World AIDS Day is December 1st, and is a day to spread awareness and commemorate those lost in the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Join us and so many others in paying tribute to and celebrate the progress against the epidemic.
On Friday, December 1, the End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition, consisting of over 60 AIDS-service and community-based organizations, medical providers, as well as elected officials, and the New York City Health Department and the New York State Department of Health, will host the fourth annual citywide commemoration.
This year’s theme is Health Equity, which focuses on addressing the obstacles people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS face in accessing optimal health care and support, including racism, poverty, homophobia, transphobia, stigma, violence, shame, and homelessness and housing instability, among other issues. Mental health, behavioral health and substance use issues are increasing throughout our community and are affecting people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS, creating even more barriers to care.
The commemoration will take place at the historic Kings Theatre in Flatbush, Brooklyn and provide an opportunity for the public to hear about the current ways in which activists, community members, local leadership, elected, city and state officials, and supporters are addressing health-related obstacles and creating solutions which bring about improved health outcomes for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
What: An annual NY World AIDS Day community event to remember those we’ve lost and to raise our voices for health equity for all and an AIDS-free NY by 2020. As we continue to work toward ending the epidemic, it is critical for local and state government and the community to come together to ensure that all New Yorkers – regardless of race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, income, or immigration status – have equitable access to the health care they need, including HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
Compassionate, comprehensive care is a right, and New York must continue to be a global and national leader in reimagining what health care and health equity can and should be.
Where: King's Theater, 1027 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, New York, 11226 (between Tilden Avenue and Duryea Place)
When: Friday, December 1, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Who: Apart from you, a number of city officials, like Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, and leadership of HIV service organizations, community-based organizations, and the all-women Brazilian Drumline FogoAzul NYC will be there.
The event will be wheelchair-accessible and a sign-language interpreter will be on hand to make the program accessible for the hearing-impaired. Seating will also be available for attendees with disabilities or health conditions.
Getting there: 2/5 or Q trains to Beverly Rd. stations. For those with mobility issues, free shuttles will be available from 2/5 & Q Beverly Rd. stations to the theatre and back.
Be sure to check out the event on Facebook for updates and more information.