C O N N E C T I O N S

86A Summer To Love

Two important victories for the LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS communities have given all of us a lot to celebrate this summer.

First, the Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 took big steps towards removing institutional barriers to equality for LGBTQ people.

As Executive Director Jim Dilley, MD said “Discrimination in whatever form is a particularly pernicious source of stress and a contributor to a range of mental health issues.The Supreme Court rulings not only help to validate the worth of LGBT people and our relationships, but also stand as another step in the long road to full acceptance for LGBT people everywhere.”

As an organization dedicated to LGBTQ mental health, AHP is aware of the many ways our clients may be affected by discrimination and homophobia. We are excited to see the tide turning away from discrimination and towards recognition of LGBTQ rights.

Second, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors worked tirelessly in June to fully fund services for people with HIV and AIDS, despite cuts in federal funding. This means that AHP clients living with HIV/AIDS will not face a $250,000 cut in psychiatry, psychotherapy and case management services they depend on. We are grateful to the hard work of our Board of Supervisors and their commitment to prioritizing services for people living with HIV.

Read more in the August 2013 edition of our newsletter, AHP C O N N E C T I O N S.

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