With tomorrow being World AIDS Day, this is good news ...
Last week President Obama signed into law a new bill approved by Congress — surprisingly with significant bipartisan support — that lifts the ban on organ donations by HIV-positive people to other folks with HIV.
Obama signed the legislation — the HIV Organ Policy Equity Act, or HOPE Act — to provide the opportunity for people with HIV to receive organ donations, saying:
“The potential for successful organ transplants between people living with HIV has become more of a possibility. The HOPE Act lifts the research ban, and, in time, it could lead to live-saving organ donations for people living with HIV while ensuring the safety of the organ transplant process and strengthening the national supply of organs for all who need them.”
The ban had been enacted in 1988 and with World AIDS Day being tomorrow this is another great step forward by the Obama administration.
What’s with TV these days?
It used to be we had Must See TV, but lately it seems we have WTF TV.
The CBS drama Hostages is just about the most unreal storyline on TV. Interesting? Maybe; but based on any kind of fact? Hardly.
And do not get me started on Homeland, where :::SPOILERS AHEAD::: last week’s episode had Carrie sneaking suspected terrorist — and her baby daddy — Brody off the military base where he was being held so he could be used as a weapon against Iran, to visit his daughter.
Yes, the CIA let a woman who had an affair with a suspected terrorist, and then she helped that same suspected terrorist escape the country, simply drive away with him for a familial visit before he was sent to Iran to kill a general.
And speaking of stupid … The American Music Awards, er, the AMAs.
Lady Gaga arrived on a horse which caused me to look at my TV screen and shriek, “…and the horse you rode in on!” Then she followed that with a performance where she was dressed as a Marilyn Monroe knock-off who was dry humped by “President” R Kelly.
Katy Perry sang her new song,”Unconditional” dressed as a geisha though the song has nothing to do with Japanese culture. I guess she just wanted to wear a kimono?
Miley sang “Wrecking Ball” — thankfully, fully clothed — with a giant pussy cat lip-syncing behind her. The cat even shed a tear at the same time Miley did so that shows you how real it was; plus, I’ve seen better special effects on H.R. Pufnstuf.
Justin Timberlake was smug and smarmy and, well, Justin Timberlake, while Taylor Swift Aw Shucked her way onto the stage a couple of times.
Ariana Grande sang like she was the love child of Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera. Mariah better watch her step.
And speaking of Christina, who knew Aguilera would just sing, without histrionics, without weird costumes, cartoon cats, or shagging a fictional politician. She just sang.
Alec Baldwin's MSNBC show has been canceled after he used an anti-gay slur in one of his rants against photographers, but maybe, maybe, his dismissal came about for other reasons, too ... He's a diva.
Besides demanding a humidifier because he claimed the air at the studio was too dry, Baldwin alienated staffers when he demanded to use a separate makeup room that was already being used by a woman with cancer who is sensitive to hairspray.
When Baldwin was told he couldn’t have his way, he ALLEGEDLY bellowed: "I don't give a f**k if she has cancer or not, I want that f**king makeup room!”
I bet there are a lot of folks who are glad he got the boot.
Everyone’s talking about The Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper coming out on the show this week, but, um, yeah, he was already out.
What he did, however, was to share his story about coming out with a contestant who was struggling with the issue himself.
"I haven’t talked about my sexuality on this show ever. And now, meeting Bobby, I really do believe this is the right time. I want to show Bobby that he doesn’t have to live in shame. When I came out, when I was 17 years old, it was one of those things where I realized that there was going to be so many obstacles, but being gay doesn’t mean being weak. And being gay doesn’t mean that you are less than anybody else. It’s just who you are.”—Bob Harper
So, please, don’t ask that we here at HOMO HQ send Harper his Gay Agenda and Toaster Oven. He’s been out all along, y’all.
Though he does look mighty fine.