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Emory students, alumni still want Chick-fil-A kicked off campus

Shane Windmeyer and Dan Cathy

LGBT alumni and students at Atlanta’s Emory University won’t back down from their call to kick Chick-fil-A out of campus dining, despite a national gay activist’s revelation that he has formed a friendship with Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy.

Shane Windmeyer, executive director of national group Campus Pride, drew headlines with his Jan. 28 column posted on Huffington Post, “Dan and Me: My Coming Out as a Friend of Dan Cathy and Chick-fil-A.”

Windmeyer wrote that “after months of personal phone calls, text messages and in-person meetings,” including attending the Chick-fil-A bowl with Cathy on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta, he now considers Cathy a friend.

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HIV/AIDS studies highlight importance of access to care

HIV study results

A recent study conducted on the access to HIV/AIDS services for gay men and men who have sex with men has found a continued global disparity between men in poor countries and those in wealthy countries.

The study, which can be read here, was conducted by Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) and interviewed 5,779 men from 165 countries.

Only one-third of men who were surveyed said that condoms were easily available while 36 percent of those surveyed reported easy access to HIV testing and 42 percent reported easy access to HIV treatments.

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Atlanta, other Ga. cities to honor World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

Georgia events to recognize World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, include everything from free HIV testing at malls to a screening of a newly released documentary about HIV in the South to a town hall meeting to discuss the impact of HIV/AIDS.

Many events are scheduled in metro Atlanta, as well as Augusta, Macon and Valdosta, among other cities.

In Atlanta, HIV agencies like AID Atlanta, Positive Impact and the Ric Crawford Clinic will offer free HIV testing; Fulton and DeKalb County health departments are also teaming up to provide free HIV testing at places such as Greenbriar Mall and South DeKalb Mall.

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Emory LGBT student groups: Get Chick-fil-A off our campus

Leaders of seven LGBT student organizations at Emory University sent a letter today to school administrators decrying the ongoing presence of Chick-fil-A on the Decatur campus and asking Emory to end its "contractual relationship" with the fast food chain immediately.

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[Video] OraQuick home HIV tests now available

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For those wanting to learn their HIV status in the comfort of their own homes, the FDA-approved OraQuick In-Home HIV Test is now available online and next week will be available in 30,000 retail stores across the U.S.

The OraQuick test now available over the counter is the same test physicians and other trained professionals have been using that includes taking a swab from the inner mouth and testing it for HIV with results known in about 20 minutes. The test was approved by the FDA on July 3.

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Emory HIV team lands $6 million Gates Foundation grant

Gates Foundation

A team of researchers at Emory University has been awarded a $6 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to aid in finding an effective vaccine for HIV/AIDS, the university announced today.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was created by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, to combat global poverty and to enhance healthcare across the world.

The grant was awarded as part of the Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery, an international network of researchers devoted to creating a variety of HIV vaccination candidates with the ultimate goal of advancing the most promising candidates to clinical trials.

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Emory says Chick-fil-A doesn’t reflect university’s values, but remains on campus

University campuses are joining political leaders and LGBT activists in criticizing the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain's outspoken stand against gay marriage.

Today, Emory University, known as one of the most LGBT-inclusive universities in the Southeast, issued a statement about the fast-food chain having a restaurant in the campus food court at Cox Hall. From Senior Vice President and Dean of Campus Life Dr. Ajay Nair:

Emory University has a long history of creating access, inclusion, and equity for Emory’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer students, faculty, staff and alumni. Recent public statements by Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A, do not reflect Emory’s values as an institution.

Nevertheless, freedom of expression and an open exchange of ideas are also central tenets of the Emory community. Emory therefore respects the right of people to express their disagreement with Mr. Cathy by not patronizing Chick-fil-A. Emory’s vision statement calls for us to be 'internationally recognized as an inquiry-driven, ethically engaged, and diverse community, whose members work collaboratively for positive transformation in the world through courageous leadership in teaching, research, scholarship, health care, and social action.

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Atlanta’s State of Black Gay America Summit, Emory researcher to receive Esteem Awards

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The State of Black Gay America Summit, held each year during Atlanta's Black Gay Pride, will receive an Esteem Award in "recognition of [its] service to the African American and LGBT communities."

The State of Black Gay America, founded by community activist Darlene Hudson and Gregory Allen, the president and CEO of Xtreme Entertainment, is receiving a "Special Recognition" honor.

Patrick Kelly, an activist and clinical research interviewer at Emory Univeristy's Hope Vaccine Center, is also honored with the "Outstanding Service, Male" award.