· The New York Times examines “Look, listen, love, respect"—the provocative new public service initiative that draws attention to the links between gay men, unsafe sex, crystal meth use and HIV. It's an intriguing campaign because of who is delivering the message: Rosie Perez, Whoopi Goldberg, Amanda Peetand Susan Sarandon. Watch the ads here.
The idea was that women could best “change the conversation about condom use,” says Dan Carlson, co-founder of HIV Forum NYC. “For gay men, we love our female icons. We felt these honest, direct, loving messages would be heard best if told by women we can see as our mothers, best friends, sisters.”
For instance, in one of the two spots featuring Ms. Perez, she declares: “Safe sex can be hot sex. I mean, trust me. It just takes a little imagination.”
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· Let the pandering begin! Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has hired a prominent conservative Iowa Republican to consult on his presidential campaign. Jim Nussle, a former congressman and 2006 candidate for governor, is well known for his anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage views. Giuliani supports choice and gay rights. Meanwhile ...
· Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) continues his quest to receive the blessing of the Christian far-right. McCain wants to "patch things up" with James Dobson, the head of Focus on the Family, who says he would not "vote for John McCain under any circumstances."