“America still sees an estimated 40,000 new infections each year. This is not inevitable – and it’s not acceptable. HIV/AIDS remains a special concern in the gay community, which has effectively fought this disease for decades through education and prevention. And the demographics of this disease continue to change. AIDS is increasingly found among women and minorities. Nearly half of the new infections are found in the African-American community.”
– President George W. Bush during his speech in Washington D.C. on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2005.
“The AIDS story this year is mostly one of failure: the failure of rich countries to give the promised money, the failure of poor nations to muster the political will. All around, it’s a failure of leadership.”
– From a New York Times editorial on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2005.
“The Bush White House has talked a big game on fighting AIDS, but has consistently shortchanged the president’s initiatives and stood in the way of important global efforts to curb this disease….America can do better than a president who breaks his promise on a matter as important as AIDS.”
– Democratic Party head Howard Dean, as quoted by the Associated Press, Dec. 1, 2005.
“All we have to do is reverse 10,000 years of human nature, but we’re gonna do it.”
– Jon Stewart on Bush’s focus on abstinence to combat AIDS, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Dec. 1, 2005.
“In this historic moment, the lack of legal equality for gays and lesbians, for example, is starker than it was 25 years ago. Then, to be anti-gay was to be normative in an environment of silence. Today it is a proactive choice that requires a lot more malice and cruelty.”
– Lesbian writer and social activist Sarah Schulman as quoted by Slate, Nov. 23, 2005.
“The greatest moments in history, the ones that have truly mattered and have taken us to a better place, are made up of scores of these singular acts by ordinary, everyday people who could no longer tolerate the crap and the nonsense of those in charge.”
– Michael Moore in an email to his mailing list on the 50th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ historic refusal to move to the back of the bus, Dec. 1, 2005.
“We don’t take a political stand; we just provide what we think is fair and right for our employees.”
– Ford Motor Co. spokeswoman Marcey Evans on why the company offers domestic partner benefits, as quoted by The Detroit News, Nov. 21, 2005.