November 30th, 2011
11:40 AM ET

Black community hit hard by AIDS

Editor's note: This week, CNN Health's team is taking a close look at the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southeast with a series leading up to World AIDS Day on December 1. Learn more about the problem and our upcoming stories.

"I have a disease, but the disease doesn't have me," says Del'Rosa Winston, who was diagnosed with HIV more than 20 years ago.

Since she found out she was HIV positive, Winston has become an HIV prevention specialist who aims at raising awareness and educating black women about the disease.

The numbers are still high: The rate among black people is eight times higher than the white community.

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Why Gingrich's immigration plan can't work
This is the U.S. border crossing at Los Elbanos, Texas.
November 28th, 2011
01:12 PM ET

Why Gingrich's immigration plan can't work

By David Frum, CNN Contributor

Editor's note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, was a special assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002. He is the author of six books, including "Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again," and is the editor of FrumForum.

(CNN) - Immigration is the only issue where a political candidate can totally do the bidding of the K Street lobbyists and still be hailed as compassionate and humane.

At CNN's Republican National Security Debate this past Tuesday, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich reconfirmed his longstanding immigration policy:

- A commitment to enhanced border security

- A guest worker program

- Individual hearings for each of 12 million or so illegal aliens, at which those with long ties to the country will gain residency rights

- No citizenship for illegal entries

Read David Frum's full commentary

Reader react: 'Don't forget where you came from'
Susan Bodnar's story about growing up in McAdoo, Pennsylvania, drew hundreds of reader comments.
November 28th, 2011
12:23 PM ET

Reader react: 'Don't forget where you came from'

Editor's note: Readers have a lot to say about the stories we post, and we're listening.

"I sometimes feel insecure being around so many wealthy people and I’m having trouble with my extended family who think I’m being uppity by sending the kids to a private school," Susan Bodnar recalled in her essay, "Don't forget where you came from."

Bodnar shared with readers the experience of growing up in the impoverished coal mining community of McAdoo, Pennsylvania, and her attempts to fit in while attending a university and now that she lives in Manhattan. Bodnar's essay resonated with hundreds of readers, who commented on their own histories, struggles to belong and desires to honor their family members, even as their paths diverge.

Janet Fiedler said: "My life today is so much more comfortable than it was when I was growing up. I have recently re-started searching my family's roots and discovered that my great-grandmother was widowed at the age of 36, three months before giving birth to her fifth child. To support herself and her family, she became a washerwoman. I sat at my computer and cried for this woman and her hard life, comparing it to my soft one. Thank you for your heart-felt article about staying in touch with one's roots."

BlackYowe said: "We are a nation of immigrants and no one should feel shame about where they came from."

Lynn said: "I'm a city girl now... but remain proud of where I'm from. Despite the miles, I believe it is important to give back to the area which formed us."

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November 25th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Born a boy, raised as a girl

"Ever since I could express myself, I always knew I was a girl."

So said Jazz, an 11-year-old boy who was raised as a girl and is now going through puberty as a female. Early on, her mother said, she sought medical help and was devastated that her child's ideas about gender identity were a diagnosed disorder. Indeed, psychological and medical opinions about transgender kids are "all over the place," Dr. Johanna Olson said. In medical schools, the discussions are just starting.

Jazz's story is featured in the documentary "I am Jazz: A Family in Transition," which will appear on OWN on November 27.

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