Media Advisory: HIV-Positive New Yorkers & Allies Plan Rally Outside Mayor Bloomberg’s Speech on Marriage Equality at Cooper Union

Advocates Oppose Bloomberg’s Budget Plan To Slash Millions for HIV/AIDS Services LGBT New Yorkers Rely On

WHAT: Rally to draw attention to the harmful impact of Mayor Bloomberg’s agenda on low-income LGBT New Yorkers living with and affected impact by HIV/AIDS.

WHEN: Thursday, May 26th start at 12:30pm

WHO: LGBT leaders in VOCAL-NY

WHERE: 30 Cooper Square outside Cooper Union

WHY: Mayor Bloomberg’s HIV/AIDS budget and legislative agenda are damaging for LGBT New Yorkers.

Bloomberg’s Budget: Mayor Bloomberg’s final Executive Budget for FY12 doubled proposed funding cuts for supportive housing programs and calls for the elimination of a citywide nutrition and meals program for low-income people living with HIV/AIDS.

Bloomberg’s Agenda in Albany: Mayor Bloomberg’s opposition forced former Governor David Paterson to veto bipartisan legislation to prevent homelessness among low-income people living with HIV/AIDS that would have ensured those already eligible for rental assistance pay no more than 30 percent of their disability income towards rent.

HIV/AIDS & LGBT New Yorkers: Half of all New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS are LGBT, with HIV rates rising among young gay men of color…. Structural inequalities… Mayor Bloomberg’s administration has been criticized for promoting ads that perpetuate HIV/AIDS stigma and homophobia, however, and for failing to take advantage of structural interventions that would address underlying drivers.

Contact: Sean Barry, 646.373.3344, sean@vocal-ny.org

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