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For fourth year in a row, Donald Trump omits LGBTQ mention from World AIDS Day proclamation

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For the fourth year in a row, President Donald Trump failed to acknowledge or specifically mention LGBTQ people in his annual proclamation as part of World AIDS Day.

“Today, our Nation joins millions across the globe in remembrance of the precious lives lost to human immunodeficiency virus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-related illnesses, and we reaffirm our support for those living with these diseases,” Trump said in his proclamation, which commemorated Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day.

“Over the past 40 years, HIV and AIDS have infected more than 77 million people worldwide and claimed no less than 35 million lives, including those of 700,000 Americans,” the president continued.

“Currently, there are approximately 1.2 million people living in the United States with HIV, including roughly 170,000 people who have not been diagnosed. Additionally, it is all too clear that this deadly disease disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities.”

While Trump’s omission of LGBTQ people, and in particular the disproportionate effect the disease had on the LGBTQ community in the early years of the AIDS epidemic, is nothing new, it is a point of contention for HIV advocates and LGBTQ activists, who have frequently […]

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