HOUSTON VOICE • JANUARY 14, 2000
Around the Nation
CDC: Number of black, Hispanic gay men with AIDS passes whites
AI I.ANTA (AP)—For the first time since AIDS arrested the nation's attention in the early
1980s, more black and Hispanic gay men are living with the disease than are white gay men. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that minorities represent 52 percent of the gay and bisexual men who had AIDS in 1998, up from 31 percent in 1989. Black men
made up one-third of the cases, while Hispanics represented 18 percent of them. Researchers
said the report suggests that the stigma of homosexuality plays a role in spreading the disease
because blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to identify themselves as gay or seek
AIDS prevention and treatment services. "People have totally ignored the consistent fact that
gay men of color have always been the largest single risk category for men ... and this issue is
never talked about," said Dr. HeleneCiavIe, director of the CDC's national center for prevention
of 11IV, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. Gayie said trends identified several years
ago led researchers to project that the number of nonwhite gay men with AIDS would surpass
whites, but the increase happened faster than expected.
Plea agreement reached in gay soldier's death on Kentucky base
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky—Army Spc. Justin
R. Fisher, 26, was sentenced to 12 1 /2 years in
prison on Jan. 8 in the beating death of a barracks mate who had been rumored to be gay.
Fisher admitted he lied to military investigators and obstructed the investigation when he
wiped blood from a baseball bat that Pvt.
Calvin Glover used to kill Pfc. Barry Winchell,
who had been sleeping. Under a plea agreement, the Army dropped other charges.
Fisher's court martial trial had been scheduled
to start last Saturday. Winchell, 21, was killed
while he slept in his cot at Fort Campbell.
Glover, 19, of Sulphur, Okla., was convicted of
premeditated murder ..md sentenced to life in
prison and prosecutors said he was driven by
hatred of homosexuals. In the wake of the plea
agreement, Pat and Wally Kutteles, Winchell's
mother and stepfather told the Washington
Post they are considering suing the Army for
tailing to protect their son. On Monday, Army
officials said they will investigate alleged anti-
gay actions at Fort Campbell, Ky, during the
period leading up to Winchell's murder.
Supreme Court allows insurers to set AIDS coverage limits
WASl IINCTON (AP)—The Supreme Court, rejecting allegations of illegal bias, let an insurance company provide less health care coverage for AlDS-related illnesses than for other conditions under the same policy. Two Chicago-area men bought health care policies from Mutual of
Omaha with a $1 million maximum benefit for noiv A IDS-related conditions, but a much smaller limit forAIDS-related illnesses. The men charged in their suit that such limits violated the federal Americans With Disabilities Act. A federal judge in Chicago ruled for the two men in 1998,
but the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that ruling. Mutual of Omaha did not refuse
to sell insurance to people infected with HIV, the appeals court said, but instead made a coverage decision similar to a furniture store deciding not to sell wheelchairs. Lawyers for the two
men told the justices that the limit on AIDS coverage "presents a classic case of disability-based
discrimination.'' The court turned down the appeal Jan. 10 without comment.
Gay Dallas attorney announces long-shot run for U.S. Senate
DAI LAS—Bobby Wightman-C ervantes will join four other little-known candidates in the
March 14 1 )emocratic primary for the opportunity to face Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison
in the November general election. "The chances of me wanning [the primary] are very good,"
Wightman-C er\antes told the Dallas Voice. "At least I have two target groups [of voters), gays
^n^ Hispanics." Wightman-Cervantes said the reason he decided to enter the race was so a
1 lispanic would lead Hi state ticket in the general election. Wightman-Cervantes
ran unsuccessfully in the 1998 Republican primary seeking a state District Judge position in
Dallas County I lutchison is expected to be a prohibitive favorite for reelection, whoever wins
the Democratic primary
Utah education board quietly bans anti-gay bias
SAL I IAKE CITY—With so little fanfare that even gay rights advocates didn't know about it,
Utah has |oined only eight other states in banning anti-gay discrimination by school personnel,
the Washington Blade reported Jan. 7. Utah's Board of Education approved the change in its ethical code last May, but activists did not find out until November when it came to light during a
court hearing on a lawsuit seeking to guarantee the right of public school students to form gay-
straight alliances. The Utah code change added sexual orientation to the list of categories on
which teachers, administrators, and other school personnel are barred from discriminating
against students or co-workers.
—From staff and wire reports
Spc. Justin R. Fisher may be eligible for parole
after four years under a plea agreement he
reached over his participation in the killing of
Pfc. Barry Winchell.
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