Commendations to Presiding Bishops (World AIDS Day)

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church commend the 24th, 25th and 26th Presiding Bishops of The Episcopal Church for their faithful issuance of an annual World AIDS Day message; and be it further

Resolved, That the General Convention call upon all congregations and worshiping communities of the Church to observe World AIDS Day with worship and educational programs; and be it further

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Domestic Strategy Committee on AIDS Crisis

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church urge Executive Council with the assistance of the Committee on HIV/AIDS and National Episcopal AIDS Coalition to convene a domestic strategy meeting for the purpose of developing a comprehensive response to the HIV/AIDS crisis by The Episcopal Church during triennium 2010-2012; and be it further

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AIDS Education and Resources

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church urges provinces, dioceses, congregations and worshiping communities to include accurate and comprehensive HIV and AIDS prevention in youth education programs; and be it further

Resolved, That The Episcopal Church encourage its congregations and worshiping communities to offer educational programming to interested parents and grandparents on how to discuss sex with their children; and be it further

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Access to Adequate Medical Coverage for People Living with AIDS

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church notes with concern high rates of HIV infection particularly in our African American communities and grieves the discrepancies in levels of care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS based on poverty, prejudice, racism, ignorance and the lack of visibility; and be it further

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Address the Issue of AIDS

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring, That the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church notes with increasing concern the continued rise in numbers of HIV infections and sexually transmitted diseases; and be it further

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Support of Transgender Civil Rights

Resolved, the House of Bishops concurring, That the 76th General Convention of The Episcopal Church supports the enactment of laws at the local, state and federal level that a) prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or the expression of one’s gender identity, and b) treat physical violence inflicted on the basis of a victim’s gender identity or expression as a hate crime; and be it further

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Condemn All Hate Crimes

Resolved, That the 73rd General Convention of the Episcopal church condemn all acts motivated by hate against any individual or group of persons as totally opposed to the gospel of Jesus Christ; and be it further

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Confirm and Endorse the Cambridge Accord

Resolved, That the 73rd General Convention of the Episcopal Church affirm and endorse the Cambridge Accord of October 1, 1999 and urge all members of the House of Bishops to affix their names to the Accord, the text of which follows.

THE CAMBRIDGE ACCORD

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Oppose Certain Therapies for Sexual Orientation

Resolved, That the 74th General Convention of The Episcopal Church affirm that sexuality is a gift of God and insists that any religious, spiritual, psychological, or psychiatric treatment which seeks to assist those who are confused about or unhappy with their sexual orientation not be coercive or manipulative; and be it further

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