The Bush Administration's reactionary, "family values" rhetoric is costing lives in Africa. UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa Stephan Lewis says the new policy of promoting abstinence leads to more unprotected sex as less condoms are being distributed in Uganda. The result could be a devastating rise in HIV infection-rates. Uganda normally uses 150 to 180 million condoms a year; since the Bush administration has cut funding, only 32 million have been made available. Condom use had been the cornerstone of Uganda's much-praised fight against HIV; current infection rates are around 6 percent today, from 30 percent in the early 1990s, a rare success story in Africa. Meanwhile, Uganda's homophobic government insists there is "no shortage."
LA-based foundation to donate 1 million condoms to Uganda.
Maryland judge hears challenges to state's ban on prohibition of same-sex marriages.
State and federal agents raid Parliament House in Orlando, arresting all 12 bar employees. Investigators say minors were used to test the club's system of identifying bracelets on underage patrons, and were served drinks. Parliament House has been in business for more than 30 years, is frequently used as a venue for events associated with Gay Days at Disney World, and has been targeted by anti-gay groups.