Blog Posts for HIV/AIDS
As the year comes to a close, here are 15 (plus a bonus for the New Year) things your support helped GLAD take on in 2015:
The scenes by now seem familiar. Activists blocking traffic at busy city intersections with locked arms, chanting “We’re fired up. We won’t take it anymore.” Protestors taking over streets and civic buildings, to raise awareness about the tragic loss of lives in their community and a government’s complicity in those deaths.
For so many LGBT people who have been rejected by families and experienced disproportionate rates of homelessness, poverty, discrimination and violence, participation in street economies is often critical to survival. That is why GLAD, along with other LGBT legal organizations, supported Amnesty International's recent resolution calling for the complete decriminalization of sex work.
For the past few weeks, GLAD has been soliciting responses from our community on what ‘Justice’ means to them. Check out some of the inspired responses we got from Boston Pride on GLAD’s Instagram.
The real test of a movement is whether it has the vision to imagine an even more just society for everyone, and the tenacity to get it done.
We were welcomed to the campus with rainbow flags, a giant rock painted to say “The sky can be pink and blue, so why can’t you” and tons and tons of people. It was overwhelming. I have never been to a Pride Festival, but I assume that this is kind of what it feels like.
The following is excerpted from The Huffington Post.
Together, if we have the tenacity to strive for an even more just and inclusive world, we can make this generation of young people the first to know what it feels like to, in Leelah's words, always be "treated like humans, with valid feelings and human rights."
In 2015, we at GLAD are committed to do better by our community with your help and support.
What are our big dreams for 2015? It’s all about creating a world in which we are not just accepted, but celebrated.
A few years ago, I was at a Boston Celtics playoff game when an intoxicated fan in the men’s room shouted loud enough for everyone to hear: “Chris Bosch [a star opposing player] has AIDS. I know it for a fact.” There are, of course, other highly stigmatized health conditions, but you would never hear as a slur that an opposing player has epilepsy or bipolar disorder.