LGBT activists to protest HIV/AIDS cuts at final Community Budget Forum tonight

Travis Gasper, president of Dallas Stonewall Young Democrats, speaks during the Budget Forum on Monday in North Dallas.

Local LGBT activists reportedly plan to attend the city of Dallas’ final Community Budget Forum tonight to voice their objections to proposed cuts to HIV/AIDS services. The forum is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Winfrey Point at White Rock Lake, 950 E. Lawther Drive.

About a dozen activists, mostly from Stonewall Young Democrats and Queer Liberaction, attended a similar forum this past Monday in North Dallas. The city is proposing to eliminate $325,000 for HIV/AIDS services, which represents the entire amount currently spent from its General Fund. (The city also administers federal grant money for housing people with HIV/AIDS that would not be affected). The funding targeted for cuts was put in place decades ago and now supports programs serving primarily low-income people and minorities. The programs are run by agencies including the Resource Center and AIDS Interfaith Network.

For more on the proposed HIV/AIDS cuts, and the LGBT community’s response, see Friday’s Dallas Voice.

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