Guide to Abbreviations and Terms

Below is a guide to key groups, federal departments, bills, and laws mentioned in Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage. For the sake of clarity, organization names and legislative abbreviations are spelled out frequently. But for some of the groups listed below, no abbreviations are used, especially when those abbreviations are not in common use.

ACLU: American Civil Liberties Union

ACT UP: AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power

ADAP: AIDS Drug Assistance Program

AFC: AIDS Foundation of Chicago

AIDS: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

AFER: American Foundation for Equal Rights

AoA: Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

AVER: American Veterans for Equal Rights

BiNet USA: Umbrella group of bisexuals and others

CDC: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CFW: Chicago Foundation for Women

Courage Campaign, California-based national gay-rights group

DADT: Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue, the military gay ban

DNC: Democratic National Committee

DOJ: U.S. Department of Justice

DOMA: Defense of Marriage Act

DPBOA: Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act

Equality Across America

ETHA: Early Treatment for HIV Act

EI: Equality Illinois

ENDA: Employment Non-Discrimination Act

EQCA: Equality California

FMLA: Family and Medical Leave Act

FEC: Family Equality Council

Faith in America, LGBT group

FDA: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FTM: Freedom to Marry

Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, also known as Victory Fund

GLSEN: Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

GetEQUAL: National gay direct-action group, not an abbreviation

GLAA: Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance (Washington, D.C.)

GLAD: Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (Massachusetts)

GLAAD: Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

GLN: Gay Liberation Network (Chicago, Illinois)

GMHC: Gay Men's Health Crisis (New York)

GOP: Grand Old Party, nickname for the Republican Party

GOTV: Get-out-the-vote efforts

HHS: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus

HRC: Human Rights Campaign

IGLHRC: International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

IMPACT: 1980s-1990s Chicago gay political action committee, not an abbreviation

IVI-IPO: Independent Voters of Illinois-Independent Precinct Organization

Join the Impact: National grassroots activist group

Lambda Legal: National gay legal organization

LCR: Log Cabin Republicans

LGBA: Lesbian and Gay Band Association

LGBT or GLBT: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender

MSM: Men who have Sex with Men

NAACP: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

NAPWA: National Association of People with AIDS

NARAL Pro-Choice America: National Abortion Rights Action League

NBJC: National Black Justice Coalition

NCAVP: National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs

NCLR: National Center for Lesbian Rights

NCTE: National Center for Transgender Equality

NEM: National Equality March

NGLCC: National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

NGLTF: National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

NMAC: National Minority AIDS Council

NGO: Non-governmental organization

NOW: National Organization for Women

ONAP: White House Office of National AIDS Policy

OPE: White House Office of Public Engagement

OPM: U.S. Office of Professional Management

Personal PAC: Illinois-based pro-choice political action committee

PFAW: People For the American Way

PEPFAR: President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

PFLAG: Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays

PGN: Philadelphia Gay News

Proposition 8: 2008 California voter initiative that banned gay marriage

POTUS: President of the United States

P.O.T.U.S.: Politics of the United States XM radio show

RNC: Republican National Committee

Ryan White CARE Act: Also known as Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act

SAGE: Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders, formerly known as Senior Action in a Gay Environment

SCOTUS: Supreme Court of the United States

SLDN: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network

SSC: Safe Schools Coalition

Stonewall Democrats: National and local chapters

DPBOA: Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act

UAFA: Uniting American Families Act

TWO: Truth Wins Out

UCC: United Church of Christ

Unid@s: National Latina/o LGBT human-rights organization

U.N.: United Nations

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