Obama Celebrates “Gay Pride” As HIV Cases Rise
June 28, 2010
By Cliff Kincaid
As President Obama held a White House “Gay Pride” reception on June 22, the homosexual rights movement is quietly acknowledging that decades of “safe sex” education have failed and that cases of HIV/AIDS and illegal drug use are on the rise among gay males.
Indeed, gay members of Congress have scheduled a June 24 briefing on Capitol Hill to examine “the rising incidence of HIV, STDs and Viral Hepatitis among gay men in the U.S.”
Incredibly, these gay males are the same ones demanding the “right” to donate blood that could be contaminated with HIV and other deadly diseases.
Over at the State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will speak on the topic of “integrating” lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered human rights with U.S. foreign policy in a State Department briefing on June 22. The State Department recently announced that Americans can declare they are undergoing “gender transition” to a new gender on their passports.
In Canada, a ruling is expected soon in a court case involving a gay rights activist who lied about gay sex during 18 blood donations. He is claiming the prohibition on gay blood, similar to the one in effect in the U.S., is a violation of his rights. He was sued on the ground that the rights of recipients of blood and blood products take precedence.
A pro-gay ruling in this case could be cited by the Obama Administration as justification to lift the ban on gay blood in the U.S.
Under political pressure from liberal Democrats such as Senators John Kerry and Al Franken, a U.S. federal blood safety committee held meetings (PDF) on June 10 and 11 to consider lifting the gay blood ban. It voted 9-6 in the face of intense pressure from the gay rights lobby to keep the ban.
The vote, however, was a mere recommendation and can be overturned by Obama political appointees in the Department of Health and Human Services and Food and Drug Administration.
In a presentation to the blood safety committee, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC) argued that blood screening procedures have “virtually” eliminated the risk of HIV transmission through the blood supply in the U.S. In fact, however, as recently as 2007, there were 4 cases of the AIDS-causing HIV virus being transmitted to transplant recipients in the Chicago area.
The GMHC, whose original purpose was taking care of people with HIV/AIDS, has become perhaps the leading organizational member of the gay rights lobby demanding a “right” for gay males to donate to the nation’s blood supply. It had previously released a report (PDF), “A Drive for Change: Reforming U.S. Blood Donation Policies.”
The GMHC noted that campus blood drives are being cancelled by colleges and universities because of charges by left-wing student and gay activists that the ban on gay blood is unfair. The implied threat is that this campaign could lead to shortages of blood for blood transfusions if the “right” of gay males to donate blood continues to be thwarted.
In its 2009 annual report, the organization acknowledges that “Gay men are still jeopardizing their lives and health with crystal methamphetamine addictions that lead to risk-taking behaviors and an increase in HIV infections.”
The GMHC gets half of its revenues from the federal government but also receives support from such entities as the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Institute of billionaire George Soros.
Taking on the gay lobby, however, several speakers at the federal blood safety meetings argued that the ban was necessary because of the threat of a “new HIV” or an emerging pathogen in the blood of gay males that could threaten the general population.
The failure by authorities to quickly ban gay blood when the HIV/AIDS crisis was developing led to the deaths of thousands of recipients of blood transfusions in the U.S. and Canada.
Five million people a year get blood transfusions in the U.S.
Even while the GMHC and other gay groups continue to argue for lifting the ban on gay men donating blood, the June 24 congressional briefing on “the rising incidence of HIV, STDs and Viral Hepatitis among gay men in the U.S.” is being held. Greg Millett of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy is one of the speakers.
The event is being coordinated by staffers for openly gay Democratic Reps. Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, and Jared Polis.
Frank’s aide, Diego Sanchez, is noteworthy for being the first transgender activist named as a congressional staffer. Erica Lovley of Politico recently reported that Sanchez is one of the leaders of the new “LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered] Congressional Staff Association” on Capitol Hill.
Politico added that “The group has also taken on a quiet side project: finding new jobs for the displaced staffers of former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), several of whom are gay, according to the lawyer for the staffers and other aides. Massa resigned amid allegations that he had sexually harassed male aides, but with his departure, all the office staffers lost their jobs.”
In other words, what happened in the case of Massa’s resignation was a gay sex scandal.
In a development related to the Canadian blood case, which was mentioned during the U.S. blood safety meetings, a “human rights complaint” that was filed in 2007 by a group of Canadian homosexuals against the government of Canada insists that the ban on gay males donating blood is “discriminatory.”
At the same time, the >complaint acknowledges that gays and lesbians are at higher risk for a number of deadly diseases and disorders that reduce the life spans of gay and bisexual men by 20 years compared to the average man in Canada. The complaint also contends that:
- Gays and lesbians commit suicide at a rate from twice to 13.9 times more often than the general population.
- Homosexual smoking rates are 1.3 to 3 times higher than the general population.
- Alcoholism rates among homosexuals are 1.4 to 7 times higher than the general population.
- Illegal drug use is 1.6 to 19 times higher among homosexuals than the general population.
- Rates of depression are 1.8 to 3 times higher among homosexuals than the general population.
The Canadian gays insist that these problems are the result of “homophobia” and the “marginalization” of gays and lesbians. As a result, it says the government of Canada should spend another $8 billion on health care for homosexuals.
Here, the federal government has spent more than $200 billion on AIDS since the first case emerged in 1977, without finding a vaccine or a cure. Anti-AIDS drugs have permitted those with HIV and AIDS to live longer, although the long-term effects of these drugs are not known and some have speculated that the virus could react by mutating into a more deadly form.
The FAIR Foundation, which argues for equitable funding of research into cures for various diseases, points out that federal spending on AIDS amounts to $225,656 per patient versus $2,429 per patient for those suffering from heart attack and stroke.
Nevertheless, citing a sharp increase in HIV infections among gay men, the GMHC is now demanding more spending from Congress on AIDS. It also wants:
- Sex education for middle school and high school students that “explicitly addresses” homosexuality.
- The use of the public schools to “promote tolerance and acceptance” of homosexuality under the cover of “gay-straight alliances and anti-bullying curricula.”
- Media campaigns against “homophobia.”