· Are many gay men "taking a T"—popping pills of the potent anti-retroviral drug tenofovir before having unprotected sex? New data suggest widespread reports of gay men partying with crystal meth, Viagra and tenofovir were "overblown." The study of more than 1000 gay men by the San Francisco Dept. of Public Health found only one individual taking an anti-HIV drug as a prophylactic. In contrast, a July 2005 report by the CDC suggested use by up to 7 percent of gay men.
· The Canadian government and Bill Gates are establishing the world's first research institute to develop an AIDS vaccine, committing a total of $119 million to the project.
· Utah: Thanks to the state supreme court, lawmakers abandoned plans to prevent same-sex couples with children from legally defining their family through custody agreements. The court ruled a lesbian who wanted to see the daughter born to her former partner had no visitation rights—she was not the biological parent and her relationship is not recognized under Utah law. “This is a marvelous decision,” said one Republican state senator. “It is an excellent case with great precedental value.”
· Finally, some good news from the highest court in the land. The United States Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a Staten Island pastor demanding his right to buy billboards that condemn gays. In 2003, the signs were removed after Borough President Guy Molinari said Rev. Kristopher Okwedy's Leviticus quote was intolerant. The high court did not explain its unanimous decision, "although legal sources said it could mean that the Supreme Court justices believe Mr. Okwedy's case did not merit their constitutional review of the First Amendment's application."