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Bush Names New AIDS Policy Director

Bush Names New AIDS Policy Director

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On May 12, President Bush named acting AIDS adviser Carol J. Thompson as permanent head of the Office of National AIDS Policy, a position that has been open since former office director Joseph O'Neill was named deputy coordinator of the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator. Colleagues say Thompson, a former White House domestic policy adviser who has held the post on an interim basis since August, is passionate about AIDS issues and helped craft Bush's five-year, $15 billion global AIDS program. But critics note that the past two directors were both openly gay doctors, and Thompson is neither gay nor a physician. Cheryl Jacques, president of the gay-rights group Human Rights Campaign, calls the appointment 'meaningless' because the 'White House has made this position so irrelevant.'

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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.