United in the Fight Against AIDS: Houston World AIDS Day Events 2016

World AIDS Day Luncheon
December 1, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Hilton Houston Post Oak, 2001 Post Oak Blvd.

AIDS Foundation Houston will host the annual World AIDS Day Luncheon, generously presented by Chevron. The World AIDS Day Luncheon raises funds to support the organization’s goal of “Getting to Zero”—zero new infections, zero AIDS-related deaths, and zero stigma.

Bill Baldwin and Ernie Manouse are returning for their second year as co-chairs of the World AIDS Day Luncheon. Together they welcome writer and HIV activist Sean Strub as the keynote speaker.

Through this annual event, AIDS Foundation Houston raises critical funds that support ending new HIV/AIDS infections and helping those who are infected. Individual tickets start at $150 per person, with corporate and individual underwriting opportunities available from $1,500. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.AIDSHelp.org.

World AIDS Day: A Celebration of Life
December 1, 7–8:30 p.m.
Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.

Black Lives Matter Houston hosts this celebration of life as a way to face the harsh reality that HIV and AIDS still affect communities of color and the rest of the nation in ways that must be addressed. These issues center on the lack of knowledge and education on HIV and AIDS, the stigma that comes from that lack of education, and the lack of testing in our communities. If we are to proclaim that #BlackLivesMatter, then we must matter to ourselves and on every level.

World AIDS Day Prayer Vigil
December 1, 12 p.m.
Resurrection MCC, 2025 W. 11th St.

In solidarity with others around the world, we will come together to remember all of our loved ones who have passed on due to the complications of HIV/AIDS, and provide an opportunity to witness our solidarity with those who are living with HIV/AIDS and their caregivers who extend compassionate care. We will unite in the call and advocacy for “Getting to Zero” with others from around the world.

Houston Campus Takeover
December 1, Various Times
Houston-area college campuses

For this year’s World AIDS Day, the Houston Area Community Services (HACS) team will be focusing on youth. Youth have the right to lead healthy lives. Providing them with honest and appropriate comprehensive sexual education is a key part of helping them take personal responsibility for their health and well-being. The HACS Health Promotions team will be providing free rapid HIV testing and safer-sex education through its “Houston Campus Takeover,” a World AIDS Day initiative focused on providing testing services at various Houston college campuses.

Free HIV Testing Schedule:

• Houston Community College—Southeast Campus
6815 Rustic Dr.
11 a.m.–2 p.m.

• Lone Star—North Harris
2700 W.W. Thorne Dr.
Email testing@hacstx.org for times.

• Lone Star—Victory Center
4141 Victory Dr.
Email testing@hacstx.org for times.

• Lone Star—Greenspoint Center
250 North Sam Houston Pkwy E
Email testing@hacstx.org for times.

• Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne St.
Email tsushapeinitiative@tsu.edu for times and location.

• University of Houston
4800 Calhoun Rd.
Email uhsmartcougars@central.uh.edu for times and location.

World AIDS Day Film Screening
December 1, 7 p.m.
The Montrose Center, 401 Branard St.

The Montrose Center will host a free film screening in room 106. Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by the film at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit montrosecenter.org.

World AIDS Day Vigil
December 1, 6–7 p.m.
Legacy Community Health–Montrose, 1415 California St.

Legacy Community Health will hold a World AIDS Day vigil at their Montrose clinic location. There will be a brief program with guest speakers, followed by a reading of names and a walking candlelight vigil.

World AIDS Day Fundraiser Featuring Gabe LaDuke
December 1, 7–10 p.m.
Guava Lamp, 570 Waugh Drive

Celebrate World AIDS Day with AIDS Foundation Houston and international model Gabe LaDuke for a vendor fair and fundraising raffles. All proceeds will go to AIDS Foundation Houston. Plus, free HIV testing starting at 7 p.m. No cover; 21 and up; free on-site parking.

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Megan Smith

Megan Smith is the Assistant Editor for OutSmart Magazine.
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