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World AIDS Day 2015

"United in Anger: A History of ACT UP" screens on December 6. | BGSQD.COM

“United in Anger: A History of ACT UP” screens on December 6. | BGSQD.COM

The ABCs of PrEP
The Callen-Lorde Community Health Center and Amida Care have developed a six-part video series detailing what people should know about PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis, a regimen of the drug Truvada that taken as prescribed is highly effective at preventing HIV infection. Tonight, Callen-Lorde, Amida, and the LGBT Community Center host the premiere of the series along with a panel discussion of experts moderated by Andrew Seaman, a senior medical journalist at Reuters Health. 208 W. 13th St.; 6 p.m. networking, 6:30 panel discussion and screening; 7:30 p.m. reception. RSVP at

From Vision to Reality: Together We Can End AIDS by 2020
The End AIDS NY 2020 Coalition, which includes more than 60 AIDS service and community-based organizations, medical providers, and the New York City Council Speaker’s Office, hosts the second annual “From Vision to Reality: Together We Can End AIDS by 2020” in commemoration of World AIDS Day. The event has three sections: (1) Embracing the Present, featuring a native American dance performance and an update on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Ending the AIDS Epidemic Blueprint; (2) Tracing the Past, featuring a memorial with the reading of names of people who have died of AIDS-related complications and a musical performance by the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus; and (3) Facing the Future, featuring speakers discussing populations disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS, such as young men of color who have sex with men, homeless/ unstably housed transgender women and men, injection drug users, cisgender women, and undocumented persons. The final section will close with a voguing performance by LGBT youth of color. Among those speaking are State Senators Brad Hoylman and Gustavo Rivera, Assemblymember Richard Gottfried, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Councilmembers Corey Johnson and Stephen Levin, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th St., btwn. Frederick Douglass & Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvds. 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Benson AIDS Series
Named for the late Eric Benson, a gifted composer, performer, and writer, the Benson AIDS Series features songs by composers who died of AIDS, including Chris de Blasio, Kevin Oldham, Richard Jetter, and Robert Chesley. The program also features songs from Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass” and “A Simple Song,” the first movement of Copland’s “Sonata #1 for Violin and Piano,” the second movement of Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra,” and music by Schubert and Gluck. The program is produced by Downtown Music Productions, with Mimi Stern-Wolfe on piano and guest violinist and counter-tenor Marshall Coid. Middle Collegiate Church, Second Ave. at Seventh St., 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $15. Information at 212-477-1594.

It’s About Time: Together We Can End AIDS
Mo Rocca, a correspondent for “CBS News Sunday Morning” moderates a panel discussion about the latest advances in prevention, the coming battles in advocacy, and the challenges that can be overcome through united efforts. The panel includes Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the city health commissioner, Dr. Mark Feinberg, CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Charles King, CEO of Housing Works and co-chair of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s AIDS Task Force, Kelsey Louie, CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and a member of the AIDS Task Force, and Chase Strangio, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union. Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St., btwn. Houston & Prince Sts. 6:30 for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, 7-8:30 panel. RSVP at

When Dogs Heal
In honor of World AIDS Day, the LGBT Community Center presents “When Dogs Heal,” a storytelling project about the healing power of canine companions within the HIV-positive community. View touching portraits by the nationally acclaimed fine art dog photographer Jesse Freiden, accompanied by personal accounts of how canine companions have helped the community stay healthy, hopeful, and supported. 208 W. 13th St. The exhibit runs from Nov. 24 into the New Year. Reception is Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m. RSVP at

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP
The Bureau of General Services — Queer Division and the LGBT Community Center present a screening of “United in Anger: A History of ACT UP,” director Jim Hubbard and producer Sarah Schulman’s 2012 documentary. Both are on hand for a discussion following the screening. 208 W. 13th St., room 301. 6 p.m. Suggested donation is $5.

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