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World AIDS Day Commemorates 35 Years

By Charlotte Robinson, December 01, 2023

Commemorating the 35th Anniversary of World AIDS Day, the National AIDS Memorial is presenting a series of powerful conversations honoring the history of the AIDS movement highlighting current progress & providing hope for the future. On December 1st at the National AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park speakers will bring to life the faces & stories of this pandemic that has taken the lives of 32 million people worldwide & offer hope & support to the 1.2 million people estimated to be living with HIV in the U.S. today. John Cunningham, Chief Executive Officer of the National AIDS Memorial stated, “We commemorate the 35th Anniversary of World AIDS Day by doing what we do best – uplifting the voices that contribute to the broader, intersectional narrative of health & social inequities that defines the AIDS movement. Through brave conversations with those on the front lines, we seek to personalize & contextualize where we have been, where we are & what remains to be done to fight stigma & discrimination & to build a more just, equitable & healthy future for all people, in every community.” Greg Louganis, OlympicGold Medalist, longtime AIDS/HIV survivor & LGBTQ activist will be honored with the National Leadership Recognition Award. Louganis concluded, “The most important thing is speaking up & speaking out. The more people get to know you, the more we lessen the stigma. Every person is so much more than the label we give each other. It is really key that we connect on a human level & be empathetic to the challenges that each of us have.” The National AIDS Memorial Grove is the only federally designated memorial to the pandemic. 

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