Scott Schoettes, Lucy Bradley-Springer, Gina Brown, Ulysses Burley III, Michelle Ogle and Grissel Granados publicly announced their resignations in a joint letter published in Newsweek titled, “Trump doesn’t care about HIV. We’re outta here.”
The group said that the administration “has no strategy” to address HIV/AIDS, doesn’t consult experts when working on policy and “pushes legislation that will harm people living with HIV and halt or reverse important gains made in the fight against this disease.”
“As advocates for people living with HIV, we have dedicated our lives to combating this disease and no longer feel we can do so effectively within the confines of an advisory body to a president who simply does not care,” they wrote.
The group noted that Trump took down the Office of National AIDS Policy website when he took office and hasn’t appointed anyone to lead the White House Office of National AIDS Policy.
They also said that the GOP’s ObamaCare repeal bill will dramatically hurt those with HIV/AIDS, making it the “final straw for us — more like a two-by-four than a straw” in deciding to leave the council.
Equality Loudoun has a committee dedicated to working with the Loudoun County School Board to urge them to adopt protections for LGBTQ+ students and staff in their official employment and student policies. This effort has never been more needed.
Source: Education Dept. closes transgender student cases as it pushes to scale back civil rights investigations – The Washington Post
We are so excited to announce that we have an official flier and an eventbrite link for the May 2nd Equality Loudoun [re]Launch/Community mobilization event.
Here is the link to register at eventbrite. EVEN IF YOU HAVE RSVP’d via facebook, PLEASE register on eventbrite. That will be our formal count as the space is limited.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!
We are thrilled to announce that Equality VIrginia is helping us re-launch a local LGBTQ+ education and advocacy network in Loudoun County.
We will be having a meeting Tuesday, May 2nd, 7 pm to 8:30 pm at Cascades Library in Sterling, VA. At this meeting, folks from Equality VA will be leading us through a process of identifying our community’s resources and challenges in the work to create a more equal and hospitable environment for our LGBTQ+ friends and neighbors. Everyone is invited. Please spread the word.