Peer Educators Wanted
(Last updated on July 6, 2007)
The PUMP (Peers Using More Prevention) Program is currently seeking gay/bi/trans men and transgender women to conduct peer education and outreach to men who have sex with men and transgender women in the Cambridge/Boston area (bars, clubs, online websites, public sex areas, and on the street). Outreach activities include distributing condoms, engaging priority populations in conversations about HIV/AIDS, providing harm reduction peer-to-peer counseling, and referrals to outside services.Volunteers must be at least 21 years old.
This opportunity is sponsored by: Cambridge Cares About AIDS. We need volunteers who are free at these times: Evenings, Weekly, Weekends. This volunteer opportunity is available to the following types of volunteers Adults (26-54) Young Adults (18-25) Contact Person: Carol L, Human Resources Address: 17 Sellers Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 http://www.ccaa.org
We first posted on PUMP over a year ago, when we discovered they have an outreach at Youth Pride. That could explain the numerous older men in drag we observed circulating among the teenagers at the Boston Common event last May. PUMP's web site declares:
We wrote about PUMP's parent organization CCAA then: Needless to say, we believe HIV/AIDS sufferers should receive compassionate care, help with housing, etc. And we admire those who are able to help in this way. What we don't understand is why such programs as CCAA and Fenway -- and the state Dept. of Public Health -- play along with and encourage men in the deadly "gay" lifestyle. Even CCAA's anonymous HIV testing program tells clients they may not be ready for the trauma of an AIDS test, so it's OK to put it off. [The latter reference, to postponement if not ready, has since been removed.]
We also linked to a story about CCAA's "Transcend" Pride event, established to include the under 21 trans population, with sponsorship of the Dept. of Public Health. Our new Commissioner of Public Health is a homosexual activist who told children at Youth Pride this May that he'd be sure they would receive HIV/AIDS testing they needed! That's what "public health" has come to.
Why doesn't law enforcement do something about shutting down these public anonymous sex encounter locations, in the cause of public health? We know the answer: cries of homophobia from homosexual activists. After all, anonymous sex and risky situations are part of their "culture", necessary to their sexual "identitites" and "gender expression". It would be a violation of their "human rights" if the state put any restrictions on their behavior. So the authorities have agreed to the activists' demands not to disturb their cruising grounds in The Fens (Boston)and Fellsway Park (Somerville), and in the bars.