DIVERSITY NEWS DECEMBER
Welcome to the December Edition of Diversity
This month's articles
The Ultimate Cake Giveaway
World AIDS Day
Stress-Free GLBT Holiday Tips
Top 5 Promotional Items for
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World AIDS Day 2006
Twenty-five years have passed since the first AIDS
case was diagnosed.
And now, there are 40 million people
worldwide living with HIV.
Dec. 1 was World AIDS Day, a
time for people around the globe
to unite in the fight
against HIV and AIDS.
But the third
annual World AIDS Day report card
continues to give failing
grades to U.S. response. Learn
1959: Scientists isolate what is
believed to the the earliest known case of AIDS.
1978: Doctors notice the startling
presence of "Gay Cancer" (later known as AIDS) in otherwise
healthy gay men in the U.S.
The term AIDS is coined
1983: Uber neocon Patrick Buchanan
demands NYC Mayor cancel Gay Pride Parade as a health
Ronald Reagan mentions AIDS for the 1st time in a public
1986: Actor Rocks
Hudson dies from AIDS
AZT becomes the approved 1st drug for the treatment
passes the Ryan White Care Act, named for the hemophiliac
Indiana teenager who died four months earlier from AIDS....
President Reagan apologizes for his neglect of the AIDS crisis
during his presidency.
Basketball play Magic Johnson announces that he has
1992: Actor Robert
Reed (from The Brady Bunch) dies from AIDS.
1996: The number of deaths from
AIDS in the U.S. is nearly 35,000... Time magazine
announces David Ho (AIDS researcher) as "Man of the
2002: HIV is the
leading cause of death worldwide among those aged 15 to 59...
The FDA approves OraQuick, the 1st rapid HIV test.
2005: A national scare erupts when
one promiscuous crystal-meth user in NYC develops AIDS from
HIV far more quickly than ever seen before. This sets off a
premature uproar about a "supervirus"... Ultimately, it turns
out to be an isolated incident, not a pandemic
2006: There are over 1 million
cases of HIV in the U.S., and 1 out of 4 people who are
HIV-positive are not diagnosed.
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* Enjoy Your Holiday Food AND Stay Fit *
Out & About Newspaper
It may seem
contradictory for your personal trainer’s first column to
discuss the enjoyment of holiday food, but that’s exactly what
I’m going to do. Well, sort of.
There’s no getting
around the fact that holiday meals are loaded with calories,
nor is there much chance that you’re going to pass up your
favorite foods around this time of year. So I’d like to
familiarize you with certain strategies you can implement that
will help cut your losses (or gains)...
you eat may NOT be the most practical way for good holiday
eating management, though, since most of these meals consist
of traditional staples that don’t match up with great
nutrition. Instead, watch HOW MUCH you eat...
look at your physical expenditure — or put more plainly, how
much you exercise ... Keep in mind that all the food you eat
is energy! ... For the calories you eat, you need to think
about the exercise you’ll do to burn those. Hold yourself
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* Top 5 Books for GLBT Holiday
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
This autobiography by the author of the
long-running strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, deals with her
childhood with a closeted gay father, who was an English
teacher and proprietor of the local funeral parlor (the former
allowed him access to teen boys). Fun Home refers both to the
funeral parlor, where he put makeup on the corpses and
arranged the flowers, and the family's meticulously restored
gothic revival house, filled with gilt and lace, where he
liked to imagine himself a 19th-century aristocrat.
Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey
into Manhood and Back by Norah Vincent Former
Los Angeles Times op-ed columnist Vincent [was] employed to
trick dozens of people into believing her a man was carefully
thought out. As "Ned," Vincent joined an all-male bowling
league, dated women, worked for a door-to-door sales force,
spent three weeks in a monastery, hung out in strip clubs...
She creates rich portraits of the men she met in these places
and the ways they behaved—as a lesbian, she's particularly
good at separating the issues of sexuality from those of
gender. But the most fascinating part of the story lies within
Vincent herself—and the way that censoring her emotions to
pass as a man provoked a psychological breakdown.
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
Moving back through the 1940s, through air raids,
blacked out streets, illicit liaisons, sexual adventure, this
book ends with its beginning in 1941 This is the story of four
Londoners - three women and a young man with a past, drawn
with absolute truth and intimacy. Kay, Helen, Viv, Duncan...
Their lives, and their secrets connect in sometimes startling
ways. War leads to strange alliances...
4. Grief: A Novel by Andrew Holleran
An understated, eloquent novel by Holleran (Dancer
from the Dance) captures the pain of a generation of gay men
who have survived the AIDS epidemic and reached middle age
yearning for fidelity, tenderness and intimacy. The unnamed,
silver-haired narrator has just relocated from Florida, where
he cared for his recently deceased mother for the last 12
years, to Washington, D.C., to "start life over" and teach a
college seminar on literature and AIDS.
5. Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil
Rights by Kenji Yoshino Seldom has a work of
such careful intellectual rigor and fairness been so deeply
touching. Yoshino, a law professor at Yale and a gay,
Asian-American man, masterfully melds autobiography and legal
scholarship in this book, marking a move from more traditional
pleas for civil equality to a case for individual autonomy in
identity politics. In questioning the phenomenon of
"covering," a term used for the coerced hiding of crucial
aspects of one's self, Yoshino thrusts the reader into a
battlefield of shifting gray areas.
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"And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in
stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be
It came without ribbons. It came without tags.
came without packages, boxes or bags.
And he puzzled and
puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch
thought of something he hadn't before.
What if Christmas,
doesn't come from a store?
Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit
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