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Advocates: LGBTQs face additional complications in pandemic - Members of the LGBT community face additional healthcare challenges as they contend with the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, according to national LGBTQ-health advocates and officials speaking in a March 25 webinar. Those challenges are especially pronounced for transgender community members and persons with HIV, said various participants in the call, which was sponsored by the National Coalition for LGBT Health. But ...




NATIONAL Lesbian bishop, iconic activist dies, military lawsuit, drag legend passes - Rev. Bonnie Perry was recently ordained as the 11th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan—beconing the first woman and openly gay person to hold the position, ClickOnDetroit.com noted. "Jesus said almost nothing about homosexuality," Perry said. "And don't ever let anyone mistakenly say you can't do this because of who you are. It means the world to me. And ...




International AIDS Conference to go digital - Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 23rd International AIDS Conference ( AIDS 2020 ), to be held July 6-10, will become the first virtual edition of the International AIDS Conference. An announcement from AIDS 2020 International Chair Anton Pozniak, MD as well as AIDS 2020 Local co-chairs Cynthia Carey-Grant and Monica Gandhi MD, MPH read, "AIDS 2020: Virtual will enable ...




AFC head details coronavirus response - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) is among the Chicago agencies that have mobilized an aggressive response to the coronavirus crisis. AFC President and CEO John Peller, who has led the agency since 2014, discussed AFC's strategies to continue delivering services to its constituency in the midst of the burgeoning health crisis, as well as available resources for persons ...




Stop comparing coronavirus to early HIV/AIDS. Just stop. - People ask me if our lives today feel like the early years of HIV/AIDS, and I want to scream. There is no comparison. Just stop. No one cared about people dying of AIDS in the early years of the pandemic. The stock market didn't budge. The president didn't hold news conferences. Billions of dollars were not spent. In the early ...




Williams Institute: Florida's HIV criminal laws undermine public health efforts - Florida's HIV criminal laws may undermine the state's public health efforts by deterring people from seeking HIV testing and treatment, stigmatizing those with HIV, and disproportionately affecting the communities most impacted by HIV, including people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and the formerly incarcerated, according to a new report by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. HIV criminalization ...




Chicago House looks into alleged theft of agency funds - Chicago House and Social Service Agency has launched an investigation into alleged theft by its former chief financial officer ( CFO ), who was arrested in late January for allegedly embezzling from another agency. The recently discovered theft from Chicago House could significantly impact the agency's discretionary funds, said Board Chair Ryan Garrison, who said that the amount stolen was ...




'Love Out Loud' ball Feb. 8 - In Demand Entertainment and CSU Royal Court are presenting the Love Out Loud Ball on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2-10 p.m., at Chicago State University's Student Union Building, 9501 S. King Dr. The ball-approved event is offering up to $14,000 in prizes, incentives and scholarships, with the latter sponsored in part by In Demand Entertainment, Chicago State University, South Side Help ...




Conference on AIDS changes name to Conference on HIV - Feb. 3, 2020 - NMAC announced today that the name of the United States Conference on AIDS will be changed to the United States Conference on HIV ( USCH ). The conference will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Oct. 10-13, 2020. The theme for this year's conference is "Luchando Por Nuestras Vidas - Fighting For Our Lives." Registration ...




Season of Concern has new board president - Season of Concern—the Chicagoland theater community's fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to those in the theater community who are experiencing the effects of illness or injury, and provides support annually to Chicago-based HIV/AIDS service organizations—announced the appointment of Luther Goins as board president, effective immediately. Goins is the organization's first African-American leader. He has worked with such groups as ...




WORLD Swiss votes, HIV+ pilot, Indonesian raids, Dutch beauty expert - On Feb. 9, Switzerland residents will decide on extending the scope of anti-racism legislation to include discrimination based on sexual orientation, according to SwissInfo.ch. According to the website, this revision is needed, as current law does not protect against homophobia, said LGBTQ-rights advocate Muriel Waegers. Also, on May 17, the Swiss will soon vote again on a proposal that could ...




NATIONAL Presidential candidates, HIV news, Seattle LGBTQ bars, Tom of Finland - Presidential candidate Tom Steyer was baffled by his own comments he previously made on protecting the health of LGBTQ asylum seekers when asked to flesh out his plan during a New York Times interview, The Washington Blade noted. Asked to elaborate on his comments, which he made during the CNN Democratic Town Hall on LGBTQ issues, Steyer professed to have ...




IDPH welcomes new HIV section chief - The Illinois Department of Public Health ( IDPH ) announced its new HIV section chief, Andrea Perez. Perez will play a crucial role in overseeing the administration of HIV surveillance, prevention and diagnosis, and care under Ryan White Part B for IDPH. Perez brings with her more than 15 years of experience in health care, HIV and state government. Her ...




Federal court upholds injunction preventing discharge of HIV+ airmen - ( Richmond, VA, January 10, 2020 ) — Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court ruling inRoe & Voe v. Esper that halted efforts by the Trump administration to discharge members of the Air Force because they are living with HIV. The decision will allow two active-duty Airmen living with HIV, identified pseudonymously ...




Mayor, CDPH announce decline in HIV diagnoses - On Dec. 23, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) announced that new HIV diagnoses in Chicago hit a record low—continuing a trend of four consecutive years of declines. A total of 734 new HIV diagnoses were reported among Chicago residents in 2018—the lowest number since 1988. This represents a 60-percent reduction in ...




AIDS Garden Chicago supporters celebrate Keith Haring sculpture installation - AIDS Garden Chicago supporters gathered Dec. 20 at the 2.5 acre lakefront garden site south of Belmont Harbor near the location of the now-defunct Belmont Rocks to celebrate the installation of the 30 foot Keith Haring sculpture "Self Portrait." The sculpture is a unique larger version of a smaller piece that the late iconic artist and AIDS activist Haring created ...




Community turns out for World of Chocolate - About 1,000 Chicagoans and other visitors showed up at Revel Fulton Market in the West Loop for AIDS Foundation of Chicago's annual World of Chocolate fundraiser, which shows off the finest confections from local-area vendors to raise financial support for AFC, on Dec. 5. Eighteen businesses took part in the event, serving up both traditional candies and unorthodox, chocolate-tinged takes ...




CCH HIV chief discusses prevention and treatment efforts - According to Toyin Adeyemi, MD, an infectious disease specialist who is Cook County Health's ( CCH ) senior director of HIV services, the statewide Getting to Zero initiative, aimed at virtually eliminating new HIV transmissions in the state by the year 2030, has given way to a number of healthcare-delivery changes at CCH. Those changes, Adeyemi explained, are intended to ...




Panel faces legal challenges for trans and HIV-positive service members - U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley ( D-5 ) was joined by legal experts at the Pritzker Military Museum the afternoon of Dec. 2 for a discussion of the ongoing challenges facing U.S. military personnel who are transgender and/or HIV positive. Quigley was joined by three attorneys from the national advocacy organization Lambda Legal, as well as Nick Harrison, a litigant challenging ...




Podcast Plague, Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church launches World AIDS Day, Dec. 1 - America Media will launch Plague: Untold Stories of AIDS and the Catholic Church, a six-episode podcast series, on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2019. Reported by Michael O'Loughlin, who has covered the Catholic Church and L.G.B.T. issues for more than a decade, the series explores both the lights and the shadows in the Catholic Church's response to the AIDS epidemic ...




World AIDS Day events happening in Chicagoland - This year, there will be various events taking place to mark World AIDS Day. Below is a list of some events taking place to note this special time. ( All events are in Chicago unless otherwise indicated. ): —"PARAGON 9: Liberation Ball—A Chicago Center for HIV Elimination World AIDS Day Event" will take place Saturday, Nov. 30, 6-11 p.m., at ...




AIDS Garden to unveil Haring sculpture - On Nov. 14, the Chicago Parks Foundation announced that the first phase of the new AIDS Garden Chicago will be complete this fall with the unveiling of a specially commissioned 30-foot-high sculpture, "Self-Portrait," by the late HIV/AIDS activist and artist Keith Haring. The precise installation date will be announced. However, the sculpture has been hoisted into place. AIDS Garden Chicago ...




HRC calls on Trump to apologize for vile HIV and AIDS tweet - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ), the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) civil rights organization, called on Donald Trump Jr., son of President Trump, to apologize for his vile weekend tweet stigmatizing people living with HIV. "Trump Jr. just proved again what we already knew — that he, his ...




Youth urged to take quiz before World AIDS Day - As part of a continuing effort to educate young people about HIV prevention and treatment, Illinois HIV Care Connect has introduced HIV and youth web content to support the Y.O.U.T.H. ( Youth Overcoming Undetected and Treatable HIV ) Quiz in advance of Dec. 1, which marks World AIDS Day 2019 ( #WAD2019 ). All young people—whether they are living with ...




AIDS Quilt moves to National AIDS Memorial, archives to Library of Congress - Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 2019 ( GLOBE NEWSWIRE ) — The NAMES Project Foundation ( NPF ) today announced that the National AIDS Memorial will become the new caretaker of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and NAMES Project programs. As part of the transition, the NAMES Project and the National AIDS Memorial have agreed to jointly gift care and stewardship of ...




Brewery has Nov. 22 event with Chicago House - Revolution Brewing is again teaming with Chicago House and Social Service Agency to raise funds for HIV/AIDS-affected, disenfranchised individuals as well as the local LGBTQ community. The second annual "We Are Family" fundraising event will take place in the Revolution Taproom and Brewery, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., on Friday, Nov. 22, 6-11 p.m. The event will feature a new beer ...




New AIDS Garden Chicago to unveil 30-foot sculpture, Self-Portrait - ( CHICAGO ) November 14, 2019 — The Chicago Parks Foundation today announced that the first phase of the new AIDS Garden Chicago will be complete this Fall with the unveiling of a specially-commissioned 30-foot-high sculpture, Self-Portrait, by iconic HIV/AIDS activist and artist, the late Keith Haring. ( Precise installation date to be announced. ) AIDS Garden Chicago will be ...




World of Chocolate returns Dec. 5 - The World of Chocolate Fundraiser for AIDS Foundation of Chicago sets sail on December 5. Chicago's premier World AIDS Day event raises funds and awareness for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. WHAT: Join the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) for World of Chocolate, Chicago's leading World AIDS Day event, on Thursday, December 5. The signature event is hosted ...




'Infectious Blackness' talk Dec. 3 in Chicago - Steven W. Thrasher, Ph.D., will speak on "Infectious Blackness: Race, Media, and the Criminalization of HIV/AIDS" Tuesday, Dec. 3, 12-1 p.m., at Stonewall Conference Rooms, 625 N. Michigan Ave., in a Third Coast Center for AIDS Research event. "Infectious Blackness" draws upon Thrasher's five years of coverage of the Michael Johnson case for BuzzFeed News, pairing it with his firsthand ...




Chicago House holds Day of the Dead event - On Oct. 31, Chicago House, in concert with other community service organizations, held the Second Annual Fiesta! Day of the Dead at the National Museum of Mexican Art. The event not only acknowledged the traditional Latin-American holiday, but it also celebrated the lives of those who have fallen to HIV/AIDS and related illnesses. The event featured a line up of ...




Crimson and Pearls Gala: Celebrating 30 years of Chicagoland HIV Nursing - Chicago Nurses in AIDS Care ( CNAC ) will celebrate its 30th anniversary: Crimson and Pearls Gala: Celebrating 30 years of Chicagoland HIV Nursing. CNAC invites the HIV nursing and greater HIV advocate, service and ally community to an evening of celebration and community on Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 6 - 11 p.m. Loft on Lake event hall, 1366 ...




The woman who beat HIV - Leading HIV researchers have come to believe that at least one person has found a way to naturally rid their body of the virus. While they believe they understand a part of how that was accomplished, they may not know the entire story. And they are grappling with how to turn this information into better prevention, treatment and a cure ...




NATIONAL Hillary and Chelsea disagree, coming-out study, Julian Castro - Hillary and Chelsea Clinton seemingly had a recent disagreement about transgender identity, The New York Post noted. In an interview with the Sunday Times of London, the mother-daughter duo were asked if someone with a beard and penis can ever be a woman. "Ye-esss. Yes," Chelsea replied but Hillary, meanwhile, looked "uneasy," journalist Decca Aitkenhead wrote. "Errr. I'm just learning ...




Thousands attend AIDS Run & Walk - For the second consecutive year, "Live True. Be You." was the theme of AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) AIDS Run & Walk, which marked its 18th year. More than 2,000 participants came together on the sunny, crisp Oct. 5 morning at Soldier Field to raise money for AFC and the 27 CommunityDirect beneficiary partners from across Chicago and ...




Descovy approved for PrEP usage - Pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences announced Oct. 3 that it had received FDA approval for its medication Descovy to be used as a pre-exposure prophylaxis ( PrEP ) intervention to reduce the chances of HIV transmission. The new medication, according to the company, would offer fewer potential complications to kidneys or bone density than Truvada, the oral medication that has been ...




Five Worth Finding: AIDS Run & Walk, The Ice King, TopGolf and more - —AIDS Run & Walk Chicago 2019: Taking place Oct. 5, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will gather at Soldier Field to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV. The 18th annual event—with a 5K walk as well as the 5K and 10K runs—encourages participants to live true as they raise vital awareness and funds for the AIDS Foundation ...




AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Oct. 5 - On Saturday, Oct. 5, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will gather to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV at the 2019 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. Held at Soldier Field, the 18th annual event encourages participants to live true as they raise vital awareness and funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and 27 ...




Black community called to recognize Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - Washington, D.C.— In recognition of the 2019 National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( NGMHAAD ) and to call public attention to the disproportionate impact of the AIDS epidemic on gay men, bisexual men, same gender loving ( SGL ) men and other men who have sex with men ( MSM ), David Johns, executive director of the National Black ...




4th Circuit urged to to uphold crder preventing discharge of HIV-positive airmen - ( Richmond, VA, September 18, 2019 ) — Today, lawyers for two active-duty Airmen who are living with HIV urged a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to uphold a preliminary injunction granted in February that prevents the Trump Administration from continuing with discharge proceedings against members of the U.S. Air Force living with ...




Activists halt U.S. Conference on AIDS to protest CDC - Dr. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) surely saw it coming. Protests are part of the DNA of the United States Conference on AIDS ( USCA ), and conference organizers have never shied from welcoming dissent from activists. In fact, they schedule time in their finely produced event for just such ...




Activists, officials urge mayor to hire CPDH head, reprioritize HIV spending - A group of community service providers and social-service agencies—as well as various aldermen and one member of Chicago Board of Health—are calling on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to hire a Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ) agency head soon and reconfigure how city monies are distributed among agencies fighting HIV/AIDS. Ald. Raymond Lopez ( 15th Ward ) announced Aug. ...




AIDS Run & Walk Chicago on Oct. 5 - On Saturday, Oct. 5, advocates from across Chicago and beyond will gather to support those living with and vulnerable to HIV at the 2019 AIDS Run & Walk Chicago. Held at Soldier Field, the 18th annual event encourages participants to live true as they raise vital awareness and funds for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and 27 ...




Powerful AIDS group may be examined for use of federal funds - California state Sen. Ben Hueso ( D-Chula Vista ) has asked state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to investigate if the AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) is fraudulently misusing savings from 340B—a federal drug-discount program designed to help poor patients, Politico reported. The program allows providers such as AHF to purchase drugs at a steep discount from pharmaceutical companies; said ...




We need to talk about the 'Pose' hospital episode right now - The TV show Pose, on FX, is nothing less than astounding to me. So much could have gone wrong, with the era, the themes, the characters, and—the aspect of the show closest to my heart and my critical eye — the disease that looms over it all. Trans writers and advocates are better qualified to remark, and have, on the ...




MillerCoors' 'Tap Into Change' running all summer - MillerCoors is celebrating Pride all summer long in Chicago through the "Tap Into Change" program, which will direct a portion of the proceeds from every MillerCoors product sold at select accounts toward non-profit organizations. The program will contribute up to $50,000 to local groups and agencies focused on LGBTQ and HIV/AIDS-related causes. Now in its eighth year, MillerCoors has donated ...




Military Experts, Medical Groups, HIV Advocates Oppose Discharge Policy for HIV-Positive Airmen - New York, NY — July 26, 2019 ) — Military leaders, medical associations, public health groups, and HIV advocates joined three friend-of-the court briefs filed yesterday in support of a federal lawsuit challenging the Pentagon's discriminatory policies, which prevent service members living with HIV from deploying to most locations outside the United States. These deployment restrictions recently resulted in decisions ...




Mineral Point to display AIDS Quilt - In Wisconsin, as part of Mineral Point's 3rd annual Pride celebration, sections of the internationally celebrated AIDS Memorial Quilt—the 54-ton, handmade tapestry that stands as a memorial to more than 96,000 individuals lost to AIDS—will be on view Aug. 8-10 at the boyoyoboy! contemporary art gallery, 22 High St., Mineral Point. Mineral Point Pride is hosting this free display of ...




Chicagoan helps put AIDS Survivors Syndrome in the spotlight - Among the many effects of the AIDS crisis are the constellation of residual mental-health issues that can face individuals who cared for or lived with someone facing AIDS, or otherwise experienced the crisis on its proverbial front lines. Those issues—frequently grouped together under the label AIDS Survivors Syndrome—include forms of survivors' guilt and depression, among other symptoms. Until recently few ...




Incoming Chicago House CEO, board chair speak about the future - Both Michael Herman, the incoming CEO of Chicago House, and Ryan Garrison, that organization's new board chair, say that Chicago House that "has their heart." Herman is taking Chicago House's reins over from Scott Ammarell, who announced in March that he would be departing. Herman had previously done work with the organization but was, until recently, vice president of development ...




HIV/AIDS program head resigned after violating sexual-harassment policy - A report has stated that Eduardo Alvarado—the head of the Illinois Department of Public Health's HIV/AIDS program—resigned in May after it was recommended he be fired for violating the agency's sexual-harassment policy and verbally abusing staff, The Chicago Tribune noted. An investigation the Office of Executive Inspector General conducted also revealed that Alvarado falsified information on his initial application for ...




Cell Block parties to benefit HIV services - Cell Block, 3702 N. Halsted St., is holding a series of fundraising parties to benefit HIV services. The new owners of Cell Block—a longtime LGBT leather and kink space in Chicago's Boystown—said they're committing to a $10,000 fundraising goal for Center on Halsted's 2019 Chicago AIDS Run & Walk team. The Cell Block crew chose to get behind the Center ...




Moments in the Public Health Response to AIDS, CDPH LGBTQ Outreach Keynote June 28 - Chicago Department of Public Health LGBTQ Outreach Keynote Speech, given by Tracy Baim, June 28, 2019, Chicago Cultural Center The following keynote speech was given in an abbreviated form at the Chicago Department of Public Health Pride Reception June 28, 2019, Chicago Cultural Center. Antonio V. King, CDPH Public Health Administrator—LGBTQ Health & Outreach Liaison, introduced Chicago Reader Publisher and ...




Mayor Lightfoot promotes National HIV Testing Day, gets tested - Video below - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined representatives from Beyond Care and Walgreens to highlight the importance of HIV testing in observance of National HIV Testing Day ( NHTD ) Thursday, June 27. Mayor Lightfoot received an HIV test in front of a dozen media outlets at Walgreens' store at 3405 S. King Drive. The National HIV Testing Day Community Partnership is ...




Walgreens, Greater Than AIDS offering free tests June 27 - Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS are partnering community organizations across Chicago to provide free, confidential HIV testing and counseling in 22 Chicago Walgreens locations, including one in Boystown ( at 3646 N. Broadway ), on Thursday, June 27—National HIV Testing Day. Between 10 a.m.-7 p.m., HIV tests will be administered ( no appointment needed ), with results delivered on-site. HIV ...




Aging with HIV focus of Reunion Project event - The Reunion Project 2.0—Chicago hosted a two day event focused on people aging with HIV June 14-15 at Loyola University's Water Tower Campus. The day-long employment resource event organized by National Working Positive Coalition took place June 14 with opening remarks by Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Employment and Training Deputy Director Julio Rodriguez. Sessions included ...




Chicago House names new CEO - Chicago House announced that its board of trustees has appointed Michael Herman as its newest CEO. His term will begin July 8. Herman brings nearly 20 years of executive management and fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector to his new position. Most recently, he was vice president of development at Kohl Children's Museum, where he led the Play It Forward ...




Aging with HIV focus of upcoming Reunion Project 2.0 event - Five years ago, The Reunion Project hosted the first day-long summit for long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS in Chicago. This year, the free summit, The Reunion Project 2.0—Chicago, will take place over two days—June 14-15 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Loyola University Water Tower Campus. A national grassroots effort of survivors of HIV, The Reunion Project is the host of the ...




Dr. Tom Klein: Helping patients through Man Up Medical, own practice - Dr. Thomas Klein has an extensive career in family medicine and has added to it with Man Up Medical, a different venture helping to improve men's self-esteem and sex lives. Klein, a Detroit native, knew he wanted to be a medical doctor from a young age. At 4, he was hospitalized and, during that time, he was inspired to go ...




Reunion Project 2.0 event June 14-15 - The Reunion Project 2.0—Chicago will convene June 14-15 at Loyola University-Water Tower campus. As part of the event, The Reunion Project will be hosting its second Chicago Town Hall "HIV, Aging, Surviving and Thriving: A Family Reunion," which will provide education and information on issues and strategies of people living and aging with HIV, including a keynote address by Dr. ...




Author documents straight women on front lines of AIDS crisis - A new book by Chicago author Victoria Noe pays tribute to dozens of unsung heroes of the AIDS/HIV crisis, chronicling myriad contributions from straight women who, since the early '80s, have intervened in numerous capacities to give aid and comfort to those persons impacted by the infection. "They felt compelled to help, knowing that they'd get little to no recognition, ...




Fifth annual 'Belt Fest' May 13 - Jeff Award-winning director and HIV-positive activist Christopher Pazdernik is presenting his fifth anniversary of Belt Fest—a benefit concert for Howard Brown Health—on Monday, May 13, at 8 p.m. at The Greenhouse Theater, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. Jeff Award winner Veronica Garza will host the event, which will feature more than 20 award-winning musical theater performers singing showtunes. Admission is $30-$40 ...




NATIONAL Child-abuse bill, anti-trans attacks, Ariz. HIV/AIDS bill, Michigan gym - U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine ( D-Virginia ) introduced legislation for the first time ever that seeks to protect LGBT kids from child abuse, The Washington Blade reported. The Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act seeks to prevent the mistreatment of LGBT youth. According to 2011 analysis from the National Institutes for Health, LGBT youth are 3.8 times to face sexual abuse and ...




Chicagoan recalls challenges of overcoming HIV stigma - For Chicagoan Terence Steward II, living with HIV "drove" how he lived his life during his twenties. "I was super-private, discreet, by myself, depressed, very 'smoky' and mysterious," Steward recalled. "I kept to myself. I was in the Twilight Zone. Coming out of college, I had no idea how to handle myself. What I did was by trial-and-error, and day-by-day." ...




NATIONAL Teen PrEP bill, conversion therapy, Laverne Cox, murder-suicide - Maryland lawmakers have approved a bill allowing minors to receive pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, without obtaining parental consent as a way to prevent the spread of HIV among youth, Metro Weekly reported. The House of Delegates voted 111-19 in favor of SB 251, sponsored by Sen. Clarence Lam ( D-Baltimore, Howard counties ), which would allow doctors, nurse practitioners, and ...




TPAN launches Paws N' Effect program for HIV+ clients - TPAN, Lurie Children's Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine Division Head and TPAN Board of Directors member Dr. Rob Garofalo and Felines & Canines adoption center held a kick-off event for a new program, Paws N' Effect, March 31 at Felines & Canines on Chicago's North Side. The program's goal is to provide TPAN's adult HIV-positive clients who qualify with a ...




AFC hosts 'Take My Hand' at summit - On March 15, ViiV Healthcare hosted a performance of "Take My Hand" as part of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC's ) Women's Connection Summit. According to Cynthia Tucker, vice president of prevention and community partnerships at AFC "The Women's Connection Summit was created to help females who are on parole/probation obtain assistance to overcome barriers to success, including ...




Dance for Life Chicago announces 2019 lineup for Aug. 17 event - Dance for Life Chicago announces a lineup of popular companies and artists returning to the stage Aug. 17 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Ida B. Wells Dr., Chicago. Dance for Life, which mobilizes Chicago's dance community by raising funds through dance, presents this annual benefit performance, which this year is followed by a gala reception at the Hilton Chicago. ...




New Art Institute exhibit spotlights professor/HIV activist - During his 30 years of documenting the AIDS crisis, Gregg Bordowitz has learned that people can be resilient, fragile and powerful when organizing toward change. The artist/activist/professor started recording the AIDS epidemic and his personal experience when he was diagnosed with HIV at age 23 as a coping mechanism. He was part of the ACT UP movement in New York, ...




WORLD Brazilian video, HIV incidents down, Malaysia's problems - Brazil's far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, has sparked outrage, disgust and ridicule after tweeting a pornographic video in an apparent attempt to hit back at criticism of his administration during this year's carnival, The Guardian noted. Revellers across the country have used the annual street party as an opportunity to protest against their extremist leader, who is notorious for his homophobic ...




WORLD Egypt summit, HIV remission, trans lingerie brand - At a summit with the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates, out gay Ireland leader Leo Varadkar has called for "universal" respect for LGBT+ rights, PinkNews noted. Varadkar stressed the pace of change in Ireland, which has welcomed same-sex marriage and reforms on abortion despite its conservative Catholic history. Many of the countries represented by the ...




D'Emilio looks back at '80s AIDS Crisis - Scholar and author John D'Emilio spoke Feb. 21 at Gerber/Hart Library and Archive about AIDS activism in the '80s and '90s. The talk, AIDS and Its Impact: 1981-1992, was third in a four-part history lecture series that D'Emilio has been presenting at the library, where he serves as board president. He recapped how politics shifted towards the right in the ...




NATIONAL Gay-club owner, HIV/AIDS news, Nashville feat, Roxane Gay - The proprietor of a gay nightclub in El Paso, Texas, is under fire for attending a rally in support of President Trump, then posting photographic evidence on his Instagram page, Yahoo! News noted. Johnny Alcantar—one of five owners of the Old Plantation, locally known as the OP—posted a photo of himself and four friends holding up a "Trump: Keep America ...




AHF opens Boystown thrift store - With Congressman Mike Quigley in attendance, AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) President Michael Weinstein and others held a ribbon-cutting and grand opening for the organization's 20th overall thrift store Feb. 16 at 3311 N. Halsted St., in Chicago's Boystown. Others who attended included Jonathan Kreuyer, general manager of AHF's Out of the Closet thrift stores; Donna Tempesta, vice president ...




Chicagoan among Pedro Zamora scholarship honorees - Karlo Manzo-Arroyo, a freshman at the University of Illinois in Chicago, is among 10 undergraduate students nationally who have been honored by The National AIDS Memorial, through its Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholarship, according to a press release. Named in honor of Zamora—an AIDS educator, activist and reality-television pioneer who passed away 25 years-ago from an AIDS-related illness—the scholarship has ...




New Network of Black HIV Policy Advocates Tackle HIV in Black Communities in the South - Dallas, Texas - Today, the Southern Black Policy & Advocacy Network, a non-profit focused on improving health outcomes and reducing social and economic disparities impacting Black communities living in the U.S. South, launched the Southern Black HIV/AIDS Network's Advisory Council to provide strategic direction, and organize Black leaders in the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the U.S. South. The ...




AHF Applauds President's Commitment to End HIV Epidemic in US - WASHINGTON ( February 5, 2019 ) AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) applauded President Trump for his commitment to end the HIV epidemic in the U.S., made this evening in his State of the Union address: "In recent years, we have made remarkable progress in the fight against HIV and AIDS. Scientific breakthroughs have brought a once distant dream within ...




All That He Was benefit concert March 11 at Pride Arts Center - All That He Was, the 25th Anniversary Benefit Concert on March 11, 2019 at Pride Arts Center will support Pride Films and Plays and Chicago-area AIDS services charities including AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) and the Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ). For one night only, Pride Arts Center will host a benefit concert presentation of the ...




Chicagoland Theatres raise over $300,000 to support Season of Concern - CHICAGO, IL - Season of Concern, the Chicagoland theatre community's fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to those in the theatre community who are experiencing the effects of illness or injury and also provides support annually to Chicago-based HIV/AIDS service organizations and The Actors Fund, has announced a record high collection drive of over $300,000. "Each year, dozens of theatres ...




National Black Justice Coalition Demands Justice for Victims of Ed Buck - WASHINGTON, DC— This week, another young Black man died in the home of Ed Buck, a wealthy Democratic donor who was previously investigated after another Black man, Gemmel Moore, died from a drug overdose at Buck's home in 2017. Both deaths led to protests over the handling of the investigation and Buck, who was never charged. In response to the ...




AFC holds Getting to Zero draft-plan webinar with stakeholders - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) held a Getting to Zero ( GTZ ) Illinois project draft plan webinar Dec. 19 with community stakeholders. The project is coordinated by AFC and the Illinois and Chicago Departments of Public Health and has partnerships with a host of organizations, providers and agencies across the state. GTZ Illinois Program Manager Sara Semelka ...




Season of Concern awards $93K - Season of Concern—the Chicagoland theater community's fundraising effort that provides compassionate care to those who are experiencing the effects of catastrophic illness, and provides support annually to Chicago-based HIV/AIDS service organizations—has announced the awarding of $93,000 to 18 local HIV/AIDS organizations. The recipients are AIDS Legal Council, Alexian Brothers, CALOR, Care to Prevent, Catholic Charities, Center on Halsted, Chicago House, ...




HIV+ Air Force members discharged, OutServe-SLDN Lambda Legals sue - ( WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2018 ) — Today, OutServe-SLDN AND Lambda Legal, with partner law firm Winston & Strawn, filed a lawsuit on behalf of two HIV-positive members of the United States Air Force who were given discharge orders just days before the holiday season. Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN filed the lawsuit, Roe and Voe v. Mattis, in the ...




WORLD Depression study, HIV conference, Kenya attack - In England, research has found that young lesbian, gay and bisexual people start becoming depressed and self-harming from the age of 10 because they feel different from their heterosexual peers, The Guardian reported. LGB 16-to 21-year-olds are four times more likely to have felt depressed, harmed themselves and thought about killing themselves, according to a study based on interviews with ...




Gerber/Hart unveils AIDS-awareness stamps - On Dec. 13, Gerber/Hart Library and Archives unveiled a new exhibit among its collection of LGBTQ historical records: Red Ribbon for AIDS awareness stamps. This marked the 25th anniversary of the stamps' circulation in the United States Postal Service in an effort to increase AIDS awareness. The exhibit features stamps and other AIDS-awareness memorabilia including pins, license plates and Scout ...




Providers launch statewide plan to stop new HIV infections - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ), Illinois Department of Public Health ( IDPH ) and Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), all in conjunction with numerous other agencies and organizations, officially launched their Getting to Zero initiative Dec. 3, and are asking the public to weigh in. The project, whose kickoff at the DuSable Museum of African ...




Day With(out) Art screening Dec. 15 - Visual AIDS' Chicago marquee screening of Alternate Endings, Activist Risings on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. After the screening, there will be a panel with Coleman Goode ( AIDS Foundation of Chicago ), Mary Patten ( School of the Art Institute of Chicago ) and Pamela Sneed ( Visual ...




WORLD Marriage news, HIV prosecution, Cuba travel - The president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, on Dec. 5, reiterated her support of marriage rights for same-sex couples, The Washington Blade noted. "There's only one race in the world and that's the human race," said Margarette May Macaulay during a hearing on marriage rights for same-sex couples in the Americas that took place at the commission's headquarters ...




NATIONAL 24th trans death, HIV lab closing, Biden, asylum brief - Three years after a trans woman in her Detroit neighborhood was killed, Keanna Mattel became the latest transgender victim of violence, INTO reported. Mattel died two blocks away from the spot where her transgender neighbor Amber Monroe was gunned down in August 2015; Mattel was also shot. Police have arrested and charged 46-year-old Albert Weathers, of Sterling Heights, in connection ...




'STRUT' show marks World AIDS Day - The 10th annual STRUT fashion show took place Dec. 2 at the Promontory. The evening featured a runway fashion show with 14 different designers and boutiques as well as speakers ranging from AIDS activists to healthcare organizations. Regarding the fashion show, models of all body types and ages wore street wear, suits, underwear and more. he work was quite creative: ...




Chicago sees fewest new HIV infections in decades - According to Chicago Department of Public Health ( CDPH ), the City of Chicago saw 752 new HIV infections in 2017. "The Illinois Department of Public Health [IDPH] is committed to getting to zero new infections in the next decade, so these kind of figures fit into that," said CDPH Commissioner Julie Morita, MD. This number is among surveillance figures ...




World AIDS Day 2018 ramblings - I arrived at Naval Station Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, ready and eager to be honorably discharged, on March 18, 1980. I was lucky enough to get to spend two weeks in San Francisco before coming home to Chicago. It was like being in Mecca for this young gay lad. I explored the area: cruising the streets of The ...




LETTER A matter of urgency - In recognition of World AIDS Day ( which took place Dec. 1 ) and to call public attention to the disproportionate impact of the AIDS epidemic on Black communities, National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) Executive Director David Johns released the following statement: "We recognize those we have lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and acknowledge the work still required ...




NATIONAL Gay doctor, PFLAG death, Emma Gonzalez, 'pumping' - NBC News recently profiled Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, who the outlet called the "radical gay doctor" behind New York City's declining HIV rate. Daskalakis—deputy commissioner for the Division of Disease Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one of the world's largest public health agencies—has promoted a framework for treatment and prevention strategy that he calls ...




'Stand Up for Red' marks World AIDS Day - On Nov. 29, Center on Halsted partnered with DIFFA/Chicago to host the second annual Stand Up For Red indoor street festival, bringing together local restaurants, musicians and artists to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in preparation for World AIDS Day. The Center's gymnasium was arranged to simulate a street fest, complete with lights strung up over the booths and the air savory ...




Study finds young Black men have higher HIV rates, despite less unsafe sex - A new Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine study says that young Black men who have sex with men ( MSM ) are 16 times more likely to have an HIV infection than their white peers—despite more frequent testing for HIV and being less likely to have unsafe sex. The study was recently published in the Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency ...




World of Chocolate provides dessert for a good cause - Hundreds of community members visited AIDS Foundation of Chicago's ( AFC ) annual World of Chocolate celebration and fundraiser at Revel Fulton Market, 1215 W. Fulton Market, on Nov. 30. Nearly two dozen vendors from across the region participated, among them CH Distillery, Chocolat Uzma, Sofitel Chicago magnificent Mile, Langman & Eagle, Terry's Toffee, Vanilla, Starbucks, Hilton Chicago & Towers, ...




AFC holds World AIDS Day breakfast talk - AIDS Foundation of Chicago ( AFC ) held a World AIDS Day breakfast event Nov. 30 at AFC headquarters in the Loop. Community leaders joined AFC's Community Organizing Manager Coleman Goode to discuss future legislative priorities. Goode explained that AFC's legislative agenda and policy priorities for 2019 and 2020 will be driven by the results of a survey that was ...




Planned Parenthood Doubles Down on HIV/AIDS Prevention on World AIDS Day - WASHINGTON, DC — Today, on the eve of the 30th annual World AIDS Day, Dr. Leana Wen, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, is doubling down on Planned Parenthood's commitment to HIV/AIDS testing and treatment. In the past year Planned Parenthood health centers have administered more than 740,000 HIV tests — a five percent ...




National Black Justice Coalition on Impact of HIV/AIDS Epidemic on Black communities - WASHINGTON — In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1 and to call public attention to the disproportionate impact of the AIDS epidemic on Black communities, David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ), released the following statement: "We recognize those we have lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and acknowledge the work still required ...




World AIDS Day events in Chicago - A number of community organizations are hosting events this weekend in observance of World AIDS Day, which officially takes place Dec. 1. Below are some of them: Wed., Nov. 28 —Roosevelt University will host a series of campus-wide events for a day of Education, Advocacy, and Action for those living with HIV and in support World AIDS Day. Events will ...







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