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AmfAR Launches National PEPFAR
Database at IAS 2015
(EDGE) amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research,
announced the beta launch of its PEPFAR Country/Regional
Operational Plan database, a comprehensive, navigable
database of PEPFAR's planned funding of HIV/AIDS activities
from 2007 to 2014. The database was unveiled at the 8th
International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis,
Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2015) in Vancouver, Canada.
The database enables users to analyze planned funding
data extracted from PEPFAR's publicly released Country
and Regional Operational Plan (COP/ROP) documents. It's
designed to help civil society organizations, ministries of
health and finance, researchers, and other stakeholders to
access and understand PEPFAR's programs and priorities at a
deeper level than is currently possible using other platforms.
PEPFAR (The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS
Relief), established in 2003, is the largest international
program responding to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and
the largest commitment one nation has ever made to combat
a disease internationally. Between 2007 and 2014, more than
$29 billion has been budgeted in PEPFAR resources through
the COPs/ROPs process.
The database, which can be found at http://copsdata.
amfar.org, shows allocations by year, host country, primary
partner, strategic area (Care, Treatment, Prevention,
Governance and Systems, Management and Operations),
budget code and organizational type. In addition, country
epidemiological profiles and PEPFAR targets are available
to provide context and to show the public health impact of
For more information, visit www.amfar.org.
United For Care Ramps Up Efforts
In Medical Marijuana Campaign
(United for Care) In its second effort to legalize medical
marijuana by constitutional amendment, United for Care, or
People United for Medical Marijuana, has shipped more than
100,000 petitions to Florida Supervisors of Elections offices
to garner Supreme Court review.
“This is a massive head start over the previous campaign
- which started late. If we can sustain this pace, we should
ensure our place on the ballot before the holidays,” said
United for Care Director, Ben Pollara in a statement.
“This early accomplishment comes as a direct result out of
the dedicated volunteers we have and the generous donors
large and small helping to fund our efforts. However we still
need to collect over half a million petitions.”
The Supervisor of Elections has thirty days to verify that
a petition is valid. Following verification, the Supreme Court
will then schedule a review. Pollara said United for Care
expects to have its review date by mid-August.
Florida Office Of Compassionate
Use Announces New Director
(FL Dept. of Health) The Florida Department of Health
announced Christian Bax, J.D., MBA, is the new director
of the Office of Compassionate Use. Compassionate use,
or extended access refers to the treatment of a seriously
ill patient using a new, unapproved drug when no other
treatments are available.
Previously, Bax co-founded CBK Consulting, a company
experienced in navigating medical marijuana regulations in
Nevada and Washington.
“The department is confident his educational and
professional experience make him the right choice to get this
product to children with intractable epilepsy and people with
advanced cancer as safely and quickly as possible.”
Scotland Pride Event Will Allow
Drag Queens After All
(EDGE) An alternative gay Pride event in Glasgow,
Scotland will now allow drag queens after the gathering's
officials made headlines for announcing a ban on all drag
artists because they were deemed too "offensive" for the
Gay Star News reports the Free Pride event, which is set
to take place next month, called the move a "mistake" and
will now welcome any performers of any gender. Billed as
the "anti-commercialist" alternative to Glasgow's main
Pride event, Free Pride caused an international stir when
its organizers first revealed drag queens were not allowed
because trans people could be offended by the art form.
"The original decision was made because many trans
members of Free Pride have had negative experiences with
drag acts veering towards racism, misogyny and transphobia;
the lack of contact with the drag community contributed,"
Free Pride said, according to GSN. "We made a mistake, and
The rest of the statement can be read at: http://bit.
Compiled by Jillian Melero
Pridelines Announces 10th
Annual Fundraising Gala
(Pridelines) Pridelines Youth Services, South
Florida’s oldest LGBTQ service agency, will host
its 10th annual fundraising gala -- Pridelines’
Masquerade Ball. The Masquerade Ball will take
place Saturday, August 15, at 6:30 p.m. at the Biltmore
Hotel in Coral Gables. Tickets are on sale now for
$175 per guest or $1,750 for a table of 10.
“This year’s Masquerade will feature our silent
auction, cocktail reception and a formal dining
experience along with dancing and a few special
surprises that will keep our guests talking until next
year,” said Victor Diaz-Herman, executive director of
This year’s event will feature live performances and
will end with an after-party presented by OCULTO, a
newly launched golden lager infused with blue agave.
“Guests are encouraged to wear elaborately
decorated masks in keeping with the Masquerade
theme,” Diaz-Herman added. “Italian-based event
partner Carta Alta is providing a 25% discount
on their hand-crafted masks with the code:
‘masquerade2015’ at www.cartaalta.com.”
Proceeds from Masquerade benefit Pridelines
Youth Services, in its mission to support education
and empower South Florida’s LGBTQ youth in safe
and diverse environments, and to promote social
change through dialogue.
com. Table host and sponsorship opportunities are
also available on the website or by contacting Diaz-
Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305-571-9601
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