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Advocates call for Clinton to make HIV/AIDS a priority

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On the heels of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's recent inaccurate statement at Nancy Reagan's funeral that the first lady and husband President Ronald Reagan started "a national conversation" about HIV/AIDS, a group of 70 HIV/AIDS advocates sent a letter to Clinton.

"[A]t Nancy Reagan's funeral, I said something inaccurate when speaking about the Reagans' record on HIV and AIDS," Clinton said in the March 12 statement/apology. "To be clear, the Reagans did not start a national conversation about HIV and AIDS. That distinction belongs to generations of brave lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, along with straight allies, who started not just a conversation but a movement that continues to this day."

The letter urges Clinton to appoint an HIV advisor to her campaign, to meet with HIV community leadership, announce a commitment to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States by 2025 and support ending the global AIDS pandemic.

The letter was delivered to Clinton campaign headquarters on March 15. Similar letters are being delivered to all of the 2016 presidential candidates, and Clinton opponent Bernie Sanders has posted an HIV/AIDS plan on his website.

Those signing the letter include:

Jose Abrigo, Staff Attorney, LGBTQ/HIV Advocacy Project, Queens Legal Services


ACT UP New York

African Services Committee

AIDS Action Baltimore

AIDS Alabama

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Albany Damien Center

Amida Care


Bailey House

John Barry, LMSW, Executive Director, Southern Tier AIDS Program

BOOM! Health

Rebecca Botting

Bronx Parent Housing Network

Reginald T. Brown, M. Ed., Unity Fellowship of Christ Church, VOCAL-NY Community Leader

Central New York HIV Care Network Coalition for Homeless Youth

JD Davids,

Sharen I. Duke, Executive Director and CEO, AIDS Service Center NYC ( ASCNYC )

Sergio Farfan, Louisiana Latino Health Coalition for HIV/AIDS

Ingrid Floyd, Executive Director, Iris House

Miasha Forbes, Human Rights Activist and Founder, Just for Us: Gender Diversity Project


Health GAP

Health People

Hispanic Health Network

HIV Prevention Justice Alliance

Housing Works

Brian Hujdich, Pozitively Health Coalition

Human Rights Campaign

Hyacinth AIDS Foundation

Carine Jocelyn, CEO, Diaspora Community Services, Brooklyn, NY

Marsha Jones, the Afiya Center

Howard Josepher, LCSW, President & CEO, Exponents

Jacquelyn Kilmer, CEO, Harlem United

Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn

Latino Commission on AIDS

Latinos in the Deep South

LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York

Matthew McMorrow, former Director of Government Affairs, Empire State Pride Agenda

David Ernesto Munar, CEO, Howard Brown Health

National Black Justice Coalition

National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

NMAC ( formerly known as the National Minority AIDS Council )

OASIS-Latino LGBTS Wellness Center

Chuck Peterson, Executive Director, Clare Housing, Minneapolis, MN

Michael Emanuel Rajner, Wilton Manors, FL

Kyle Rapinon, Esq., Director of Survival and Self-Determination, Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Elana Redfield, Attorney and LGBTQI Activist

Dr. Margaret S. Reneau, Director of Programs, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS

Eric Sawyer, Founding Member—ACT UP, Co-Founder Housing Works, Inc. & Health GAP, Inc.

Virginia Shubert, Shubert Botein Policy Associates

Southern Tier AIDS Program

Peter Staley

Rev. Moonhawk River Stone, M.S., LMHC, RiverStone Consulting, Schenectady, NY

Daniel W. Tietz, Chief Special Services Officer, NYC Human Resources Administration/Department of Social Services

Treatment Action Group

Trillium Health/Rochester

Peter Twyman, CEO, Keep a Child Alive

Andrew Velez, ACT UP New York


Tom Viola, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

VOCAL New York

Washington Heights CORNER Project

David W. Webber, Attorney

John Wikiera, Central NY HIV Care Network

Terri L. Wilder, MSW

Doug Wirth, President/CEO, Amida Care

Young Black Gay Leadership Initiative ( YBGLI )

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