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Douglas Sadownick

To Be Gay and Young in L.A.

WHEN DEREK HENKLE WAS 14 YEARS OLD, HE CAME out at his Reno public high school. Some students lassoed a rope around his neck in the parking lot and threatened to kill him by dragging him behind their truck. Campus authorities treated Henkle as if he were the problem, transferring......

Problems on Parade

All did not go well at this past spring‘s Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade and Festival in West Hollywood. The poorly attended event lacked activist vision and once again put the spotlight more on the internal problems of its organizer -- Christopher Street West (CSW) -- than on......

Acting Up

Photo by Jack Gould You remember ACT UP, that in-your-face group of gay activists who weren’t afraid to brandish their queerness in the face of straight America? The group that also battled the nation’s complacency with the AIDS epidemic, calling for research dollars and the fast-tracking of affordable treatments? Many......

Gay Shame

Didn‘t they hear Jesus Christ was gay? Friend of Bill: David Mixner Seeking justice for all: Urvashi Vaid Recalls her evening with Bill: Torie Osborn protesters, clinton and mixner, vaid: apwide world; osborn, robert hale Gays euphoric about eight years of unprecedented prosperity and power in the Clinton era now......

Asleep for Knight

In the early days of gay bashing, when California’s right wing spewed mean-spirited initiatives that pushed for the firings of gay teachers (the 1978 Briggs Initiative) and the quarantining of people with AIDS (the 1986 LaRouche Initiative), the gay community knew how to win. It mobilized people and defeated each......

AIDS housing agency can't spend fast enough

Afflicted with a chronic rash that kept him from walking, the last thing 67-year-old AIDS patient Don Hammerich needed was to be homeless last spring and summer. Like many people with AIDS, however, he had a poor job record, and eventually lost his Hollywood apartment. He had moved in with......

Hate Kills

Photo by: Slobodan Dimitrov In shock and in anger, about 1,000 people assembled in West Hollywood Monday night for a candlelight vigil to remember Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student who died several days after two men lured him out of a bar, then robbed and beat the......

AIDS activists fight to keep HIV reports confidential

When Nushawn Williams was discovered to have infected at least 13 New York state women long after he knew he had tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS, New York Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn had the political ammunition she needed to push one of the most stringent HIV-reporting and mandatory......

Room at the Top

The new medical treatments that cut AIDS fatalities by 44 percent have forced a dramatic shift in emphasis for the AIDS-service community. But even as treatment takes precedence over providing social services, a leadership vacuum in L.A. County government has thrown the local AIDS community into a crisis that could......