Monday, April 14, 2008

A Culture-Shifting Moment: Establishing Protections for People with HIV

When Dr. Randon Bragdon of Bangor, Maine refused dental care to Sidney Abbot in 1994 because she had HIV, his attitude reflected widespread fear and misinformation about the disease. GLAD represented Sidney, suing and ultimately winning at the U.S. Supreme Court in 1998. The landmark victory established that people with HIV are protected from discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Sidney Abbott tells her story, and attorneys Bennett Klein, Wendy Parmet, and Chai Feldblum offer legal insight on the fight to protect people with HIV from discrimination in GLAD's April audio podcast .

In this video clip, attorney Bennett Klein talks about the importance of fighting HIV discrimination

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