Gay Men's HIVAIDS Awareness Day 2011
By Justin B. Terry-Smith
September 28, 2011
It is Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This horrible disease has effected, affected and infected us long enough. If you're HIV positive I ask you to stand tall with me and if you're HIV negative I ask you to stand tall with them. Love your HIV-positive brothers. They need you; WE NEED YOU !!!!! LOVE EACH OTHER DAMN BUT LOVE YOURSELF TOO, WRAP IT UP !!!
Jacob Nathaniel Pring, Paul Kawata and I were being honored by the DC Center and it was truly an honor. This was the original program from the DC Center facebook event.
The DC Center on Tuesday, September 27th, from 7PM to 9PM for Gay Men's HIV Awareness Day. We will be honoring those who have been making a difference for gay, bisexual, and transgender men, who are regularly effected by HIV/AIDS, in our local community. They will include:
Justin B. Terry-Smith: Justin is a local author of the children's book I Have A Secret, which discusses a child living with HIV/AIDS, and his desi...re to share this with others. Justin wrote this book motivated by an interest in Pediatric AIDS. Just is also the author of Justin's HIV Journal, which is also about living in the DC area with HIV/AIDS.
Paul Kawata: Paul has been the Executive Director of the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) for more than twenty years, and has grown into an important organization helping communities of color in the DC area and nationally through other partners. Before NMAC, he was the founding Executive Director of the National AIDS Network. Paul also organized three annual National Skills Building Conferences, as well as the National AIDS Fund.
Jacob Pring: Jacob Pring Events is the founder of POZ, which are events for people who are HIV-positive, but also for those who don't have hang-ups on dating people who are HIV-positive, as well as friends and supporters of those who are HIV-positive. Jacob is also an active volunteer with LGBT and HIV/AIDS organizations in the District, and has coordinated the recent Team DC Sports Fair as well as the recent city-wide LGBT Voluneer Fair.
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Justin B. Terry-Smith may be one of the most public African Americans living with HIV: He has his own blog and Web site, and he's even on YouTube. And who can blame him? Only 30, he already has an incredible story to tell. Justin admits he used to live "a very dangerous life," but since his diagnosis three years ago, the former heavy drinker and drug user has turned his life around.
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