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By Christy Scannell | GSD Reporter A Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention report released last month showed that one in five gay men has HIV and 44 percent were unaware they have the virus. The report resulted from a 2008 study of 21 U.S. metropolitan statisti- cal areas—including San Diego— that also found the highest rates of HIV prevalence and unawareness are among young gay men and mi-
By Pat Sherman | GSD Editor
LGBT leaders are divided in their support for a measure on the Nov. 2 ballot that would legal- ize possession and use of up to an ounce of marijuana, allowing local governments to tax and regulate the drug.
Elected officials who aren’t
steering clear of the contentious issue are carefully measuring their words, conscious not to be perceived as advocating drug use. Despite pressure to support
the measure from LGBT groups such as the Courage Campaign, the California Democratic Party ultimately made a concession to high-ranking party officials such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who op- poses Prop. 19, and took a neutral position on the measure. “I believe we had some of our
statewide candidates who are opposed to it and the party felt … let’s just sit this one out and let it do its own thing,” said County Democratic Party Chair Jess Durfee, noting that, after discuss-
ing the measure, the county party also opted for neutrality. However, after pulling the
item from its consent calendar for discussion, the predominantly gay and lesbian San Diego Demo- cratic Club (SDDC) voted to endorse Prop. 19, as did several other local Democratic clubs. Despite concern over how the
law would affect workers who are subject to random employee drug testing and questions about how
see Marijuana, pg 8
Suicides of LGBT-perceived youths provoke sadness, outrage—and hopefully change
By Pat Sherman | GSD Editor The LGBT Community Center
has received an influx of phone calls and messages from parents, youth and community members troubled by the rash of suicides by students perceived as gay during the past month.
The deaths include the appar-
ent suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clem- enti, whose roommate filmed him having sex with another man and then broadcast it over the internet, and Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old Cali- fornia teen who hung himself from a tree in his parents’ backyard
see Suicides, pg 18
The tragic young victims of ignorance and intolerance (l to r): Seth Walsh, 13; Tyler Clementi, 18; Asher Brown, 13; Billy Lucas, 15; and Raymond Chase, 19.
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in five gay men has HIV Large number of young and minority gay men are unaware of infection
nority gay men. More than half of all men in the study who tested positive for HIV said they hadn’t been tested in more than a year, if ever. Terry Cunningham, Chief of
the HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch of Public Health Services for the County of San Diego, said he wasn’t surprised by the findings but they do underscore a trend toward higher rates of infection.
see HIV, pg 7
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