Stop The Cuts.

Yesterday I went to the rallies both here in San Francisco and Sacramento regarding the budget cuts that Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to create that would get rid of the Office of AIDS (a section of Public Health).

*The Governor has proposed a cut of $80 million to the State Office of AIDS (In addition to MediCal, In Home Supportive Services, and Social Security Income).
*Also has proposed removing all non-ADAP general funds from the State Office of AIDS. Although this would jeopardize funding from the federal government, like the Ryan White Fund and CDC funding.
*35,000 Californians currently rely on California’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program, and Arnold has suggested a $12.3 million cut to said program.
*This cut would hurt and destroy programs like Early Intervention Programs, where persons will find out their status at a much earlier stage and rather than in an emergency room, paid by both public and private health systems.
*This eliminates The Needle Exchange Program, Education and Prevention programs, and services where testing and condoms can be given freely.
*This cut is far more costly in the long term rather than a short term cut.
*This cut also dismantles California’s actions and response to the AIDS epidemic more than 25 years ago.

It’s estimated that over 150,000 people in California currently are living with HIV. We see an estimation of 5000-7000 new HIV diagnoses each year. It is also estimated that 20% of people are currently living with HIV but do not know their status.

Women from Oakland

Sheryl Lee Ralph

Can you hear us Arnold?

Thai Transgender Power

A friend posted this video on her twitter feed (find me on twitter!) and I was really inspired by this young woman, Crystal who unintentionally became the face for transgender rights in Thailand…

It just baffles my brain how really most western cultures are so negative towards transgender identity as a valid thing. And that people are born everyday who will grow up, or as a child, will come to realize and transition at one point in their lives. We see so many cultures that have been supportive, but just in understanding that its valid, and its completely accepted…
The fa’afafine
The Mahu
The Muxe
Indian Two-Spirit

STOP THE CUTS!

One of my favourite posters from the HIV/AIDS funding protest in LA this last week…

Top 5.

Haven’t posted anything too personal these days but I really need to…
But until that time, here are a few things that I’ve been doing, eating, drinking, whatever…

1. Uva Enoteca in Lower Haight.
The cheese and meat plates just kill me. The wines are divine. And the service is incredible. Oh, and they have my favourite italian dish of all time. Wild boar ragu. Mmm.
check it here

2. Gold nailpolish.
Why not.

3. Real Housewives Series.
Orange County, Atlanta, New York and New Jersey. Wherever, the wives are geographically located- I love them.

4. Where My Food Comes From.
Saw “Food Inc” and have been reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan. And wow, it’s really changing and helping me reevaluate my eating habits and where I buy things and how healthy the item may really be…

5. BOOKS.
I’ve been buying books like crazy! 12 books this week! I don’t read that fast. What is wrong with me!?!?

This Could Have Been Me.

Solar Powered.

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The Solar Sensation vibrator will charge in sunlight (5hrs) and artificial light (100w bulb 24hrs). It has three speeds and it will run 2.5 hours on a full charge (if you should last that long

see it here!

Pulling Out.

I don’t know if anyone saw the deal on ABC regarding sex researcher Rachel K. Jones who published a report on the “pull out method” and claiming that it was an effective form of birth control, and that it was “better than nothing.”
From ABC News…
“The act of withdrawal — the male pulling out before ejaculation — is a long controversial method of birth control, one many sex education classes have condemned as risky.
But Jones’ findings, based on several studies and data from the Guttmacher Institute , a nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health where she is a senior research associate, were just the opposite.
Her studies found that in perfect use — meaning the man pulls out every time — withdrawal has a 4 percent failure rate, as compared to condoms, which have a 2 percent failure rate.
“But nobody’s perfect,” said Jones, who published her commentary in the June issue of Contraception magazine.
In typical use, when used consistently and correctly, coitus interruptus and condoms have an 18 and 17 percent failure rate, respectively. ”
“Although withdrawal may not be as effective as some contraceptive methods, it is substantially more effective than nothing,” said the report. “It is also convenient, requires no prior planning and there is no cost involved.”

Even sex educators like Dr. Judy Kuriansky from Columbia University’s Teachers College said that “very little could be worse.”

“Teens will misuse the data and boys will use it as an excuse not to wear condoms,” she told ABCNews.com. “It is also not good for monogamous couples, especially those who are religious and against abortion, who may have more unplanned pregnancies.”

The whole story is here

I hope the world understands how ridiculous this claim is. But unfortunately this is not the case. It is common knowledge that sex education is lacking considerably in both public and private schools. And also more specifically in urban areas. For children who are taught just abstinence-based teachings and were to read this article would be considered naive but this is often the case. Teenagers are easily influenced, ignorant, and have feelings of invincibility. Jones also says that this method is free and affordable, and this will easily hurt groups of poverty and minorities who have statistically shown to have unprotected sex and using said method.

Unfortunately, Jones has fit in to a recent pattern of social movements and beliefs- two steps back, and barely a step forward.