Sign Up: National HIV is Not a Crime Conference!
Show your willingness to do more than help raise awareness to change HIV-specific criminal statutes. This is your opportunity to TAKE ACTION.
June 2-5, 2014 / Grinnell College, Grinnell Iowa / scholarships available.
NYC Tonight: “Fire in the Belly” Book Club w/ Visual AIDS
Love David Wojnarowicz? Bring your bio-book to The Bureau of General Services Queer Division @ 83a Hester Street in NYC at 7pm. Get ready to discuss awesome art, gay activism, the prolific east village scene and the early days of the crisis.
POZ Exclusive: Once Is Not Enough
Last year, former professional basketball player and college coach Tamika Williams traveled the world to talk with women and girls about HIV awareness. This year, she simply had to do it again.
"The face of the disease looks like us. I’ve met woman after woman, and girl after girl who had only been with their first partner—the person they lost their virginity to—and contracted HIV. It doesn’t matter how uncomfortable you are, or where you are. You have to able to have confidence enough to protect yourself."
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POZ Q&A: Meet The Jeug’e Master
Celebrity glamour technician Karim Odoms took time from his Paris workload to answer POZ’s questions about his career—and why he’s so outspoken about HIV/AIDS.
"I’ve learned to respect that everyone cannot handle dating someone with HIV, and that is OK. However, I find it funny when you meet guys who say, “It’s cool, no problem,” and then you never hear from them ever again—until you run into them at the AIDS Walk, and they’re like, “Oh I’m here supporting my friend.” *blank stare* LOL."
Registration is Now Open for the First HIV Is Not a Crime Conference
The gathering at Grinnell College in Iowa, June 2-5, will train positive advocates/allies from across the U.S. on how to end the criminalization of people with HIV.
Workshops will cover state advocacy, grassroots activism, as well as the related legal, medical, media and public health issues. Scholarship applications must be submitted by April 7. Go to HIVIsNotACrime.com for more information.
Watch as hundreds of protesters rally against Nigeria’s anti-LGBT law outside the New York City Nigerian consulate. HIV-advocates believe the homophobic law will impede HIV testing and treatment.
This year’s theme is “Share Knowledge. Take Action.” Click here to learn more about NWGHAAD, help spread the word, join partners and events around the country and check out 2014’s ambassadors!
Shawn Decker: As an AIDS educator, I get it- the word “AIDS” scares a lot of people. Get them in the theater and entertain/enlighten them by any means necessary….
I, for one, am not mad at Matthew McConaughey. He rescued a dead script from obscurity and breathed life into the performance. An actor mentioning AIDS out of obligation at an award’s ceremony might give us, those living with the virus, a good feeling inside. But I believe it does very little to educate those in the dark or get them truly interested in the cause.