GLAAD Ignores ‘Alarming Increase’ in HIV Infection in Young Gay Men

By Erick Hamme | October 28, 2011 | 4:51pm EDT

This Sept. 23, 2011 photo shows transgender student Benji Delgadillo posing for photos at San Juan Hills High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. In the wake of last year’s spate of teen suicides spurred by anti-gay bullying, school districts are stepping up to prevent such incidents from occurring, while more students are reporting bullies. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

( – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) held its second annual “National Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual (LGBT) Spirit Day” on Oct. 20 to raise awareness about LGBT teen suicides in America, which homosexual activists largely attribute to bullying. But the organization apparently has reported little about the latest federal data showing an “alarming increase” of HIV infection in young gay males.

On Oct. 20, supporters were told to wear purple “as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth and to speak out against bullying,” said GLAAD’s Web site, which added that the goal is to “work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are.”

In addition, GLAAD stated in an Oct. 19 press release about Spirit Day that, “Last fall, the nation mourned after the suicide deaths of more than a dozen young people who were LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) or perceived to be LGBT. These tragic losses and the reports that these youth were bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender identity sparked a nationwide conversation about bullying ….”

Homosexual activists have been increasingly active in their efforts to reach out to young LGBT’s, through national awareness days such as “Spirit Day” and the “It Gets Better” ad campaign, which encourages gay teens to persevere in their homosexuality through the high school years with the promise that things will be better once they are adults engaging in homosexual behavior.

GLAAD also promotes itself extensively through Facebook, Twitter, Mobli and YouTube.

In addition, the White House has pushed a pro-gay message through its Department of Education and directly from President Barack Obama, who pressured the Defense Department to lift the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and whose Justice Department refuses to legally defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Also, many liberal Democratic members of Congress participated in a video for the “It Gets Better Campaign,” which encourages young people to persevere in the gay lifestyle.

The White House turned its official Facebook and Twitter photos purple in honor of Spirit Day and posted a message of support on the official White House blog. The White House also tweeted, “.@WhiteHouse goes purple for #SpiritDay.”

Despite those apparently positive messages for homosexual teens, the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention reported in August that “HIV infections increased among young men who have sex with men (MSM) between 2006 and 2009, driven by alarming increases among young, black MSM – the only subpopulation to experience a sustained increase during the time period. 

“Young MSM (ages 13 to 29) were most severely affected, representing more than one quarter of all new HIV infections nationally (27 percent; 12,900 in 2009),” said the CDC. “Young MSM of all races are heavily affected.”

“Not only do men who have sex with men continue to account for most new infections, young gay and bisexual men are the only group in which infections are increasing, and this increase is particularly concerning among young African American MSM ,” said CDC Director Thomas Frieden, M.D. 

“This “alarming increase among young, black gay and bisexual men requires urgent action,” the CDC stated in its press release.

In 2009 alone, 6,000 males age 15-24 contracted HIV, which amounts to nearly 17 contractions a day, according to the CDC data. The CDC further reported that the results indicate young homosexuals are increasingly “complacent” regarding their “risk” of contracting the virus.

Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of the CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, said in a statement, “We’re very concerned about these increases among young gay men.”

Additionally, the CDC’s information revealed that 62 percent of HIV-positive 18-29-year-old gay men are unaware that they carry the virus.

GLAAD apparently has said little about the CDC study. E-mail and telephone inquiries made to GLAAD were not returned before this story was posted.

However, on its Web site, GLAAD provides guidelines for journalists who are writing about HIV/AIDS. The first guideline states: “HIV transmission is tied to specific high-risk behaviors that are not exclusive to any one sexual orientation. Avoid suggesting that simply being gay makes one part of a ‘high-risk group,’ or that risk of HIV infection increases simply by having sex with someone of the same sex.”

The CDC has documented that while MSM make up only two percent of the population, they account for more than 60 percent of HIV contractions each year in the United States.

In speaking with, Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, said, “Where is the mobilization for protecting these young people from what is obviously a dangerous behavior? There’s absolutely zero discussion of this massive health crisis.”

LaBarbera is critical of what he believes is a deliberately misleading national campaign being carried out by homosexual activists, which employs the aid of many members of the media and Hollywood to further its pro-LGBT agenda. 

“Never has there been such a gaping contrast between the propaganda and the reality,” he said. “Where is the mobilization for protecting these young people?”

The fact that GLAAD chooses to focus on issues such as LGBT teen suicide rather than the growing epidemic of new HIV infections among young males is unacceptable, according to LaBarbera. 

He said Americans need to shift perceptions concerning LGBT teenagers from the celebration of a dangerous lifestyle to an earnest concern for the health and welfare of people practicing homosexual behavior.

“None of these people care enough about homosexuals to inform these kids of the incredibly disproportionate health risks associated with homosexuality,” said LaBarbera.

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