World AIDS Day 2018

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The End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition — a coalition of more than 60 community partners from across New York State — and Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS, in conjunction with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York State Department of Health, host the fifth annual World AIDS Day Citywide Commemoration. This year’s theme, “Breaking Through Stigma,” focuses on how stigma and discrimination connect to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, disability, poverty, immigration status, violence, shame, and homelessness and housing instability, and create obstacles for people living with and affected by HIV to accessing optimal health care and support.

Speakers will include City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the acting city health commissioner, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, the deputy commissioner for the Division of Disease Control, Dr. Oni Blackstock, assistant commissioner for the Bureau of HIV/ AIDS Prevention, and Johanne Morne, the director of the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute.
Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Baruch College’s Mason Hall
17 Lexington Ave. at E. 23rdSt.

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and the Congregation of St. Saviour, in partnership with Gay Men’s Health Crisis, hosts a commemoration in which the names of those lost to AIDS are read and panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt as well as the Keith Haring triptych altar piece are displayed. A reception follows.
Nov. 30, 6-8 p.m.
1047 Amsterdam Ave. at W. 112th

In a special afternoon program, the Center will commemorate those lost to AIDS and host the Mount Sinai Adolescent Program, which will provide free HIV testing.
Nov. 30, 4 to 7 p.m.
208 W. 13th St.

#LightTheFight marks the launch of the NYC AIDS Memorial Arts and Education Initiative.

This interactive World AIDS Day art experience, created in collaboration with artist Jenny Holzer, will include a program of poetry reading from Jericho Brown of the Poetry Society of America, remarks from City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, a performance by the West Village Chorale, and an interactive lighting ceremony.

Following the ceremony, a fleet of five trucks emblazoned with LED signs will journey through the city displaying a series of quotes that convey the impact, history, and ongoing battle against the AIDS epidemic worldwide. Stops will include the LGBT Community Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the SVA Theater, and Times Square.
Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m.
NYC AIDS Memorial
W. 12th St., between Greenwich Ave. & Seventh Ave. S.

The American Run for the End of AIDS, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and the International AIDS Prevention Initiative host the 27th “Out of the Darkness World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil and Gathering” at the NYC AIDS Memorial. After the vigil, participants will walk to Christopher Street, for a moment of silence at the Stonewall National Memorial, and then continue to St. John’s Lutheran Church for a program of speakers and performers.

Speakers will include Dr. Tracie Keesee, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for equity and inclusion, Reverend Mark Erson, and spokespersons from the New York State social marketing campaign “HIV Stops With Me.”
Dec. 1, 6 p.m.
NYC AIDS Memorial
W. 12th St., between Greenwich Ave. & Seventh Ave. S.
Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
St. John’s Lutheran Church
81 Christopher St., btwn. Seventh Ave. S. & Bleecker St.

Updated 11:12 am, November 29, 2018
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