The Fine Print Blog

Arpita Appannagari
National Community Outreach Coordinator, The Center for HIV Law and Policy
A memo from the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services said it intended to use Title IX to define gender “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable." The proposal is a bare-knuckled assault on the civil rights and safety of people who identify as outside of the gender binary. It is an act of violence with very real and serious consequences for the health, healthcare, and related safety of individual young people.
Arpita Appannagari and Kate Boulton
While science is one useful tool in combating HIV criminalization, we must avoid the suggestion that these discriminatory laws have any kind of underlying legitimacy. In the context of the newly released "Expert consensus statement on the science of HIV in the context of criminal law," which concludes that “a correct and complete understanding of current scientific knowledge” must “inform any application of the criminal law in cases related to HIV,” is a dispassionate scientific analysis summarizing what we already know, without situating that analysis within a broader social justice framework, and falls short of fostering change on its own.
Catherine Hanssens
Founder/Executive Director
There are plenty of reasons why LGBT people and people living with HIV should be horrified, and should speak out, at the prospect of a Justice Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Davina Conner (Pozitively Dee)
Guest blogger Davina Conner (Positively Dee) weighs in on Nushawn Williams.
CHLP Staff
A Side-by-Side Comparison of the Proposed Bills to Reform Missouri’s HIV Criminal Laws

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