August 11, 2014, New York City—The AIDS Memorial Quilt was created in San Francisco in 1987 both to honor and celebrate the lives of people who died because of HIV/AIDS and to draw attention to the AIDS epidemic, which was stigmatized as a “gay” disease and still being largely ignored by the government and the media at the time.
A portion of the quilt is currently on display in New York City for the first time in a decade. On Monday, August 11, and Tuesday, August 12, a 57,600-square-foot section of the quilt will be laid out on a football-field-sized section of Governor’s Island.
When & Where Visitors Can See the AIDS Memorial Quilt
What: The AIDS Memorial Quilt…
Posted on August 11, 2014 at 2:09 pm
Three Protests in Three Cities to Demand an End to Jamaican Human Rights Violations of LGBT People
LGBT activists held concurrent protests in three cities on Wednesday, August 6—the 52nd anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from the United Kingdom—to demand an end to codified Jamaican homophobia. Hundreds gathered in front of the Jamaican Consulates in New York City, Toronto, and London, respectively, to call for the repeal of the Offences Against the Person Act, better known as the anti-buggery law.
On hand at the New York City protest were Housing Works staff, supporters, and clients, including some of the asylee applicants who are part of the Housing Works Asylum Project. The Project provides housing, health care, legal support, financial support, volunteer …
Posted on August 7, 2014 at 3:55 pm
Invalidation of Anti-Gay Law a “Step Forward”
In a country where being gay is punishable by life in prison and where any advocating of gay rights is banned, what’s considered a victory for law and social justice may be relative to the direness of the situation at hand. For evidence of that we need look no further than the evolving story of Uganda’s anti-gay legislation. Just this past Friday, August 1, 2014, the news of a judicial and legislative victory in Uganda was cause for worldwide celebration among LGBTQ people, human rights activists, and HIV/AIDS advocates and activists alike: The draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act, passed by lawmakers last December and signed into law by Uganda President Yoweri Museveni this past February, was invalidated by …
Posted on August 5, 2014 at 6:58 pm
From July 20 to July 25, 2014, a delegation of 13 Housing Works staff, advocates, and clients attended the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia. In addition to being the official international launch of the Housing Works AIDS-FREE campaign—AIDS-FREE NY 2020, AIDS-FREE USA 2025 & AIDS-FREE WORLD 2030—delegates presented on a number of panels, attended sessions, and participated in two joint actions. During an opening panel, Housing Works and other advocates took the stage to demand undetectable viral loads for all living with HIV. Participants unfurled a banner reading “LEADERS, COMMIT TO UNDETECTABLE FOR ALL BY 2020,” chanted, “We demand undetectable; inaction is unacceptable,” and …
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:56 pm
Getting the heck out of dodge this month? We invite you to reconsider. We’ve got lots of events planned to entice you to embrace city life, starting today at noon with our Chelsea Shop’s grand reopening! Come check out where it all began, and where we’re heading in your thrift shopping future.
August is Membership Appreciation Month. Advocate Members and above get 10% off every purchase throughout the month of August, plus the usual 25% off on Sundays. Become a member online or in any Thrift Shop, and get 30% off your first purchase.
This Saturday, August 2, freshen up your abode with lighting, lamps, pillows, art, linens and fabric at Gramercy’s DIY event. On Friday, August …
Posted on July 30, 2014 at 10:33 am
Guest blogpost by Housing Works staff members Paris Brann Milane & Regnarian Jenkins
Paris Milane and Regnarian (Reggie) Jenkins are former Housing Works clients who completed the Housing Works Job Training Program and are now Housing Works staff. They were both part of the 13-person Housing Works delegation to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne last week. On July 21, 2014, Milane andJenkins attended the AIDS 2014 session “Evidence in Action: Creating Evidence-Based Programming for MSM, Gay Men, and Transgender People,” which convened a panel of activists, project managers, evaluators, researchers, and donors from five different countries to discuss formal evaluations of amfAR-supported HIV programs. The purpose of the panel was to explore the successes and challenges of HIV …
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 7:31 pm
The graphic above was originally shared on the Housing Works Facebook page and comes via Housing Works Senior Vice President of Development and Marketing Andrew Greene, who is at the International AIDS Conference 2014 (AIDS 2014) this week in Melbourne, Australia.
HIV & Social Drivers
The nine items completing that opening phrase “AIDS Will Only End When…” are the kinds of things that Housing Works President & CEO Charles King is referring to when he says we will only end AIDS when we address the social drivers of the disease.
What does that mean exactly? In brief, it means that while living a healthy, productive life with HIV is possible when people have been tested and …
Posted on July 28, 2014 at 7:32 pm
Rochester Strengthens Protections for Gender Expression & Identity
Housing Works is please to report on and praise yet another victory for the transgender community coming from the City of Rochester in New York. On July 22, 2014, Rochester expanded its definition of discrimination in the City Code to include “gender identity and expression.”
Rochester has already been a longtime leader in the fight for transgender equality—in 2001, it became the first city in New York State to include transgender people in its non-discrimination protections—but this new move by the City Council this week strengthens the current human-right legislation by identifying gender identity and expression directly as being protected by law and is in keeping with other recent legislation in Maryland and the Executive Order protecting …
Posted on July 23, 2014 at 3:19 pm