Melbourne’s homosexuals yesterday announced the formation of a special group to combat what it regards as ignorance and hysteria about acquired immune deficiency syndrome, AIDS.
“Homosexual people are so discriminated against in this state [Queensland] that we are not even included in discussions on discrimination or anti-discrimination legislation.”
The Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW is investigating a claim that a homosexual who suspected he had AIDS was denied emergency medical treatment.
Melbourne scientists have begun a two-year study of 100 homosexual volunteers to try to discover the link between homosexuality and the disease Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
The project, announced yesterday, is being undertaken jointly by the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
Yesterday’s Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco was led by a group of people with AIDS marching behind the banner of the People with AIDS Alliance.
“Everybody is talking about it. It’s such a frightening thing, so frightening that people are almost joking about it.” Mr Stephen Allkins, a young homosexual from Elizabeth Bay, was sitting in the Flinders Hotel in Darlinghurst yesterday, talking about the AIDS scare and the Sydney gay community’s response to it.