Monkeypox Outbreak Among Homosexual Men Draws Comparisons to Early Days of AIDS

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On Monday, a state of emergency goes into effect in the city of San Francisco over the recent outbreak of monkeypox, which has disproportionately impacted homosexual men.

“We know that this virus impacts everyone equally — but we also know that those in our LGBTQ community are at greater risk right now,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said last week as she announced the emergency measures.

“Many people in our LGBTQ community are scared and frustrated. This local emergency will allow us to continue to support our most at-risk, while also better preparing for what’s to come.”

Breed also cried homophobia for a purported lack of concern over the spread of the disease, which is happening for the first time in developed nations.

“If there were any other community that was disproportionately impacted by monkeypox the way the gay community has been impacted, this whole country would be up in arms,” she said.

The Western Journal noted that according to Mayor Breed’s press release, the city’s health department has identified 261 cases of monkeypox out of the total 799 cases in the state of California.

“San Francisco is an epicenter for the country. Thirty percent of all cases in California are in San Francisco,” said the city’s public health officer, Dr. Susan Phillip.

“We have always been on the forefront of advocacy and action for LGBTQ+ health and I’m issuing this declaration to reaffirm our commitment to the wellbeing of these communities and to allow us to move more quickly to obtain and distribute the resources needed to help those disproportionately impacted.”

Another California figure to cry bigotry in the response to the monkeypox is LGBT state Senator Scott Weiner, who drew comparison to the early days of the AIDS epidemic.

“I feel like this is like deja vu — that once again, gay men are getting attacked and demonized and blamed as we get sick, and that we can never tolerate that,” he said.

Tyler TerMeer of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation echoed this sentiment, saying “This is an infuriating moment for our community that is being caused harm by the lack of urgency in this moment of crisis.”

However, as pointed out by journalist Andy Ngo on Twitter, the foundation doesn’t appear to feel a strong sense of urgency to protect members of the LGBT community, according to a guide they released on safe sex in light of the outbreak.

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