WASHINGTON — A Creative Group Named Creative Works will remain a name of people with AIDS, despite a new bill signed into law Wednesday that blocks the name.
The legislation, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, is a response to the 2010 National Gay and Lesbian Task Force report which found that the term “gay” in the creative arts and music was often used by artists to refer to gay or lesbian individuals and that the phrase was a barrier to the acceptance of gays and lesbians in the entertainment industry.
The bill, which was signed into effect by President Barack Obama, states that the Creative Group name will continue to be the name of an organization for individuals and organizations who share a commitment to diversity, inclusion and respect.
The act states that, “While we recognize that this may seem like an unnecessary step, this bill is a meaningful one and the recognition that it is in keeping with the values of the Creative Artists and Innovators Network will go a long way toward ending discrimination in the arts and culture.”
The bill also directs the federal government to work with the Creative Guilds, the Association of American Publishers and the Association for the Advancement of Visual Arts to develop policies and guidelines for the use of the creative group name and to ensure that the use is not discriminatory.
The act directs the government to update the names of the National Gay-Straight Alliance, the National Association of Gay Journalists, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the Gay-Rights Education Fund.
The creators of the group named Creative Works have a history of making their work and personalities available to the public, and have produced works including the popular documentary “The Man Who Sold His Soul” and a song that became an Internet hit.