December 1, 2020, is World AIDS Day where the world unites to show support for people living with and affected by HIV while also remembering those who have lost their lives to AIDS. World AIDS Day 2020 is that much more special and impactful this year because not only is the whole world going through a new health crisis, but the call for action and love could not be louder. This year the World AIDS Day theme is “Global solidarity, shared responsibility.” Around every corner of the globe, organizations are coming together to keep up the fight against AIDS and AIDS Healthcare Foundation is one of those nonprofits leading the charge to make a better tomorrow.
Through their different affinity groups, AHF is targeting the most affected communities to help spread awareness, provide access to resources, and fight stigmas. LOUD is fighting HIV within the Latino community, FLUX is working with the trans community, SPARK targets women and BLACC empowers Black-Americans in fighting AIDS and improving the lives of individuals affected by HIV. These volunteer-led subgroups within AHF are essential in accessing underinvested communities directly to promote and provide prevention and testing services, advocacy, medical treatment, and support. And for World AIDS Day 2020, AHF is putting on extra-special events to shine a light on heroes past and present from the fight against AIDS including:
AIDS Diva: the Legend of Connie Norman
Thursday, December 3rd
Sneak Preview & Virtual Panel
Through Facebook live at www.facebook.com/FLUXAHF
ABOUT AIDS DIVA: The Legend of Connie Norman
As the self-appointed “AIDS DIVA” and ACT UP/LA spokesperson in early 90’s Los Angeles, Connie Norman stood proudly in her multiple, fluid and evolving LGBTQ identities. Both beloved and confrontational, Connie’s soulful and salty rantings and intersectional politics were heard widely through her newspaper column, and pioneering radio and cable TV talk shows. Serving as a bridge in both gender and politics, and modeling “wokeness” in an early era of crisis, Connie’s piercing and compassionate voice urges us again into action, to fully engage with our lives and our world.
ABOUT THE PANEL
Moderator: Queen Victoria Ortega
Panelist: Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Panelist: Ethan Patron
Panelist: Valerie Spencer, MSW
Panelist: Dante Alencastre, Filmmaker
Even though there’s definitely been more press and awareness in the press about HIV. the dark times of the AID’s epidemic are even documented in The Crown, where they recreate the moment of Princess Diana hugging aids patient while visiting a hospital in Harlem, there is still much more fighting to do. Join AHF and LATV in wearing a red ribbon this World AIDS Day to spread awareness and show support for those affected by HIV. If you want to learn more about how you can make a difference or get information about staying healthy, visit AIDS Healthcare Foundation at www.AHF.org
WORLD AIDS DAY 2020: Understanding Your Health Status (Virtual Gathering)
Presented by Century City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, inc and AIDS Healthcare foundation’s LOUD affinity group; join this special event aimed at helping you understand your health status. Guest speakers will address misconceptions and stigmas as well as provide first-hand information and expertise.
About the Virtual Gathering
December 5, 2020
12 pm PT – 1:30 pm PT
Panelist: Joanne Tillman, MPH, CHES
Panelist: Edwin Millan, BSW
Panelist: Meera Patel PharmD., RPH