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Same-Sex Marriage Scores Victory

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Brendalynn Goodall (center), who is president of the Eastbay StoneWall Democratic Club with partner Nancy Hinds (right). will celebrate 21 years of togetherness. They were was married by Mayor Ron Dellums in 2008. The couple is seen here with  Peggy Moore (left), who was Obama’s Northern California campaign manager  and is now running for State …

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Helen Brooks Celebrates 104th

By Post Staff Helen Brooks, who recently celebrated her 104th birthday, says her biggest joy has been family, watching her children grow up. Born on June 12, 1909 in Ennis, Texas, the same year that the NAACP was founded, Brooks earned her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics from Prairie View A&M University in 1930 and …

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New HIV Study on African American Couples

By Jesse Brooks Maintaining a strong and stable relationship is challenging especially when one partner is HIV positive, technically known as sero-discordant couples. The Eban II Program is searching for heterosexual African American sero-discordant couples to participate in a behavioral study that will help such couples live normal lives and avoid transmitting the disease to …

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HIV Research Must Include African American Participants

By Jesse Brooks For over a decade, Blacks have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Although they account for over half of new infections each year in the United States, African Americans account for a low percentage of experimental vaccine participants. According to Dr. Susan Buchbinder, director of Bridge HIV research department at the San Francisco …

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Candlelight Vigil in Memory of Brandy Martell

By Jesse Brooks A candlelight vigil was held Monday on the anniversary of the unsolved murder of Brandy Martell, who was killed last year at the corner of Franklin and 13th streets in downtown Oakland. The vigil was meant to raise awareness of continued violence against the transgender community. Martell, 37, who identified as transsexual, …

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Cramer’s “I Design” HIV Education

By Jesse Brooks Acclaimed photographer and HIV advocate Duane Cramer is partnering with Project Runway star Mondo Guerra on the national HIV education campaign “I Design,” which encourages people with HIV to become personally involved in their treatment. “I Design” kicked off the second year of its initiative on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Feb. …

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Voting Rights Needed Now More Than Ever

By Jesse Jackson The Supreme Court this week heard a challenge to the Voting Rights Act in the case of Shelby v. Holder. On the same day, across the street in the congressional rotunda, a statue honoring Rosa Parks was unveiled. And one week later, the nation will celebrate the 48th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, …

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Generations 2013 Highlights Black LGBTQ History

By Jesse Brooks Celebrating one’s historic roots is an opportunity to honor forbearers and connect to our rich legacy. However, usually missing from Black history are highlights of the Black, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender or Questioning (LGBTQ) community. Highlighting the history of being Black and LGBTQ, a free event, “Generations 2013,” will use expressions …

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

By Jesse Brooks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day falls during  Black history month to remind the public of the devastating toll HIV has taken and continues to take on Black communities. Feb. 7 marks the 13th year the commemoration will be held as a a day to promote HIV testing, treatment and community mobilization, targeting …

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Commemorate World AIDS Day

By Jesse Brooks Observed worldwide on the first of December since 1998, World AIDS Day is a time when millions of people come together to commemorate people who have lost their lives to HIV and look for ways to make progress in responding to the epidemic and recommit to ending the scourge. The impact of …

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World AIDS Day, Getting to Zero

By Jesse Brooks Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day,  an opportunity for people to come together globally, demonstrating international solidarity in the face of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. “Getting to Zero” has been chosen as the theme for the years between 2011 and 2015, signifying a push towards greater access to treatment for all: zero new …

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