A 25 Year Old Stopped At a NYC Gay Bar and Was Dead an Hour Later
This is an odd story. A 25-year-old social worker, Julio Ramirez, went to a gay bar in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan and everything seemed fine. Surveillance footage shows Ramirez leaving the bar with 3 guys a little after 3 in the morning. This is where it gets weird.
The four men then entered a nearby taxi, a police source said, but Ramirez was alone in the backseat at 4:10 a.m. when the taxi driver approached a police officer 3 miles away in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood to say his passenger was unresponsive.
Here’s more. I know the cost of a cab ride in NYC and that’s an awfully long time to be in a cab, especially at that time of day when traffic is at a minimum. Plus, he didn’t have his wallet or phone with him by the time the police got involved.
Apparently, there was some kind of drug overdose and the family of Ramirez is now asking questions. I hope there’s a follow-up to this story.
Monkeypox and Gay Men: You Can’t Separate Stigma from Health Advice
The title of this article at the website to which I’m linking right now suggests that it IS possible to separate stigma from health advice with regard to Monkeypox and gay men. And I worded my title differently because I do NOT think it’s possible to do that.
Most outlets have been very cautious to state that even though they are finding more cases of Monkeypox in gay men, it’s something that everyone can get. And that’s all true.
But if they continue to report this the stigma will not go away. Gay men were stigmatized with AIDS and we still haven’t been able to get over that yet.
“It just happens that the infection appears to have been introduced in networks of gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men. And this is where we’re seeing most of the cases.”
Here’s the rest. They still don’t have any answers and they claim they are being very cautious about the stigmatization. However, I think that ship has already sailed. I know what everyone is thinking.