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By Joe Castel You wouldn’t think to look at or even listen to Eddie Martinez that he was once bullied in school for being overweight and having a high-pitched voice that coded him as gay to other students. But the confident, 47-year-old Executive Director of Latino Equality Alliance (LEA) was indeed bullied and body shamed. It was an experience that brought him to where he is today, an advocate for bullied teens whose organization’s mission is to promote equality for the Latino LGBTQ community. Even something as innocuous as Martinez saying “Here!” when the teacher took attendance, provoked…

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By: Al Ballesteros December 1 is World AIDS Day.  This day is globally recognized as a day in the year that the world community calls attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, its continuing spread, spotlights populations affected and calls attention to what’s needed to stop the epidemic and improve the lives of those living with the disease.   This is also a day of remembering those who have passed away from AIDS.  Many of us have lost family, friends and partners and this can be a difficult time as we reflect back and remember those who were taken from this disease. What is true today is…

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By Bob Gordon                                         More than 50 years ago, the U.S. Surgeon General revealed just how deadly tobacco actually is, sparking an arduous battle to limitthe influence of tobacco companies. Still, Big Tobacco remains a major predator in many communities today. For decades, tobacco companies havetargetedtheir advertising and promotional campaigns tospecific neighborhoods,leaving communitiesimpacted by their deadly products. Thestats are astounding and undeniable: Big Tobacco disproportionately targets the LGBT community, spending millions in sponsorships during Pride events to keep us hooked. Knowing the Latino community hasstrong brand loyalty, the tobacco industry sponsors local events to give the impression they care about the…

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Juan Gabriel La Era del Divo de Juárez Por: Alberto Orozco Este año, musicalmente hablando, será el año en que murió Juan Gabriel, cuyo verdadero nombre era Alberto Aguilera Valadez, pero para nosotros el también llamado Divo de Juárez será siempre Juan Gabriel, el autor y cantante mexicano más popular a nivel mundial. No hay en el mundo otro autor mexicano cuyas canciones le superen en número o en popularidad, y sus temas son también los que más cantantes han interpretado, y de no pocas canciones hay un sin número de versiones diferentes, incluso en diferentes idiomas. Juan Gabriel tuvo…

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Adelante Magazine Endoso Elección Presidencial: Vota por Hillary Clinton para Presidente de los EE.UU. Donald Trump sería Peligroso para las Causas GLBT Por: Al Ballesteros La posibilidad de que Donald Trump se convierta en Presidente de los EE.UU. debe ser una gran preocupación para personas gays, lesbianas, bi y trans, y para cualquiera a quien le interese nuestros asuntos. Trump como presidente sería un gran problema para las personas de color y personas en niveles socioeconómicos bajos en este país. Sería terrible en asuntos que conciernen a personas viviendo con VIH/SIDA o en alto riesgo de infección. Sería horrible en…

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PEP, PrEP or Both? Navigating new HIV Prevention Strategies I met with a patient last week recently diagnosed with gonorrhea to discuss STD and HIV prevention. His HIV test with the new more sensitive 4th generation assay had come back negative but the unprotected encounter that led to the STD certainly put him at risk for HIV. What are the options for someone who wants to stay HIV negative but who may occasionally have a high-risk exposure? I always make sure patients know that risk varies depending on what activity you are engaging in. For gay men, semen is the…

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Adelante Magazine Endorsement Presidential Election: Vote Hillary Clinton for US President Donald Trump would be Dangerous to LGBT Causes By: Al Ballesteros The reality of Donald Trump becoming President of the United States should be a huge concern for the lesbian, gay, bi and trans communities and anyone who cares about our issues. Trump as president would be a huge problem for people of color and people in this country at the lower socioeconomic ends. He would be terrible on the issues of concern for people living with HIV/AIDS or at high risk of infection. He would be horrible on…

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¿PEP, PrEP o Ambos? Explorando nuevas estrategias de prevención de VIH Me reuní la semana pasada con un paciente que fue recientemente diagnosticado con gonorrea para discutir sobre ETS (enfermedades de transmisión sexual) y prevención de VIH. Su prueba de VIH con un sistema muy sensible de cuarta generación dio negativo, pero el encuentro sin protección que lo llevó a contraer la ETS ciertamente lo pone en riesgo de contraer VIH. ¿Cuáles son las opciones para alguien que quiere permanecer VIH negativo pero que puede de manera ocasional tener exposición de alto riesgo? Siempre me aseguro de que los pacientes…

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