SF LGBT community displeased with Trump dismissal of HIV, AIDS advisory council

SF LGBT community displeased with Trump dismissal of HIV, AIDS advisory council

US President Donald Trump controversially fired his entire Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) this week, it's been revealed.

Oddly, these letters notifying the 16 remaining council members of their termination, effective immediately, cited no actual reason.

'No respect for their service, ' he wrote. "Dangerous that #Trump and Co".

All 15 members received a letter informing they that their appointments to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS had been cut off, according to a statement from the executive director of the council.

"I would like President Trump to remember what the epidemic had done not just to the LGBT community, but the entire country", Cecelia Chun, a transgender HIV-AIDS activist who has been living with HIV for nearly 25 years, told ABC News in the city in northern California. "Like any administration, they want their own people there". He was appointed to a four-year term in May 2016. "Like any administration, they want their own people there".

Newsweek also reports that Obama fired all of the PACHA members appointed by his predecessor George W. Bush, meaning that Trump's move isn't unprecedented.

Vice President Mike Pence, who has been running the administration behind the scenes as Trump continues his Twitter wars with the media, science, and fellow politicians, is vociferously anti-LGBT and has continuously shown resistance to combating HIV.

The council's executive director, B. Kaye Hayes said, "Changing the makeup of federal advisory committee members is a common occurrence during Administration changes".

PACHA was founded during the Clinton administration amid the AIDS" crisis peak in the "90s-over 500,000 AIDS cases were reported in 1995 alone-and was created to help presidents manage policy and research on HIV and AIDS. The remaining 10 members were dismissed, the Washington Post reported. But the jettisoned members are also encouraged to reapply to the new council, which will begin in 2018. In June, six members resigned, including Schoettes. "Two, many of us, our terms were over earlier this year and we were sworn back in, and three were stayed on almost four months after an executive order was signed continuing the council".

However, Newsweek reports that HIV activists have criticized Trump's response to the epidemic.

"I just am coming to the acknowledgment that the traditional tactics of politicking and policy and strategy and negotiation, the kind of standard tools that we're trying to use, that the status quo is no longer acceptable", Maldonado said.

"From ending protections against bullying for trans youth in our schools to his attempt to ban the transgender community from the military to no mention of Gay Pride month during June to leaving out the LGBT community on World AIDS Day to banning words such as transgender, diversity and other, this president has been nothing but a complete train wreck that is a danger to the safety and lives of all Americans", Kilmnick continued.

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