AHF: Georgia Public Health Department Hiring of Anti-Gay Former Pasadena, CA, Health Director a Public Health “Disgrace”

A May 13 Pasadena Star-News report indicates that Dr. Eric Walsh, former Director of Pasadena’s Public Health Department, will be hired to a leadership role in the Georgia Public Health Department – Walsh left his previous job following outcry over his ongoing and very publicly stated anti-gay prejudices.

ATLANTA--()--AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) today blasted the Georgia Public Health Department for its decision to hire Dr. Eric Walsh, former Director of the City of Pasadena’s Department of Health. An April 30th editorial in The San Gabriel Valley Tribune called on Walsh to resign from his position in the city Health Department over his ongoing and very publicly stated anti-gay prejudices, editorializing that Dr. Walsh is “…not qualified to be in his position if he believes thousands of Pasadenans’ sexuality comes from ‘the pits of hell.’”

“Dr. Walsh’s repugnant remarks are incompatible with an effective public health leader,” said Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. “It is a disgrace to the public health response in Georgia, a state fighting a growing HIV epidemic in which too many people are already afraid to seek lifesaving care because of fear and stigma.”

“HIV stigma and homophobia have no place in our State Health Department,” said Tim Webb, an Atlanta-based HIV activist. “By bringing on someone with Dr. Walsh’s views on homosexuality, the state is telling gay men, ‘We don’t care about your health.’”

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Contacts

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Ged Kenslea, +1-323-308-1833
mobile: 323-791-5526
ged.kenslea@aidshealth.org
or
Kyveli Diener, +1-323-960-4846
mobile: 310-779-4796
kyveli.diener@aidshealth.org

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Contacts

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Ged Kenslea, +1-323-308-1833
mobile: 323-791-5526
ged.kenslea@aidshealth.org
or
Kyveli Diener, +1-323-960-4846
mobile: 310-779-4796
kyveli.diener@aidshealth.org