Statement:One Iowa applauds HIV advocate and Iowan Tami Haught on national Leadership Award
April 9, 2015
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DES MOINES–April 13-14 in Washington, D.C., hundreds of HIV advocates and activists will gather together for the 2015 AIDSWatch conference. AIDSWatch is the largest annual constituent-based national HIV/AIDS advocacy event. People living with HIV and AIDS will gather to meet with Members of Congress and educate them about important issues at stake for people living with HIV and AIDS throughout the United States.
At the AIDSWatch conference, organizers will recognize Iowan Tami Haught as a 2015 Positive Leadership Award recipient for her work to modernize and reform Iowa’s draconian and discriminatory HIV criminalization statute during the 2014 legislative session. The new law passed with unprecedented bipartisan support through the Iowa Legislature, and was signed into law by Governor Terry Branstad in May 2014.
Haught is a Community Organizer with the Iowa-based advocacy group C.H.A.I.N. (Community HIV/Hepatitis Advocates of Iowa Network) and the president of PITCH, a support group for Iowans living with HIV. Haught also works on the HIV Community Planning Group and the HIV Community Coalition in Iowa. Nationally, Haught is Conference Coordinator for The Sero Project and is a member of the Positive Women’s Network. During the 2014 legislative session, the LGBT advocacy group One Iowa worked closely with C.H.A.I.N., Haught, and other coalition partners to educate legislators about how Iowa’s HIV criminalization statute negatively impacted Iowans living with HIV and AIDS throughout the state and posed a public health risk.
“Tami has been a courageous and effective voice and leader in the continued struggle toward equality for those living with HIV and AIDS, here in Iowa and around the world,” says Donna Red Wing, Executive Director of One Iowa. “Tami is a beloved member of the One Iowa family, and we are so proud of her and applaud her work. This recognition is very well deserved.”
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