Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-10-18
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Plea deal reached in Missouri HIV case
2017-09-22

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


After four years, the case of Michael Johnson—a former college wrestler charged with infecting a same-sex partner with HIV—has been resolved with a plea deal, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The former wrestler was originally sentenced to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty in May 2015. Later that year, an appeals court overturned the conviction.

St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar has denied that the prosecution of the case was motivated by Johnson's race or sexual orientation, adding that Johnson kept sex partners from making informed decisions.

"It is disturbing that Michael is not yet a free man and was not exonerated after his years-long struggle for justice, but we respect and support his decision not to risk a life behind bars," said Mayo Schreiber, deputy director of the Center for HIV Law and Policy in a press release. "It likely is the end of his case, but our work to bring an end to HIV criminal laws like Missouri's continues."

Several groups have stressed opposition to Missouri's HIV-exposure law, including the U.S. Department of Justice, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, American Medical Association, American Psychological Association and others.

Maxx Boykin—HIV prevention justice manager and manager of community organizing for AIDS Foundation of Chicago—emailed a statement to Windy City Times: "I have been working on the Michael Johnson Working Group who has work tirelessly to make sure to help Michael get legal assistance along with help him through this difficult journey.

"The travesty is that many people living with HIV especially those of color will continue to be stigmatized and discriminated against by laws that with new technology in prevention and care are both out of date and dangerous to those communities that are most impacted. We will continue to work for Michael and those who will continue to be criminalized."

The Post-Dispatch article is at STLToday.com/.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Chicago Intersex activists protest at Lurie Oct. 26 2017-10-23 - Chicago Intersex activist and filmmaker Pidgeon Pagonis, a national leader in the fight for intersex rights, is a survivor of numerous medical procedures ...


Gay News

Rep. Schneider Announces Legislation to Stop Blocking of LGBTQ Resources 2017-10-20 - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Brad Schneider ( Illinois' 10th District ) announced legislation he will introduce to ensure critical LGBTQ resources are ...


Gay News

Nine Illinois cities in municipal index 2017-10-20 - The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) Foundation—the educational arm of the LGBTQ organization—in partnership with the Equality Federation Institute, released its sixth ...


Gay News

Calderon on Chicago Board of Health 2017-10-19 - Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named Juan M. Calderon to serve as a member of the Chicago Board of Health. The City ...


Gay News

Broadway Holiday Benefit for Chicago House, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids 2017-10-19 - CHICAGO, IL— Members of the National Touring companies of WICKED and BEAUTIFUL — THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL, and HAMILTON Chicago company members, will ...


Gay News

New Study: Attitudes toward gays, lesbians changing in developing world 2017-10-18 - Washington — Today, Center for Global Development Senior Fellow Charles Kenny and Researcher Dev Patel released a new studythat finds that just as ...


Gay News

Grand marshals named for Nov. 4 Pink Hat Run 2017-10-18 - CHICAGO—Illinois state Rep. Juliana Stratton ( D-5 ) and Chicago Ald. Pat Dowell ( D-3 ) have been named Grand Marshals for the ...


Gay News

Kathy Bates gets personal at Lynn Sage event 2017-10-18 - Actress Kathy Bates was the guest speaker at the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation's 32nd annual luncheon on Oct. 2 at the Hilton ...


Gay News

Global Medical Body Condemns Forced Anal Exams, Homosexuality Tests 2017-10-18 - ( Nairobi, October 17, 2017 ) — Doctors, medical professionals, and national medical associations should heed the World Medical Association's October 2017 resolution ...


Gay News

Caring by Sharing concert to support those affected by HIV-AIDS 2017-10-18 - Professional singers from the musical worlds of cabaret, musical theater and opera will join forces to present the first annual "Caring by Sharing" ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.