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AHF Stages 'die-in' at Gilead Headquarters

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By Tony K. LeTigre

Activists from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation picket the headquarters of Gilead Sciences in Foster City, demanding that the pharmaceutical company lower the price of Atripla.

The Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation recently staged a protest at the Bay Area headquarters of Gilead Sciences as part of an ongoing campaign to pressure the company and educate the public about the exorbitant price of HIV/AIDS medications, in particular the blockbuster three-in-one drug, Atripla.

On August 18 about 15 protesters, dressed in black with skeleton masks, held a "die-in" outside Gilead’s Foster City headquarters.

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'HIV Positive' Porn Performer Re-Tests Negative

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By Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

A porn industry trade group says an adult film performer who tested positive for HIV in Florida has been retested and does not have the virus.

Free Speech Coalition executive director Diane Duke said Saturday that porn productions can now resume.As a precaution, news of the HIV positive actor shuttered porn shoots last week, halting production in the San Fernando Valley’s multi-billion-dollar adult entertainment industry.

Duke says the performer will undergo follow-up testing and performers who worked with him are being tested.

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Political Opponent Targets Rick Perry With 'Sex' Ad

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By Kilion Melloy

American politics, like the process of evolution, or, perhaps more appropriately, like the Cold War, has become a matter of competing parties leapfrogging one another for whatever advantages they can gain. Though the methods that arise might be practical, they sometimes risk losing the thread of ethics and good taste.

Whether such is the case now that a Ron Paul supporter has taken out a newspaper advertisement looking for the juicy details from anybody who might have "had sex with Rick Perry" might be debatable, given how low the index for political conduct has sunk.

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The Most Important LGBT Group You've Never Heard Of

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By Andrew Harmon

How to conduct an accurate count of the American population — an estimate that controls congressional seat allocation and the disbursement of billions in federal dollars to cash-strapped states and municipalities — is a reliable flashpoint of controversy when the U.S. Census rolls around every 10 years.

What seems to have drawn little controversy in the release of the 2010 Census over the past several months, however, is a Los Angeles-based LGBT research organization that partnered with the federal bureau to present the most detailed information to date on gay and lesbian households.

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Kicking Darwin to the Curb

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By Diane Anderson-Minshall

Joan Roughgarden's research takes on none other than Charles Darwin, and for that she is one of eight LGBT innovators highlighted in The Advocate's September issue. In this online extra, she talks about the surprising homophobia her work on gender diversity faced from the science world.

It takes a brave woman to question the century-old theories of Charles Darwin, but evolutionary biologist Joan Roughgarden doesn't hold back. Spurred in part by the stunning diversity of people she saw at an LGBT Pride parade in the ‘90s, Roughgarden spent years debunking Darwin's theories. Her audacious attack became the groundbreaking and brilliant tome, Evolution's Rainbow: Diversity, Gender and Sexuality in Nature and People, in which the scientist argued that the diversity of gender and sexuality found in many species suggests that Darwin was wrong about sexual selection and the gender binary.

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Storm Aborts Pope's Antigay Speech

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By Trudy Ring

Pope Benedict XVI had to cut short a speech asserting the primacy of heterosexual marriage as a severe thunderstorm hit Madrid Saturday night, Agence France-Presse reports.

Strong winds and sheets of rain hit the air base where he was speaking, blowing off his skullcap, shaking the stage, and knocking over at least one tent.

About 1.5 million people had gathered to hear the speech, in which the pope proclaimed that marriage is solely a union between a man and a woman and cannot be dissolved.

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NYers ask how gay marriage will affect benefits

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By CHRIS HAWLEY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — As same-sex marriage becomes legal in New York — a world financial capital that often sets the corporate tone for businesses everywhere, and a city with a large gay and lesbian community — companies and individuals are wrestling with the changing complexities of their financial realities, but the Castro Distirct San Francisco is hopeful.

For straight couples, the choice has generally been to marry or not to marry, period. But conflicting state and federal marriage laws and questions about corporate benefits policies make financial planning decisions much less cut-and-dried for many gay couples.

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GOP hopefuls criticize NY marriage law

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By Lisa Keen

The news that New York state passed a marriage equality law last Friday night was big and, not surprisingly, drew comments from various Republican presidential candidates over the weekend.

Newt Gingrich, trying hard to dodge questions about the viability of his campaign after a mass exodus of staffers, seemed happy to offer extended remarks about the New York vote. During a bus tour in Iowa on Saturday, he sounded like a modern day Robert Bork. Bork, in a book following his failed nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, warned that a rising liberalism was causing America to be "slouching towards Gomorrah." Gingrich, reacting to New York, said it shows the country is "drifting toward a terrible muddle." He called for the defense of the Defense of Marriage Act and said he "would like to find ways to defend that view as legitimately and effectively as possible."

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Lessons Learned

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By Michelangelo Signorile

There are two things we've learned from GOProud, the small, often obnoxious right-wing gay group that makes the Log Cabin Republicans seem like liberals. For the uninitiated, this is the group that supports outspokenly anti-equality public figures — from Ann Coulter, who was paid to speak to the group, to Donald Trump, who is opposed to any gay unions—and targeted gay congressman Barney Frank during the 2010 election with an ad that called him "catty."

First off, denialists and elitists who believe they are superior to other gays — even if the attitude masks a pitiful self-loathing — are clearly as prevalent as ever in the LGBT movement, except that they can now be out of the closet. Perversely, the fact that we can find such people in GOProud is a measure of our success.

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Normal Heart Wins, Harris Dazzles

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By Jeremy Kinser

The widely acclaimed first Broadway production of Larry Kramer's classic The Normal Heart took three honors during the incredibly entertaining 65th Tony Awards ceremony hosted by a spirited Neil Patrick Harris, who set the tone for the evening with his witty opening number by declaring, "Broadway...it's not just for gays anymore!"

The Normal Heart, which was first produced off-Broadway in 1985, made its official Broadway debut this spring, and chronicles the early years of the AIDS epidemic in New York City, won the Tony for Best Revival of a Play. Heart also won awards for Ellen Barkin (Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play) and John Benjamin Hickey (Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play).

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