AIDS ACTIVISTS DRESSED IN ORANGE PRISON JUMPSUITS FLOOD SITE OF PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE: DEMAND AN END TO HIV CRIMINALIZATION
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(Hempstead, Long Island, New York) On Tuesday, October 16th over 200 activists, many dressed in orange prison jumpsuits, will travel from New York City to Hempstead, Long Island to highlight the discriminatory practice of criminalizing people based on their HIV status. Protesters seek to draw Presidential candidates’ attention to the issue and gain support for a Congressional Bill, REPEAL HIV Discrimination Act (H.R. 3053) introduced by Rep Barbara Lee in 2011. Activists will begin demonstrating at 4:00 PM
Sarah Nakano of QUEEROCRACY added, “Science proves that we can end AIDS if we get more people on treatment. Laws that specifically criminalize people living with HIV/AIDS are not only discriminatory but increase stigma. As a result, people are less likely to go and get tested. This is an issue regarding public health, not criminal justice."
Protesters will arrive at Hofstra University at 4 PM for the demonstration. Speakers include people who have been directly affected by HIV criminalization as well as
“HIV specific criminal statutes are ineffective state legislation that does absolutely nothing except punish vulnerable people, forcing them onto sex offender registries, prison, and undue hardships,” explained Robert Suttle of SERO Project.