by the public hospitals, community health centers and nursing homes every year.   The landmark curriculum was launched at Bellevue Hospital at a presentation and special screening of a new training video, “To Treat Me, You Have to Know Who I Am,”  before LGBT consumers, LGBT community advocates, healthcare providers and elected officials.

“The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation stands ready to respond to the diverse needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients under our care and lead our colleagues across the country in cultural competency,” said HHC President Alan D. Aviles. “With this training, we reaffirm our commitment to serve LGBT New Yorkers—and all of our patients—in the most respectful and responsive way, while we provide safe, quality healthcare.”

“Cultural competency is a key tool for closing the disparities gap in health care,” said Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs. “HHC’s curriculum is another milestone in the City’s longstanding commitment to ensure that our health and social services incorporate policies and practices which reduce barriers, reflect the diversity of New Yorkers and lead to positive outcomes.”

“I applaud the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation for its leadership in ensuring LGBT patients are treated with the respect and dignity we all deserve,” said U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. “HHC has offered a path to a fairer America and HHS looks forward to seeing other efforts from care providers from around the country toward that same goal.”

The Institute of Medicine and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently reported that a significant barrier to accessing quality health care for LGBT adults is a lack of providers who are knowledgeable about LGBT health needs as well as fear of discrimination in health care settings.  Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people delay or avoid accessing healthcare services due to fear of stigma which contributes to people not getting the healthcare they need, and health disparities that include an increased risk of suicide and depression among LGBT youth, higher rates of tobacco, drug and alcohol use among LGBT elders, and greater instances of late diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer among lesbian and bisexual women.

Produced in collaboration with the National LGBT Cancer Network, the HHC training curriculum will reach approximately 38,000 physicians, nurses, technicians, administrators, and support services staff through new employee orientation, required annual in-service programs, and at employee town hall meetings starting next month.  The training program has a 15 and a 60 minute curriculum that features a 10 minute video, “To Treat Me, You Have to Know Who I Am: Welcoming Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Patients into Healthcare,” with testimonials from medical providers and LGBT patients. The video is available at

The HHC training curriculum will promote staff awareness about sexual orientation and gender identity and increased health risks among LGBT people; ensure healthcare providers are better equipped to make the most accurate assessments and appropriate referrals; and help increase adherence to treatment among LGBT patients.  Additionally, the training underscores how vital it is for healthcare providers to show openness, use inclusive language, welcome and normalize individuals’ disclosure of their sexual orientation and gender identity, and use the knowledge they gain from each and every patient to be able to provide patient-centered care.

“Every day, I hear heartbreaking stories from LGBT people about their experiences in the healthcare system.  Too often, they are met with insensitivity, ignorance or outright discrimination.  This has created an environment in which people in need are afraid to engage with the healthcare system at all. This is simply unacceptable,” said Liz Margolies, LCSW, Founder and Executive Director of the National LGBT Cancer Network. “The National LGBT Cancer Network is proud to work toward a solution, developing this LGBT cultural competence curricula for HHC and training staff in how to use it effectively. This is a huge first step in changing the healthcare experiences of LGBT people in this city and one we hope to replicate across the country. To improve the health of the LGBT community, we must ensure safe, respectful and competent care by our healthcare system at every level.”

”I applaud Mayor Bloomberg, President Aviles, the entire HHC board and staff for adopting the LGBT cultural competency training.  Today’s training will ensure that all new Yorkers have access to quality healthcare, and everyone who receives services at an HHC facility will be treated with dignity and respect,” said New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

“The preconceptions we sometimes inadvertently communicate raise barriers to care for the patient. It is essential for us as providers to make our patients feel supported and accepted so that they can come to us at any time with any kind of question, without fear,” said Dr. Reema Batra, Acting Division Chief of Hematology at Woodhull Medical Center.  “The HHC training will help us get to know our patients better and enable us to eliminate barriers to treating our diverse communities, including LGBT populations.”

Policy Recommendations Support Provider Training, Cultural Competence

Numerous policy reports over the last few months have urged that attention be given to the rights of LGBT patients and the need for cultural competence among healthcare providers.  A March 2011 report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concludes that LGBT individuals have unique health experiences and needs, that clinicians are poorly equipped to address their health status, and calls for more research and education. Last month, the US Department of Health and Human Services issued a list of activities and policy recommendations to improve LGBT health, including the need for competency training in the healthcare setting.

This year, the Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals across the country, will begin to require hospitals to demonstrate how they are specifically responding to needs of LGBT patients as part of the more comprehensive provider/patient communications standards for accreditation.  These reports and actions followed President Obama’s Memorandum on Hospital Visitation which addresses the rights of patients to designate visitors regardless of  their relationship to the patient and sexual orientation or gender identity.

Health Disparities, LGBT Population Estimates, HHC Policies

While the March IOM report concludes that more research is needed to advance knowledge and understanding of LGBT health, the report noted a number of health disparities:  LGBT youth may have an elevated risk for attempted suicide and depression; sexual minority youth may have higher rates of substance use that heterosexual youth; and that LGBT elders are more likely to rely on friends and others as caregivers rather than biological family members.  Data findings from a California health study published in the journal Cancer also point to higher incidence of cancer among gay men.

Estimates of the size of the LGBT population in New York vary.  The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 2009 Community Health Survey estimated that about 4 percent of people in New York City identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual.  The report did not account for transgender individuals.  Other reports suggest that as many as 5 – 10 percent of New Yorkers are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.  HHC cares for nearly one million adolescent and adult patients annually, which means that the LGBT patient population seen at HHC hospitals and community health centers every year can exceed 40,000.

In addition to the new training curriculum, HHC has a number of policies and practices that address the needs of LGBT patients:

  • Non-discrimination practices – HHC adheres to state health codes and city administrative codes that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Hospital Visitation –  HHC has an open visitation policy that respects the rights of patients to designate visitors regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, family ties.
  • Advance Directives – HHC works with patients and families to encourage that they have advance directives which allow patients to designate who they want to make medical decisions on their behalf.
  • Inpatient room assignment  –  HHC recognizes patients as they self-identify.  Transgender patients can request to have a private room.  Room assignments are made based on patient preference and availability of beds.

About HHC

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) is a $6.7 billion integrated health care delivery system with its own 400,000 member health plan, MetroPlus, and is the largest municipal health care organization in the country. HHC serves 1.3 million New Yorkers every year and more than 450,000 are uninsured. HHC provides medical, mental health and substance abuse services through its 11 acute care hospitals, four skilled nursing facilities, six large diagnostic and treatment centers and more than 80 community based clinics. HHC Health and Home Care also provides in-home services for New Yorkers. HHC was the 2008 recipient of the National Quality Forum and The Joint Commissions John M. Eisenberg Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality.   For more information, visit

 About the National LGBT Cancer Network

The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk by: educating the LGBT community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection; training health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care; and advocate for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research. For more information, visit

 HIV Drug and Alcohol Task Force | Members & Community category

2 new posts in the forum:  professional readiness, and

1 new post in the subforum:  funding opportunities

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forum:  Community Planning

2 new posts in the subforum:  poverty | community planning

1 new post in the subforum:  transgender | community planning

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1 new post in the forum:  Research Studies & Clinical Trials

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3 new posts in the forum:  Events | Fundraisers | Trainings, and

1 new post in the subforum:  Fundraisers | Special Events

1 new post in the subforum:  trainings

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14 new posts in the forum:  Employment Opportunities

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forum:  Community Discussion

2 new posts in the subforumdrugs | harm reduction

1 new post in the subforum:  HIV

4 new post in the subforum:  mental health

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HIV DATF Task Force Cultural Competency forum

1 new post in the forum:  age

1 new post in the forum:  ethnicity | race | racism

2 new posts in the forum:  heterosexism | sexuality

1 new post in the forum:  incarceration | prison-industrial complex

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