Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 42 / 19 October 2017
 

Man faces assault, robbery charges after alleged attack in Dolores Park

A 26-year-old man is facing assault and robbery charges after allegedly attacking another man in Dolores Park.

According to a San Francisco Police Department summary, the incident started when the victim, a 66-year-old man, “was walking through a dark area of the park” just after 1 a.m. Thursday, April 25.

Joshua Marshall approached the man and asked for a place to spend the night, according to police. The victim refused, SFPD spokesman Officer Gordon Shyy said in the summary.

Marshall allegedly threw the man to the ground and punched him several times. He then took the victim’s cellphone and left the scene, Shyy said. A responding officer located Marshall and took him into custody.

The victim’s injuries included a bloody nose and bruising to his face, police said.

SFPD spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said in an interview that the victim had been walking from 18th Street on a park path near Church Street. That section of the park has been known for late-night gay cruising. According to Esparza, the victim lives nearby, but he didn’t know what the man had been doing in the park other than walking, or if he is gay.

According to court records, Marshall, who doesn’t appear to have an attorney yet and whose city of residence isn’t clear, is in San Francisco County Jail facing felony charges of assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury and second-degree robbery. He hasn’t been arraigned as of today (Friday, April 26) and his bail hasn’t been set, according to court records. Police haven’t released his booking photo.

 

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 26, 2013 @ 7:08 pm PST
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State political watchdog fines SF women’s commissioner

Andrea Shorter (Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

Andrea Shorter (Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

A state political watchdog has fined Andrea Shorter, a former Equality California staffer and current member of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, $800 for failing to disclose income related to her work on same-sex marriage.

The Fair Political Practices Commission approved the penalty at its regular monthly meeting today (Thursday, April 25).

According to the FPPC, Shorter, an out lesbian, failed to report her income from 2008’s No on Proposition 8 campaign, which worked unsuccessfully to defeat the state’s gay marriage ban passed by voters that year.

She also didn’t report her salary at Equality California, where she worked from 2009 to 2011. At the time Shorter was laid off from LGBT lobbying group three years ago, she was the organization’s marriage and coalitions director.

In a brief interview Thursday about the FPPC fine, Shorter said, “There was a misunderstanding in terms of what was required at the time” that involved her “and several other commissioners.” She said she couldn’t answer more questions because she was in a meeting, and she hasn’t called the Bay Area Reporter back.

Shorter’s Statement of Economic Interests filed with the San Francisco Ethics Commission in April 2012 lists “no reportable interests on any schedule” for 2011. An amended statement filed in January 2013 says that in 2011, her salary at Equality California was in the $10,001 to $100,000 range.

A statement filed in April 2009 says she had no reportable interests in 2008. A January 2013 amendment shows that her salary as a get-out-the-vote coordinator for No on 8 was in the $1,001 to $10,000 range.

According to her most recent statement, filed this month, in 2012 Shorter’s income as a workshop facilitator at HomeBase/Center for Common Concerns, Inc. was somewhere from $1,001 to $10,000. She also received unemployment insurance, the records show.

Shorter’s pay for her 2012 work with San Francisco Women for Accountability and a Responsible Supervisor Opposing Christina Olague 2012 is also in the $1,001 to $10,000 range.

Olague was one of four supervisors who voted in October not to sustain Mayor Ed Lee’s official misconduct charges against embattled Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. The four supervisors’ support allowed for the reinstatement of Mirkarimi, who pleaded guilty to a charge stemming from a 2011 incident in which he bruised his wife’s arm. (Mirkarimi’s wife, Eliana Lopez, disputed the charges against him.)

Lee had appointed Olague to the District 5 seat on the Board of Supervisors after Mirkarimi, who had held the seat for seven years, was elected sheriff in 2011. London Breed defeated Olague in her November bid to retain the post.

In December, Shorter and others launched an effort to explore recalling Mirkarimi, but that effort – which featured the now-defunct site www.rossresign.org – quickly fizzled.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 25, 2013 @ 4:01 pm PST
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NIH halts another HIV vaccine trial amid discouraging data

Screen Shot 2013-04-25 at 1.36.32 PMFederal health officials announced today (April 25) that they had stopped an experimental HIV vaccine trial, known as the HVTN 505 Study, due to evidence it did not protect against transmission of the virus nor reduce viral loads in those who became HIV positive.

It was another setback in AIDS researchers’ long-held hope of discovering a vaccine that can block HIV transmission. Another vaccine trial known as the Step Study came to an abrupt end in 2007 for similar reasons, as well as because it was found that trials’ vaccine increased some uncircumcised male participants’ risk of acquiring HIV.

The National Institutes of Health disclosed its decision to halt the HVTN 505 Study in a statement released to the press. It also revealed that during the first two years of the study 41 volunteers who had received the investigational vaccine regimen acquired HIV as did 30 volunteers given a placebo vaccine.

The study began enrolling 2,504 men who have sex with men and transgender people who sleep with men in 2009 in 19 cities across the country. As a Bay Area Reporter article noted then, San Francisco researchers had planned to enroll 120 Bay Area men into the study.

But due to positive results from a Thailand-based trial of the vaccine in heterosexual people, the size of the U.S. trial was increased. In San Francisco 215 people, most MSM but also a small sample of transgender women, took part.

Dr. Susan Buchbinder, director of the Bridge HIV research section of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, posted a statement online expressing that she was “disappointed” about the discontinuation of the trial study.

“We, at Bridge HIV, want to thank all of the participants who enrolled at our site, and around the United States, for their commitment to finding an effective HIV vaccine,” wrote Buchbinder. “Their dedication will bring us one step closer to having a safe and effective global vaccine for the future.”

In a phone interview with the B.A.R., Buchbinder said it is unclear why the vaccine showed different results between the Thai and American participants.

“The good news is we are developing vaccines similar to, and perhaps a little bit better than, the Thai vaccine for testing in South Africa in heterosexuals and hopefully in North and South America in MSM,” she said. “We are already doing earlier phase studies on those vaccines.”

The HVTN 505 Study involved a prime-boost vaccine regimen developed by the Vaccine Research Center housed within the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Participants were given a series of three immunizations over the course of eight weeks, beginning with a DNA-based vaccine designed to prime the immune system.

The vaccine was created to mimic the genetic material of the HIV virus but did not contain any live or killed HIV and could not transmit HIV to those who were vaccinated.

Participants given the vaccine received a single injection at week 24 with a recombinant vaccine (the booster vaccine) based on a weakened adenovirus type 5 (Ad 5), a common cold virus. The Ad5 virus used in the study’s vaccine regimen was disabled so that it could not cause a cold or other respiratory illness.

Problems with the vaccine were discovered Monday, April 22 during a review conducted by the study’s independent data and safety monitoring board. The panel had met to examine data from the 1,250 volunteers who received the investigational vaccine regimen and the 1,244 volunteers who received the placebo vaccine.

The primary analysis looked at volunteers who were diagnosed with HIV infection after having been in the study a minimum of 28 weeks, according to the NIH statement. It showed that 27 HIV infections occurred among vaccine recipients and 21 occurred in the placebo group.

Among volunteers who became HIV-infected before the 28 week mark of the study, 14 cases of HIV infection occurred among those who received the investigational vaccine regimen, and 9 HIV infections occurred among the placebo vaccine recipients, reported the NIH.

Additionally, the monitoring board found that the vaccine failed to reduce viral load among volunteers who acquired HIV infection at least 28 weeks after entering the study and who had been followed for at least 20 weeks after diagnosis. There were 30 participants with measurable viral load (15 vaccine recipients; 15 placebo recipients), reported the NIH.

Based on its findings of the review,  the monitoring panel recommended that no further vaccinations with the investigational vaccine regimen be administered. The NIAID concurred and instructed all of the HVTN 505 Study sites to immediately cease administering injections.

The trail sites will continue to follow-up with study participants so the researchers can further evaluate the trial data.

One issue they will be investigating is why there was a “non-statistically significant increase” in HIV acquisition among the vaccine group volunteers compared to those in the placebo group. NIH officials reported that they do not fully understand why there was such an increase and need to conduct further analysis before drawing “any firm conclusions.”

In her online statement Buchbinder noted that despite the cancellation of the trial, the federal officials “commended the staff on a very well-conducted study that will allow us to learn a tremendous amount, even from vaccines that were not protective.”

Attention at Bridge HIV will now turn to seven other potential HIV vaccines it currently has in the trial phase. Asked if finding an HIV vaccine that works is a lost cause, Buchbinder responded, “No, not at all.”

The results from both failed vaccine studies, as well as the successes from the Thai-based trial, are helping researchers better understand what is needed to construct an HIV vaccine that will work.

“We are trying to close in on understanding what we need an HIV vaccine to do in order for it to be preventive,” said Buchbinder.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 1:39 pm PST
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SF Pride to provide update on plans

Organizers of San Francisco’s LGBT Pride Parade and celebration are inviting people to meet them and get an update on this year’s plans next week.

Earle Plante, CEO of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee, and board members will be on hand at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 24 at Destino’s, 1850 Market Street.

An RSVP by 5 p.m. today (Friday, April 19) is recommended.

This year’s parade and celebration is June 29-30. Visit www.sfpride.org for more information.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 19, 2013 @ 12:22 pm PST
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Church helps family of homeless man killed in BART elevator incident

Members of a San Francisco church popular with LGBTs are working to help the family of a homeless man who was apparently crushed to death by a BART elevator in March.

David Thomas with his son, Davon, in 2012 (Photo courtesy of Valerie Blackmore)

David Thomas with his son, Davon, in 2012 (Photo courtesy of Valerie Blackmore)

Media outlets have indicated that David Thomas, 42, was lying on top of an elevator at the mass transit system’s Montgomery Street station March 10 when someone boarded and started riding the elevator. That person soon “heard a crunching sound and a man yelping before the elevator stopped,” Bay City News reported. Thomas was found dead in the elevator shaft, according to the news service.

Ken Jones, a gay City of Refuge United Church of Christ deacon and a member of BART’s Citizen Review Board, said in an email today (Wednesday, April 17) that church members want to raise $1,000 to help Thomas’s family pay for funeral expenses. The family hopes to bury Thomas Saturday, April 27. Thomas wasn’t a member of the church, Jones said.

Valerie Blackmore, Thomas’s sister, said in a phone interview that her brother, who had two young children, wasn’t gay, but he was “a free spirit” who “loved San Francisco.” He sometimes crashed on family member’s couches, Blackmore, 47, of Antioch, said, but “he would only stay so long.”

“San Francisco is very free,” Blackmore said of her brother’s fondness for the city. “You can be who you are.”

She also expressed sympathy for the man who boarded the elevator, not knowing her brother was on top of it.

“I would like him to know my prayers are with him,” she said. “… It was not his fault.”

Jones said of the fundraising effort, “BART can not pay because it could seem they were accepting ‘responsibility’ for his death.” A BART spokeswoman didn’t respond to a request for comment Wednesday afternoon.

[Updated Thursday, April 18]: BART spokesman Jim Allison noted the transit system is supported by ticket sales and tax revenue, and there’s a question about whether helping with funeral costs would be “an appropriate use of public funds.”

Allison said BART often gets requests for assistance from community organizations, and “it’s just not appropriate to pick and choose where we spend the taxpayers’ money.” He added that Thomas’s death is “obviously a tragedy, but there’s a pretty complex legal aspect to it.” [End update]

Donors may send checks to Alta Vista Cremation and Funeral Services, 4795 Blum Road, Pacheco, California, 94553. Alta Vista’s phone number is (925) 228-1500.

A funeral home employee said checks may be made payable to Alta Vista, with “David Thomas” written on the memo line.

Even donations of $10 are helpful, Jones said. He asked that people let him know how much they’ve contributed. Jones’s email address is ken.jones.cor@gmail.com.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 17, 2013 @ 6:04 pm PST
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SF police not to use condoms as evidence of prostitution, chief says

Police Chief Greg Suhr(Photo: Rick Gerharter)

Police Chief Greg Suhr(Photo: Rick Gerharter)

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr has told his staff that condoms are no longer to be confiscated, photographed, or documented in any way as evidence of prostitution.

Suhr’s order, which came in a department-wide bulletin dated April 16, follows District Attorney Goerge Gascón recently saying that prosecutors would not use condoms as evidence in prostitution-related cases anymore.

A temporary ban on using condoms as evidence of prostitution had already been in place since October. Suhr said months ago that he wanted the ban to be permanent.

“I’m hopeful that this ends up being a permanent accord,” he said in a January interview. “If it has even one less person get any form of STD, it’s a good policy.”

Public Defender Jeff Adachi also said at the time that he wanted the prohibition to be made kept in place.

But Gascón had extended the trial period so that his office would have more time to examine the proposal, saying that he needed to balance health and safety issues.

In a March 30 letter to Human Rights Commission Executive Director Theresa Sparks, he said that he had finally agreed with Adachi to “eliminate any discussion concerning the presence or absence of condoms as evidence in convicting or acquitting an individual of a prostitution-related crime.”

Sex worker advocates, public health officials, and others have expressed concerns that using condoms as evidence of prostitution discourages people from carrying them, thereby putting them at greater risk for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

In an April 16 email to other city officials that she shared with the Bay Area Reporter, Sparks discussed meeting “to determine the best, and most effective way, to make sure the community is aware of this policy and to encourage them to carry and use condoms for their own protection.”

Public Health Director Barbara Garcia said in a statement today (Wednesday, April 17) that her staff “has been working closely with the district attorney’s office to prohibit using condoms as evidence in prostitution cases. Our district attorney kept his commitment ending this practice. In doing so, this move will help individuals continue to protect themselves through the responsible use of condoms.”

Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the DA, has said use of condoms as evidence of prostitution is rare.

In his bulletin, Suhr said police may continue to gather documentation of materials other than condoms “when establishing probable cause for ‘Loitering for the Purpose of Prostitution,'” Penal Code Section 653.22.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, @ 3:42 pm PST
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SF reports no meningitis outbreak among gay men

Responding to recent reports concerning the death of a gay West Hollywood man who contracted meningitis, San Francisco health officials this afternoon reported that there have not been similar cases reported in the city. Nor are they advising that men who have sex with men traveling to the Los Angeles area be vaccinated for the deadly disease.

According to a health advisory issued late this afternoon (Tuesday, April 16) there has not been a case of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) reported in the past 12 months among gay or bisexual men in San Francisco. It stressed, in bold letters, that there is “no local outbreak” of the deadly disease.

“The bottom line is there is no outbreak of meningitis in California in any group, including MSM or people living with HIV,” said Dr. Tomás Aragón, the city’s health officer and the health department’s director of population health and prevention, in a phone interview with the Bay Area Reporter.

The advisory revises guidelines the health department had issued in December following the news that a cluster of cases had been found among gay men in New York City. At the time 12 cases of IMD involving MSM living in several boroughs other than Manhattan had been found.

It had been recommended that gay men traveling to New York City be vaccinated against meningococcal meningitis.

On March 6 the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported that additional cases of IMD among MSM had been discovered in early 2013, bringing the total to 22 men infected. At the same time the department expanded its recommendations for meningococcal vaccination of MSM residing in NYC.

Today San Francisco health officials followed suit. Not only are gay and bisexual men planning a trip to New York advised to be vaccinated, so are male-to-female transgender individuals. Regardless of one’s HIV status, anyone who expects to come into close or intimate contact with MSM in New York City should receive a vaccination at least 7-10 days prior to their potential to be exposed to IMD.

IMD is transmitted by contact with spit, phlegm, mucus, or other fluids from the nose or mouth of someone who already has, or is in the process of developing, meningococcal disease, note health officials. Typically, transmission occurs from kissing, intimate or sexual contact, sneezing or coughing, living in a crowded space together, or sharing drinks, cigarettes or eating utensils with someone who is infected (who may not yet show signs of disease), states the advisory.

Screen Shot 2013-04-16 at 5.52.38 PMThe disease garnered headlines in recent days (such as the report seen at right) and coverage on LGBT blogs due to the death of 33-year-old lawyer Brett Shaad. After falling into a coma last week, Shaad was taken off life support by his family late Saturday, April 15.

Initial reporting that Shaad attended the White Party in Palm Springs prior to becoming sick raised alarms in gay circles around the state. (According to one report, he did not go to the main dance event but was at a pool party at a hotel that weekend.)

Following the media coverage, Aragón said that San Francisco health officials “had a flurry of questions” about the incident but that “nothing has changed.”

Their advice remains that for MSM traveling to New York, they should see their doctor about getting vaccinated for IMB, said Aragón.

For more information, visit the health department’s Meningococcal Disease page.

 

 

— Matthew S. Bajko, April 16, 2013 @ 6:14 pm PST
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SF mayor, gay supervisors to hold budget forum

Once again Mayor Ed Lee and San Francisco supervisors are holding town-hall style meetings to discuss the city’s fiscal year 2013 budget.

There will be six district-based budget town halls this year beginning this weekend and running through mid-May. Shortly after being appointed mayor in 2011 Lee announced he would seek the public’s input on budget priorities, and he conducted such meetings last year after winning a full term in Room 200 at City Hall.

Gay Supervisors David Campos (District 9) and Scott Wiener (District 8) are co-hosting a meeting for their constituents with the mayor from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4 at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, 825 Shotwell Street at 22nd Street in the Mission District. (For the full list of meetings, visit here.)

LGBT activists protested during a 2011 budget town hall. (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

LGBT activists protested during a 2011 budget town hall. (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

LGBT activists protested during the District 8 budget town hall held in 2011 due to the closure of a queer youth program at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center.

Last year’s meeting for D8 and D9 residents brought out speakers from a number of AIDS agencies concerned about federal budget cuts. The city agreed to backfill nearly $7 million toward HIV prevention programs and AIDS care services.

 

This year’s forum is likely to also bring out speakers concerned about the city’s AIDS programs as San Francisco is once again facing a cut in its federal HIV funding. City officials had initially estimated that the hit would be $4 million, though due to the sequestration cuts Congress failed to stop, that amount rose to $5.3 million, as announced during a special March budget hearing about the AIDS funding.

The mayor’s office has yet to commit to backfill all of the cut this year, though supervisors are hopeful the funding can be secured. Last year Lee announced his commitment to using local resources to pay for the AIDS programs about a month after the joint D8 and D9 budget town hall.

In the release his office sent out today announcing the budget town halls, Lee stated that he wants to hear directly from residents what their top budget priorities are this year.

“We must craft a balanced budget that keeps our City on a steady course of continued fiscal stability, stimulate the local economy, create good jobs, invest in key capital and infrastructure improvements, as well as address long term challenges identified in the proposed Five Year Financial Plan and ensure that San Franciscans can access City services they need,” stated Lee.

A final budget is due prior to the start of the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

— Matthew S. Bajko, April 15, 2013 @ 3:33 pm PST
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New rules on chain stores adopted for Castro district

At its meeting this afternoon (April 11) the Planning Commission unanimously adopted new rules for upper Market Street aimed at curbing chain stores from opening along the gayborhood’s main thoroughfare.

Starbucks would like to open at this corner spot on upper Market Street in the Castro. (Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

Starbucks would like to open at this corner spot on upper Market Street in the Castro. (Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

As noted in a February Political Notebook about the proposed restrictions, the new rules are devised to prevent national retailers from opening up in prime corner storefronts on Market Street between Octavia and Castro streets. Already, planning staff has informed Starbucks, Chipotle, and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf that they do not support their applications to open locations at prominent intersections in the gayborhood.

Under the new criteria for formula retail, any project that brings the concentration of chain stores within a 300-foot radius to 20 percent or greater would not be recommended for approval. The retailer could still seek approval from the Planning Commission, though projects disapproved by staffers rarely receive a favorable vote.

Up until now, “We have been unable to influence and shape the influx of formula retail,” Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association President Pat Tura told commissioners.

The policy, which DTNA helped craft, is aimed at ensuring that ground floor retail spaces in the new mixed-use developments being built along the corridor are not taken up solely by chain stores. Among eight buildings under construction or proposed will be nearly 67,500 square feet of new retail space, some of which has already been leased by Whole Foods and Bank of the West.

“Upper Market is undergoing tremendous change right now. All you have to do is walk down Market Street and see all the construction cranes,” Aaron Starr, who works on legislative affairs for the planning department, told commissioners. “The concern DTNA has, as well as the department, is these retail spaces will all be filled up with formula retail.”

DTNA has been working on the issue since 2010. Vice President Erik Honda said surveys of the neighborhood show that formula retail already accounts for close to 30 percent of the available storefronts.

“We were at a tipping point where landlords would only want formula retail and local businesses would be priced out,” he said.

Planning staff are likely to propose the new policy be adopted for other commercial corridors in the city should they prove to be successful in the Castro. A few neighborhoods have outright bans on chain stores, while other areas are governed by a rule requiring any retailer with more than 11 locations to seek a conditional use permit from the planning commission in order to open in the city.

 

 

— Matthew S. Bajko, April 11, 2013 @ 2:28 pm PST
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EQCA gets grant to help expand health care

The state’s largest LGBT lobbying group announced this week that it’s received a $250,000 grant to help marginalized LGBTs get health care.

Equality California will use funding from the California Endowment for a campaign it’s calling “Health Happens with Equality.”

The money will be used to educate and enroll “at-risk” community members in health care plans approved as part of Affordable Care Act, the national health care reform signed into law in 2010, EQCA announced April 3. Workers will reach out to thousands of LGBT Californians who are uninsured, including many who’ve never had insurance before.

 “LGBT Americans experience health disparities and are more likely to be uninsured or underinsured, but thanks to the Affordable Care Act, it’s a new day,” Herb K. Schultz, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region IX Director and an LGBT appointee in the Obama Administration, said in a statement from EQCA. “Beginning in January 2014, all Americans will have access to quality, affordable coverage through the new health insurance marketplace – where they can begin to shop for and easily compare health insurance plans.”

EQCA Executive Director John O’Connor stated that the grant “gives us the ability to literally save the lives of some of the most marginalized amongst us.”

In an interview, O’Connor said the work would begin “immediately” Saturday, April 6, primarily with people in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of East Los Angeles, where several agencies have planned an LGBTQ forum.

Jack Lorenz, EQCA’s deputy director for programs and development, said the yearlong project would be run like a political campaign, with phone and door-to-door canvassing and other efforts. The grant includes five sub-grants, at about $10,000 each, to talk to transgender people, Latinos, African Americans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans.

EQCA will use the California Endowment money to hire three to seven people. With additional funding the gay nonprofit hopes to get from Covered California, a state health exchange program meant to expand coverage, there could be from 15 to 20 people hired for the project altogether, Lorenz said. The California Endowment grant will be administered through the Equality California Institute, EQCA’s educational arm.

Workers will be reaching out to people in areas including the Central and Coachella valleys, Inland Empire, Palm Springs, Riverside, and San Bernardino. Lorenz said the agency hasn’t yet identified places in Northern California.

Besides outreach worker salaries, the money will also be used to cover travel, administrative costs, and other expenses. After a year, EQCA will have a chance to renew the grant, with which the organization hopes to reach 15,000 people with the California Endowment grant.

O’Connor said 15,000 isn’t “a huge number,” but he said, “It’s a very important population that’s more difficult to reach than the general LGBT population.” The figure “takes into account the urgency of dedicating more time and attention to the hard-to-reach population.” Those people may include people living in homeless shelters, drug addicts living in rehabs, and sex workers.

EQCA will identify and reach target populations through coalition building, outreach, and hiring specific to population, gender, and geography.

Workers will explain what the Affordable Care Act is and how the Covered California health exchange program can benefit them, and encourage them to sign up when enrollment starts in October.

“LGBT Californians were the pioneers of patients’ rights,” said Daniel Zingale, senior vice president at the California Endowment, a private foundation dedicated to education, expanding health access, and health equality. “It makes sense for Equality California to be in the vanguard of today’s historic opportunity to improve the health of our state.”

 

 

 

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 5, 2013 @ 3:08 pm PST
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