August 28, 2009
DADT: more jawboning and professed good intentions, no actual change
The Pentagon "has no particular deadline" for meeting President Obama's request for ways to "relax the implementation of 'don’t ask, don’t tell,'" reports The Advocate.
Asked last week whether the administration had received any updates from [Defense Secretary Robert] Gates on that review, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said he would check on it. The White House has not provided further information on the inquiry.
With Kennedy's death, gay rights lose an important champion at the federal level
Activists tell CNN that Kennedy's death marks the passing of longtime and compleat advocate for LGBT equality.
August 27, 2009
New web resource on AIDS law
AIDSLEX (the AIDS and Law Exchange) says it
gives concrete meaning to a “rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS”. This web portal is a tool for activists, community organizations, researchers, policy-makers, journalists, health workers and anyone who seeks quick and easy access to a wide range of resources about HIV, human rights and the law. It helps people around the world communicate and share information, materials and strategies, with the ultimate goal of contributing to a global effort to protect and promote the human rights of people living with or vulnerable to HIV and AIDS.
The site is sponsored by several UN and government agencies and private foundations.
Although the site isn't schedule to go live until next month, a "sneak peek" is available at http://aidslex.stage.v51.biz/English/Home-Page/.