December 1st, 2004


HIV hasn't gone away (Happy World AIDS Day) : crossposted, deal with it.

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Total number of AIDS deaths between 1981 and the end of 2003: 20 million.

Number of children orphaned by AIDS living in Sub-Saharan Africa at the end of 2003: 12 million.

By December 2004 women accounted for 47% of all people living with HIV worldwide, and for 57% in sub-Saharan Africa.

In 2003, young people (15-24 years old) accounted for half of all new HIV infections worldwide, more than 6,000 became infected with HIV every day.

An estimated five million people in low and middle income countries do not have the AIDS drugs which could save their lives.





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She's a Filipino Nurse with a loving Husband!

From the Advocate:
Filipino husband denied U.S. citizenship because wife was transsexual

A lawsuit filed against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services alleges the agency discriminated against a Filipino couple when it denied the husband's legal residency because his wife had a sex-change operation nearly 24 years ago.

Jiffy Javenella, 27, entered the country as a legal resident in 2001 as Donita Ganzon's fiance and applied for permanent resident status after marrying Ganzon later that year. But during interviews with immigration agents earlier this year, Ganzon, 58, revealed that she had undergone a male-to-female sex-change operation in 1981.

Within three weeks, the agency denied Javenella's application for permanent residency and revoked his working papers, according to the couple's lawsuit filed in U.S. district court on Monday.
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Iris Chang Eulogy by Paula Kamen for (X-posted)

How "Iris Chang" became a verb By Paula Kamen
The author of "The Rape of Nanking" inspired her friends by fearlessly confronting some of history's darkest moments. A eulogy.

Salon Editor's note: On Nov. 9, author Iris Chang shot herself to death while parked along a rural road south of Los Gatos, Calif. She was 36 years old.
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Nov. 30, 2004 In college, I would have liked Iris Chang more if she hadn't always been one step ahead of me, frustrating all my major life ambitions. Read more...Collapse )
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Update on the CBS/UPN/NBC issue: in my journal, I ranted a bit and also included information on how to contact CBS, UPN, NBC, and Viacom. Feel like writing a letter?

CBS has a "Feedback" link at the very bottom of their page, which brings up a web form. UPN has a similarly awkward setup: look for "Contact Us" in the middle of the blue sidebar-box at the bottom right of the screen. For both CBS and UPN, I recommend mentioning their diversity statement, and cc:ing their diversity address at You can mail NBC at . If you feel like printing out your quick statement and sticking it in a mailbox, or just picking up the phone, you can contact CBS and UPN's parent company Viacom here:

     Viacom, Inc.
     1515 Broadway
     New York, NY 10036