Free shipping over $99 | Interest Free *no credit check* financing is available!

HRC Staff Meets With Secretary Clinton about HIV & AIDS Policy

by Noël Gordon May 13, 2016

Yesterday, I joined a group of HIV & AIDS advocates for a high-profile meeting with presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

In my role as Senior Program Specialist for HIV Prevention & Health Equity, I was excited and honored to attend this meeting. Ever since joining HRC three years ago, I have worked with my colleagues to educate LGBTQ people and allies about the current realities of HIV through a number of new programs and projects.

Joined by top campaign advisers John Podesta and Maya Harris, Secretary Clinton sat down with us for over an hour, talking through the ins and outs of HIV and health policy with humor, grace and compassion. Not only did she make clear that ending the HIV epidemic would be a top priority in a Clinton Administration, but she also made several commitments, such as improving the Affordable Care Act, expanding access to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, preserving discretionary programs like the Ryan White HIV and AIDS Program and taking part in a national, anti-stigma campaign. The meeting was humbling and inspiring.

Toward the end of the meeting, Secretary Clinton expressed that people living with and affected by HIV have been the catalyst for much of the progress we've enjoyed over the past 35 years, and that we're the ones who will help bring this epidemic to a close once and for all. I agree with long-time AIDS activist Peter Staley who said it's the job of the people to hold our elected officials accountable.

As a young, Black gay man who has seen far too many of his friends contract HIV in the past few years, I am proud to be a part of this change.

HRC is committed to working with our allies, partners, members, and supporters to end the HIV epidemic and the stigma surrounding HIV. For more about our work, click here.

Noël Gordon
Noël Gordon


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Think

Too Many White Guys On Grindr & Too Many Are Racist, Blogger Laments

by Graham Gremore October 01, 2016

“This morning I deleted a marketing email from Hinge, a high-end, Tinder-esque social dating app that only shows you hot guys if you have friends in common,” blogger Madison Moore in a new op-ed called How To Spot Sexual Racism. “Cool concept. But Hinge was the worst kind of dating app for me because I never matched [...]

Continue Reading →

Grease ‘Sandy Is Dead Theory’ Blew Our Minds, Man! Creator Blames Acid

by Jeff Taylor October 01, 2016

Have you heard the fan theory suggesting Grease tells the coma dream of Sandy, who dies at the end of the movie in the strange scene at the end where the car levitates and rises toward the heavens? It seems to have first taken root on Reddit before getting a major social media boost when actress [...]

Continue Reading →

Cristiano Ronaldo Throws Legs In The Air, David McIntosh Sheds Pants, Warwick Rowers Pop Squats

by matthew tharrett October 01, 2016

This week, Hillary Clinton dom topped Donald Trump at the first presidential debate, RuPaul interviewed Dolly Parton, Justin Theroux said he’s actually “mortified” by people discussing his package, and a conservative politician was — surprise! — caught kissing a 17-year-old boy. Here’s what went down on Instagram: Danell Leyva and Donnell Whittenburg modeled matching undies. [...]

Continue Reading →