SOUTH AFRICA, confronts sexual violence and discrimination

In South Africa — a country often referred to as the murder and rape capital of the world—one group of women are especially at risk. Lesbians are increasingly the targets of a particularly heinous crime: "curative" or "corrective" rape, which perpetrators believe will change their sexual orientation. We travel to South Africa to meet several survivors, who are speaking out to confront sexual violence and discrimination. Corrective rape is a hate crime in which a person is raped because of … [Read more...]

Billion for Freedom Gay-friendly Video Project, Sharon Love

Four Secrets to Inspiring 2.2 Million (Free for You) Would you like to achieve your greatest dreams & make a difference for equality?   Hi, I'm Sharon Love. In 2010, I attracted over 2 million people to a gay-friendly facebook group in just over two weeks, without any funding, staff or advertising. Have your say on our Billion for Freedom Gay-friendly Video Project and get access to a quick master class online that can change your life and change the world. I'd really … [Read more...]

HIV: A Mad Mutation or the Wrath of God?

'Human immunodeficiency virus' (HIV) is a lentivirus (a member of the retrovirus family) that causes 'acquired immunodeficiency syndrome' (AIDS), a condition in humans in which progressive failure of the immune system allows life-threatening opportunistic infections and cancers to thrive. HIV infects vital cells in the human immune system such as helper T cells (specifically CD4+ T cells), macrophages, and dendritic cells. HIV infection leads to low levels of CD4+ T cells through three main … [Read more...]

Engaging Businesses in Support of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Successfully achieving the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s aggressive goals depends not only on Federal leadership, but also on new investments and new partnerships from all parts society, including the private sector. As my colleague Melody Barnes, the President’s Domestic Policy Adviser, noted in a prior post, we know that some of our biggest successes in fighting HIV/AIDS have come about because of private sector initiatives, so we have called on businesses and foundations to provide … [Read more...]

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