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Post Office Reveals Nancy Reagan “Forever” Stamp

Forever Dead

Just say FUCKING NO!

Via Press Release form the United States Postal Service:

Today at the White House, the U.S. Postal Service revealed the artwork of a commemorative Forever stamp to celebrate the centennial of former First Lady Nancy Reagan’s birth. The stamp design was unveiled by First Lady Jill Biden; Postmaster General Louis DeJoy; Anne Peterson, niece of Nancy Reagan; and Fred Ryan, chairman of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation. The dedication ceremony for the Nancy Reagan Forever stamp will be held July 6 — the 101st anniversary of her birth and the culmination of her centennial year. The event will take place at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, CA. Throughout her life, Reagan held a deep passion for her country, championing many causes along the way. Chief among these were the Foster Grandparents Program; Vietnam veterans and the plight of POWs and MIAs; drug and alcohol abuse prevention among youth; breast cancer awareness; and Alzheimer’s research.

Honoring one of the very people responsible for escalation of the AIDS epidemic is pathetic enough. To do so at the beginning of Pride Month? You have to be really tone-deaf, stupid, or both to pull this shit.

And for those who quibble the stamp has been in development from before the election. It could’ve either been cancelled or at least rescheduled so it didn’t come out during fucking PRIDE month.

Further Reading:

LGBT History – HIV/AIDS And The Genocidal Legacy Of Ronald Reagan

Hillary Clinton Issues 2nd. More Detailed AIDS Apology: “I Made A Mistake, Plain And Simple”

Hillary Clinton 2nd AIDS apology


After a massive pushback by AIDS activist and members of the LGBT generation, friends, families and allies of those who lost loved ones and also that lived through the plague.  Hillary Clinton has issued a second more detailed and lengthy apology about the astoundingly ahistorical claim that Nancy Reagan’s “low-key advocacy” had spurred advances and started a “national conversation” against the deadly virus in the 1980’s.

Yesterday, at Nancy Reagan’s funeral, I said something inaccurate when speaking about the Reagans’ record on HIV and AIDS. Since then, I’ve heard from countless people who were devastated by the loss of friends and loved ones, and hurt and disappointed by what I said. As someone who has also lost friends and loved ones to AIDS, I understand why. I made a mistake, plain and simple.

I want to use this opportunity to talk not only about where we’ve come from, but where we must go in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

To be clear, the Reagans did not start a national conversation about HIV and AIDS. That distinction belongs to generations of brave lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, along with straight allies, who started not just a conversation but a movement that continues to this day.

The AIDS crisis in America began as a quiet, deadly epidemic. Because of discrimination and disregard, it remained that way for far too long. When many in positions of power turned a blind eye, it was groups like ACT UP, Gay Men’s Health Crisis and others that came forward to shatter the silence — because as they reminded us again and again, Silence = Death.

They organized and marched, held die-ins on the steps of city halls and vigils in the streets. They fought alongside a few courageous voices in Washington, like U.S. Representative Henry Waxman, who spoke out from the floor of Congress. Then there were all the people whose names we don’t often hear today — the unsung heroes who fought on the front lines of the crisis, from hospital wards and bedsides, some with their last breath.

Slowly, too slowly, ignorance was crowded out by information. People who had once closed their eyes opened their hearts. If not for those advocates, activists, and ordinary, heroic people, we would not be where we are in preventing and treating HIV and AIDS. Their courage — and their refusal to accept silence as the status quo — saved lives.

We’ve come a long way. But we still have work to do to eradicate this disease for good and to erase the stigma that is an echo of a shameful and painful period in our country’s history. This issue matters to me deeply. And I’ve always tried to do my part in the fight against this disease, and the stigma and pain that accompanies it. At the 1992 Democratic National Convention, when my husband accepted the nomination for president, we marked a break with the past by having two HIV-positive speakers — the first time that ever happened at a national convention.

As First Lady, I brought together world leaders to strategize and coordinate efforts to take on HIV and AIDS around the world. In the Senate, I put forward legislation to expand global AIDS research and assistance and to increase prevention and education, and I proudly voted for the creation of PEPFAR and to defend and protect the Ryan White Act. And as secretary of state, I launched a campaign to usher in an AIDS-free generation through prevention and treatment, targeting the populations at greatest risk of contracting HIV.

The AIDS crisis looks very different today. There are more options for treatment and prevention than ever before. More people with HIV are leading full and happy lives. But HIV and AIDS are still with us. They continue to disproportionately impact communities of color, transgender people, young people and gay and bisexual men. There are still 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States today, with about 50,000 people newly diagnosed each year. In Sub-Saharan Africa, almost 60 percent of people with HIV are women and girls. Even though the tools exist to end this epidemic once and for all, there are still far too many people dying today.

That is absolutely inexcusable.

I believe there’s even more we can — and must — do together. For starters, let’s continue to increase HIV and AIDS research and invest in the promising innovations that research is producing. Medications like PrEP are proving effective in preventing HIV infection; we should expand access to that drug for everyone, including at-risk populations. We should call on Republican governors to put people’s health and well-being ahead of politics and extend Medicaid, which would provide health care to those with HIV and AIDS.

We should call on states to reform outdated and stigmatizing HIV criminalization laws. We should increase global funding for HIV and AIDS prevention and treatment. And we should cap out-of-pocket expenses and drug costs—and hold companies like Turing and Valeant accountable when they attempt to gouge patients by jacking up the price of lifesaving medications.

We’re still surrounded by memories of loved ones lost and lives cut short. But we’re also surrounded by survivors who are fighting harder than ever.

We owe it to them and to future generations to continue that fight together. For the first time, an AIDS-free generation is in sight. As president, I promise you that I will not let up until we reach that goal. We will not leave anyone behind.

Thought?  Comments?  Leave them below.

Quote of the Day – Michael Musto on Hillary’s AIDS Comment: “We were there and we won’t forget.”

“I must say the furor over Hillary’s dumbass remarks has been one of the most inspiring things I’ve witnessed recently. It said “Excuse me, but we were there and we won’t forget. How dare you crap on the memory of those who died grisly deaths and those who loved them? We are not going to let you rewrite our horrifying history!” At the time, as AIDS mounted in a seeming vacuum, I became wildly politicized, adding HIV screeds into my gossip/nightlife column and taking to the streets with ACT UP to scream bloody murder at the Reagans’ callous indifference to a plague that was according gruesome fates to tens of thousands of vital people, the numbers growing in a clearly out-of-control manner. And they stayed silent–except for the White House rep who made a wisecrack and laughed, thinking the deaths of hard working, talented gay men was nothing more than a hilarious joke!!! The community mobilized, Broadway fought back, the gay press went there, and the Reagans waited and waited. They even denied the pleading request from their friend Rock Hudson to help with overseas treatments that were the only hope at that time. If the Reagans were AIDS activists, then Hitler was a humanitarian. But as I said, the backlash has been astounding and thank God Hillary had to backtrack, as we all learned something (including a little glimpse into what Hillary’s agendas are).” – Michael Musto gay  journalist and a former columnist for The Village Voice posted on Facebook

Log Cabin Republican HomoCONS Rewrite History for Nancy Reagan: Nancy LOVED the Gays!

“Let the record show: Nancy Reagan – Opposed the anti-gay Briggs Initiative (1978!) – Invited the first openly gay couple to stay overnight in the White House – Encouraged her husband to fight the AIDS epidemic to the tune of $5.727 billion that was spent by the federal government by the time President Reagan left office – Sent a special message in support of Log Cabin Republicans that was read at our 2013 Spirit of Lincoln Dinner. RIP Nancy Reagan. A total class act.” – Log Cabin Republicans dickhead Gregory Angelo, posting to his Facebook page.

Yeah.  Nancy loved them the 70,000 gay men who died during Ronnie’s two terms as President to death.

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