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The University of California at San Francisco
has released the results of a study that shows daily
injections of human growth hormone reversed the
loss of weight and muscle common in people with
AIDS. The findings, which were published in The
New York Times, may have important implica
tions in the treatment of other chronic diseases.
The study included a two-year trial on 178
AIDS patients at 12 medical centers nationwide.
Weight gain among those who received the injec
tions averaged about 3.6 pounds. All participants
had lost about 10 percent of their body mass
before the test, according to Dr. M orris
Schambelan, director of the study.
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Housing and Urban Development Secretary
Henry Cisneros announced that 5,000 housing
vouchers will go to low-income people with AIDS,
according to the
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lishment of this.. .office and the increase in fund
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ing the needs of those with HIV/AIDS.”
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Victor Rohana was harassed and shot in the
chest by two young men after he and his boyfriend
exited a San Francisco restaurant holding hands,
according to the Atlanta gay and lesbian newspa
per Southern Voice. Rohana underwent surgery
and was in stable condition three days later.
“We were gay, and they didn’t like that we
were holding hands,” said his friend, Steven
Damron. Police have developed a composite
sketch of the men and are offering a $10,000
reward for information about them.
DISTRICT O F COLUMBIA
The Human Rights Campaign Fund has been
asked to join the board of directors and executive
committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil
Rights, according to a report by Southern Voice.
The Leadership Conference is a coalition of 185
national organizations representing women,
people of color, older people, people with dis
abilities, and labor and religious groups.
“We recognize the persistence of widespread
discrimination against lesbian and gay people,
and understand that the elimination of such dis
crimination is a fundamental civil rights issue,”
said LCCR Executive Director Ralph G. Neas.
“We also welcome the contributions of the gay
community to furthering equal rights for all
Meet Michael Lombardo
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John Wayne Bobbitt was scheduled to appear
on the bill at The District, a gay bar in Fort
Lauderdale, according to The Washington Blade.
The performance— Bobbitt’s first at a gay bar—
was slated to include a strip tease, jokes and
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One day after being taken down, a billboard ad
that featured a nude man was put back up, re
ported Southern Voice. The billboard was an
advertisement for Page & Associates, a company
which specializes in viatical settlements—a means
of turning life insurance policies into money for
people with terminal illnesses.
The billboard read ‘Terminally ill...there are
options,” and listed an 800 number. The nude is
from an 1836 painting by French artist Hippolyte
Flandrin which is on display in the Louvre.
The ad was removed when Harold Reichert,
owner of a sports bar next to the billboard site,
complained. According to Jane Grant of Page &
Associates, once Reichert learned what the ad
was about, he said, “OK, put the billboard back
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The Rev. Fred Phelps— known for picketing
the funerals of gay men who have died of AIDS—
and his daughter Margie, were found in contempt
of court for preaching against the judge in a case
against them. They also sent out a fax portraying
District Court Judge Michael Barbara as a snake.
According to Southern Voice, the judge is
presiding over a lawsuit in which St. David’s
Episcopal Church is seeking to keep the Phelpses
and their Westboro Baptist Church followers away
from St. David’s parishioners. The contempt
charges carry fines and an order to pay for court
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Debra Denise Reid, convicted of stabbing her
lesbian lover to death in 1989, has been approved
for release after serving five years of a 9- to 14-
year sentence, Southern Voice reported. Reid was
one of the “Framingham Eight”— eight women
inmates who petitioned to have their sentences
commuted on the grounds that they killed their
husbands, boyfriends or lovers in self-defense.
Reid claimed she had suffered years of abuse
at the hands of her lover, Jacqueline Gary. The
state’s Advisory Board of Pardons had ruled at
that time that Reid was not a battered woman and
did not kill Gary in self-defense.
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A campaign to convince the Chatham County
Commission to pass a resolution condemning the
“gay lifestyle” has been pronounced “dead and
gone” by the commission chair, Joe Mahany,
reports The Washington Blade. Supported mainly
by the Independent Presbyterian Church of Sa
vannah and the Mustardseed Faith Center, the
idea was opposed by three Chatham County Com
missioners. None of the commissioners was will
ing to introduce such a resolution.
When questioned about pursuing the matter,
Arthur C. Broadwick, the associate pastor of the
Independent Presbyterian Church, said, “We
passed the resolution on and encouraged them to
announce the heterosexual pro-family lifestyle.
We will not go beyond that. We are not going in
front of the commission.”
The commission’s hesitancy to support such a
resolution may be a concern about risking the
chance to host the 1996 Olympic sailing compe
tition, according to Southern Voice. Three months
ago, the volleyball competition was withdrawn
from Cobb County, during protests over that
county’s discriminatory resolution.
An official of the Presbyterian Church can
celed a prayer service scheduled to be led by the
Rev. Jane Adams Spahr at the church’s Louisville
headquarters, according to reports in Southern
Voice. The Rev. James D. Brown also canceled a
reception for Spahr and restricted staff from meet
ing with her without prior approval.
According to Spahr, the cancellations seem to
contradict the church’s stated wish to have "dia
logue” about the roles of gay men and lesbians in
the church. “I thought why I was com ing... [was]
so a dialogue could happen,” Spahr said.
Compiled by Jann Gilbert