The Anti-Homosexuality Bill under consideration in Uganda would be a huge backward step if enacted, and is a clear illustration of the challenges ahead. Despite this we are pleased to see some significant steps being taken that will challenge discriminatory practices worldwide. From this month people living with HIV can now travel to and from the USA unrestricted, which was previously not possible due to discriminatory laws.
Mexico City has legalised gay marriage, which will take effect in March this year. Our linking organisation Colectivo Sol in Mexico is thrilled at this introduction of Latin America’s first law to recognise same sex marriage, as it has fought stigma and discrimination, and promoted gay rights for over 30 years, and will continue to do so.
We will continue to send out a strong message to all nations as discrimination is both a barrier to accessing health services, and therefore detrimental to stopping the spread of HIV, and an unacceptable disregard of human rights.
Find out more about our work on human rights.
One campaign to keep your eye on this year is the campaign for a financial transaction tax. Set to launch later this month, it will be hard to miss, and hard for governments to dispute the ease and sense of it.
We've been working hard to support the introduction of this tax to provide extra finance for health –
an idea that would raise billions of dollars for a good cause by taxing
the global financial sector an inconsequential 0.005% on transactions.
Find out more about our work on health and HIV financing.
The goal of universal access to HIV services, particularly treatment, starts a new year with a welcome boost following the decision taken at the end of last year to introduce a patent pool.
The news means that affordable versions of existing drugs can be produced, and we hope this year more big pharmaceuticals will opt to join the pool, and make the potential to save millions more lives in the future a reality.
Find out more about our work on universal access.
Millions more lives can saved by working together in 2010