Compiled by Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
Started in 1988, the purpose of World AIDS Day is to increase awareness and education as well as fighting prejudice against those living with HIV/AIDS. In 2005, UNAIDS, the United Nations organization that coordinates world response to the pandemic, gave responsibility for coordinating World AIDS Day to the World AIDS Campaign.
The theme for this year is “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise.” For more information on World AIDS Day visit http://www.avert.org/worldaid.htm.
The following is a list of events to observe World AIDS Day 2005.
Nov. 28 – Dec. 3
ANN ARBOR – The University of Michigan’s Black Student Union and Lavoz Latina will host various events for Ann Arbor World AIDS Week 2005 and AIDS in Black and Brown. Events will include lectures, workshops, dialogues and personal stories to highlight the continuing global and domestic struggle against AIDS. For more information visit http://www.worldaidsweek.org.
DEARBORN – In collaboration with ACCESS, AIDS Partnership Michigan will provide HIV rapid testing of ACCCES employees and friends from 1-5 p.m. at 6450 Maple Road in Dearborn. For more information call 313-446-9800.
Dec. 1 – 4
LOS ANGELES, CA – First-ever conference focusing on HIV/AIDS among African-American women. The conference, “It’s All About M.E.E.! Sistahs Getting Real About HIV: Mobilization, Education, Empowerment,” will be held at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. A national report, entitled “The State of AIDS among Black Women in America,” will be released during the event. The report will provide data surrounding the scope of the disease among black women and information about why black women are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. The report will also examine HIV/AIDS policy issues that affect black women and make recommendations to end the epidemic. For more information contact 213-353-3610, ext. 115 or MEE@BlackAIDS.org.
World AIDS Day on TV: From 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., gay cable channel Logo will air films, original series, and documentaries addressing AIDS-related issues. At 9 p.m. the channel will premiere “CBS News on Logo Report on AIDS,” with the latest updates on the disease, followed at 10 p.m. by “Angels in America.” For more information visit http://www.logoonline.com.
ALLEGAN – The Allegan County Health Department will provide free testing by appointment at their office at 3255 122nd Ave., Suite 200 in Allegan. Call 269-673-5411.
ANN ARBOR – As part of its Day With(out) Art observance, the University of Michigan Art Museum will sponsor a reading by award-winning poet Mark Doty at 5 p.m. at 525 South State Street in Ann Arbor. For information about Day With(Out) Art, visit the web gallery and visitor information site at http://www.thebody.com/visualaids.
DETROIT – The Detroit Department of Health & Wellness Promotion HIV/AIDS Program will hold a commemoration beginning at 3:30 p.m. at St. John CME Church, 8715 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. The event will include a resource fair/mingle hour, promise program and refreshments. For more information call 313-876-0266.
DETROIT – The Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation will host a free luncheon and commemoration ceremony DHDC, 1211 Trumbull in Detroit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information contact Ray Magdaleno at 313-967-4880, ext. 103 or RMagdaleno@DHDC1.org.
DETROIT – The Michigan Department of Community Health World AIDS Day Celebration 2005 will feature a display of several AIDS quilt panels, speeches from state dignitaries including DHWDC Director Loretta Davis-Satterla, and performances from singers and winners of the 2005 Creative Writing contest. The celebration will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Cadillac Building, 3056 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit. For more information contact Ann Miceli at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-456-3112.
DETROIT – Wayne State University/DMC Division of Infectious Disease and Gilead Sciences will host a commemoration event and lunch from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Morse Auditorium at Harper Hospital. Guest speakers and a chance for those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS to speak. Omari Award presentation. Free; no registration required. For more information contact Bernard at 313-993-0927 or Lakrese at 313-745-9160.
EAST LANSING – The Lansing Area AIDS Network will sponsor a series of events beginning at 11 a.m. at the Hannah Community Center 819 Abbott Road in East Lansing. Beginning at 11 there will be a moment of silence followed by a performance of the Greater Lansing Gay Men’s Chorus and speakers including a spokesperson for Gov. Jennifer Granholm, as well as a dedication of new AIDS Quilt Panels. At Noon, participants will leave the center to march against AIDS-related stigma, followed at 1 p.m. for a screening of “A Closer Walk” back at the Hannah center. In addition, Michigan State University’s Olin Health Center is hosting a Red Ribbon Project and the Kresge Art Museum will display the AIDS Memorial Quilt. For more information contact Patrick Lombardi at 517-394-3560, ext. 14.
FERNDALE – The Midwest AIDS Prevention Project will provide free HIV testing for at-risk persons from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. at their office at 429 Livernois in Ferndale. Testing will also be available at The Woodward Bar in Detroit from Noon – 9 p.m. and at Menjo’s in Detroit from 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. For more information contact Angie Kaiser at 248-545-1435.
FERNDALE – The Midwest AIDS Prevention Project, the Michigan AIDS Fund and the Names Project will host a World AIDS Day Dinner/Program beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Ferndale First United Methodist Church, 22331 Woodward Ave. in Ferndale. Cost is $5 per person or donation of a used cell phone, palm pilot, or pager. Reservations requested by calling 248-545-1435.
FERNDALE – Metropolitan Community Church will hold an observation service at 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 143 Albany St. in Ferndale. Reverends Mark Bidwell and Kevin Kinsel officiating. Performances by Detroit Together Men’s Chorus, Divine Peace MCC Choir, MCC Detroit Choir, Full Truth Fellowship’s choir. Contact Mark Bidwell at 248-399-7741.
FERNDALE – AIDS Partnership Michigan will expand hours for rapid HIV testing at Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center at 195 W. Nine Road in Ferndale. Hours are Noon – 2 p.m. and 5 – 8:30 p.m. For more information call 313-446-9800.
GRAND RAPIDS – The McCauley Health Center will host a display of original local artwork, panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and interactive art stations for youth and adults at their commemoration at Grand Valley State University’s DeVos Center, in the Loosemore Auditorium from Noon – 8 p.m. For more information call Rachel Stern at 616-648-9118.
KALAMAZOO – The Community AIDS Resource & Education Network will host an event of artistic expression from 5-7 p.m. at 246 North Kalamazoo Mall in Kalamazoo. Be heard by HIV policy makers locally, nationally, and internationally. For more information contact Kelly Doyle at 269-381-2437, ext.21.
UNIVERSITY CENTER (Near Bay City) – Bay Area Social Intervention Services, along with the Tri-County/Thumb Area HIV/AIDS Task Force, is sponsoring a World AIDS Day remembrance at 7 p.m. in the Student Center at Saginaw Valley State University. There will be speakers, lighting of remembrance candles, and reading of names. There will be refreshments afterwards. For more information contact Tom Brubaker at 989-894-2991.
WINDSOR – The AIDS Committee of Windsor will host “Generation Y: Dare to be Strong,” from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Giovanni Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Ave. in Windsor. Presentations and activities will focus on the importance of healthy choices with respect to sex and relationships. For more information call Marilyn Weller at 519-973-0222.
WINDSOR – The AIDS Committee of Windsor will host a candlelight vigil beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Westminister United Church, 1380 Dougall Road in Windsor. For more information call Marilyn Weller at 519-973-0222.
YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University will host a “Storytellers” themed show on HIV/AIDS at 7 p.m. in the Intermedia gallery in McKenny Union. For more information call Eric at 734-487-2226.
ANN ARBOR – Dine Out Ann Arbor to benefit the Midwest AIDS Prevention Project. All day and all evening, eat lunch or dinner at any of 50 local restaurants. 10 percent of all sales donated to MAPP. See ads in local media or visit http://www.dineoutmichigan.org for a list of participating restaurants. For more information contact Angie Kaiser at 248-545-1435.
DETROIT – The Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation will host their 5th annual Red Party “December Meltdown” from 9 p.m. – 2: a.m. at The Works, 1846 Michigan Ave. in Detroit. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. For tickets or more information contact Ray Magdaleno at 313-967-4880, ext. 103 or RMagdaleno@DHDC1.org.
FERNDALE – The Men’s Rap Group at Affirmations Lesbian and Gay Community Center will discuss “Safer Sex – Hotter Sex, for Guys HIV Poz, Neg, or Uncertain” beginning at 6 p.m. Guest facilitator Mark Peterson of MAPP. $1-$2 donation. For more information call 248-398-7105.
Dec. 5 – 9
WINDSOR – Panels from the Canadian AIDS Memorial Quilt, along with Flags of Hope, will be on display at the Arts Speak Gallery, 1942 Wyandotte St. E. in Windsor. For more information call Marilyn Weller at 519-973-0222.
KALAMAZOO – The Community AIDS Resource & Education Network will host Art Hop – A World AIDS Day art exhibition from 5-7 p.m. at the CARES office, 629 Pioneer St. in Kalamazoo. For more information contact Kelly Doyle at 269-381-2437, ext.21.