Housing Works and nearly 1000 members of New York’s HIV/AIDS community, are marking the 25th commemoration of World AIDS Day by declaring that now is the time to end AIDS as an epidemic here in New York State.
Join us on World AIDS Day, Sunday, December 1st at 2:00 PM in Times Square between 45th and 46th Streets on 7th Avenue.
This Thanskgiving holiday, POZ thanks HIV-positive unsung heroes around the country who are committed to ending the epidemic. From bloggers to volunteers; from ASO organizers to political activists & more, we honor your contribution to the fight against HIV/AIDS.
And The Survey Says!
In our magazine, POZ recently asked you about your thoughts on self-empowerment and advocacy. Here are your responses.
The 2013 POZ 100: Celebrating Unsung Heroes
This year’s 4th annual POZ 100 celebrates HIV-positive heroes who are taking a brave stand against the virus, from bloggers and activists to doctors and educators. We hope they inspire you just as much as they’ve inspired us to keep fighting back against HIV.
& Click here to check out our massive December issue, out online today!
Vito Russo was a U.S. LGBT activist, film historian and author best known for his book and live lecture presentations of The Celluloid Closet, a comprehensive project that looked at how the history of motion pictures and Hollywood portrayed the LGBT community.
"You can’t plead tolerance for gays by saying that they’re just like everyone else. Tolerance is something we should extend to people who are not like everyone else."
What Does it Take to Achieve a Community-free AIDS Conference?
This November, The Lancet/Cell will host “What Will it Take to Achieve and AIDS-free World?” an AIDS conference hoping to answer the epidemic, which also happens to be charging a $400 registration fee…. Activists claim it is effectively shutting out the local HIV community from attending.
Currently, TAG is now encouraging AIDS activists to reach out to conference organizers to offer a feasible alternative. Click here for names/emails!
In the Beginning
A new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society traces the early narratives of AIDS in Gotham. Titled AIDS in New York: The First Five Years, the exhibition draws together photographs, audio and video clips, journal entries, newspapers and other items to recount the personal stories, research, activism and hysteria of the “gay plague.”
For more information, click here.
Out of the Shadows
During the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) in Washington, DC, last year, Paul Semugoma, MD, gave a passionate speech on behalf of both LGBT and HIV-positive people. Coming out as gay during the speech made it even more memorable.
Here’s POZ’s Q&A with the famous activist on the state of the epidemic, LGBT stigma in Africa and his own experiences coming out.
Poz Opinion: Where the Hell Is Our Community?
"I’m heartbroken that HIV/AIDS has fallen off the gay radar. In fact, it hasn’t merely fallen off; it’s been politely removed! It feels like it has been set aside because it requires conversations about more difficult topics, like sex, drugs and poverty, unlike the less-complicated message of love that is the cornerstone of the marriage talking points. We’ve de-sexed ‘gay’ to win political wars about marriage and, as a result, abandoned confronting a sexually transmitted infection that is devastating our community."
Fundraising as Activism as a Means for Survival
The codirectors of Queerocracy, a grassroots social justice group, on the need for finding nontraditional support. Often unlike more traditional modes of fundraising, creative opportunities allow for much more than extra earnings.
To read more, click here.