Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Virginia HIV Services - Make Your Voice Heard!

I received an e-mail today from a friend in the Virginia Department of Health reminding message recipients of the need to speak out in support of adequate funding for services for HIV/AIDS services and ADAP funding. The Virginia General Assembly commences the 2012 session on January 11, 2012. Faced with a Republican controlled Legislature filled with GOP demagogues like Del. Bob Marshall and his fellow extremists who would like LGBT citizens to disappear from Virginia, I cannot urge Virginians enough of the need to contact your members of the House of Delegates and the Senate. Rest assured that Victoria Cobb and the hate merchants at The Family Foundation will be speaking out. It is essential to counter the virulent anti-gay rhetoric that members of the General Assembly will be hearing from the Christianists and Tea Party followers. Here are highlights from the e-mail which includes locations for public hearings:

Every year the Virginia General Assembly holds hearings “to hear from the public” on what services should be funded in the new Biennial Budget. Today we are reading the Governor’s Proposed Biennial Budget to learn if there are any new funds to eliminate the ADAP waiting list. So far, doesn’t look like it … in fact, I’m a bit concerned … could there actually be less ??

Plan to attend any one of these hearings to tell our legislators why HIV medications must be available to every PLWH in this state.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 5, 2012 (Hearing begins at 10:00 a.m.)
Big Stone Gap (directions)
Mountain Empire Community College, Philip Taylor Hall, Goodloe Center

(Hearing begins at 10:00 a.m.)
Fairfax County (directions)
George Mason University, Fairfax Campus, Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall

(Hearings begin at 12:00 noon)
Newport News (directions)
Christopher Newport University, Ferguson Center, Music and Theater Hall

Lexington (directions)
Virginia Military Institute, Marshall Center for Leadership and Ethics, Hall of Valor

Richmond (directions)
Medical College of Virginia, Larrick Student Center, 900 Turpin Street

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