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Thursday, 01 December 2011 00:00

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARY KICKS OFF WORLD AIDS DAY EVENTS

 

“We Were Here” movie showing, one night only, as benefit for ACCESS AIDS Care

NORFOLK- As AIDS agencies worldwide gear up to celebrate the 23rd annual World AIDS Day on December 1, local nonprofit ACCESS AIDS Care sets the stage on the eve of by partnering with Naro Cinema to host a movie showing and discussion panel focused around acclaimed documentary “We Were Here”.

World AIDS Day has been celebrated on December 1st every year since 1988.  As the first ever global health day, World AIDS Day has served to not only commemorate those who have died but to educate the public and join together in the fight against HIV.  Thousands of events are taking place globally the week of December 1st, including those here in Hampton Roads. 

ACCESS AIDS Care seeks to inform the Hampton Roads community of not only the history of HIV/AIDS but how it affects us locally. For example, more than 21,000 individuals are currently living with HIV/AIDS in the Commonwealth of Virginia and more than 1,300 new cases are reported each year, of which more than 30% are in Hampton Roads.

According to filmmakers, David Weissman and Bill Weber, “We Were Here documents the coming of what was called the “Gay Plague” in the early 1980s. It illuminates the profound personal and community issues raised by the AIDS epidemic as well as the broad political and social upheavals it unleashed.  It offers a cathartic validation for the generation that suffered through, and responded to, the onset of AIDS”.

ACCESS AIDS Care, a local non-profit organization that provides programs and services to individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS in Hampton Roads, is also the recipient of a benefit sponsored by Todd Rosenlieb Dance.  

5th Annual ARTS for LIFE World AIDS Day Benefit, with performances by TRDance, Hampton Roads Men’s Chorus, Workshop Theatre Group, Virginia Stage Company, the Governor’s School for the Arts & Virginia Chorale. December 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at www.trdance.org. 

Other World AIDS Day community events in which ACCESS AIDS is participating include:

World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil.  December 1 at 5:00 p.m. Norfolk State University, New Student Center. Free STD Testing including rapid HIV testing.  Event is free and open to the public.

6th Annual World AIDS Day Gala, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. The Basilica of St. Mary’s. For ticket information, please call 757.446.6170.

World AIDS Day Walk, December 3 at 10:00 a.m.  Walk begins at Norfolk State University, New Student Center and will travel to Smith Rogers Hall at 358 Mowbray Arch, Norfolk.  Event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit www.accessaids.org.

Court One Office:

248 W. 24th Street
Norfolk, VA 23517
757-640-0929
Providing: Care Management, Housing Services, Administrative Support, Outreach, Resource & Development & the Meals Program, HIV Testing

 

 

Granby Office:

3309 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23504
757-625-6992
Providing: HIV Education, Transportation, HIV Testing & Outreach

Hampton / Newport News:

For services, please call 
(757) 722-5511

LGBT Center:

247 W. 25th Street
Norfolk, VA 23517
757-200-9198

Providing: Community Meeting Space, Individual & Family Counseling, Resource Center, Adult & Youth Services, Social & Educational Events & FREE HIV Testing

 

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