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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
Guards Don Gloves as Gay Officials Visit White House
Kamen, Al
June 15, 1995
Washington Post (06/15/95) P. A1

Elijay B. Bowron, director of the Secret Service, said on Wednesday that he regretted that White House guards wore rubber gloves when admitting a group of homosexual elected officials to a Tuesday meeting with senior administration officials. While "it is not the policy of the Secret Service to wear gloves merely based on known sexual preference," the officers "have discretion to wear protective gloves in the performance of their duties," he explained. The incident outraged gay officials, who called it a bitter reminder of the need for more AIDS education. A White House spokesman said, "It's safe to say that the chief of staff and others were distressed by that and believe it to be an error of judgment." White House Chief of Staff Leon E. Panetta has asked the Treasury Department, which oversees the Secret Service uniformed officers, to investigate the incident. Related Stories: Wall Street Journal (06/15) P. A1; New York Times (06/15) P. B10