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Newtown Township approves antidiscrimination measure

Newtown Township’s board of supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance to protect LGBTQ individuals on issues of housing, employment public and accommodations.

The ordinance was approved with a 4-0 vote, with one supervisor not in attendance. The measure was modeled on the anti-discrimination ordinance enacted in Doylestown last year, and is part of a trend of Pennsylvania municipalities enacting LGBTQ antibias policies in the absence of a statewide law. A Human Relations Commission will be set up in Newtown Township to settle issues on a municipal level without having to go to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund is looking to continue to fund programs and services for the LGBTQ community with its annual holiday toy-giving event, TOY, which doubles as a celebration of the organization’s 25th anniversary.

It’s been 30 years since World AIDS Day was founded at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health for AIDS Prevention.

For 2018 World AIDS Day, the educational theme is “Know your status.”

Living with AIDS.

When I became the first female journalist writing about HIV/AIDS 35 years ago, that phrase was unimaginable.

Now, on World AIDS Day 2018, the disease that once decimated my generation of gay men has become, for most in the West, a chronic illness.

Those in our communities who were diagnosed in the 1980s and early 1990s were essentially given a terminal diagnosis and told that their HIV would kill them. Many in our LGBTQ communities, whether HIV-positive or negative, suffered severe losses and tremendous grief as friends and loved ones lost their lives to AIDS.    

In 2012, a potentially revolutionary medical treatment was introduced that held the promise of wiping out HIV in America. Now, more than six years later, that promise remains unfulfilled. The reason why is a matter of significant dispute among AIDS advocates and medical practitioners.

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