One Tough Pirate

One Tough Pirate

Health, Seasons of Pride
One Tough Pirate – Bob Bowers, also known as "Da Pirate," is a 25-year thriving survivor of HIV/AIDS. Bob is a well respected National youth HIV/AIDS educator in schools and colleges. He is also the Founder and President of HIVictorious, Inc.  Recently, we get a chance to chat with Bob about life, tats and more . . . Tell us a little about you I was infected in 1983.  While my family and friends knew my status, I kept a low profile because of the various stigmas associated with being POZ.  I got married the first time in 1990 – we were a sero-discordant couple and we worked through those challenges. In 1999, my best man died – he was my 40th friend to die from AIDS – it was…
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Folsom Street East 2014

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Folsom Street East - New York, NY FOLSOM STREET EAST is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in New York City, producing fundraising events and serving the leather/fetish/kink community, the LGBT community and New York City at large. Folsom Street East 2014 Our biggest annual event is the Folsom Street East street festival, the largest outdoor fetish street festival on the eastern coast, which brings thousands of sexy kinksters out onto the streets of New York City on a summer afternoon to celebrate sexual diversity and expression. With your support, Folsom Street East has donated more than $250,000 since the first street fair in 1997 to local community organizations, including our 2012 and 2013 beneficiaries: THE CENTER: THE LGBT COMMUNITY CENTER THE NYC GAY & LESBIAN ANTI-VIOLENCE PROJECT (AVP) THE NATIONAL COALITION FOR SEXUAL…
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Workshop to Pinpoint LGBT Historic Sites in San Francisco

Workshop to Pinpoint LGBT Historic Sites in San Francisco

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San Francisco Launches LGBT Heritage Project - Community Workshop Will Pinpoint Historic Sites  San Francisco -- The San Francisco Historic Preservation Fund Committee has awarded a grant to the GLBT Historical Society to develop a comprehensive study of places associated with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in the city. The project will be unveiled November 14 at a public workshop where community members will be invited to contribute their own stories about meaningful LGBT places."San Francisco is internationally recognized as a city where LGBT culture, advocacy and politics have made history," notes architectural historian Shayne Watson, who is leading the project with public historian Donna Graves. "Sites that tell the stories of this movement can be found in neighborhoods, public spaces and individual buildings throughout the city. We're excited…
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Stadtfest Berlin 2013

Stadtfest Berlin 2013

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Berlin Germany Stadtfest Berlin Berlin's 21st Lesbian and Gay City Festival will be on June 15 and 16, 2013. Under the slogan "Equal Rights for the Unequal," Berlin´s Rainbow Fund will present its 21st annual Lesbian and Gay Festival - Europe's largest. As usual, it's being held in the traditional gay stomping ground around Nollendorfplatz in Schöneberg. QUEER BERLIN IS CALLING YOU ! lesbisch, schwules, stadtfest, gay, lesbian, queer, motzstraße, motzstraßenfest, straßenfest, nollendorfplatz, berlin, schöneberg, community, csd, fest, show ,bühne, künstler, auftritt, veranstaltung, spenden, aids, essen, trinken, feiern, lichtermeer, party The festival will take place in the area bounded by Motzstrasse, Eisenacher Strasse, Fuggerstrasse and Kalckreuthstrasse, spreading over 20,000 square meters, and featuring the Worlds of Sports, Radio, Travel, Film, AIDS and Politics, as well as other exhibits from a…
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Know Any Young AIDS Activists? Help Them Find Grove Scholarships!

Know Any Young AIDS Activists? Help Them Find Grove Scholarships!

Youth
The Grove's 2013 Young Leaders Scholarship Program is gaining greater attention this year. UnitedHealthcare, once again the program's major sponsor, is providing a $15,000 grant to help promote the program through an outreach campaign that includes radio public service announcements targeting college campuses around the country. This year, the application period has been extended; it will start May 1 and end on September 30, 2013. The purpose of the Young Leaders Scholarship Program is to recognize, support, and encourage the educational efforts of young people committed to active roles of public service and leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants are asked to write an essay describing their leadership goals and experiences related to HIV/AIDS. Applicants are also encouraged to demonstrate participation in HIV/AIDS-related community…
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Healing Waters Raft Guide Training 2013

Healing Waters Raft Guide Training 2013

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YOU COULD BE THE NEXT HEALING WATERS RAFT GUIDE!!!! Train to become a Volunteer Whitewater Rafting Guide for a fabulous non-profit organization! HEALING WATERS WILDERNESS ADVENTURES GUIDE TRAINING 2013 Healing Waters Wilderness Adventures is a non-profit organization that offers outdoor trips specifically for people with HIV and AIDS.  Working with qualified volunteers, we strive to provide an emotionally and physically safe environment in the outdoors for individuals to take a moment to celebrate living, develop a community, and help them challenge their own beliefs about their strengths and abilities. Healing Waters will train you to be a volunteer whitewater raft guide on the South Fork American River!  In return, we ask that you volunteer a few weekends of your summer to take our clientele down river.  Whether you are an adrenaline junky or…
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Leather Knights 20th Anniversary Celebration

Leather Knights 20th Anniversary Celebration

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Dallas Eagle Leather Knights Anniversary Celebration “Two Decades of Knight Service” 20th Anniversary Dinner Dinner, Awards, Charitable Contributions & Changing of the Guard Ceremony For twenty years, Leather Knights has been helping charities through hosting exciting fundraisers and events.  Our organization has raised funds for, as well as volunteered with, AIDS Arms, AIDS Interfaith Network, Legacy Founders Cottage, the Leather Archives & Museum, AIDS Services of Dallas, the Nelson-Tebedo Clinic, Susan G. Komen Foundation, DIFFA, Youth First Texas, the Resource Center of Dallas, Sharon St. Cyr Fund and AIDS Services of North Texas.  Leather Knights has been named 2005 Leather Club of the Year for community involvement by the Flesh and Fantasy Board of Directors, as well as the 2006 Community Service Award. The Leather Knights, Inc. is a non-profit…
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amfAR Announces New Grants Funding Young Researchers

amfAR Announces New Grants Funding Young Researchers

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amfAR just announced a new round of grants through its Mathilde Krim Fellowships in Basic Biomedical Research, which supports and encourages bright young HIV/AIDS researchers.  Each of the six grants is for $125,000 and range from cure research to vaccine development – and researchers span from La Jolla, CA, to Baltimore, MD. I’d like to introduce you to amfAR Vice President and Director of Research Dr. Rowena Johnston to discuss the various grants, which are all the forefront of the current demands for addressing the pandemic. Since the early days of the epidemic, Dr. Krim has been a leading advocate and pioneer of AIDS research. Following in her footsteps, many of these young researchers go on to obtain funding from other organizations, like the NIH, and some even end up…
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Untold Stories of Queer History

Untold Stories of Queer History

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New Exhibitions at GLBT History Museum to Highlight QueerAsian Pacific Islander Women, Early AIDS Prevention Efforts  San Francisco -- Two new shows opening in September at The GLBT History Museum highlight  evocative untold stories from the recent history of San Francisco. An exhibition in the Front Gallery will trace the emergence of organizing by queer and transgender women in the city's Asian Pacific Islander communities. In addition, a small, focused exhibit in the museum's Corner Gallery will focus on the pioneering role of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in promoting safer sex during the early years of the AIDS crisis.      "For Love and Community: Queer Asian Pacific Islanders Take Action, 1960-1990s" recounts the creation of the Asian Pacific Islander queer women's and transgender community. Many of its members…
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Positive Youth – young HIV+ heroes!

Positive Youth – young HIV+ heroes!

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Following four HIV+ positive youth in four different North American cities. An inspiring portrait of four fabulous young HIV+ heroes! The directorial debut of out gay actor Charlie David (Judas Kiss, Mulligans, Dante's Cove), this uplifting film follows four HIV+ positive youth (late teens to mid 20s) in four different North American cities in cinema vérité style. Growing up in the 1980s and 90s we were hammered with terrifying statistics of HIV/AIDS. Thirty years in, we're still learning. What education do youth receive now and why is the youth HIV transmission rate still the highest? We've seen retrospective documentaries on the AIDS crisis and interviews with survivors but what about the positive youth of today? Positive Youth features accessible and inspirational individuals talking about the often-rocky road that they've traveled…
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