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QUOTE OF THE DAY: ‘Slutty Summer’ Is Officially Canceled

Nicholas Diamond, a spokesman for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, expressed frustration with the demands of the monkeypox public health emergency in comments to The Washington Post on Tuesday.

THE QUOTE

Diamond was just one of the members of the LGBT community the Post interviewed as part of a feature on the effect the recent monkeypox outbreak is having on gay men.

  • According to Diamond, many members of the community are feeling disappointed that the summer’s activities are being curtailed.
  • “I think we’re all exhausted,” he said. “We just were maybe seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of the COVID-19 pandemic, and looking forward to a slutty summer, and we now have to deal with monkeypox and a government that really fumbled its response without learning the lessons of COVID-19. So everyone’s tired.”
  • He added: “And it is hard to talk about anything when you’re worried if your last hookup was going to get you sick, or last visit to the bar is going to get you sick. And I have to wonder if this is what our community was thinking about in 1981, too.”

MEANWHILE

The U.S. government has declared a public health emergency over the outbreak, which is disproportionately affecting gay men, but officials are divided on messaging.

  • Some have pushed for encouraging abstinence, as recommended by the World Health Organization, while others fear such directives may be “stigmatizing” to LGBT people.
  • Don Weiss, director of surveillance for the New York City health department’s Bureau of Communicable Disease, expressed frustration with the kid-glove messaging about the virus, writing colleagues, “This disease is entirely preventable had we the courage to send out prevention messages. We seem paralyzed by the fear of stigmatizing this disease while we totally ignore the epidemiology.
  • “If we had an outbreak associated with bowling, would we not warn people to stop bowling?” he added.

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