Gay activists respond to Vonciel Hill’s bigotry with #RevLOVE rally Saturday

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A rally to respond to the anti-gay bigotry of Councilwoman Vonciel Hill and the stigma of HIV in the black community will take place on Saturday outside the office of Abounding Prosperity, 2311 MLK Jr. Blvd., at 11 a.m.

Speakers will include Pastor Alex Byrd, senior pastor of Living Faith Convent Church and bishop-designate of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries Community; community activist and health educator Alpha Thomas; youth advocate Eric Henry; and Abounding Prosperity founder and executive director Kirk Myers.

Poet Brandon Jackson and vocalist Miss Connie will perform.

Organizer Harold Steward encouraged everyone from the LGBT community to participate, especially those from the large LGBT community in Hill’s newly redrawn District 3.

The full press release is below.

—  David Taffet

AIDS Arms appoints new CEO

Dr. John T. Carlo

AIDS Arms has selected Dr. John Carlo as its new chief executive officer. Carlo has served in a number of leadership positions with medical and epidemiological organizations, including program director and principal investigator for the University of Minnesota’s BioWatch Program, an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Carlo will begin at the agency December 3. He replaces longtime executive director Raeline Nobles, who is leaving the organization after more than 15 years.

In addition to his work with the BioWatch Program, Carlo’s experience includes serving as medical director and health authority for Dallas County Health and Human Services, as well as the position of Dallas County’s chief epidemiologist, where he helped oversee the creation and operation of a temporary clinic treating more than 10,000 patients during the evacuation of Hurricane Katrina.

“I am truly excited and honored to be joining AIDS Arms, an organization which has such a strong history of supporting our community in the fight against HIV/AIDS,” Carlo said. ”I look forward to working with our dedicated board of directors and a talented staff as we continue the mission to provide outstanding medical and support services to clients and patients.”

Carlo completed his Doctor of Medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, followed by an internship and residency at Baylor University Medical Center.

“We were extremely fortunate to have Raeline Nobles serve us so well for the past 15 years. After a nationwide search led by Scott Chase, JD, to find her successor, I am very excited to have someone of the caliber of Dr. Carlo become our new CEO,” said AIDS Arms Board Chair John Loza. “His experience, intelligence and commitment will serve AIDS Arms well as we move into a new era.”

—  David Taffet