LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 6: Jonathan Van Ness attends the Netflix FYSee Launch Party at Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA.  (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Netflix)

Jonathan Van Ness says government response to monkeypox is ’caused by homophobia and transphobia’

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 6: Jonathan Van Ness attends the Netflix FYSee Launch Party at Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Netflix)

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Jonathan Van Ness is sharing his thoughts on the US government’s “botched response” to the monkeypox outbreak.

in a sharp time In an article published on Monday, the 35-year-old queer eye The star recalled the moment the US reported its first official case in May and called for a government response.

“It’s surreal to see the government’s botched response to monkeypox, and in many ways, I believe it’s driven by homophobia and transphobia,” he said, adding, “when the outbreak primarily affects men and women Some parts of our elected legislators will have no incentive to act. He thinks it’s not going to touch their constituents, which is obviously a mess because people’s lives are at risk, and all 50 states have Queer.”

When a friend was forced to cancel a trip to New Orleans, the reality of the virus made it clear to Van Ness, who was recording there queer eye, After exposure to monkeypox.

“I started calling all of my political contacts, sounding the alarm about how fast cases were rising and imploring officials to take the virus more seriously.”

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Van Ness likened the government’s response to monkeypox to the authorities’ deadly slow response to the AIDS epidemic, saying he was “disappointed” by politicians who were in office “like presidents” then and now [Joe] Biden and the Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi. “

“Once again, we are seeing too little action until the situation gets out of hand. If nothing changes, we will continue to experience failures like this response, which has been plagued by too little testing, access to treatments, vaccines Insufficient supply and unclear guidance,” he said.

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Van Ness then called on officials to not take “more aggressive steps” to release an easily accessible vaccine after cases “started rising in June.”

“Why don’t we see this administration prioritizing fast-track procurement of a monkeypox vaccine?” he asked, just as at the start of the AIDS epidemic, many people seem to be considering — and dismissing — that the virus is just affecting LGBTQ+ Community.

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The star noted that monkeypox’s declaration as a public health emergency “was a step in the right direction — but a day too late, and a dollar short” before sharing how he often appears on the talk show A joke told.

“During COVID-19, it’s so funny to see straight people’s response to the government, because we’re like, ‘Honey, it’s Tuesday,'” Van Ness, who found himself HIV-positive 10 years ago Say. “You thought the government was going to help you?” We’re used to this kind of inaction. Monkeypox is like: same day, different virus. “

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The star added: “I think tragedy, hope, despair and resilience can all be next to each other. But we need to act.”

Expressing that “everyone should care about monkeypox” even if they are not directly affected by it, “because we should care about each other,” Van Ness reminded fans that other diseases, like HIV, still exist, and the stereotypes surrounding them Impressions and limitations of proper healthcare.

“This isn’t just a monkeypox story. It’s a story about how we consistently let the fringes down. We have to be bold about what we’re willing to witness — and no one should want to see this outbreak spread in the past. two months,” he wrote. “

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