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Rep. Cleaver Unsure Of His Infrastructure Vote | BlaqOut KC's HIV Work | Etheria Film Festival

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In this June 27, 2018 file photo, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., asks a question during a committee meeting in Washington. The congressman is chair of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance.

Exclusion of affordable housing from President Biden's plan has the Missouri congressman unable to commit his support, one Kansas City nonprofit is improving health outcomes for Black LGBTQ residents, and a festival featuring only female directors calls North Kansas City home.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:28: Because of his position as chair of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II says, "I have to be the person who goes out and fight and advocates for affordable housing."

Cleaver says "I honestly don't know" when it comes to supporting the compromise infrastructure bill that omits affordable housing measures. Cleaver described his reasons for supporting the COVER Now Act, admitted the possibility that if Democrats can't get bipartisan support in Congress then "we go it alone."

When it comes to the Missouri special session currently underway on Medicaid, Cleaver finds it "unfortunate that they would go to this effort and this expense" to include language that would ban coverage for contraception.

Segment 2, beginning at 12:09: BlaqOut KC is working with gay black men to reduce cases of HIV.

HIV/AIDS is still a serious threat even after decades of public health efforts. That is especially true among Black men, who the CDC reports have a one-in-two risk during their lifetime of contracting the virus.

"HIV is a death sentence if you don't know your status, if you're not in care, if you're not supported in appropriate ways that you need to be socially," says BlaqOut KC's D. Rashaan Gilmore.

Segment 3, beginning at 33:09: Etheria Film Festival shines the spotlight on genre films directed by women.

This marks the second year the showcase of horror, science fiction, fantasy, action, thriller, and dark comedy movies takes place in North Kansas City. The eight films selected for this year's fest of film shorts include submissions from Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The Etheria Film Festival's 2021 selections will be available to watch on Shudder, from Friday, June 25, through Sunday, July 25. Etheria Film Night is June 26, beginning at 9:30 p.m. at the Screenland Armour Theatre at 408 Armour Rd, North Kansas City, Missouri 64116.

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