In Florida, statewide, the LGBT community is engaging more and more in the political process to ensure candidates for public office are held accountable to represent the unique needs of marginalized and underserved communities when elected.
As a gay man living with AIDS, I continue to struggle with incredible effort to find ways to have meaningful dialogue with candidates and people currently serving in all levels of government. So when Alex Sink, Florida's Chief Financial Officer and Democratic Gubernatorial candidate spoke in July at the Summer Conference for the Florida Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Democratic Caucus, I was pleased when she committed to develop a meaningful strategy for the State of Florida around HIV/AIDS as part of an initiative for a healthy Florida.
In response to my question on the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Alex Sink provided the following response:
I will commit to working with you and other members of the medical community to develop a strategy that is meaningful and productive and will achieve the kind of results we want when it comes to addressing issues around HIV and AIDS.