Seven AIDS activists on Nov. 27 entered U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s Office and stripped naked to protest pending cuts to HIV/AIDS funds.
The activists were with QUEEROCRACY, ACT UP NY and ACT UP Philadelphia. When they stripped, the revealed painted slogans on their bodies: “AIDS Cuts Kill” and “Fund PEPFAR," "Fund Ryan White," "Fund Global Fund," "Fund Medicaid" and "Fund HOPWA.”
Cassidy Gardner of QUEEROCRACY, in a news release from actupny.com said, "When you strip away the rhetoric of the fiscal cliff and the grand bargain, you see that these terms are a way to thinly veil draconian budget cuts that will leave millions around the world with absolutely nothing.
The activists emphasized that later this week, just before World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to deliver a speech on a blueprint to end AIDS.
The protesters said that there can be no end with mandatory budget cuts that could come early next year.
“The naked truth is that if President Obama and congressional leaders like Speaker Boehner allow these budget cuts to lifesaving programs, global health programs will lose $689 million, while domestic AIDS programs will lose $538 million," stated Eustacia Smith of ACT UP New York.
Police arrested three women in the demonstration and they face charges of lewd behavior. Four men were not arrested. It was unclear why the women, who put their clothes back on, were arrested but not the men.