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For a Safer Long-term Future 'The jails and prisons are the epicenter of the continuous growth of AIDS and HIV. The most difficult part is to overcome the stigma and fear associated with taking the test.' 'The Reverend Jesse Jackson, encouraging inmates in St. Louis to voluntarily undergo HIV antibody testing For a Safer Five-to-10 'Do the assembly Democrats also propose that we give inmates needles and syringes so they can shoot up drugs like they did on the outside too?' 'James Flateau, a spokesman for the New York Department of Corrections, criticizing a Democrat-backed bill that would provide free condoms to prisoners Big Aspirations... 'We appear to be losing the fight against AIDS at the moment. We need to redouble our efforts.' 'U.S. Health and Human Services secretary Tommy Thompson, speaking on World AIDS Day about global efforts to combat the spread of HIV Or Were They? 'There is no urgency. When they spoke of an emergency, it certainly wasn't in relation to the 7,000 deaths [a day] in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.' 'South African AIDS activist Zackie Achmat on the fact that no U.S. funds have yet been disbursed through the global AIDS initiative Who Needs This Kind of Lesson? 'The general feeling is one of fear and intimidation. Anyone who has engaged in this kind of research and sees their name on such a list wonders if one's funding is going to be in jeopardy.' 'Tom Coates, MD, on a list of 157 researchers that the Traditional Values Coalition, a right-wing group, has asked the National Institutes of Health to investigate. The researchers primarily focus on sex-related topics, including HIV disease November 2003'South Africa Announces the Creation of the Country's First Antiretroviral Treatment Program... 'We are confident that, as with our national prevention efforts, this plan will rank among the most comprehensive in the world.' 'South African cabinet statement 'Although we have not yet found a cure or a vaccine for HIV/AIDS, the cabinet's decision gives a reprieve and a lifeline for thousands of those living with HIV/AIDS, and a new hope for a bright future.' 'The Congress of South African Trade Unions 'This is a watershed for victims of this disease.' 'David Harrison, head of South Africa's HIV prevention group LoveLife 'We think that with the best political will we can bring 150,000 people into treatment in 18 months. If they do this, it will be the largest antiretroviral drug program in the world.' 'South African AIDS activist Zackie Achmat 'No other government in the world'including the United States'has ever attempted to provide this scale of antiretroviral treatment, care, and prevention this comprehensively to this many people.' 'Pat Christen, president of the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation 'President Thabo Mbeki and his government deserve a lot of credit for bringing this historic moment about. Nothing less than the future of Africa is at stake.' 'Former president Bill Clinton in a November 10 Wall Street Journal opinion piece
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Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.

Ryan is the Digital Director of The Advocate Channel, and a graduate of NYU Tisch's Department of Dramatic Writing. She is also a member of GALECA, the LGBTQ+ society of entertainment critics. While her specialties are television writing and comedy, Ryan is a young member of the LGBTQ+ community passionate about politics and advocating for all.