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.
“Miss Jaci,” lived with her family in Philadelphia as a child. Adams dealt with abuse as a child, followed by drug abuse, sex work and prison as an adult. She earned her GED in prison, which started her on a path to activism. In 2013, she was named to the POZ 100 list of unsung heroes.
"I am 20 years old. I was born HIV positive but wasn’t diagnosed with HIV until I was seven. I got HIV from my mother—she passed away from AIDS in 2003. I wasn’t told until I was in the 6th grade. It was scary and confusing. At the time I had no idea what HIV was or how it would affect my life, but it did explain why I took so many pills and got sick a lot.”
Cassidy Gardner writes on her experiences while speaking about HIV criminalization this year in Houston:
"I was overwhelmed and uneased by the amount of rainbow flags and corporate sponsors…My advice for Creating Change 2015 would be to make more room for the grassroots and give HIV/AIDS a proper and much more welcoming reintroduction into the minds of LGBTQ activists young and old alike. "
Life’s Lessons With HIV: As he enters into his 28th year living with HIV, Aundaray Guess reflects on 20 lessons he’s learned being positive in a tough world. Our 5 favorites?
1) You’re either living or you’re dying and despite what you heard about HIV, it’s not a death sentence.
3) I am beautiful. As simple as that.
11) Sex is still good.
13) I’m more than HIV.
19) Drinking chocolate milk helps the pills go down easy.
Each issue, POZ features a person who we think is making a big difference in the HIV community. For February, we’ve picked Stephanie Brown, MTV reality star, health educator & Alicia Keys’s right-hand woman for the “Empowered” campaign by Greater Than AIDS.
H.O.P.E Is…. Helping Other People Evolve <3
This is a start of a new day, a new year, and many new moments for you and me. So let me reintroduce myself to you. My name is David D. Robertson starting today, I am your “H.O.P.E. Dealer” giving you daily doses of hope & Helping Other People Evolve. Over the past 6+ years my life has transformed from a hopeless place to a hopeful reservoir. Author, social entrepreneur, speaker, artist, friend, son, thought leader and a whole lot of blah blah blahs. And now, it’s time to bring that light from the inside—-OUT.
No X-Mas for Lamont
Last week, In response to Lamont Valentin’s untimely death, more than 100 activists from ACT UP New York, Occupy Wall Street, Streetworks and others rallied near the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Plaza. With songs and Christmas courage, these brave carolers fought for our HIV-positive right to lung transplants. If that’s not Christmas Spirit, we don’t know what is.
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.