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Judge apologises for writing homophobic letters and saying gay people with HIV deserved to die

A judge in Ohio has issued an apology after damning letters he wrote to his student newspaper in the early 1990s about the gay community resurfaced. In the letters, which were published in 1992 and 1993 and were discovered by WTOL-TV, judge Dan Hazard declared himself a homophobe and suggested that people with HIV deserved to die. In the first letter, Hazard declared: “My name is Dan Hazard and I am also homophobic.” He continued: “This phobia is not so much a personal one, but a fear for the future...
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Ohio GOP Judge Sorry for Letter Telling Gay People, ‘Please Keep Your AIDS to Yourself’

Judge Dan Hazard A municipal judge in Ohio has apologized for penning horrific anti-LGBTQ letters that were published in Ohio State University’s student newspaper in the early 1990s. Judge Dan Hazard of Maumee wrote the letters while a sophomore at OSU, in 1992 and 1993. Although his seat is nonpartisan, Hazard is a registered Republican, according to the Toledo Blade. He was elected in 2017. In the first letter published by The Lantern, Hazard argued the government should cut off funding for HIV and AIDS because “95 percent of those...
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French police filmed brutally beating injured HIV-positive man at yellow vests protest

An investigation has been launched after video footage emerged of a French police officer brutally beating an injured HIV-positive man as he lay pinned to the ground at a yellow vests protest. The incident occurred at an anti-government gilets jaunes (yellow vests) event in Paris on Saturday, January 18, where around 60 people were arrested in violent clashes with police. Filmed by another protestor, a man with a bloodied face can be seen lying on his back as an officer kneels on him and repeatedly punches him in the face....
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Denmark to finally allow gay and bisexual men to give blood – but only after four month abstinence period

Denmark has fallen in line with other countries and is set to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood – but only if they abstain from sex for four months. Like most countries across the world, Denmark banned gay and bisexual men from donating blood for life in the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic was at its height. The measure was first announced in August of last year but will now be honoured by the new government, with the rule expected to come into force in March. Minister of...
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Ron Reagan: My Father Would Have Considered Trump a Traitor and ‘Sh*t Down His Flabby Neck’

Ron Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, says his father would have considered Donald Trump an incompetent traitor who is betraying the country. “My father would—although he might not use words like this because he was a fairly genteel person—my father would pinch Trump’s empty head off and shit down his flabby neck,” Reagan told the Daily Beast in an interview published Friday. “My father would have been ashamed of this Republican Party,” Ron Reagan added. “He would have been embarrassed and ashamed that a president of the United...
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Utah Governor Yanks Condoms from HIV Prevention Campaign Over Racy Slogans

Utah Republican Gov. Gary Herbert has blocked the state health department from distributing condoms with suggestive packaging slogans that were part of a new HIV prevention campaign. The Salt Lake Tribune reports: The wrappers riff on various Utah memes, with labels such as “Greatest Sex on Earth,” “SL,UT,” an image of a highway sign that displays the number of miles to towns “Fillmore” and “Beaver,” and “This is the Place” over a drawing of a bed. “It’s really just to destigmatize HIV in Utah, and get everybody talking about sexual...
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Trump’s attempt to fire HIV-positive airmen was just blocked a second time

The Trump administration’s latest bid to have two HIV-positive airmen discharged from service has been blocked by courts for a second time. The two men, referred to by the pseudonyms Roe and Voe, were given discharge orders in 2017 on the basis that they couldn’t be deployed to the Middle East due to their HIV-positive status. Both men are on antiretroviral treatment, have no symptoms, and have been pronounced physically fit to deploy by their doctors. Their discharges were blocked by a preliminary injunction in February last year, which the...
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