Friday, August 24, 2018

United States AIDS Conference

The 2018 United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, FL from September 6th to 9th. Join thousands of colleagues to celebrate the resiliency & diversity of this crucial movement. Scheduled for the conference’s opening plenary on Thursday, September 6th at 11:30A will feature Parkland shooting survivor & activist David Hogg, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, Abigail Echo-Hawk, Director, Urban Indian Health Institute, Richard Zaldivar of The Wall Las Memorias Project, Naina Khanna, Executive Director, Positive Women’s Network – USA & a special performance by Thelma Houston (“Don’t Leave Me this Way”), who will pay tribute to the legendary disco performer Sylvester. Paul Kawata Executive Director National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) stated, “Our opening plenary is focused on the importance of activism. Activism in the fight against HIV intersects many communities: youth, LGBTQ, elders & communities of color. We want to show how different activist movements can intersect with the fight against HIV & strengthen our forces for change.” The conference will also feature two special performances & one documentary film screening including Ongina, from the first season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” on Thursday, Sept. 6th at 8P will perform at an opening reception. Ongina was the show’s first contestant to be open about living with HIV. Kawata added, “Ongina’s disclosure of her HIV status brought great awareness to viewers about the HIV epidemic & the emotional toll it can take on people living with the virus. Since then, she has been a great example of how a person living with HIV can not just live but thrive & excel.” I talked to Larry Kramer, pioneering co-founder of Gay Men’s Health Crisis & ACT UP a few years ago about his spin on the AIDS crisis that continues in this country & around the world in this exclusive audio byte. LISTEN:  
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1 Comments:

Anonymous Marilyn Rosen said...

Together we can change anything. I remember Larry Kramer sending that urgent message out to continue the fight against HIV/AIDS. Great to hear his voice again.

August 24, 2018 at 10:41 AM  

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