House Rep To Charity Rep
One of the most liberal voices in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Carl Sciortino, has announced his resignation from office.
He also announced that he was HIV positive.
Sciortino has a faultless track record for helping advance LGBT and social justice issues, including the right of same-sex couples to marry, banning discrimination against transgender people and expanding access to health care.
He will take over the running of Boston-based charity AIDS Action, the first HIV positive person to lead the group since it started in 1982.
In a statement, Sciortino announced:
“As a gay man living with HIV, I am honored to lead one of the country’s oldest and most effective organizations in the battle against this disease which has raged on over 30 years.
My goal for AIDS Action in the years ahead is simple: continue the work that has resulted in lowering the rate of new HIV diagnoses in Massachusetts; provide the multitude of services needed to keep those living with HIV/AIDS connected with health care providers; and continue the public conversation about HIV needed to reduce the stigma that is still so closely associated with this disease.”
@DistingueTraces: It’s a brave move, but I was wondering that, too. In Texas, you get paid $40 per day when the legislature is in session (every two years) Everyone keeps their day jobs.
Maybe there are still enough Democrats in the MA House for the balance of power to remain static. In TX, nearly everyone thinks they’re Republicans since Ronald RayGun was pres. A Democrat resigning from either house would be a major set-back for the party here…
Well, you see we have Gov. Rick Perry in Texas, so our legislature only has to meet every other year so that he can tell them that he hates the federal government (and Obama), and that we won’t expand Medicaid, and won’t participate in Obamacare by setting up our own insurance exchange.
Why, you may ask ? Because he has big hair, and recently bought hipster glasses – which make him appear to be lots smarter and less obtuse than he really is.
Thus, the people of Texas lose out, no matter how much or how little our state legislature meets. I live in Austin, which is an educated, enlightened island of hope in the middle of a vast & mostly ignorant state known as Texas. Unfortunately, Austin is the state capitol, and we must suffer the governor and legislature being here periodically. Mr. Perry is now launching his campaign to be the next Republican nominee for U.S. president.