UPDATED – West Hollywood Announces Lineup of Multiple Events for World AIDS Day 2020

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Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

The City of West Hollywood recognizing World AIDS Day 2020 with special events and programming. The 2020 international theme is “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility.”

World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 United Nations World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention and is held each year on December 1. Every year, United Nations agencies, governments, nonprofit organizations, and civil society join together to campaign around specific themes related to AIDS. The day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have passed away due to HIV/AIDS. The international theme of this year’s #WorldAIDSDay is “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility.”

Each year, the City of West Hollywood recognizes World AIDS Day with special events and programming:

·     AIDSWatch, the electronic memorial to those lost to HIV, will be viewable on WeHoTV on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

·     The ONE Archives Foundation will display an outdoor installation of HIV/AIDS posters and images from the ONE Archives collection from Tuesday, November 17, 2020, through Thursday, December 31, 2020 on the temporary construction fencing surrounding West Hollywood Park as well as at the corner of N. Robertson and Santa Monica Boulevards;

·     The Paul Andrew Starke Warrior Awards presentation will take place virtually on December 1, 2020, via Zoom and will be live-streamed on the City’s YouTube Channel. The event will feature the Warrior Awards, which are given to outstanding employees or volunteers of local agencies that offer HIV/AIDS and/or substance abuse prevention and care services. The event will also feature an update on the West Hollywood HIV Zero Initiative from the City’s consultant, Aaron Celious, Ph.D., of the Maroon Society.

The City of West Hollywood is currently seeking feedback about stigma experienced as a result of sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. The City’s Social Services Division has launched a short survey, as part of efforts to implement the City’s HIV Zero Initiative. Community members, regardless of HIV status, are encouraged to provide feedback. A goal of the survey is to understand how stigma impacts access to care and overall health and wellness. The survey is available at: https://www.weho.org/services/social-services/hiv-aids-resources.

For more information, please contact Derek Murray, Social Services Program Administrator, at dmurray@weho.org or at (323) 848-6478.

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