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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: AIDS Activists Arrested after Disrobing in House Speaker Boehner's Office Lobby


Washington Post (11.27.12)

Declaring that they wanted to emphasize the “naked truth” about potential spending cuts in HIV programs, three women AIDS activists took their clothes off in House Speaker John Boehner’s office lobby on November 27 and were arrested shortly thereafter. The women had painted the words “AIDS cuts kill” on their bodies and had linked arms with four men who likewise undressed as part of the protest. The Capitol police arrested the women after they had put their clothes back on, charging the women with “lewd and indecent acts” under the District of Columbia’s disorderly conduct law. The naked male protesters had seemingly left the group at that point. Many other clothed demonstrators were present at the protest and chanted slogans. A coalition of AIDS activist groups organized the protest outside of Boehner’s office in advance of Washington’s observance of World AIDS Day on Saturday, December 1. The protest happened as congressional leaders and President Obama seek a deal to prevent automatic spending cuts and tax increases in January.


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