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Q -Not for Reproduction Q-Notes Not for ReproductionD O M E S T I CNational News N O 20 states’ laws cover sexual orientation butnot gender identity.)T Mainline Christians were often among the moresupportive segments on a variety of issues.E SPersons with AIDS (HOPWA) grant administeredby the New York City Department ofby David Stout . Q-Notes staff• A slight majority of U.S. adults (51 percent)Health and Mental Hygiene. AFC learned infavor protecting gay and transgender peopleSeptember that its contract would be discontinuedunder existing laws that prohibit discriminationin July 2009. The center’s closing wouldin employment,housing,and publichave left hundreds of youth in crisis on theaccommodations. (Existing non-discriminationstreets without critical services.laws cover gay and transgender peopleThe NYC Ryan White Planning Council, ain only 12 states and the District ofbody of AIDS serviceColumbia, and eight other states’ laws coverproviders, consumers andsexual orientation but not gender identity.)government officials that• Nearly seven out of 10 U.S. adults (69 percent)allocates Ryan Whiteoppose laws that would ban qualifiedCARE Act federal dollarsgay and lesbian couples from adopting children.for people with AIDS,(In several states, gay and lesbian cou-became aware of this cri-ples are banned from adopting.)sis and voted unanimouslyAcross the LGBT-related policy proposals,to use unspentthere were statistically significant differences inRyan White monies tosupport with respect to age, gender, race/ethnicitycontinue funding the Aliand religion. People under 65, and especiallyForney Center’soutreachAdoption ruling favors gaysMIAMI, Fla. — On Nov. 25, Miami-DadeSurvey finds increased supportCircuit Judge Cindy Lederman issued her rulingNEW YORK, N.Y. — The Pulse of Equalityin the case of Frank Martin Gill, a 54-year-oldsurvey, a new study commissioned by the Gay &North Miami man who is challenging Florida’sLesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD),decades-old law banningall gay and les-reveals that majorities of Americans now favor abroad range of policies and legal protections forbian people fromLGBT people.adopting children.The key findings include:Judge Lederman• Three-quarters of U.S. adults (75 percent)decided that Gill’sfavor either marriage or domestic partnerships/civilunions for gay and lesbian cou-should not precludesexual orientationples.QOnly about two in 10 (22 percent)-sayN Ohim from being ableT E Sgay and lesbian couples should have no legalto adopt his two fosterchildren, whom herecognition. (Gay and lesbian couples areable to marry in two states, and comprehensivecivil union or domestic partnership laws those 18-34, were more supportive than people more than four years. Ali Forney was a New York City activist contract throughhas parented forwho advanced the rights of homelessexist in only five others and the District of over 65. Women were generally more supportive The State ofFebruary 2010, at whichLGBT youth. He was murdered in 1997.Columbia.)than men, with women age 18-34 often being Florida is appealingtime AFC will be eligible• U.S. adults are now about evenly divided on more supportive than other segments.the ruling to the State Supreme Court. The outcomeof this case there could overturn Florida’sto apply for ongoing Ryan White funds.whether they support allowing gay and lesbiancouples to legally marry (47 percent whites and African-Americans in showing decade’s-old ban on gays and lesbians adopting Leaders speak out on AIDS DayHispanics were more supportive thanfavor to 49 percent oppose).strong support for allowing openly gay militarypersonnel to serve in the armed forces. expressly bars all gays and lesbians from adopt-World AIDS Day, observed Dec. 1, LGBT rightschildren. Florida is currently the only state that WASHINGTON, D.C. — On the 20th annual• Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of U.S. adultsfavor allowing openly gay military personnel African-Americans were more strongly supportivethan whites and Hispanics ofprevention and treatment policy at the federaling. They are allowed to be foster parents.groups called for a renewed focus on HIV/AIDSto serve in the armed forces. (The current“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law bans militaryexpanding existing hate crimes laws to cover Youth center finds funding source level. They encouraged the incoming Obamaservice by openly gay personnel.)gay and transgender people.NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Ali Forney Center administration, along with the Senate and• About six in 10 (63 percent) U.S. adults favor Mainline Christians (a category thathas found the funding to continue its drop-in House leadership, to bring a more concentratedexpanding hate crime laws to cover gay and includes, among other denominations,center for homeless LGBT youth in New York approach to the epidemic through the developmentof a National AIDS Strategy.transgender people. (Hate crimes laws cover Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians andCity, where it is the only full-time resource ofgay and transgender people in 11 states and Episcopalians) and Catholics were more supportivethanits kind. Previously, the center was fundedIn a statement, Rea Carey, executive directorthe DistrictQof Columbia, and an additional- NEvangelical Christians, andOsolely by a Federal HousingTOpportunities forEsee SNational on 29Q - N O T E SQ - N O T E SQ-Notes Not for Reproduction DECEMBER 13 . 2008 Q- • QNotes 7