December #30 : Name in Vain - by Scott Hess and Edited by RonniLyn Pustil

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Wild Kingdom

Rx Marijuana

Gender Matters

The Fabulous One



Resistance Gets a Wellcome

Name in Vain

Go Figure

Like Butt-ah

An Aye for an Eye

To Russia Without Love

The Odd Couple

Secondhand Dose

Law and Disorder

AIDS in 2003

Catholic Cleanup

Until the Cure

Say What--December 1997

Diana, Princess of Wales

Chaka Treatment

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Bill of Health

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Don't Mess With Mama

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The Light Burns Out

Peace of My Heart

Swing Your Partner

Once Upon a Lazarus

The Grim Reefer

In Case of Emergency

A DJ Saved My Life

Sweetness and Blight

"The First Cure"

Breaks for the Aches

Fishing for Supplements

When HIV Drugs Fail

Mary Fisher Gets Mad

Music Is Medicine

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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December 1997

Name in Vain

by Scott Hess and Edited by RonniLyn Pustil

Pedro Zamora Foundation raises more flap than funds

Imagine your brother is Pedro Zamora, a national icon dedicated to battling AIDS prejudice. After he dies, everyone wants to raise funds in his name. Who to trust? One figure to steer clear of, at least according to Zamora's sister, Mily, is Brian Quintana. Quintana, president of the Pedro Zamora Foundation, a nonprofit that does AIDS education among youth of color in Los Angeles, is a virtual tuning fork for bad vibes.

The poop on Quintana: He ran unsuccessfully for the California State Assembly in 1992. Three years later, he gave The National Enguirer an exclusive cover: "Stefanie Powers Forced Me to Make Love to Her." After working as her assistant, Quintana charged the formed Hart to Hart star with sexual harassment. Since October 1996, Quintana himself has faced criminal charges for allegedly hitting a man with a brick and forcibly sodomizing him with his fist. (At presstime, the case had not been resolved.)

"Anytime someone enters public life, they inevitably incur enemies," Quintana, 30, said in his defense. He also claimed to be a close friend of Mily, who in his eyes is the true victim. "She's in therapy over this, literally."

For her part, Mily scoffs at his purported concern, saying in a letter to The Los Angeles Times that Quintana was never authorized to speak for the Zamora family. "We asked Mr. Quintana to take Pedro's name off the foundation, but he refused," she said.

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