I came of age in the Pine Barrens of South Jersey in the 1990s. As a femme gay boy in this conservative area, I heard many hateful, stigma-filled things. I’m sure you’ve heard most of them.
The worst of these was that the only future I had to look forward to was dying alone from AIDS.
But that is a lie, and I know it’s a lie because of events like Fall AIDSWatch.
AIDSWatch is the largest annual, constituent-based, national HIV advocacy event. It’s been going on for 28 years. And for 28 years people like you and I have gathered to learn the most up-to-date information about the HIV epidemic and to advocate for the things we know can end the HIV epidemic in the United States. This fall will bring us to the second ever Fall AIDSWatch, a continuation of our regular AIDSWatch event to ensure our advocacy continues throughout the year.
Fall AIDSWatch 2021 will be held Sept. 27 and 28.
We have all of the tools necessary to end the HIV epidemic. What we lack is the political will to invest in those tools. And the only thing that can change that is advocacy.
But not just any advocacy. Facts and figures are necessary, but personal stories are powerful. Members of Congress need to hear our stories of how HIV has impacted our lives and how the government can invest in programs that both prevent the spread of HIV and improve the lives of those of us living with HIV.
Fall AIDSWatch will give you the resources to not only share the facts and figures, but also tell your story.
AIDSWatch events are typically held in person in Washington, D.C., but we’ll gather virtually this year because of COVID. And to make sure as many people as possible can attend, we’re making Fall AIDSWatch registration totally free.
I hope to see you there.
Director of Communication