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AIDS
Continued from Page 1
This sometimes will cause black
gay men to led double lives where
they have sex with men while later
having sex with their wives, he said.
This lifestyle, Anderson said promotes
the spread of AIDS and prevents
blacks from revealing that they have
the disease.
Anderson said his life is an example
of this detrimental way of life. He
added he originally hoped that he
could turn off his homosexuality like a
light switch.
But as he grew older his agitation
and anger over his natural urges
grew.
Still, because of the stigma of homo-
sexuality among blacks, Anderson con-
tinued to deny it, all the way to his
wedding day.
Dressed in a green tux, with huge
Afro, it was suppose to be the happiest
day of Anderson's life, he said. Even
later, when he had a daughter, inside he
was extremely depressed.
"The picture-perfect life was built on
a house of cards," Anderson said.
Unable to contain his natural urges,
and still afraid to tell his wife, he
resorted to alcohol and drugs as ways
to cope. "As long as I returned home to
the wife, I would be okay," he said.
Yet one night changed his life as
he had unprotected sex with another
man. -
But not until 1988, when he took
an HIV test did he find out that he
had the disease.
By that time, Anderson's wife had
already discovered his sexuality and
they had been divorced for several
years. The doctor that diagnosed
Anderson, said he had only two years
to live.
But while Anderson has survived,
he blames much of his struggles on
the mentality the black community
promotes.
"Because of this you have people
suffering in silence, and people are
taking risks with their body," he
said.
Anderson said this mentality with-
in the black community must cease.
But for now, it's most important that
students make sure they have protect-
ed sex.
Since there is a lack of conversa-
tion of sex in the black community
and no one is willing to reveal that
they have AIDS, Anderson said it is
best for students to communicate
with their sexual partners, and to
always use contraceptives even when
they are married.
"Your sexual health is your responsi-
bility, and don't give it to someone else
who might not be necessarily responsi-
ble with their own."
Engineering senior Bas Williams
agreed with Anderson and said the
ignorance in black community has to
be stopped and conversations must
begin.
"Ignorance is expensive, we live by
that. That's why you come down with
this type of suffering."
But he disagreed with some of
Anderson's other points. "Condoms
when you are married? I don't know
about that."
i ALBRIGHT
Continued from Page 1
"(It is) essential that the Arab world
moves towards democracy." But, she
suggested that this is form of govern-
ment is not a perfect solution. For exam-
ple, she said the Bush Administration, is
trying to use democracy as a substitute
for meaningful discussion on the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict.
"Democracy will not, by itself,

change Palestinian views about the
rights and wrongs of history,"
Albright said.
But Carmel Salhi, one of the stu-
dents attending the speech, thought
Albright skirted the issue when it came
to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"I think Madame Albright spoke like
a true politician today. She didn't
address any of the pertinent issues, for
example the US support of the dicta-
tors that she vaguely criticized."
Albright did not neglect the issue of
women's rights around the globe - a
field in which she has long been
active.
In her speech, Albright disapproved
of using religion to oppress women.
She said many Middle Eastern coun-
tries use Islam-as an excuse to dis-
criminate against and undermine
women. But the Koran does not state
that it is forbidden for women to drive
or vote, Albright noted.
Although her speech did not include
any substantial criticism of the Bush
administration's actions in Iraq, during
the question-and-answer session fol-
lowing the talk, Albright said she has
"agreed with almost nothing with how
this administration is carrying out its
Iraq policy."
In the same session, Albright
touched on North Korea's nuclear
t threat Svria' resection from the Unit-

Pro-lifers make another
push for partial birth ban

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LANSING, (AP) - Abortion opponents said yester-
day they have enough petition signatures to send a bill
that would outlaw a certain abortion procedure back to
the state Legislature.
The initiative is aimed at resurrecting a bill that
would define the moment a person is legally born as
being when any part of a fetus is expelled from a
woman's body.
It is intended to ban what abortion
opponents call partial-birth abortion. -- _ _
The procedure is known medically as The bill wo
"intact dilation and extraction," or .
D&X. in the Hous
The bill won approval in the state Senate last1
House and Senate last year, but Gov. .
Jennifer Granholm vetoed it. She Gov. Jennift
said it didn't include an exceptionv-t
for the health of the mother and vetoed it.
added that the way the bill defined
life could make it apply to first-
trimester abortions.
The bill's sponsors have said the language in the
proposal addresses the health of the mother.
The petition-gathering effort, called "The People's
Override," has gathered more than 325,000 signatures,
Right to Life of Michigan said.

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se

The effort would need to collect 254,206 valid peti-
tion signatures by May 26 to return the bill to the state
House and Senate where it would take a simple majori-
ty vote for approval.
It would not need the governor's signature to take
effect.
"It sends a strong message to Gov. Granholm about
where the people of Michigan stand," Right to Life
spokeswoman Pam Sherstad said.
The petition drive will continue
i approval until April 5, Right to Life said. The
andpetition likely will be submitted in
and mid-April to the Secretary of State's
ear, but office where it will be reviewed.
Abortion rights advocates are
- Granholm expected to challenge the measure in
court if it becomes law.
"We have already filed two law-
suits on similar issues," said Kary
Moss, executive director of the
American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.
"We're certainly willing to file a third if this legis-
lation is passed."
NARAL Pro-Choice America spokesman David
Seldin said yesterday the bill as written could be inter-
preted as a total ban on abortion.

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