Happy New Year! A few noteworthy events have popped up on my radar over the break so I have compiled them into one list here. Check them out. Support them all.
- Metro Teen AIDS benefits from BET Honors. Saturday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. After a long partnership, Black Entertainment Television will honor Metro Teen AIDS Hollywood style. The BET Honors show will be taped at the Warner Theater downtown. The show will include performances by Areatha Franklin, Patti Labelle and Common to name a few. All proceeds from private ticket sales will go to MTA. BET supports the non-profit because of it's dedication to supporting young people in the fight against AIDS. The show will air on February 13. Wanna go? Click here for details and to purchase your ticket**.
- Stop the Shame and Discrimination! Stigma Workshop. Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. The Metropolitan Washington Public Health Association will host a workshop about stigma, discrimination that surrounds not only HIV/AIDS but also mental health, poverty, race and sexual orientation. The workshop will be held at The Stoddert Terrace-Fort Dupont Community Center is located at 155 Ridge Road, SE. For more information or to register, please call Karyn Pomerantz at (202) 994-3623 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Community Discussions on LGBT Health Issues. Starting Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Whitman-Walker Health will hold a series of nine "Community Conversations" throughout 2012 to talk with members of the community about health issues that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face. Each "Conversation" will feature a panel of speakers and will focus on one health care topic. First topic: New Year. New Start: Substance Abuse. The forum will be held at the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center 1701 14th St., NW. For more information or a list of this year's topics, click here.
- NAPWA calls for responsible reporting. During the holidays a story broke about a Ohio man who is HIV positive and claims to have had sex with as many as 3,000 men and women with the intent of infecting them with HIV. That's pretty scary. What's even more scary is the news coverage of this story. Reporters are using headlines such as "HIV monster" and "Sicko" to sensationalize what is already horrific. NAPWA (and this Examiner as well) wants the media to use better judgment when reporting stories about HIV positive people behaving irresponsibly. The stigma is bad enough. Let's not make it worse by name-calling and painting HIV positive people with a broad brush.
- HIV-Free Generation launches their website. The PEPFAR-funded youth-focused HIV prevention intervention project now has a website. The website is a resource for youth-focused HIV prevention programs, best practices, and the mission and goals of The Partnership. Take a peek by clicking here.