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Eviction of a California LGBT/HIV Organization

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By Aaron Laxton

September 5, 2012

Have you heard that recently a California LGBT/HIV organization was evicted out the office that it was leasing and told that it was "spreading disease"? This is appalling. What can we do to help? We can rally behind them and use this as a chance to shine a light on the stigma that those living with HIV/AIDS face as well as LGBT community members.

We must all unite behind them not only to fix this injustice but to also use it as a teaching moment about HIV/AIDS. Below is a list of contact numbers and a link to the petition.

Sign the petition and join the Facebook Group.

Gribin Properties (818) 225-0097
Leasing agent Rob Fullerton ext. 27,
Gribin company President David Gribin ext. 13.

Congressman Howard L. Berman
14546 Hamlin Street, Suite 202
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Phone: (818) 994-7200

Congressman Howard L. Berman
2221 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4695

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Lola Mae B. (Corvallis Oregon) Sun., Sep. 9, 2012 at 12:58 am UTC
This is ludicrous, absolutely hate tone to it, don't ya think? Fight them with an attorney. Hope you had a lease because if they broke the lease with that reason listed, that would be illegal in most states today, anti discrimination laws in most cities and municipalities in Oregon protect you against discrimination as this is as well the state has laws against discrimination. Good luck. Lola Mae
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Comment by: Zivanai (RSA) Fri., Sep. 7, 2012 at 9:12 am UTC
The leaser needs education, on how Hiv/aids is spread, which i beleave it's not only through sexual misbehavior, there are many ways one could contract this epidemic. He is actualy privileged to have such a tannent on whom he could learn how to care for friends or relatives, or even himself when the disease strike. This kind of stigmatization is un called for.
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Comment by: michael (los angeles) Thu., Sep. 6, 2012 at 5:07 am UTC
sue their asses off and add the funds to the ADAP program or AIDS research. the best education is the loss of money.
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Comment by: thoba (south africa ) Wed., Sep. 5, 2012 at 10:41 am UTC
im inspired ..thanks alot and will follow you on facebook....u have helped me bigtime really appreciate it .
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My HIV Journey

Aaron Laxton

Aaron Laxton

I am simply a guy who on June 6, 2011, received the news that over 33 million people have received: I am HIV positive. I decided in that split moment to record the journey that I was embarking on so that I might help others as they receive that news.

I am not a doctor and I do not endorse any agenda other than simply living a healthy life. I am an activist and advocate and simply want to make the world a better place. I hold a degree in sociology and psychology. I am a product of the Missouri Foster System and this is one of my main passions, second only to the work I do with HIV/AIDS outreach and prevention.

I embrace a sex-positive model. People are going to have sex; it is a natural part of who we are. However we need to make sure that it is safe. I can be found on weekends throughout St. Louis, Missouri, passing out condoms and safe-sex kits.

I am now an M.S.W. student at Saint Louis University's College of Public Health and Social Justice and the School of Social Work.

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