The Daily Agenda for Wednesday, June 1

Jim Burroway

June 1st, 2011

Open For Question: 30 Years of AIDS: Washington, D.C. and online. In observance of the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Centers for Disease Control’s first report on a strange illness that we now know of as AIDS, the White House will facilitate a live online discussion on the AIDS epidemic. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy Jeffrey Crowley and Director of the Division of AIDS at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Dr. Carl Dieffenbach will host the forum beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT. You can submit your questions in advance and tune in to to watch the discussion.

Organized Labor Announces Support for Marriage Equality: Albany, NY. Representatives from several labor unions and associations will join Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Ross D. Levi as they call on the New York Legislature to pass marriage equality this session. A press conference will take place this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in the LCA Press Room (Room 13) of the Legislative Office Building in Albany. Many unions in New York have already declared support for marriage equality, including the AFL-CIO, RWDSU, United Federation of Teachers, CWA, 32BJ, Teamsters Local 237 and Affiliates of the New York City Central Labor Council.

Registration Deadline for Suicide Prevention Symposium: Waltham, MA. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will hold a symposium on LGBT Suicide Prevention on Saturday, June 18 at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Caitlin Ryan of the Family Acceptance Project, and the symposium will feature several breakout sessions on social media, mental health, and suicide prevention strategies for transgender and gay people across the lifespan. Registration for the day-long event ends today.

EQCA Town Hall: Redlands, CA. Equality California will host a “Back to the Ballot?” Town hall meeting in Redlands to discuss whether we should wait for the courts to restore the freedom to marry — a decision which could have a nationwide impact — or whether Californians should try to overturn Prop. 8 through a ballot measure in 2012. The town hall will take place this evening at the University of Redlands in the Casa Loma Room from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Gay Days: Orlando, FL. This week is the annual celebration n Orlando. It began in 1991 as a day for Orlando visitors to “Wear Red and Be Seen.” An estimated 3,000 attendees participated that year, but has grown to more than 150,000 celebrants from all over the world. When city officials decided to officially welcome Gay Days in 1998, televangelist Pat Robertson famously predicted the eminent destruction of the entire nation. “It’ll bring about terrorist bombs; it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor,” he warned. We’ve somehow managed to soldier on, and Gay Days this year comes roaring back to mark its 20th anniversary.

Pride Celebrations This Weekend: Athens, Greece; Albuquerque (Los Ranchos), NM; Boiling Springs (Spartanburg) SC; Bucharest, Romania; Buffalo, NY; Cambridge/Kitchner/Waterloo, ON; Columbia, MO; Cork, Ireland; Davenport (Quad Cities) IA; Dayton, OH; Detroit, MI; Ft. Collins, CO; Guerneville, CA; Hampton Roads, VA; Honolulu, HI; Huntington/Charleston, WV; Kalamazoo, MI; Kansas City, MO; Queens, NY; Sacramento, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Spencer, IN; Staten Island, NY and Winnipeg, MB.

AIDS Walk This Weekend: Boston, MA; London, UK; Long Beach, CA, and Syracuse, NY.

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