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World AIDS Day – Remembering Those We Lost & That The Fight Is Not Over! – Watch the Video!

Today on World AIDS Day, remember our loved ones, dear friends, and acquaintances, who passed away from complications from HIV/AIDS.  Light a candle and remember their spirit and the joy they brought to our lives.  The fight is far from over.  Now, as we enter the fight against HIV/AIDS fourth into 2012,  there is still no cure, but strides are being made.

World AIDS Day is important as it reminds us and government officials that HIV has not gone away.  There is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education, and it should not be forgotten in the midst of all the other epidemics in the world, both in the U.S. and internationally.

President Obama this morning announced that within the United States, where more than 1 million people live with HIV, he plans to to direct the Department of Health and Human Services to increase funding for HIV and AIDS treatment by $50 million. “The bulk of the new funding — $35 million — will go to state programs that help people living with HIV and AIDS get medicine,” according to the AP. “The rest of the domestic funds will go to HIV medical clinics across the country, with an emphasis on areas where infections have increased, and care and treatment are not readily available. Officials said the additional clinic funding would give 7,500 more patients access to treatment.”

Back in October of 2006, Michael Fairman produced for the Outfest Honors, their inaugural Legacy Tribute commemorating the first 25 years of AIDS through film, television and documentary productions and performances,that through these  stories brought to light issues of the day about this disease to not only the LGBT community, but to the world.

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Watch the 2006 Outfest Honors Legacy Tribute, 25 Years of AIDS Retrospective video below.

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Brian Greene
Brian Greene

Bless You, Michael, For Remembering World AIDS Day Today! 🙂

Adrienne
Adrienne

Toecutter? That you?

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

The story was back in 1983, was that Edge of Night was cancelled b/c most of the male cast were dead or dying from AIDS. It wasn’t cancelled to be cruel, it was just a fact, most of the male leads were somewhere in the course of the plague.

I lived through all of it right up to my work for ACQC in Queens in ’89-’90. Thanks for remembering this.

Robert in Jersey City
Robert in Jersey City

So shoot me for bad grammar. 🙂

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Anna to the Rescue As Finola Hughes Returns To General Hospital

If you caught the end of Monday’s episode of General Hospital, just as Cassandra Pierce (Jessica Tuck) was ramping up her efforts to threaten Charlotte (Scarlett Fernandez) on the pier, she is stopped in her tracks by none other than Anna Devane!  And with that, it signals the return of all-time GH favorite and powerhouse actress, Finola Hughes, who has been off the ABC daytime drama series for an extended period of time.

With the return of the mighty Hughes comes some intriguing romantic storypoints in that: the man who proposed to Anna before she left Port Charles, Hamilton Finn (Michael Easton), has found out that he is a father to Hayden’s (Rebecca Budig) child.  Previously, he thought the child had died, but Hayden lied and thus the two have moved from icy towards each other, to growing closer.

What will happen when Anna finds out what has gone in Port Charles while she was away?

ABC and GH released this week’s promo which teases a moment where Anna announces she has returned while Finn and Hayden are together.  You can check that out below.

Now that Finola is back, what are your hopes for Anna in story? Finding the bad guys and finding love with Finn, or will her story take another twist and turn that no one saw coming? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Amanda Setton Cast As GH’s New Brook Lynn Ashton

Former One Life to Live alum, Amanda Setton (Ex-Kimberly) is about to make her debut on General Hospital in the role of Ned (Wally Kurth)and Lois’ (formerly B&B’s Rena Sofer) daughter, Brook Lynn Ashton!

The news of the recast came via TV Line, and Setton is set to make her on-screen debut next Monday on the November 18th episode of the ABC soap.

In story, it looks like Ned and his current wife, Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) welcome Brook Lynn back to Port Charles. The role haas previously been played by Brooke Radding and Adrianne Leon.

In addition to her work as the former Mrs. Clint Buchanan in Llanview, (Kimberly started as a Las Vegas stripper who came to Llanview to help her best friend, Stacy Moraso played by Crystal Hunt) Setton has had numerous primetime roles including: Hawaii Five-0, The Crazy Ones, The Mindy Project, and Gossip Girl.

News of the return of Brook Lynn to GH comes on the heels of the return of Nikolas Cassadine now played by actor, Marcus Coloma.

What do you think of the return of Brook Lynn means for the characters of Port Charles? Who might be her romantic interest? Share your thoughts via the comment section below

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General Hospital Receives Honor From Ruderman Family Foundation

General Hospital was one of five television shows that has been named and honored by the Ruderman Family Foundation for their accurate depictions of people with disabilities.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the soap received the recognition for the casting of Maysoon Zayid who portrayed Shilohs’s (Coby Ryan McLaughlin) lawyer, Zahra Amir.

Zayid is an actress and disabilities advocate living with cerebral palsy. In addition, Maysoon is also one of America’s first Muslim women comedians.  Zayid said landing on GH was a “lifelong dream,” after finding it difficult to land roles due to her disability.

Along with GH, the foundation’s seal of authentic representation went to: Netflix’s Tales of the City and Raising Dion, and BBC/HBO’s Years and Years and Audience’s Loudermilk, great company for the ABC daytime drama series to be included with.

Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation expressed in a statement. “By giving credit where credit is due in Hollywood, we hope to inspire a broader, longer-term, industry-wide sea change when it comes to authentically casting actors of all abilities.”

In addition, Frank Valentini, executive producer of General Hospital stated: “Our goal has always been to provide stories that are authentic and relatable for our viewers. Having the opportunity to welcome Maysoon Zayid onto the show was exciting for us. She is an incredible talent and was a perfect fit to guest-star as Zahra Amir. It takes all kinds of people to tell a story; especially those that are rich and entertaining enough to resonate with our audience.”

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Share your congrats to GH and actress Maysoon Zayid on this honor via the comment section below.

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