Bil Browning

New York City gay newspaper takes notice of 7th district congressional race

Filed By Bil Browning | March 27, 2008 5:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics

Gay City News is reporting on Dr. Woody Myers' democratic primary challenge to Andre Carson. The LGBT newspaper published a story today about Myers' highly controversial confirmation as the New York City Health Commissioner.

Myers' 1990 appointment had to be delayed at first when an investigation by ACT UP found that as health commissioner in Indiana, "Myers endorsed and attempted to implement mandatory HIV testing, partner tracing, and quarantine," according to the group's historical archive. ACT UP protested and while Dinkins publicly stated such policies would not be tolerated in New York, he stuck with the Myers appointment at the urging of editorial boards like the New York Times.

Myers served on Ronald Reagan's Presidential Commission on AIDS in 1987 with an incredibly politicized group of right-wing ideologues that included New York's Catholic Cardinal John O'Connor.

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