Activists protest Frist's position on AIDS funding
BY Advocate.com Editors
March 11 2003 1:00 AM ET
AIDS activists staged a protest Friday outside the Nashville office of U.S. Senate majority leader Bill Frist to voice opposition to his position on international AIDS funding. Frist has backed away from supporting a bill he initially wrote last year that would give significant U.S. funds to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria and is now supporting President Bush's plan that allocates far less money to the fund.
Activists in Washington, D.C. also protested on Friday, blaring car horns and sirens, flashing lights, and handing out pamphlets outside Frist's Washington home. The protesters say Frist has allowed his allegiance to the White House to interfere with his commitment to the AIDS fight. They also claim that Bush's plan to allocate the majority of international AIDS funding to U.S.-led projects will take years to implement and that money given to the global fund would more quickly make a significant impact in HIV prevention and treatment efforts in developing countries.
Nick Smith, a spokesperson for Frist, said that Frist has not reintroduced his original AIDS funding bill because he is working with "Senate Democrats, Republicans, and the White House to craft the best legislation possible."
- The Top 175 Essential Films of All Time for LGBT Viewers
- WATCH: Rick Santorum Thinks 'People Aren't Getting Married'
- South Dakota AG: Clerks Can Refuse Same-Sex Marriage Licenses
- Christian Woman Records Herself Losing It Over Marriage Equality, Gets Remixed
- 15 More Queers and Allies to Watch in 2015
- Florida Man Fired for Saying He'll Wed His Dog Because of Same-Sex Marriage