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The Daily Agenda for Mondy, June 27

Jim Burroway

June 27th, 2011

TODAY’S AGENDA:
Secretary of State Clinton to speak on LGBT Pride: Washington, D.C. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks on “The Human Rights of LGBT People and U.S. Foreign Policy” at an event co-hosted by the State Department and Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA), this morning at approximately 10:25 a.m., in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Department of State. Preceding the Secretary’s remarks, Under Secretary Maria Otero will lead a panel discussion with senior U.S. Government Officials at 9:30 a.m.  The discussion topics will include the status of LGBT people around the world and how the U.S. Government can promote the protection of their human rights. The event is part of a series of LGBT Pride Month celebrations at the U.S. Department of State. Secretary Clinton’s remarks will be streamed live at www.state.gov.

National HIV Testing Day: Everywhere. It is estimated that one in five people with HIV don’t know their status. Do you know yours? Click here for more information on where to get tested.

TODAY IN HISTORY:
The McCarren-Walter Immigration and Naturalization Act: 1952. On this date in history, Congress passed a major overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, removing the previous quotas which excluded immigrants based on the country of origin, and instead barring those who were deemed unlawful, immoral, diseased in any way, politically radical, and accepting those who were willing to conform to prevailing American political thought. Crafted at the height of the McCarthy Red Scare, it was the political aspects which drove Congress to pass the act. For the next four decades, the U.S. government used the act to prevent hundreds of people each year from visiting the U.S solely because of their political beliefs and associations.

Political beliefs however weren’t the only litmus test the government used. One provision prohibited entry to “aliens afflicted with psychopathic personality, epilepsy, or a mental defect.” Since the American Psychiatric Association listed homosexuality as a mental defect, the Immigration and Naturalization Service took that to mean that gays and lesbians were to be barred from entry into the United States. Even after the APA removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders, the INS continued to bar openly gay people from immigrating. As the years wore on, the ban was enforced haphazardly, but gay immigrants remained subject to deportation at the whim of an immigration judge. It wouldn’t be until the 1990 Immigration Act that homosexuality would be formally removed as grounds for exclusion. But by then, HIV had become the new basis for barring not just immigrants, but HIV-positive business people, HIV/AIDS advocates and even tourists from entering the U.S. for even a single day. That ban remained in place until 2010.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY:
Ted Haggard: 1956.

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customartist
June 27th, 2011 | LINK

Is anyone else having trouble with the Clinton/Foreign Affairs audio?

Priya Lynn
June 27th, 2011 | LINK

“TODAY’S BIRTHDAY:
Ted Haggard: 1956.”

*sings*
Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual.
Ted Haggard is completely heterosexual.
Its amazing what two weeks of counseling can do.

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