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FabuList: Daunasia Yancey July 1st, 2011
FabuList: Daunasia Yancey

At this year's Trevor LIVE, three extraordinary queer youth received the Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award.  The Colin Higgins Foundation established the Youth Courage Awards in 2000 to further the spirit and life of Colin Higgins, the acclaimed  screenwriter and director whose films celebrate honesty and integrity in the face of adversity. Over the last decade, the Foundation has issued 41 awards to activists hailing from 17 states and Puerto Rico. The following is an excerpt from the Trevor LIVE program book. Daunasia Yancey, 19, is self-described as an "African-American, Aggressive-Femme, Lesbian open to other possibilities, peer sexual health educator, public speaker, poet and activist." Daunasia was born to a sex worker and  an incarcerated man in Boston, MA. At the age of four, she lost her mother to AIDS. She came out in 8th grade and mobilized support fr a GSA in her school - the first GSA in a public middle school in Massachusetts. Daunasia was sexually assaulted by a family member when she was 15 and was kicked out of her house shortly following reporting he incident. Despite the lack of support both at home and at school, Daunasia's community activism continued when she became a safe sex educator ...

‘Treat AIDS: Stop The Virus’ Takes a Stand Outside of the UN June 10th, 2011
‘Treat AIDS: Stop The Virus’ Takes a Stand Outside of the UN

“Fund Global Aids,” shouted over 200 individuals as they marched through New York City, from Bryant Park, on 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue, to the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, on 47th Street and First Avenue, home of several United Nations offices. June 8th marked the beginning of a three-day United Nations HIV/AIDS Summit to determine how they will address the issue of the 10 million people around the world living with disease. In light of this event, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has launched their “Treat AIDS: Stop the Virus” campaign, which manifested itself in a street-side rally calling world leaders to uphold their promised commitment to treating—and defeating—the disease. Over the past three decades, HIV/AIDS has run rampant on a global scale, infecting over 60 million individuals and claiming over 25 million lives. The rally, which was largely organized by Tido von Schoen-Angerer, MD, the Director of the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines for MSF, was said to be created in order to get all the people on the ground level involved, demonstrating to the UN the gravity of the situation. “It is time for treatment—it is time to put an end to this disease,” said Schoen-Angerer. MSF has been on ...

Chimaera: No longer just an ancient myth January 27th, 2011
Chimaera: No longer just an ancient myth

Scientists have seen successful results with a new HIV "Smart Bomb" that they're calling chimaera (always with the awesome names) that helps inhibit certain expressions of the HIV virus. Chimaera doesn't kill infected cells, but it does attack the free floating virus in the bloodstream and temporarily suppresses the bonding site where HIV attaches to cells. Apparently, chimaera isn't anything new, but this is the first time it's been tested in animals. We've still got a long way to go before any human trials, but scientists are predicting it could be used either as a stand alone therapy or in combination with other drugs that treat HIV. The drawback so far is that chimaera's inhibitor effect only lasts a week, so people would need to get multiple injections, but hey. As the saying goes, Rome wasn't built in a day.